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May 15th, 2006, 06:03 PM
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Thankyou carolines - I can't believe I forgot the chocolate! I have just added it to my carry on, see, it won't take up any weight at all in the duffle!
The scissors, yes, I do have a small pair of folding scissors in my 'portable stationary store' , I guess I forgot to list them in the original - they were probably hiding. And, two sportsbra's are on the list - looks like I missed those too in my post - but they are upstairs waiting to be packed.
The Out of Africa soundtrack sounds like a good idea, I will ask Jim to put it on the ipod. I watched the movie the other day - what an incredible movie - I loved it!
Thanks for the missing items suggestions!
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May 16th, 2006, 07:39 AM
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Lynda,

I'm also bringing the Mozart clarinet concerto (partially featured on the soundtrack) as it is SO beautiful, brings tears to my eyes and we plan to listen to it on our camp verandah one lazy morning as we watch the animals at the waterhole (Little Governor's) and pinch ourselves as we won't hardly believe we're ACTUALLY in Afree-kah!(as Sandi says...that's how we say it around our house now!)

What day do you actually depart?
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May 16th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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Sorry Lynda, just one more question: How do you arrange to hug cheetahs???
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May 16th, 2006, 02:03 PM
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Caroline-
We leave next Friday (May 2th) - 10 more sleeps!! (but whose counting...)
I think Sandi's Afree-kah has caught on everywehre, I have been saying it too - it's catchy! (thanks Sandi!)
We have booked a car and driver in Nairobi - his name is Kennedy and he has arranged with the KWS Animal Orphanage to get us in to hug the cheetahs! Some people were saying that not everyone gets to go in to do this, so a few of us asked Kennedy to pre-arrange this for us and he did! Let me know if you need his contact info? When do you leave, and refresh me where you are going?
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May 16th, 2006, 06:21 PM
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LyndaS:

Have a wonderful trip!! Please give those Cheetahs an extra scratch under the chin from the northern Canadians.

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May 18th, 2006, 12:46 PM
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Lynda,

You must be on pins and needles until next Friday! We had almost gone on the Stanley safari too, but as more holiday time opened up we changed our plans.
It's been difficult for me to read postings lately because to my husband's dismay I tend to second guess our plans when I read a negative post...for the same reason I've been reluctant to post our itinerary etc. for fear we've made some wrong decisions and this will prey on my mind until next February!

But here goes (and we did try to incorporate Fodor's advice with logistics and time constraints as well as our desire to see much of what we've been reading about!)

After 2 days in England (Air Canada, arriving Feb.3) we fly overnight (Kenya Airways) to
- Nairobi (Norfolk), 2 nights
Then
-a.m. fly to Amboseli (Tortilis), 2 nights
-a.m. fly to the Mara (Little Governor's ), 3 nights (and balloon)
-a.m. fly via Nairobi to Lake Manyara where we pick up our private guide (Lake Manyara Serena), 1 night
-a.m. game drive Lake Manyara followed by drive to Ngorongoro (Gibb's farm for lunch) - (Ngorongoro Serena Lodge), 2 nights
-a.m. drive to Serengeti, Serengeti Serena, 3 nights
-a.m. fly to Arusha, day and overnight at Arusha Coffee Lodge
-a.m. fly to Ruaha (Ruaha River Lodge),
3 nights)
-a.m. fly to Dar, boat to Lazy Lagoon
3 nights
-late afternoon flight to Nairobi, overnight
-day in Nairobi (Norfolk again) for last minute shopping etc.
-night flight to London
-2 nights London (Windsor)
-p.m. flight return to Canada

In Nairobi we've so far arranged a driver for Karen Blixen's, the Giraffe Centre, shopping and a visit with our two elephant foster "kids" at Daphne Sheldrick's.
All the properties were booked and confirmed several weeks ago (we learned from this board that the early bird gets the camp!)
I guess I really should be posting this elsewhere on the forum...! But, there you are and hopefully when you arrive home you can offer additional pointers especially on the Serena properties you mught be staying at!

Again, hope you and your husband have a fabulous time. (By the way, have you been to Borneo yet? So far our best travel experience ever!)
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May 18th, 2006, 07:20 PM
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Greetings All:

This is Jim … the other half of the fabulous Lynda’s encounter with something she has been wanting to accomplish since 2001, when, and following until now, has been subject to re-routing due to various certain factions’ ideological imperatives. These have caused us to route around one of our desired objectives – up close, and personal with the people and the flora and fauna of East Africa. Finally, at last … to have the dream realized.

Having traveled to many enjoyable places around the globe and experiencing many different peoples and their cultures, is soon to be augmented by another of my DW’s ultimate wants and musts – East Africa. South and West Africa were good; but, something is to be said for the absolute heartland of the entire population of this somewhat small, albeit mostly blue and wide planet – a must, and finally, a go-to place. We both look much forward to this wonderful adventure.

I have, in days past, asked in the morning – Where are going tomorrow, only to be greeted with a detailed itinerary of the upcoming day’s events. Gee … and all I wanted to know was which country we would be visiting. This, of course, in places where countries are somewhat close-by to each other, and we were visiting many. To this day I still get a good ribbing about my comment. She is a seasoned planner, and a good one. Our usual gang of traveling companions counts on having her daily guides in hand and knowing what they should expect.

This trip opens new opportunities and challenges for us.

