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Anyone going on the Classic Kenyan Safari in August?

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Joined: 15/09/2010
Posts: 6

hello
im going on the kenya safari in august am looking forward to it.its my first adventure company holiday.

Joined: 18/05/2011
Posts: 8

Hey, yeah i'm booked onto this trip too. Always wanted to go to Kenya since I was 11. Is everyone getting their visas and jabs done soon? I'm been with Adventure Company before to Egypt and living in the desert - amazing. I'm thinking of going up to the Embassy themselves to get the Visa as its 40 minutes from my house, anyone done this before?

Joined: 15/09/2010
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just sent off my visa application and will have jabs in a couple of weeks.
im using travcour to get my visa but looks straight forward enough.ive always wanted to go kenya as well cant wait to see the big cats
Are you changing money to us dollar before you go or waiting untill kenya to get shilling?

Joined: 18/05/2011
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Hi Pete. Yep I love the Big Cats too (love Big Cat Diary) I really love Lions and Leopards but I also love Giraffes so really looking forward to the Masai Mara. See them at London Zoo but not like in the wild! I'm gonna see my travel nurse next week about the jabs.

Regarding the money thing, i'm not sure, what do you think is best? I know we are not allowed to take the Kenyan shilling in with us but will we get a better rate if we take Sterling there and then change it to shillings at Nairobi airport or if we take US Dollars before we go? Can you change the US dollars into Shillings when we get there?

Joined: 15/09/2010
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hello
i think i am going to take sterling and see what the exchange rates are when we get there
are you doing the balloon flight?

Joined: 18/05/2011
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Yes I was thinking that with the money thing. There is a currency convertor on the website so am judging it roughly on how many shillings I will get on that. According to the trip notes you get 122 Kenyan Shillings for every British Pound and 77 for every US Dollar so I believe taking Sterling may be the best option. Any idea as to how much spending money you are going to take? I didn't know there was a balloon flight - what day in the intinerary is it? Depends how much it costs really.

Joined: 15/09/2010
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balloon flight is £345.im not sure what day it is but i booked it ages ago because they said is gets filled up really quickly but there might still be places.as for how much to to take haven`t decided yet probably about £400

Joined: 28/09/2010
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i got my visa from the embassy last time i went - you needed to do two visits then, one to drop it off and one to pick it up. Or you can get it when you arrive in Nairobi, but there was quite a big queue.

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when did you go and what did you think of kenya?

Joined: 28/06/2011
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Hello, I'm going in azug too! Excited! This will be my third trip with adventure and second safari! It looks like our group is starting to come together... Woooohoo

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Hello, I'm going in azug too! Excited! This will be my third trip with adventure and second safari! It looks like our group is starting to come together... Woooohoo

Joined: 28/09/2010
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@pete1778 I went in June 2001 - not with adventure co because I didn't want to camp. I am going again in september this year - east african wildlife(?) camping all the way! kenya is fab - i went to tsavo and amboseli rather than the mara and saw loads of animals - 4 of the big 5 and lots of littler things. I am sure you will have a great time, let me know how you get on as I am sure your itinerary is the same as mine for the kenya part

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ok eloise thanks will let you know how it went

Joined: 25/02/2011
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This is my first ever trip with adventure company and my first ever trip on my own, so a little bit nervous about it, but still excited. What jabs do we actually need to go? I was not sure on which currency to go with either sterling or dollars?

Joined: 25/02/2011
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This is my first ever trip with adventure company and my first ever trip on my own, so a little bit nervous about it, but still excited. What jabs do we actually need to go? I was not sure on which currency to go with either sterling or dollars?

Joined: 25/02/2011
Posts: 11

This is my first ever trip with adventure company and my first ever trip on my own, so a little bit nervous about it, but still excited. What jabs do we actually need to go? I was not sure on which currency to go with either sterling or dollars?

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Hey, I'll be going with you guys in Aug! this will be my third trip with Adventure and still get a little nervous! first trip was a 10 day trip to Tanzania to do a safari and camped, it was amazing! I was soooo nervous, I didnt sleep the night before I went to Heathrow! But I dont know why I was so nervous, as I went away with the greatest bunch of people, and we are all still v close and keep in contact... Last year I went to Morocco for 2 weeks and again great bunch of peeps, but unfortunatley only keep in contact with a couple of themand still keep in contact with who was our guide! I bet you'll be like me and get to the airport and wonder what the hell we were worrying about!

As for injections.. I have been jabbed up to the eyes from when I went to Tanz.. and they were: Hepatits A and B, Typhoid, and some other, I cant read the nurses scribble v well! but you better doublw check on the injections... also need Malaria tablets!

