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Program #3645RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
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peggy stolowitz Dec 24, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I am good in cool/cold weather. Thanks for the dusty information. I am more concerned about how much daily walking there is. Also what kind of luggage did everyone used. My back is strong and want to be as independent as possible. I was thinking some sort of backpack or something like a duffel back that converts into a backpack or something that would fit under my seat. Any suggestions? Thanks. Peggy stolowitz
Karen Petras Dec 24, 2014 at 01:22 PM

There is not an excessive amount of walking. Most days are spent in a safari vehicle. We had one morning where we spent about an hour on a walking safari. We seldom had to carry our luggage. The staff at each lodge transported our cases to and from vehicles. I took one backpack and a carryon suitcase.

Karen Petras Dec 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

This is in response to Sandy Brown's questions: I have traveled several times with RS both internationally and within the US. While all of the trips have been excellent, this trip was the very best!!! It was so exciting that I am going on this (same) trip again in April. Andre Jobert was our guide and I feel he was the best, knowledgeable, a good educator and very friendly. If you like excitement and animals, this is the trip of a lifetime! We did not go to Zimbabwe, but went to Victoria Falls on the Zambia side. The staff at all the lodges, were kind and helpful. The accommodations including the tented site were excellent.
Premium Email Subscriber Dec 23, 2014 at 06:25 PM

Thank you!!

peggy stolowitz Dec 22, 2014 at 06:38 PM

I am going in June 2015 on wild Africa program leaving from Portland Or.Looking to make connections with anyone going on this trip. Thanks
Karen Petras Dec 22, 2014 at 06:57 PM

When I went on this trip in 2012, I went in June. If there is one tip I could give it would be to take a ski hat, gloves and a warm coat for night safaris. Nights are very cold in June.
Robert Torczyer Dec 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

I went in June 2014. I agree with Karen; can get chilly. Also, bring bandana for the ride from airport to mobile tent camp (dusty). We brought layers because it wartms up to shirt only in daytime. Very nice time to go.

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..

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