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Charles Chromow Nov 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM

I went on this safari from October 5-19 of this year and agree with Gary and Elizabeth about how great this trip was. I would like to make a couple of points for possible future safariites. First, I rented a great Nikon camera and needed lenses from Borrowlenses. I highly recommend this company from a customer service and "user-friendliness" standpoint. But my tour companions did not have such a souped up photo outfit and they were getting great shots anyway. I did not regret my choice but, in truth, it was a heavy load to hold still so that pictures are in sharp focus. Also, I strongly recommend that you bring the best binoculars you can. Looking at a lion or leopard from 200 feet and seeing its face as if it were in front of you is a real trip. I bought some superb binoculars made by Eagle Optics from the Audobon shop in Madison, Ct. Even our guide praised them.

Elizabeth D Ames Nov 12, 2015 at 07:36 AM

I was on the same trip as Gary. It was, without a doubt, the trip of a lifetime! Not only were the views of mammals and birds spectacular, but our guides imparted so much information, with great patience, the food was abundant and varied for every taste, and the people looking after us were attentive to our wishes and desired for our comfort in a friendly and courteous manner. It was my first Road Scholar trip, and I would definitely sign up for another.

Gary Senn Nov 11, 2015 at 06:23 PM

We just returned from the October 26th trip and were amazed during the entire trip. This trip is a great value and accommodations, food and service is outstanding. A good preparation for this trip might be to study the birds of East Africa. There is a wide variety of spectacular birds and being familiar with their names and habits will help you enjoy this trip even more.

Carolyn Nov 05, 2015 at 06:49 PM

Suggest that you spend some time at your local zoo watching animal behavior through your camera - how they stand, move around, turn their heads. (Do the same thing your first day in AFrica - as much as your excitement will allow!) You'll be able to anticipate mom lion snuggling a cub or zebras lining up (as they do) at the waterhole. The best photos happen when you are ready for them and for animal movements, no matter the type of camera. Enjoy - the African wildlife is special and spectacular.

Cameron Brugler Nov 05, 2015 at 03:16 PM

we will be traveling in June and are researching camera equipment. Online there are those who say SLR cameras are a must and those who say bridge cameras are much more practical with the dust making lens changes difficult. I'm interested in finding out what others have done with this trip and what they would recommend. We are not expert photographers, however we have some experience and there is plenty of time to learn a new camera between now and the trip
Susan Bradley Nov 05, 2015 at 08:03 PM

I travelled in 2014 with a Nikon SLR with a 28-170 telephoto lens. Take a miccrofiber cloth to wipe the camera down.
Ann Moffat Nov 07, 2015 at 11:16 PM

We used a Canon SX50HS which has a 24 - 1200 mm zoom. It was great! Almost all bird photos at 1200 mm. Animal photos didn't need as much zoom. We compared the SX50 & SX60 before our trip. Birders recommended the SX50 over the SX60. Our photos were amazing with the zoom. If it's dusty like it was for us, plan on getting your camera professionally cleaned when you get home. You don't want to be changing lenses if it's really dusty on your trip.
Betsy Noyce Nov 13, 2015 at 10:24 PM

We, too, traveled in 2014. We used a Nikon SLR with a Tamron 18-270mm telephoto and a Panasonic Lumix with a 60X optical zoom (20-1200mm). There is no question that the Nikon takes better quality photos,especially if you are going to make enlargements. However, that rhino standing ona ridge would just be a dot without the zoom capabilities of the bridge camera. Either would be fine unless you are a serious phtographer. But, whatever you do, take more than one camera and more than one card. Accidents and thefts happen and it would be a shame to miss out on photos if you didn't have a back-up.

Elizabeth D Ames Oct 09, 2015 at 05:08 PM

I'll be traveling on the Oct. 26 trip, sharing a room with an unknown female, as my friend had to back out for medical reasons. I'd love to hear from anyone else going on this trip. Notes from others have been very helpful, but I haven't seen any comments here about the color of clothing. I've heard from some friends that bright colors or whites are discouraged. Are there any complete no-nos regarding color?
Peter Randazzo Oct 09, 2015 at 05:24 PM

My wife and I are going on the January 25, 2016 trip and are looking forward to it. As for the color of clothing, the first packet we received mentioned that many people wear olive, tan and other neutral colors that reflect the heat that do not bother the animals.
Elizabeth D Ames Oct 09, 2015 at 05:45 PM

