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  • 10

    Holiday of a Lifetime

    Fantastic adventure, for those who may only get to that part of Africa once in their lives, and so want to make the most of it. Safari, an epic of a mountain trek, and finally chilling out beside the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar. All boxes ticked on this holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making the summit would be the obvious answer, particularly in what were pretty tough conditions. But actually for me it was travelling through Tanzania, in an old bus, window down and the driver playing Bob Marley full blast. Really felt I was in Africa on that journey.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John and his team were very good. They looked after you, and were always ready to crack a joke. Even if they were bad ones. They really do help to make the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not underestimate Kilimanjaro. Not long before I came back from Everest Base Camp and presumed the fitness from that would carry me through. I was regretting it on summit day. Put the training in, you will enjoy the experience more for every hour of training you put in. Bring warm clothing, it hit -20 whilst we were there!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have one, bring a good camera. Wildlife and landscape is spectacular. Having a good zoom function will help. Having said that, try not to focus too much on taking photos and just enjoy it.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    This holiday was everything I dreamt of and more, the elements of adventure, fun and relaxation all met to the max! Great crew and Jackson our guide was fabulous! The accomodations used were all lovely too! Definitely a trip of a lifetime!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waking and looking out to see animals looking in! Looking down from the Ngorongoro crater's edge and seeing the great expanse of land and just making out the buffalo through the magnifying lens of the camera, and then descending into the crater and seeing the animals so close.  Seeing a lion devouring what had been caught for him. Walking up Kili seeing the different types of habitation, being without the comforts of a hotel, yet being better looked after, appreciating life in its raw state, working as a team with new found friends. Zanzibar = Extreme bliss!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jackson our group leader was brilliant,- knowledgable, fun, encouraging, he got to know all of our names within a couple of days (pretty good in my opinion!) and treated us like friends instead of simply a paying customers.  The whole crew were amazing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to unpack/repack on arrival for the safari - it is recommended you walk only with your rucksack and carry the bare essentials, due to space in the jeeps.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only thing in hindsight that I would change from Exodus' view is that I think it would have been better to have the night at Swahili House first and then on to Fumba Lodge only because packing up again for 1 last night was a bit of a come down/reality check that the holiday was nearing, I feel that to leave from Fumba to the airport would have been better received amongst our group.  Overall a second fabulous holiday with Exodus!