Money side of things, I'm not so sure to be honest!! But, HURRY UP AUGUAST.. we all wanna go away!!

Joined: 18/05/2011
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Hey, I don't know either. I was thinking of taking Sterling and then changing it into Shillings as apparantly you get more with Sterling but Dollars are excepted as well so i'm really not sure. How about half and half! Adventure company trips are fun, i've been before to Egypt. No need to worry about being nervous, its really cool when you go on your own travelling and meet new people and have an experience with them and get to make new friends and I know how amazing Kenya is said to be so I think we will have a great time. We've got a list of jabs on the trip notes but i've been told that we need Yellow Fever and Malaria pills which will cost us. Yellow Fever is about £60 and then per pill for Malaria. You have to take Malaria pills 2 days before you go, while you are there and then a week after so its about 20 pills!

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Hello, did you get to see rhinos when you last went to Kenya? I hope we get to see them as they decided not to make a apperance when I was in Tanzania :-( how was egypt? I did look at the trips and look amazing....
I do love Africa and the people .. they live the simplest of lives but stay so happy!
I wonder how many more people will be going to kenya.. i'm intrigued!!! the only down sode of going to places like this, is the Malaria tabs and all the injections .. do you still keep in touch with the peeps you went away with?

Joined: 18/05/2011
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Hi, I haven't been to Kenya at all, just Egypt in Africa. I have a big interest in Egyptology so it was a real thrill to see the deserts and camel riding (i'm a real animal lover) and seeing all the Egyptian artwork so yes it was very enjoyable for me. I'm hoping to go to India at some point in a few years as I really like Indian culture. Yes I completely agree with you on the simplicity and happiness of African people. It intrigues me greatly that although they barely have anything they are so so happy yet we are a nation who (with the majority of us) have all the necessities to surivive yet are still unhappy. I think its because in having barely nothing the option isn't there and they have eachother and I think thats what brings happiness - plus they get the sunshine all year so that boosts the mood!

Last time I checked there were 8 of us which I think is a good size and its a good mix. I had 5 on my trip to Egypt and I was the only girl!

I hope we do see Rhinos! I'm travelling for the sole purpose of seeing lions and giraffes as well so will looking forward to that. From my Egypt trip I am still good friends with one person and he has been to Kenya many times so am relying totally on him for advice. I don't mind the injections and pills. Its a pain and I do feel ill when I have them for a couple of days but I just think about what I am gaining - entry to a magical country that I can stamp down in my life book and say 'I did that in my life'!

Is anyone taking a sleeping bag at all? It doesnt say in the notes but if noone is taking one I won't bother. I want to pack as light as possible because I want to bring back a souvenir of my time there.

Still pondering over the money thing - anyone let me know what they are planning!

Joined: 16/05/2011
Posts: 27

Hi Bol4060

I just want to confirm that there are still 8 people booked onto your trip.

Also, bedding is provided on the trip - so bringing a sleeping bag isn't necessary - unless you like to be extra snug at night.

Kind regards

Sean Hughes
Customer Operations Manager

Joined: 28/09/2010
Posts: 3

i didn't see rhino last time but i think there is a good chance at nakuru or navaisha. anyway, as the guide told me last time, you have to miss something so you go back! i have seen rhinos since but am still wishing for a cheetah! sorry I can't remember what I did about money last time, although I tend to avoid doing two currency exchanges so I guess I took sterling. and injections - I am cautious so had everything recommended and you must take malaria tablets - the mossies are vicious and infected! hope you all have a good time - ask those animals to stay in position for when I get there in september!

Joined: 18/05/2011
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What is everyone doing about their camera batteries? Is it a good idea to take a spare as with the amount of photos we will all take of the trip I don't think my battery will last 9 days!

Also is the water safe in Kenya? I'm just deliberating on whether to take water purification tablets.

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Hey Bol! I have 3 batterys as like you mine wont last 9 days and I'm abit of a happy snapper! When I went camping in Tanzania there were a couple of opportunities to charge batteries , but had to be quick as there were always power cuts! But unless sean sees this message and gets back to us, I think I'll take my charger just in case as it wont take any room up and bring all my batteries!! I think I'll get some water puification.. and get it cheap off amazon or something so It wont be a great deal if they arent used.. But I'd imagine its bottled water, so I think we would be ok.

Eloise, We'll make sure all those animals will come out in force and steike a pose for you! Your guide was so right in saying what he did, as thats why for that reason why I'm going on another safari! seeing a rhino in the zoo isnt quite the same! I saw 2 cheetahs, it was AMAZING!! they were both sat on a rock next ti eachother and did not move, they looked like statues

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

I have just thriugh the itenary again and noticed there is going to be a free morning on one of the days and we can go no a bike ride at a additional cost, does anybody know how much it is?

