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Mary Raynard Jul 07, 2014 at 12:57 PM

I'm on the Sept 10 trip, flying Denver-Atlanta-Amsterdam-Nairobi. Thanks for your post about tsetse fly prevention, Jeff, and for info gathering about gifts for the school. Shoe discussion has been very informative, too! Thanks so much to everyone for passing along good, practical advice. I hope the political situation settles down-I'm looking forward to the trip of a lifetime! Look forward to meeting fellow travelers, too.
Dan Wojcik Jul 07, 2014 at 01:28 PM

What political situation?

Janice Beck Jul 06, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I have a question about the hot air balloon ride. Do you need to pay with cash or can I use a credit card? Also do you really need the "casual pants and shoes" ? I'm going Sept 10-24. Here's my email for anyone who would like contact me before we go: jtbeck03@ Maybe someone would like to meet up with me in London before we leave for Nairobi.
gemma marangoni ainslie Jul 07, 2014 at 08:07 PM

I, too, am very interested in more info re the balloon ride. I'm on the trip 7/14-28 so I would certainly appreciate any quick and detailed replies. Thank you.

Betsy Noyce Jul 06, 2014 at 06:07 PM

An interesting review of tsetse fly "prevention". I plan to try the 30% Dettol solution just for fun, Jeff

Med Vet Entomol. 1989 Apr;3(2):153-8.Links Evaluations of permethrin-impregnated clothing and three topical repellent formulations of deet against tsetse flies in Zambia.Sholdt LL, Schreck CE, Mwangelwa MI, Nondo J, Siachinji VJ.
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814-4799.
Permethrin-impregnated clothing and three topical repellent formulations of deet (diethyltoluamide) were field tested against natural populations of tsetse flies, mostly Glossina morsitans centralis Machado, in central Zambia. Volunteers wore different combinations of clothing impregnated with permethrin 0.125 mg ai/cm2 and repellents while riding in a vehicle that was driven slowly (4-6 km/h), with the windows and rear door open, through fly-infested areas. The mean rate of tsetse bites was about twenty per 75 min for unprotected people. The treatment combination of permethrin-impregnated clothing (blue cotton coveralls) and either of two controlled-release deet formulations on exposed skin of face and arms provided 91% mean protection, but this was not significantly better (P greater than 0.05) than wearing deet repellent alone (76-87% protection). No significant differences of protection were observed between the three repellent treatments, although the two controlled-release formulations (intended to be more persistent) were applied at approximately half the dosage of the standard 75% deet. Wearing permethrin-impregnated coveralls alone provided relatively poor protection (34%) for the untreated and exposed skin of head and hands. However, olive drab mesh jackets treated with permethrin reduced the tsetse biting rate by 75%.
Michele Brandenburg Jul 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Sprayed clothes today with permethrin & bringing deet repellant.

Karen Erickson Jun 27, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I'd like to "talk" with anyone going on the Classic Safari on Sept. 1st. Thanks

Betsy Noyce Jun 26, 2014 at 06:21 PM

Back to the school gift-do they have any means to pump up a ball? Bicycle tire pump, etc?
Michele Brandenburg Jun 26, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Good question
Barbara Marschke Jun 30, 2014 at 04:22 PM

Probably not. They didn't have a was quite basic.
Betsy Noyce Jun 30, 2014 at 05:20 PM

bicycle pump?
Elaine W Jun 30, 2014 at 05:42 PM

You will see many bikes in the Tanzanian towns and small villages. I'm guessing it could be the same in Kenya. Kida are very resourceful when it comes to fun! a
Betsy Noyce Jul 02, 2014 at 05:30 PM

We're set, thanks. Jeff

gemma marangoni ainslie Jun 25, 2014 at 02:55 PM

Is anyone else thinking rubber-soled sandals might serve as one pair of shoes?
Michele Brandenburg Jun 25, 2014 at 08:58 PM

I'm not offering my toes to the disease carrying insects.
Betsy Noyce Jun 25, 2014 at 09:36 PM

I'm going to wear my Keen hiking shoes but will likely also take some Tivas for the shower and pool. Jeff
Barbara Marschke Jun 30, 2014 at 04:22 PM

You really are not out hiking. Several ladies in my group wore sandals, especially to dinner and around the resorts. It did help to have a slip on shoe such as a sandal while on Safari as I am not real tall and they did not want you to stand on the seats in your shoes. Take socks though. You don't want to stand on the seats in your bare feet.
gemma marangoni ainslie Jun 30, 2014 at 04:56 PM

Thank you, Barbara. That was my sense of the trip as portrayed in the materials and it's good to get confirmation from someone who's been there and done that. Trying to save weight in my luggage, of course!
Betsy Noyce Jun 30, 2014 at 05:23 PM

I didn't mean that I'd be hiking, justy identifying my shoes-their comfortable, light weight, sturdy and have very good traction. And, so far, they've been tsetse fly, army ant and lion proof-so far
Betsy Noyce Jun 30, 2014 at 05:25 PM

Ohh, badly typed-that's me-Jeff- how about "just" and "they're"?
Barbara Marschke Jun 30, 2014 at 06:23 PM

Betsy, I had a pair of sturdy shoes, a slip on docksider type and a pair of lightweight crocs that are like Mary Janes. Comfort is the key!! I just meant that several ladies did have sandals and they were fine. I would NOT wear sandals to the Masai village. Lots of cattle droppings etc. I wish I were going again. It was so much fun!!

gemma marangoni ainslie Jun 25, 2014 at 02:18 PM

I am going via DFW to Amsterdam for the 7/14-28 trip and am interested if anyone else is on that route. The question of how much cash to bring is of interest to me as well as any info re the cost of local gifts.
Michele Brandenburg Jun 25, 2014 at 02:33 PM

We are going from Dulles thru Zurich
gemma marangoni ainslie Jun 25, 2014 at 02:55 PM

See you in Nairobi, then!
Betsy Noyce Jun 25, 2014 at 09:37 PM

We're going JFK through Amsterdam
Susan Bradley Jul 11, 2014 at 07:53 PM

Susan Bradley Jul 11, 2014 at 07:54 PM

We are going Dulles thru Brussels on the 14th

Betsy Noyce Jun 23, 2014 at 05:49 PM

How much U.S. cash did you take, relative to bankcards/credit cards?

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