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, which encompassed watching the wildlife in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, which included lions, Hyenas, Elephants, antelope and much more, to the cold hard slog of Kilimanjaro, to the palm fringed beaches of Zanzibar. There's quite a bit of travelling, but we had a great group and everyone enjoyed themselves. Travelling to Tanzania just to climb Kili would have seemed to short, so to have it book-ended by two other great experiences made it into a fascinating adventure.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were several stand out moments. The beauty and granduer of the Ngorongoro crater, the expanses of the Serengeti, a visit (not part of the original programme) to a traditional Masaii Boma, our first view of Kilimanjaro (with the realisation that we were going to have to climb it) and of course, finally making it to Uhuru Peak and seeing the views across the crater, the glaciers. I was also particularly moved by the visit to the old slave market in Zanzibar, which we had to pay extra for, but was worth it as it included a trip round the town and the markets. However, we all went on the trip to climb Kilimanjaro, so I guess getting to the top was the crowning moment of the trip. All eleven of us made it to Gilman's point, but only six went on to Uhuru, and I think we all felt that little bit special for having done so.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jackson was great, he had climbed Kilimanjaro well over a hundred times before (so he said) and he organised everything for us brilliantly and we all got on great with him and I hope he enjoyed having us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If I did Kilimanjaro knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have worried quiet as much as I did, especially about the fitness (of which I would normally be considered to be somewhat lacking). The progress up the mountain on the first 3-4 days is VERY slow going, pole pole, as they say, and not actually that strenuous. Even summit night wasn't as hard as I thought, as the time seemed to go so quickly, that after 3 hours of plodding, we were already half way up and realised we were going to make it. From then on I felt very confident of making it, and even enjoyed it. You will rough it a bit while camping, but so does everyone else. It gets very cold on summit night, so take an extra pair of thermals. I had two full sets on, two fleeces, a nice woollen hat and a good coat and was plenty warm enough. Take some fizzy rehydration tablets for the water (to take the edge off the chemical treatment taste) a good rucksack, lucozade tablets also went down well for when people were flagging a bit, and a large pack of wet wipes as keeping clean is a little problematic. Finally, I was lucky in that I didn't suffer any problems with altitude, which is the thing most likely to prevent you climbing Kili. This may or may not have been helped by taking Diamox, which I took from the first day before we left the hotel, and seemed to be recommended by people who had done it before (be prepared for the pins and needles that is one of the normal side effects though). Otherwise, I'd suggest just enjoying the walking and not be too worried about getting to the top, as long as you cope with the altitude and are reasonably fit, there's no reason you shouldn't be able to get all the way to Uhuru peak. Everything about the trip is designed to get you to the top, from the quantity of food, the guides, the exhortions to drink constantly, and the pole pole progress.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The beach lodge in Zanzibar is well away from the town, so expect to be lounging around the pool or on the beach if you stay there. There are some trips you can take, such as the forest or into stown town, but if you're not one for swimming pools or beaches like me, you may find the sudden lack of anything to do a bit of a shock. Also, the last night in Stown town is right in the centre of town and the hussle and bussle can take you by surprise a little - I'd already been round town in a daily excursion so knew what to expect, but a couple of the others couldn't quite see why we'd swapped our beach lodge for a hotel next to a meat market and left the tour early to return to the lodge for the last night. Having said all this, however, it was a great experience, I've climbed Kili, visited two natural wonders, met some great people and seen a great country. Fantastic, thank you Exodus.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    This was the most amazing trip!  Everything was taken care of from beginning to end - we never had to worry about anything!  I can't say enough good things about our guide, the porters on Kilimanjaro, our safari driver - they made our trip the enjoyable experience that it was.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are so many to choose from.  Seeing all the lions, elephants and giraffes up close, in their natural habitat was definitely unforgettable, as was getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Emanuel was so knowledgeable and took excellent care of us.  It was because of his expertise that our entire group was able to make it to the summit of Kili.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You can rent a lot of the more expensive equipment from Exodus (down jackets, sleeping bags, etc) which comes in handy since it leaves you more room in your suitcase.  For money, make sure you have lots of smaller denominations of USD (1s, 5s, 10s).  Bring a camel-back/platypus sytem for water - you need to drink 3L of water (minimum) per day on Kili, and this will make it easier.  Also bring snacks for summit day - it's a long day and you will need to make sure that you keep your energy up. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was the trip of a lifetime for me.  If you want to do a safari, climb Kili, and go to Zanzibar, then this is the best option.  You don't have to worry about anything - just show up! 

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    This was an absolutely amazing trip. The itinerary is well thought out to maximise the experience and the provision for travellers is brilliant, ensuring that you could have everything you could possibly need, even on the top of a mountain! The tour leader and local staff were also fabulous.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was brilliant - knowledgeable and informative on all aspects of a varied trip, and a source of great support and encouragement on the hard trek on the mountain.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do this trip - it's definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was a little apprehensive at first as I have been on similar adventure type holidays, which have all been good, but this was quite expensive in comparison. I have to say, it is definitely value for money though given the standard of everything on the trip, from the accommodation, the facilities while trekking and the amazing staff involved.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    3 holidays in one. Every part different, safari stunning with an abundance of wildlife and 2 very different national parks, Kili - a challenge and Zanzibar for total r and r.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summit day, apart from my husband we were a bunch of girls (6) and got teary at both Gilmans point and summit. It is an overwhelming feeling of achievement to complete the trek. Seeing a giraffe, well not just one!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paulo was with us every step, he was unwell on our climb but not a word of complaint, he got us all hooked on the healing powers of ginger tea. He was from Masai background and was very knowledgable. He sorted everything out for us, tipping etc and we had little mini ceremonies to tip various guides/porters where we would take turns to give a little thankyou speech.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a bottle of squash  for the climb, you need to drink loads of water that tastes a little different, would have made more palatable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is the best hoiday I have ever had, nothing disappointed. Trip notes were spot on and invaluable. I want to do it again....

