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Program #3645RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
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Karen Petras Nov 15, 2014 at 01:33 PM

Road Scholar, How many people are currently signed on for the April24- May 8 program?
Marilynn Miciek Nov 15, 2014 at 04:30 PM

I was on the Sept trip.
Brenda Roberts Dec 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Hi Karen, I'm signed up for the April program
Karen Petras Dec 11, 2014 at 01:22 PM

Thanks for commenting. I thought perhaps RS would actually give me a number. I'm hoping not many. When I went in 2012 there were just five of us and we all fit in one safari vehicle. Ideal!

Marilynn Miciek Aug 31, 2014 at 04:57 PM

Hi, I'm flying from Denver on United to Dulles airport and flying out on South African Airways (208). Anyone on that SA flight? Marilynn Miciek
Linda D Aug 31, 2014 at 07:20 PM

Two of us are flying out of Denver but going via NYC. See you in S. Africa,

Robert Torczyer Jul 02, 2014 at 11:28 AM


No need to bring a water bottle; supplied in the vehicle. As far as carry-on. They weighed the carry-ons for the group together. People did not give them their purses or cameras hanging around their necks.
Maureen Hutchinson Jul 02, 2014 at 01:33 PM

thank you so much for your help yet again

Maureen Hutchinson Jul 02, 2014 at 10:59 AM

still trying to cut down on unneeded items. leaving July 17th for Wild Africa and one list says bring reuseable water bottle. Is this needed? Most other trips Road Scholar has provided plenty of water. Also on small planes, can you have a small purse in addition to carry on 11 lb on your lap?
John Lukasik Jul 02, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Plenty of water available, no need for water bottle.
Maureen Hutchinson Jul 02, 2014 at 01:33 PM


Maureen Hutchinson Jun 26, 2014 at 07:35 PM

list recommended some gloves and warm hat for July departure. Anyone who went in July who would like to weigh in on the need for these please advise. thanks.
Robert Torczyer Jun 27, 2014 at 07:48 AM

Just got back from the June trip. I did bring a warm hat and a pair of gloves. The drive from Moan to the mobile tent camp is long cold and dusty in open vehicles. I wore my Tilley hat and gloves for that. Many of the people did wear gloves. I think July is as cold (or colder) than June. It can get cold at night and we eat dinner outdoors between 7 and 8 depending on the game drive. So if you have room I would bring the gloves and, perhaps, a knit cap. The ride to the tent camp is dusty -- a bandana (scarf) would help. As far as packing is concerned, you only need enough clothing to make it through the first day at Imbabala. No laundry in the tent camp; have a free laundry done the first day at Imbabala and it is back that evening..

Maureen Hutchinson Jun 11, 2014 at 06:09 PM

thanks Susan and Barbara; I'll skip the towel!

Maureen Hutchinson Jun 11, 2014 at 08:49 AM

Does one need a travel towel. New microfiber lightweight? Or are there are always towels available. Obviously with weight and space limitations,don't want to take anything don't need.
Barbara Alm Jun 11, 2014 at 09:14 AM

Towels were always available.
Susan H Jun 11, 2014 at 09:40 AM

Didn't need to take a towel, but I took a very thin travel washcloth in a plastic bag that I used frequently.

Susan H May 22, 2014 at 09:03 AM

I just returned from this trip, and they prefer new bills. I don't think the denomination matters as long as it adds up to $50.
Maureen Hutchinson May 22, 2014 at 09:16 AM

Thanks Susan! Anything else you think I should know, you being fresh off the trip?

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36 meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 brunches, 9 lunches, 12 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
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