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Glenn Johnston Apr 04, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Hello. We would love to hear from others who are going June 23rd.Glenn and Judy Johnston

Gwem Anderson Mar 26, 2014 at 07:10 PM

I have just signed up on the July 21st trip and will be flying out of Mpls. It would be fun to communicate with others on this same trip. I am getting so excited!

Glenn Johnston Feb 08, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Hi, My husband and I have signed up for the June 23rd trip, flying from Toronto, would love to hear from others going on this same one.Judy Johnston

Jolee Reinke Jan 27, 2014 at 11:25 AM

re: luggage and shots - I took the trip in October last year. Definitely pack light for the safari as everything for everyone (drivers, lunches, water, luggage) has to fit in the back of the safari vehicles (your itin doesn't look like you have internal flights, which would be the other reason) - you can have laundry done everywhere you stay. Duffels or roll-aboard soft sides fit will. No one cares how you look so wear the same comfortable stuff but pack layers - early morning can be chilly any time of the year at altitude in Ngorongoro, and evenings you will likely want a sweater / jacket. I used to travel extensively all over Africa for work and the ONLY place I ever got asked for proof of yellow fever was Tanzania - and you don't want to get a shot at the airport IMHO. Immunizations for international travel are usually available from a travel clinic in a hospital / large clinic with infectious disease specialists, I've never found Walgreens to give YF or typhoid but they may have changed. Have a great trip

Deb Diller Jan 26, 2014 at 04:31 PM

Hi Margaret,

The info packet discusses using soft-sided luggage (duffels) for our travel inside Tanzania with an option to leave a hard-sided suitcase at the hotel for the duration and then pick it up before we leave the country. I asked about the internal flight that is listed in the paperwork, but never appears in our day-to-day itinerary since internal flights have tight weight restrictions. The answer--we won't be taking any internal flights--we'll be following the day-to-day itinerary. Hope that helps.

Deb Diller Jan 26, 2014 at 04:22 PM

Hi Barb,

I visited my healthcare provider's "travel doctor" and after a discussion concerning all my destinations and the route of my travel, I had shots for Hepatitis A and Typhoid. I also have malaria pills to take during the trip and a precautionary prescription of cipro "just in case." Yellow fever vaccination was not needed due to my travel plans. If you are traveling through a yellow-fever risk country, Tanzania requires proof of yellow-fever vaccination. The CDC has an excellent website for travel health issues.
Of course none of these things are required (except for the yellow-fever restriction) so it's up to each traveler.
There's a lot to consider.
Barbara McCarren Jan 26, 2014 at 04:28 PM

Thanks, Deb. I really appreciate your input. Am I correct that you are saying that WE will NOT need the Yellow Fever shot because we are arriving from the US and Netherlands, neither of which is a Yellow Fever risk country? Did most of the people in YOUR group have the immunizations, or were you in the minority?
Deb Diller Jan 26, 2014 at 04:39 PM

Yes, that is my understanding from the travel doc and the CDC site--we won't need the yellow-fever shot. It also is considered a more dangerous vaccine. I'm not with a group so can't say for others. I just had lunch with a couple that have been to Tanzania and several other Arican countries--over 3 visits-- I asked them about prevention--they got Hep A, Typhoid and did not get yellow-fever shot. They had also heard about negative reactions to the yellow-fever vaccine.

Priscilla Sawicki Jan 26, 2014 at 02:06 PM

The Yellow Fever "scam" is just at the airport upon arrival--occasionally. We got it at our local health dept. I think it was about $150. If you email me, I will send you my list of tips.
Barbara McCarren Jan 26, 2014 at 04:29 PM

Thanks, Pricilla. I will definitely email you for your 'list'!

Barbara McCarren Jan 26, 2014 at 01:41 PM

Thanks, Priscilla, for your quick response. Did anyone approach you at the hotel about the Yellow Fever shot? Did you have side effects? What was the charge and WHERE did you GET it? I see where Walgreen's offers a service for immunizations, but not sure I saw Yellow Fever. Do you have any OTHER comments/recommendations about what we should TAKE, the hot or chilly it got, etc. We are going in March. When did you go? The weather might be different at different times of the year. I hope to take a minimum of clothing, all of the quick dry variety. We went to the Galapagos and Peru last year and didn't really have room to take a LOT. I STILL took way too much. Can one do hand laundry at the camp tents? We have a portable clothes line and detergent 'leaves' that we HAD to use in the Pacific while in the Galapagos Islands. Any other ideas or things we might not be thinking of? We are also spending THREE days in Amsterdam on our return trip, so we'll have to bring along a few WARM garments! Thanks again!

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