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    A fantastic trip with a great mix of experiences.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The safari was amazing, with Ungorogoro Crater beyond any of my expectations. Getting the whole group to the summit of Kili together (thanks to a great team and inspirational guides) really made the trip. And a few days on Zanzibar was the perfect way to round it all off.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader brought a huge amount to the trip, in particular with sharing his personal experiences of traditional ways of life, adding to the cultural experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't take this trip lightly, but if you're prepared for the climb and have a positive attitude you'll have a great time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    Having travelled with Exodus before I knew this would be a well-organised and special experience but this exceeded my expectations.  A truly fantastic holiday - one of the best I've had!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing 'The Big Five' (and much more) on safari. The whole group reaching the summit of Kili at the same time, accompanied by the beautiful singing of our guides. The Spice Tour and dinner on the beach on Zanzibar.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paulo was brilliant; cool, calm, collected, organised and very knowledgeable; he worked very hard to make the experience very special for us.  Most famous for his 4 rules to get you to the top of Kili (proper equipment, pole pole, plenty of water and positive mental attitude), he was also happy to share his experience of belonging to the Masai tribe, his stories are fascinating.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you don't have all the necessary equipment then consider renting it from Exodus rather than buying something you may only use once; the quality is very good and you don't have to worry about it not arriving at the same time as you!  Make sure you do have proper equipment as the guides will check this and won't allow you up if you don't. Take a wide-necked water bottle with a good seal for summit day as it is likely that any platypus system will freeze a few hours into the ascent.  You will need to be able to carry at least 3 litres of water per day. Batteries are really expensive in Tanzania so take enough and if you want to leave a gift for the guides then AAA batteries for head torches are appreciated.  Our group also left behind a small amount of walking equipment, spare Diamox and water purification tablets and some first aid items. You can get away with US Dollars only, although you will sometimes be given change in Shilling even if you've paid with Dollars.  Most of us exchanged $50 - 100 to Shilling and this was plenty. Be aware that in many places the credit card machines (including some of the hotels) don't work so take plenty of cash. There are plenty of opportunities to do laundry so you don't need to overpack. Don't forget that the luggage limit for the internal flight from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar is 20kg i.e. less than for the international flights. Although you do need to be reasonably fit to get to the summit, a certain amount of determination is also needed, summit day is very tough but it is worth it.  The other days are relatively easy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you want to do it and are reasonably fit and determined and don't mind being dirty for 6 days in a row then book it, you won't regret it.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

     Fantastic and varied trip - so good that I am planning to return this year. If you are thinking of doing it, do it now! You won't be disappointed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the tough porters flying past us at full pace every day, fully laden, including a mature woman who could not have been more than four feet tall! Everywhere, the people of Tanzania, who seem to have a tough life, are so cheery and friendly. Incredible. The majesty of the mountain alongside the wonder of the wildlife - all breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our chief guide, Jackson could not do enough for us. He was very helpful and knowledgable along with the whole team. Jackson and his team were genuinely friendly and nice to know.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the posts for this and similar trips. All advice is good advice. Be prepared for a lot of travelling but embrace it as part of the adventure. Tanzanian life is fascinating as are the people. Take a good camera (two to be on the safe side) and plenty of memory cards (or film) but equally don't spend the whole time behind a lens.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The strangers I met as fellow adventurers went their separate ways as good friends with a fantastic set of shared experiences.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    This was a fantastic trip, and i would highly recommend it but be prepared for a hard trek. I think it was great that we did the safari first (gave us time to get over the long flight before climbing kili). We were all really looking forward to Zanzibar as a great reward for our efforts on the mountain