Yes, I believe I saw that. But it still doesn't completely answer my question. For instance, my windbraker jacket is either wine colored or pink. Am I expected to get a new wardrobe just to be in all beige, olive or tan?
Peter Randazzo Oct 09, 2015 at 06:25 PM

You make a good point. I would call Road Scholar and ask. They might be able to put you in touch with the Group Leader via email. I know that we went out and purchased new luggage to meet their luggage requirements.
Michele Brandenburg Oct 10, 2015 at 11:28 AM

There is loads of advice online. Just Google "what to wear on safari. We went on this trip in July '14. Dark blue cloth is hing scarecrow-like to attract tsetse flies. Needless to say you don't want to attract them to yourself by wearing
Michele Brandenburg Oct 10, 2015 at 11:31 AM

Sent too soon so to finish that sentence: dark blue or black.
Elizabeth D Ames Oct 10, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Very helpful, Michele. Thanks so much.
MARK SARO Oct 20, 2015 at 10:51 PM

Just came back from the trip ending Oct 12th. Amazing doesn't even start to describe this trip. We were at the end of the dry season so did not use bug spray at all, sunblock and something for dust like a bandana. We found no evidence of only tans and gray, just stay away from blue as stated above. Our drivers were in orange, red, green. Be comfortable as it was hot, don't change the whole wardrobe. We had one long sleeve shirt, one shorts and one long pants, try to stay away from nylon, and t-shirts. A fleece for when it gets cold and a rain jacket. Had no problems with us currency as long as it wasn't old but it didn't have to be new. Never converted to any Kenyan or Tanzanian money. Used dollars or just billed to our room and paid with debit card. Mostly be ready to embrace another culture and try to learn some of the language, at least a few words. We had James Kiptoo as our guide and he was exceptional. If you get him, you are in for a real treat. Enjoy your trip.
Elizabeth D Ames Oct 21, 2015 at 09:01 AM

So helpful, Mark. Were you able to change $20's to smaller denominations once you were there? Which denomination did you use the most?
MARK SARO Oct 21, 2015 at 10:57 AM

We took $100 in ones and $100 in fives and about $150 in tens and twenties. The only time we needed cash was with any street vendors or when we left tips for room service. I know they said tipping wasn't required but we always left a few dollars for the lodge staff. Everything else we had to pay for was able to be put on or room tab and settled with a credit or debit card when we left. I spent a lot of time getting new money which really wasn't required, just no bills before 2000 and ithey should be crisp. That being said, we only had one occasion where someone even checked our bills.
Beth Mariluch Oct 26, 2015 at 02:15 PM

Hi Mark, since you just returned I was wondering if you could tell me about the hotels? I'm just wondering if the bathrooms have complementary soaps and shampoos? Trying to pack light. Any other tips appreciated! Thanks
MARK SARO Oct 26, 2015 at 04:07 PM

All had soap and shampoo. Didn't use the shampoo to know how good it was

Charles Chromow Oct 01, 2015 at 06:43 PM

My name is Charles Chromow. I am going solo on the Kenya-Tanzania trip from October 5-19. I understand we have a full 6 travelers. I would like to make contact with other travelers through this site if that is possible. If you identiy yourself, perhaps we can exchange emails and get to know each other a bit.

Ann Moffat Sep 22, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Just got back from the trip, 9/7 - 9/21. Wonderful, if a bit dusty as we were traveling at the end of the dry season. No problems with bugs so we had WAY more repellent than we ever used. Sunscreen is a must! All site have laundry available for very reasonable prices. If you take cash (a very good idea) it should be in $1, $5, or $10 bills at the most. All places we went took US currency although you may pay slightly higher prices that way. ($4 vs 300 KS for a drink). The exchange rate is ~ 100 KS to $1. Have extra camera batteries so you can charge one while using the other. Make sure you have the correct adapters for each country. Generators are only on certain hours of the day so plan ahead.
All in all, it was a WONDERFUL trip. Philip Ketter is amazing. He knows everything about the animals, birds, plants, people & history of the countries. He also seems to know someone everywhere we went.
Deb Gaither Sep 25, 2015 at 01:46 PM

What are the correct adapters? I looked online and am confused. It needs to reduce from 220 to 120? ¿¿

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