I apologize sincerely for the 2-month delay in my trip report. I returned from my trip and back to work only to be presented with an offer that I could not refuse. The offer was to get a head start on my grad studies this September by traveling to Northern Ontario to do some water sampling. Not fun but definitely gives me a leg up on my thesis work. Minimal communication, never mind access to internet to post my trip report. Now the smart thing would have been to bring my little notebook with me so I could complete my trip report while everything was fresh in my mind but of course, I did not. So now I will have to try my best to remember the details of our trip.
By now you will have noticed that I am quite verbous and digress often. Again, I apologize but this will not change J.
First I MUST begin by saying THANK YOU to everyone on this forum that ever responded to any of my posts, anyone who ever posted because I lurked for a long time before I joined Fodors and found loads of information, Lynda for her packing list that I amended (always so much easier to have a starting point wouldn’t you agree), and most importantly to Sandi for helping me plan my trip. This site was an incredible help and a wealth of knowledge. I encourage any newbies to become hooked and book that trip now! Don’t wait; you have lots of time between handing over the credit card and hopping on the plane to become a full-on Africaphile.
- Myself = listen when you’re planning for others, it becomes a part-time job
- Gorilla Tours = http://www.gorillatours.com/
Used for gorilla trek in Uganda
- Sandi @ Africa Serendipity = http://www.africaserendipity.com/
Used for safari through Kenya and Tanzanai
I can’t say enough about both companies and highly recommend both. Gorilla Tours does Uganda, Rwanda, DRC when safe to and might do Kenya (I can not recall). Africa Serendipity does Kenya and Tanzania. Neither handles international flights but that’s what the internet is for. Kayak.com is a great site to use for that purpose.
My iitinerary: o/n = overnight, B = breakfast, FB = full board
April 28 – Depart from Toronto (YYZ) to Entebbe (EBB) via London
April 29 to May 6 – In Uganda
– myself and boyfriend will go to Bwindi National Park for gorilla trek
May 7 - In Nairobi visit to Karen Blixen Museum Giraffe Center, Kazuri beads/shopping – (o/n) Intercontinental Hotel (B)
May 8 - Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage; lunch at the Carnivore; drive north the Mt. Kenya - o/n Serena Mountain Lodge
May 9 - Drive to Samburu National Reserve; game drive on way to your lodging; lunch; afternoon game drive - o/n Serena Lodge (FB)
May 10 - Samburu; camel safaris o/n Serena Lodge (FB)
May 11 - Drive to Mt.Kenya,; Jane Goodall Chimp Sanctuary - o/n Sweetwater's Camp (FB)
May 12 - Drive to Lake Nakuru; lunch; afternoon game drive - o/n Lion Hill Lodge
May 13 - Masai Mara; o/n Simba Lodge
May 14 - Masai Mara (FB)
May 15 - Masai Mara - visit to Masai Manyatta o/n
May 16 - Transfer to airstrip for Scheduled 11am flight to Wilson (domestic) airport in Nairobi -
Brother - will met here and transferred to JKIA for flight to Mombasa;
- o/n Indiana Beach Hotel
Family of 3 - connect here to Scheduled 12:40pm flight to Kilimanjaro
(JRO) Tanzania; met and transfer to Lake Manyara; o/n Kirumumu Camp
May 17 - Drive to Ngorongoro Crater; - o/n Sopa Lodge (FB)
May 18 - Morning crater tour; w/boxed lunch drive via Oldupai Gorge (w/ stop); continue drive to Central Serengeti; afternoon game drive - o/n Serena Lodge (FB)
May 19 - Serengeti (FB) - o/n Serena Lodge (FB)
May 20 - Serengeti; morning, afternoon or full-day game drives daily - o/n Serena Lodge (FB)
May 21 – homewards bound to Toronto
For anyone considering a gorilla trek. DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can honestly say that it was the highlight of the entire trip for my boyfriend and myself. If we had been sent home without completing the rest of the trip and with all the money already spent, we still would have been happy. DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, spend the money on internal flights. In the grand scheme of things they’re not expensive and save you a lot of wasted time.
Alright that’s enough for now. Will return tomorrow with more.
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