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Tanzania and the Great East African Migration

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Program #3716RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
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Ruth Fleshman Sep 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I just returned from the September 8th Tanzania trip. It was as fabulous as everyone indicates. I lugged a spotting scope but with the exception of distant rhino viewing, we were close enough to all animals to see with binoculars or without. We were 9 in two vehicles and that was a nice number. No need for visa photos if you get are getting the visa on arrival at the airport. The provided duffel bags were adequate in size but I missed the organization pockets of my own duffel. All accommodations supplied shampoo,soap and bottled water. Great food throughout! Best book in preparation was Safari Companion Guide by Estes. Thanks for all the posts and replies that help me prepare!
Premium Email Subscriber Sep 25, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Thank you for your comments. I am preparing for the February trip---I first scheduled the December trip, but it was cancelled. I can't wait!


Alan Siegle Sep 15, 2014 at 05:18 PM

Tanzania was a great trip that provided learning, seeing, & doing. I am a photographer and I wasn't disappointed with the wildlife photo opportunities. Visit my website and view my images of my trip at: alansieglephotography.com.


Ruth Fleshman Aug 31, 2014 at 08:19 AM

Thanks Cliff.


Ruth Fleshman Aug 31, 2014 at 07:37 AM

Two more questions. Do we need to have photos for our Visa? I see there is a space to attach them to the application. Other visas I have obtained did not require them if my passport was in hand.
Second, is anyone else going to Tanzania on Sept. 8th?
Clifford Barr Aug 31, 2014 at 08:00 AM

Yes, you do need photos for the visas. We're not on the Sept. 8th trip (darn); we did the trip three years ago. You will LOVE every aspect of the trip: animals, driver/guides/accommodations, food, etc. Enjoy!
Zoe Rascoe Sep 01, 2014 at 11:49 PM

We went on the August trip and have friends working in Tanzania who recommended we get our visas at the Arusha airport when we arrived. They run an orphanage and have volunteers coming through from all over the world and have had no problems with this. It didn't take very long and seemed that was what most people on our flight did. You will need a crisp, new $100 bill for the visa. Extra photos for the visa are no longer needed if you get the visa at the Arusha airport - they have gone digital and will take your photo! You'll be digitially fingerprinted as well - although I see that as a way to make sure I get back out of the country.
Ruth Fleshman Sep 03, 2014 at 03:43 PM

Thanks Zoe. I had already had photos taken but better safe ....


Gwen Anderson Aug 28, 2014 at 01:09 PM

I just returned from this same trip the first part of August. I took small insect repellent packets which cut down on space as well as a small sun tan lotion bottle. No one in our group had luggage problems either. Enjoy! Incredible trip!
Ruth Fleshman Aug 28, 2014 at 09:59 PM

Thanks


Ruth Fleshman Aug 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Due to the carry on regulations, I will have to limit liquids. Was there an opportunity to buy insect repellent, sun tan lotion, etc.? I could check my bag instead of carreon but worry about it not arriving. Did anyone one have that problem in your group?
Clifford Barr Aug 28, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Shopping opportinities are limited. I would take thoses items with me, BTW, nobody in our group had luggage problrms. Maybe we were just lucky?????
Ruth Fleshman Aug 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

That's good to know.


Dawn Huebner Aug 25, 2014 at 05:01 PM

The duffel is definitely smaller than the suitcase you would normally bring for a 2-week trip. Leave a clean outfit in Arusha (you'll be happy you did). Plan on wearing things multiple times. Laundry is available but expensive ($2 per item washed, including underwear). Bring a small clothesline to hang hand washables and take advantage of the 2-night tent-camp stays (more chance your clothes will actually dry). I'm going to guess the duffels are 22x11x11 plus a large pocket on each end, adding another few inches. Bring a good-sized daypack for camera, fleece, jacket, etc. - the things you'll be using and shedding day-to-day. I went on this trip in July. We didn't know about the duffels, and all ended up leaving behind things we had intended to take - but we all somehow managed. The thing I took that simply wasted space - books! There was very little down time; I would have been fine with 1 book rather than the 4 I had with me (should have left them in Arusha for the plane ride home). Have fun!


Ruth Fleshman Aug 25, 2014 at 05:02 AM

I am looking forward to my trip. We just received notice that Road Scholar will provide duffels that we are to use instead of our own bags. I have seen posts about how tight the space is and to pack light. The photo shows a gym bag with two pockets on each end. Have any previous travelers experienced this?
Marcia Atkins Aug 25, 2014 at 01:27 PM

The dimensions are pretty small : aprox 22 X 11 inches. I was not able to determine the depth. It' s tough to layer on clothes when you travel. It appears that is the only way to go.
Elaine W Aug 26, 2014 at 06:11 PM

The light weight clothing I bought dried quickly, could be rolled and didn't look too wrinkled, and had uv and bug protection. My favorite is ExOfficio but the Columbia brand has a nice selection also. You can find some good deals on the Sierra Trading Post website. I agree with Dawn, there is very little down time and what there was I spent listening to the animal sounds . My Kindle was loaded with several books but I doubt I read more than a couple chapters of one! Wish I were going again---Safiri salama!
Ruth Fleshman Aug 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Thanks for the feedback.


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