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    At one point i was so close to a lion that i could have reached out and touched her! Getting to the top of Kili was a fantastic moment and we were rewarded with an amazing view from the roof of africa.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John was great, he had climbed kili lots of times and gave excellent advise. He really cared about the people in the group and would do what he could to help or advise. I think that John and all our mountain guides and porters were excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take some essential items in your hand luggage and wear your hiking boots. If you are travelling with a friend pack half your stuff in each others bags. My bag was delayed and i had to go and buy a few t shirts and underwear to keep me going for a few days. The stress of this would have been reduced if i had been a bit more prepared (this does happen a fair bit easpecially in Africa). My bag did eventually catch up with me a few days later! Make sure you take warm gloves! keeping warm is important so you have one less thing to worry about while climbing the mountain and one less thing for your body to try and deal with!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    A fantastic trip - offering  flavour of the variety that East Africa has to offer.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the first smudge of sunrise as we approached Gilman's Point.  It meant we were nearly there - a feeling that cannot be underestimated after the walk on summit night.  Reaching Uhuru was quite a moment too, to know you are at the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world is something that cannot be explained simply with words.   The joy of sleeping after the longest day of walking I have ever done.  I sort of thought that the 13 - 15 hours walking outlined in the itinerary for that day was an exaggeration - its not!!    The guides were amazing - I would not have reached the top but for Nyman who was patient, kind and full of the corniest lines I have ever heard.  He was my Fairy Godfather - what a guy!!! The kindness and supportiveness of the group with which I travelled.  There was a real sense of 'we are in this together' and everyone looked out for each other.   No one moaned or groaned, just laughed and provided a constant stream of entertainment. Lions by the dozen in the Serengeti were astonishing, in fact the whole safari experience was utterly amazing. The beach in Zanzibar.   After a week with no facilities, the beach resort in Zanzibar was like heaven on earth.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    John was brilliant - he had the right balance of everything.    He was serious when he needed to be but lightened the mood in a flash with his humour and dodgy rendition of John Denver songs.  Getting us from start to finish in one piece was no mean feat and he did in a way that ensured we got the absolute best from our trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trek up the mountain cannot be underestimated.  Train, train and then train some more.  It doesn't guarantee you'll get to the top but it helps. Alot!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just get your boots on and go!

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    A fabulous trip allowing travellers to take an intimate glimpse at the people, wildlife, and varied ecosystems within Tanzania.  I loved the constantly changing locations and conditions, ranging from a frost covered tent pitched on a rocky mountainside to a delux seaside resort in a tropical paradise.  This trip provided everyting: adventure, comfort, and fun. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I have two inspirational moments, each from the Kilimanjaro trek: On day 5, as we made our trek to the summit, I was constantly inspired by the guides' cheerful encouragement and careful attention to everyone's condition.  I will never forget climbing "pole pole" (slowly slowly) up the scree under the vast stary sky in the bitter cold, listening to the assistant guides singing quietly and watching our head guide, Passion, dancing along with each step. On the final day of our Kilimanjaro climb, everyone gathered outside the tents for an exchange of thanks and gifts.  Our team, humbled by the invaluable contribution of the porters, cooks, assistant guides, and guide, tried our best to express our gratitude to the team through a translator (and tips).  In return, the team serenaded us with two local songs: Kilimanjaro and Jambo.  Hearing their beautiful harmonies and seeing the joy on their faces despite the challenges they face made the entire trip worthwhile.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nathan was a hoot!  A classic adventurer, he was easy to talk to, kept the team upbeat, and was well organized. Leading a group of 17 folks must have been a challenge, but we never faced a hiccup.  He was well informed, providing tips to help us save a little money here & there, which was a really nice bonus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure you have a very warm sleeping bag for the climb.  I nearly froze at night, as my sleeping bag was only rated for -7C. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I tell everyone they should go!  I had a fabulous time, start to finish, and I'd go again in a heartbeat!