My packing list will be somewhat minimal, due to a strong military and Scouting influence, along with what an orientation toward what I ‘really need’ vs. what I ‘might need’. For the esthetics and others, Lynda comes adequately prepared! Absolutely amazing what you can do with a quick rinse to a khaki bush shirt with convertible bush-rolled sleeves and proper plaquet inserts in the cuff area for bug control and, later, looking reasonable, at dinner!

I thank all the Fodorites who have contributed to our wonderful odyssey preparations and to your collective knowledge and wisdom. I will have the opportunity of meeting a few of your during our travels – to, during and from – this wonderful adventure and very much look forward to doing so.

In particular, your comments and editorials about the ‘refined’ packing list, left me laughing (and somewhat moist-eyed) ;-)

Cheers to all

Jim

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May 19th, 2006, 01:32 AM
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Jim, what a pleasure to see you post here - cannot wait to meet you in London!
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May 19th, 2006, 04:04 AM
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Pleasure to finally meet you Jim, albiet by cyberspace.

You are in most capable hands with Lynda. You both sound like gems.
Enjoy your wonderful trip!
Best regards;
Sherry
- Lynda's email buddy from the small state. Happy late Easter btw - hope you enjoy your goodies
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May 19th, 2006, 04:25 AM
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How lovely to hear from the other half of this soon to be traveling pair. And thank you for the benefit of Lynda's contributions here on Fodor's. Her undertaking of the "index" has been a wonderful tool for everyone. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful experience during your safari in East Africa.
 
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May 19th, 2006, 02:46 PM
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Lynda, just thought I'd let you know I finally got around to getting a pen to sign the print so now it's all ready and waiting for you in a postage tube - now I just have to make sure I don't forget to bring it WITH me to the restaurant!!!
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May 19th, 2006, 03:00 PM
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Jim,

Everyone here in Fodor's land loves Lynda! You're one lucky man--especially if she takes care of the packing.

Have a great trip. I'm certain you will.
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May 19th, 2006, 03:48 PM
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Hi Jim,

Welcome to Fodors. You have a real Star in Lynda - her attention to detail is absolutely amazing and she is never hesitates to help and advise. Thanks to Lynda I'm getting to 'Hug those Cheetahs' (not Kick them!!LOL) too.

Hope you both have a wonderful trip and a fantastic 30th Anniversary.

Imelda (Lynda's other e-mail buddy from the Emerald Isle)
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May 19th, 2006, 07:12 PM
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Aloha Jim, your wife is very entertaining, I can see why you kept her for 30 years. Does she take her own portable stationary store everywhere she goes? Have a great trip, i know with Lynda's planning, nothing will be left behind!
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May 19th, 2006, 08:08 PM
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Thank you Lynda for the good advice and Jim for stopping in to say hello. Maybe you'll get hooked to this board as well.

Good information on packing list on this thread and even better dialogue!
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May 19th, 2006, 09:03 PM
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Thankyou guys for all the wonderful things all of you have said - it really is like a big family here! Now it's my turn to get misty eyed...
And I just can't beleive - ohmigosh - ONLY 7 MORE SLEEPS!!!!
(but, as family, remember I can't bring home gifts for everyone.....)
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May 20th, 2006, 11:39 AM
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Lynda and all,
I am a new poster to this board, and am going on the Stanley Wing Safari in June (leaving the states June 14). I am now sure that I have not put enough time into planning my packing, but intend to make up for lost time. Can any of you tell me if there is another thread somewhere that addresses the vaccinations that are necessary (or would be good to have) to go to Kenya and Tanzania?

I think I better get my scale ready to start weighing luggage -- have never really dealt with that before!

I am going with my husband (we come home on our 20th anniversary) and my 15 year old daughter.

Can't wait!

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May 20th, 2006, 12:33 PM
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You can do a search on this board. In the box on the top of this page, type in the word "inoculations" or "Hep A" or "Tetanus" (all without the quotes" ") then click the search button on the right of the screen. In the left column will appear all threads that contain such information.

However, you can always check the cdc site at www.cdc.gov/travel Then select the country/ies where you will find detailed information. Bear in mind that the CDC can be alarmist, but they have to tell all and then you in consultation with your own physician discuss your particular needs.

Note, however, that general practitioners may not be as knoweledgable as a tropical diseases specialist, many of which are affiliated with hospitals. Though you'll find them listed in the yellow pages under "Travel Medicine/Physicians"

Of course, you'll need a malaria med. Most these days take Malarone, though some may take doxycycline (an antibiotic). You'll find details on the CDC site.

For inoculations, Hep A and Tetanus and a Polio booster, especially for adults who haven't had anything since childhood. Your daughter, may not need all of these. The reason to discuss with her pediatrician.

But read the threads for the various comments. None of us here are physicians and can advise only on our own experiences.

I can't believe you haven't received any information from Micato regarding inoculations, etc.

Happy travels.
 
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May 20th, 2006, 05:30 PM
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mrm512 - good advice from Sandi.
Attaching a discussion thread on vaccinations: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...4&tid=34794727
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May 20th, 2006, 10:20 PM
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Hello All:

For anyone wanting a different link to travelers' advisory warnings / precautions regarding international travel, you might want to try a link to the Government of Canada Travel Medice web site www.travelhealth.gc.ca/

Cheers

Jim
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