Joined: 18/05/2011
Posts: 8

Hi guys. Hope you are preparing well for the trip ahead of us. Don't know if anyone has decided on what they are going to do for money but I just spoke to a friend of mine who has been to Kenya many times and he has given me his words of wisdom so I thought i would share it too in case anyone is still indecisive:

"As to currency, you will generally need Kenyan shillings when away from the big hotels. US dollars are handy if you want to give one dollar note tips to bag carriers etc, but otherwise I wouldn't waste the cost of changing Sterling to dollars. The easiest thing to do is to change Sterling to Shillings in Kenya (Sterling is often more popular and frequently gets better exchange rates). (Travellers cheques have become quite difficult to exchange in Kenya so don't get them.)

You won't need a huge amount of spending money, as you appear only to need to buy one lunch and one dinner in Nairobi which may have similar prices to here. So all you will need money for is additional drinks, souvenirs and perhaps £45 for tips (your guide plus others). You can give the tip to your main guide at the end in either Sterling or shillings - one way of using up spare shillings."

Hope this helps guys and see you in a month.

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Hey Bol,
thanks for this, its a great help as I was only thinking about it again the other day!
Think its about 6 weeks away until we all go .. woohooo... not that I'm counting or anything!!! Also found out theres less than three spaces left :-) cant wait!
See you next month

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Ahh thanks for this, I was only thinking about it again the other day! Its a great help.. thanks to your Buddy!! :-)

I think its six weeks until we go.. not that I'm counting or anything!!!!
See you

Joined: 25/02/2011
Posts: 11

Thanks Bol about the money tips, i've seen that you can get Kenyan Shillings from the post office.

KatyB - yeh i'm sure once i meet everyone i'll wonder why i was nervous, can't believe its getting close now.

Does anyone know what we do about flights, i know when they are but do they send us the tickets or are they online? i havn't been told anything about this

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Hello, we get the flight tickets via snail mail, and I think its either 1 or 2 weeks before hand and are e-tickets! and get luggage tags thrown in the little package too!!
I've done a little you tubing.. I soo hope we get to see the migration..

Hey, if anybody wants to meet somewhere at airport, that would be cool.. pub or something!

Joined: 16/05/2011
Posts: 27

Hi purplepolarbear

As Katy mentioned we send out flight tickets 2 weeks prior to the trip. Although these are 'e-tickets' they are sent in the post - so you have a hard copy to present at check-in.

We are currently reviewing the Confirmation Invoice (that is sent a day or so after you book) so it is clear what documentation will be sent and when to expect it.

I hope you have a great time.

Sean Hughes
Customer Operations Manager

Joined: 25/02/2011
Posts: 11

Hi,

Thank you Sean, that was the only thing i was really unsure about being my first trip.

Katy - I'd definately be interested in meeting up at the airport!

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Hey, Ahhh excellent! You can find me on facebook, with the same pic on here, but under the name of Katy Butler! As with the past groups ( actually one group) we swapped numbers and met up...also its easier to keep in contact on FB too!

Joined: 25/02/2011
Posts: 11

Yeh that is much easier than on here, i'll have a look for you i think my profile pic is the same as on here too but i am hard to find as there are lots of people with my name!

Joined: 18/05/2011
Posts: 8

Guys - sorry to say but I won't be making this trip now. Took malerone yesterday as the two day before trip malaria precaution and have had a massive reaction to it so I'm too ill to get to the airport and come with you.:(( Hopefully I can transfer over to the trip at another date when i've recovered but really sad I can't come with you. Was really looking foward to meeting you in person and sharing this experience with you but I wanted to wish you all a fantastic time and hope you have a real laugh - wish I could be there with you but i'll think of you tracking those lovely animals in my sick bed. Katy B, Purplepolarbear, thanks for the chats and glad to give the advice, post your pics if you can! - Have a great time. Bol x

Joined: 28/06/2011
Posts: 39

Helllooooo :-) We landed back in the uk the early hours of this morning and am completley shattered to say the least!

We were all wondering what had happened to you, we were wondering if you missed a connection flight or something....
Gutted that you couldnt make it aswell as you missed out on a totally awesome trip as we saw everything!!
I'll try and get some pics up on here for you :-)

I hope you are feeling better now and sad we never got to meet you after all this time. Hope you can go another time as will LOVE it, just a little sad it all over with so quickly

k x

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