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    A trip that I will never forget.  To be able to see all the big five and many more in the serengeti was amazing.  What can I say about Kilimanjaro it was worth every ounce of effort to get to the top. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making it to the top of kilimanjaro

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrew was very knowledgable and made the trip run smoothly.  When we caught the end of the migration in the Serengeti his excitment was infectious and was great to see.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train hard for the walk but if you have an ambition to walk Kilimanjaro there is no better company to take you there.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    Three fantastic adventures, blended to produce one exhilarating trip. Safari !, Kilimanjaro climb !! and Zanzibar!!! - this simply cannot be beaten. The trip of a lifetime!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Kili from the plane as we arrived in Tanzania, The wildebeest migration stretching as far as the eye could see - and that was very far! Views of Kili from hotel in Arusha Come to think of it, views of Kili from anywhere on the trip. Reaching Gilmans point and seeing the sunrise reflecting of the summit glaciers - also the whole group getting to the summit. The deserved r +r period at Fumba, absolute paradise, if Kili was my main draw then Fumba was my main reason for wanting to stay

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Are there enough superlatives? Sara was brilliant. Well organised, very experienced. She looked after us all and kept us motivated, She was our mother, sister and best friend all rolled into one. Simply the best!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is one trip you must do before you die - it will be even harder after you are dead lol! Seriously though, this is a perfect trip itinerary for climbing Kili and seeing some of Tanzanias best sights. The safari alone was worthy of the journey there. Add in the Kili climb and the fantastic Zanzibar stay and you will find that adventure holidays just don't come any better packaged. Drink lots of water, use lots of sunscreen and walk slowly, -but you will be told that when you get there - and about every other hour while you are there.  Stone town is quite dark at nights and can be a little bit intimidating if you are new to that sort of thing, I had no problems on my own but you are probably best to stay in a group and carry a torch, although I never used mine. It can be good fun exploring the alleys.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do this trip. This was my 13th Exodus trip and whilst they have all been great this tops the lot. My one and only lifetime goal was to climb Kili and after 2years of looking at various companies and even trying to do it independently, i decided to stick with Exodus and i am absolutely and totally glad that I did! If you have even the remotest interest in climbing Kili then this trip must be seriously considered!

  • 8

    Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro & Zanzibar - Premium holiday

    could have spent another day on safari, preferably in the Serengeti. Would liked to have spent another day in Zanzibar.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    making the summit of Kilimanjaro, of course

    What did you think of your group leader?

    good

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    enjoy the trip!

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    This trip was both an adventure & a holiday. It delivered excitement, a challenge, was interesting and also provided relaxation at the end of the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It has to be reaching the top of Kili although didn't think so at the time - it is incredibly tough! However on reflection it is the thing that stands out the most now we are home. although some moments on safari were pretty special too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Enthusiastic beyond belief, particularly about the climb.  He was extremely knowledgeable about climbing in general although he had not done Kili before so lacked some knowledge about our trip.  Very helpful and fun to have around.  He was also very organised and kept everyone informed about the day's events so we all knew what we were doing & what to expect. An added bonus to the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    One thing none of our group were prepared for was how dirty it is climbing Kili - lots of black volcanic dust. It was probably because of the time of year (Sept.) but the dirt was unbelievable so take lots of wet wipes!  Some people also wished thay had taken face masks because of the dust but it is hard enough getting your breath without something else to contend with. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One thing which would have been really appreciated would have been to stay a little longer at the plantation hotel - 1st night in hotel after climbing Kili. We only had time to shower & change for dinner & then off again after breakfast on a long drive to start the safari trip.  Half day would be enough & really give people a chance to recover a little from the climb.  This is not really a criticism as the trip was wonderful but it would have actually improved it for us.

