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Premium Email Subscriber Feb 23, 2015 at 09:35 PM

This blog is very useful. My husband and I are going on the Sept 18, 2015 trip. Would love to hear some advise about fall trips, would love to hear from someone who has taken the elephant safari, not just an elephant ride. Also would love to hear from anyone that will be on the trip at the same time. We are traveling from Maine.
Karen Petras Mar 01, 2015 at 02:54 PM

I'm not sure this is the information you are looking for, but here goes. On Day 8 there will be an afternoon for participating in your choice of a number of "extra" activities. One of the choices is an hour or so on elephant back. I took this option in 2012. and thought it was great fun. We went as a large group, more or less one behind the other, into the bush.If there were animals to be seen, you could definitely see them from that height. We took the elephants down to the river so they could drink and we took pictures. A videographer came along to capture the event and of course a CD was made (for sale) for us to purchase before we left. I am going again when I come to Africa in April.

Karen Petras Feb 23, 2015 at 02:58 PM

The April 24-May 8 trip is fast approaching. I understand that 15 travelers are signed on. Who besides Dan F. and company are going? It's fun to find out who you are and where you're coming from.

Mary Raynard Feb 23, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Hello - I'm going on the May 22 trip, traveling solo, coming from Denver through Dulles. I'd love to hear from anyone else on this trip!

Karen Petras Jan 22, 2015 at 01:48 PM

Maureen is right! I went in June of 2012 and the first thing we all bought before we left the airport was a warm hat. Andre, our guide, insisted and boy was he right. Our night safaris were bitterly cold and although the staff gave us blankets we needed gloves, warm socks and that hat!
Mary Raynard Jan 22, 2015 at 07:47 PM

did you have or need a heavy coat?
Karen Petras Jan 22, 2015 at 08:23 PM

When I go in April I will take a jacket under which I can layer many pieces. I don't think you will want a winter (in the NE) coat. You won't need the layers for daytime. The blankets are big enough to wrap around your lower body for night runs.

Maureen Hutchinson Jan 22, 2015 at 12:02 PM

For June and July Wild AFrica participants, I would definitely bring some long underwear for the tent camp, and a mask or bandana for the very dusty ride back into the tent camp. gloves and a winter band for your ears .it is a great trip! I loved the tent camp, but the trip there was long, dusty and cold in an open air vehicle.

Linda D Jan 16, 2015 at 04:34 PM

I agree with Karen that you might reconsider the amount of equipment you are taking. While on safari there is little or no time to swap out lenses or "set up" shots. You are constantly bouncing about, little/no "storage" space on vehicles, very dusty (perhaps not so much in April) and many wet crossings. Most of the animals we shot were VERY close (15-20 feet to lions, etc....) and from the vehicle. I think excessive equipment/weight will hinder your experience. Seal batteries (original case or taped) and carry all extra batteries in hand luggage. Another group had extra batteries confiscated when flying within Zambia. Our guides were able to recharge batteries for us from their trucks in the camp and other places have electricity. On small planes out of Botswana, safety can be an issue if everyone ignores the weight limits.

Dan Follmer Jan 16, 2015 at 01:49 PM

Just wondering how close to the 44 lbs linit you have to be. I will be carrying about 25 lbs in camera equipment which doesn't leave much room for clothes.
Karen Petras Jan 16, 2015 at 02:02 PM

IF they way the luggage, they'll weigh it all together. My sense is on the small planes, they'll let a few pounds over pass. I would reconsider the amount of camera equipment. equipment
Karen Petras Jan 16, 2015 at 02:06 PM

Sorry, I wasn't finished! Except at camp there will be little time to stop and set up outside of the safari vehicle (also dangerous). Are you going on the April 24 trip?
Dan Follmer Jan 16, 2015 at 02:42 PM

yes but I assume we will be in an open vehicle or one with an open roof. I have professional equipment so shutter speed is not an issue, I would like to take a travel tripod but if weight is a big issue that is one thing I can leave at home.
Dan Follmer Jan 16, 2015 at 02:45 PM

also to answer a previous post, myself, wife and two of our friends are on the April safari also.
Karen Petras Jan 16, 2015 at 03:56 PM

Great, glad to hear it. The vehicles are just like the one pictured here on this page. Also, whatever you can carry around your neck won't be weighed with your luggage. You can wear your heaviest clothing as well.
Linda D Jan 16, 2015 at 04:43 PM

Dan: I Posted in general comment box, see above.

peggy stolowitz Jan 01, 2015 at 01:17 PM

another question regarding money. Travelers checks? How much American cash should one bring and changing to local currency? thanks again. Peggy
Karen Petras Jan 01, 2015 at 03:19 PM

Don't take traveler's checks. Bring cash. Botswana takes our money, but Zambia stopped taking American money with no advance notification and we all had to scramble, because prior to that day they did take our money . I can't advise on Zimbabwe as we didn't go there. Not to worry though because your guide who will be with you for your entire journey will answer those questions and make sure you get to a bank before you need to buy anything. About the only thing you will need money for are the visas that you will get when you cross into Zambia (check the literature for Zimbabwe) and for drinks at the bar, souvenirs, extras like elephant rides, etc. South Africa also takes American money. As far as how much, that's highly individual. Souvenirs are quite reasonable in price. When I went, I took $2,000 and I had plenty left over. Do take small bills as they sometimes have trouble making change. Lots of 1, 5, 10, 20 and I took a 50 for the visa. Plan on using your hotel room safe, because small denominations makes for bulky pockets or whatever you will be carrying your money in.
Sandy Brown Jan 02, 2015 at 05:04 PM

It appears that visas are covered for this trip, according to the description of "what is included."
peggy stolowitz Jan 02, 2015 at 06:44 PM

Linda D Jan 16, 2015 at 04:47 PM

Cash and a credit card. Cards are accepted at lodges, except in Zimbabwe (cash only). Small bills are good. Take NEW US Bills (big head ones) in good condition.. it is the BEST trip you can imagine. Enjoy.

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