  • 10

    KILIMANJARO, SERENGETI & ZANZIBAR

    A series of amazing experiences that I will never forget. All three elements of the holiday - Zanzibar, the safari, and of course Kilimanjaro, were truly incredible.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing at the summit of Kilimanjaro - the roof of Africa. The feeling of achievement was even more ovewrwhelming than I had dreamed it would be.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A great guy, although lacking somewhat in local knowledge.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If possible, ask someone who has climbed Kilimanjaro what you should and shouldn't take. Don't be nervous - the climb is fascinating, enjoyable, and a great challenge. But if you take the lottery of altitude sickness away, it's not hugely difficult.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you are considering this holiday, DO IT!!!

  • 10

    Three holidays in one - and all were breathtaking!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Obviously making it to Uhuru was quite a significant point, although I didn't feel well then and so it all seemed to happen so quickly, that it was a little unreal. Getting to Gilman's Point was very inspirational. I couldn't stop crying! I was sad that my new husband was not there with me and it is a real sense of achievement to have finally made it, even if you have been telling yourself all the way up that it's just a hill! Standing in the Land Cruiser with a cheetah walking past about six feet away from us was amazing. However, walking along the beach in Zanzibar looking for somewhere to have lunch and seeing little children running around with their homes just back from the beach, which were all shacks was incredible. Life is so different for them. Quite humbling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I thought our leader was brilliant. He was very approachable, very informative and experienced. He broke the daunting trip to Kili Sumit down into bite sized peices, and did a good job of looking after everyone. He organised everything, and enabled us to do more activities and experience more along the way than if we had been left to our own devices. I think he also did a good job of managing people's expectations - it was quite a culture shock for some members or the group, but all agreed that it was the trip of a lifetime. Thank you Stevie.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    When ordering your money, take a lot of very small notes, in particular 1000T. shilling notes and $1 notes, you will be tipping a lot. Take fruit flavoured tablets to have with your iodine, of which the unflavoured ones are slightly more palatable - it makes drinking 3 litres of water a day much, much easier. Take good gloves. Take a good camera, you'll kick yourself otherwise and have massive camera envy! Make sure you're electronic equipment works at high altitude and at low temperatures. Take a water carrying device like a platypus or a camelback, as well as smaller water bottle - they make really good hot water bottles, which you will appreciate. I had a 3 litre camelback, thinking that it would help me drink what I needed, but you won't want something that big on summit night. Take a smaller one and just refill it during the day. Take plenty of toilet paper, baby wipes and antiseptic hand gel. Take a high factor sun cream (40 at least) to Zanzibar, we frazzled and it's not easy to get hold of it when you're there. Above all, have a really good time and take it all in, you'll miss it when you leave.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We are so pleased that we went with Exodus, it was great having a group of people around us all of the time that we could enjoy the trip with. When we got home we were lonely as we were not used to just having the two of us! We had a brilliant time, although it is important not to expect anything close to the west, it's Africa, and they have a very different way of life, with very different time schedules, and are simply giving you their interpretation of what we expect in terms of service, food and amenities. Although I visited cleaner places in Africa than I have in the UK! For a honeymoon we probably should have just booked a beach holiday or something similar, but we wanted something exceptional to remember, and we certainly achieved it. Also, don't give the children that you meet sweets or chocolate, fruit and a smile are all they need. Little ones who coming running up to you saying 'Jambo bring chocolate, Jambo bring chocolate' are probably a nightmare for their parents when they actually get some chocolate!

  • 10

    3 hoildays in one - a whole lifetime of holdidays in 17 days

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    How long have you got: the view from the top; sailing a dhow; walking through equatorial ran forest; the animals of the Serengetti and Ngorogoro Wonderful guides and people

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good.  Good knowledge of the areas we visited and looked after everyone expertly.  Good sense of humour and made the right decisions at the right time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A couple of things for this particular trip: take a light weigth meatl water bottle.  Good for use as a hot water bottle on coled nights. Make sure you have two 1 litre water bottles.  Water drinking systems freeze on the way up Kili; Take good snacks for the final ascent.  Good quality food essential on this last haul; Be prepared to get be very dusty and mucky on the trip.  On escaping it so enjoy it;

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Stunning holiday with excellent support.  Look forward to the next trip with Exodus and it is already booked.

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