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May 21st, 2006, 06:38 AM
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Hi Jim:
Ditto re nice to meet you. I am very excited for both of you and I am sure that you will have a great trip.

Lynda, just think--you will soon be adding your own trip report to the index!
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May 21st, 2006, 09:29 AM
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Now that will be interesting, bat - I guess I can say all kinds of good things about my report!
Once we get back I have the newer, more detailed one that I can put up - I arranged everyone's trip in date order from the oldest to the newest and also made sure that the specific camps/lodges were named in each report - I hadn't done that in any of the original ones I put up. That way someone can find reports on a particular lodge they are staying at. It's all ready to go - just havn't found the time to start a new thread and paste it in yet - but I will whejn I get back!
CAN'T WAIT TO GO!!!
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May 21st, 2006, 11:50 AM
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Thanks for the advice on immunizations. I do have contact information for a travel doctor, so I am going to call his office tomorrow. Our regular docs don't seem to have a handle on this at all, and the health dept. wants us to get every innoculation known to man.

On another subject, Lynda, when did you receive the bags from Micato? I saw an old post of yours that looked to me like you got them about 2 months in advance. I am less than 4 weeks away, and have gotten nothing but some preliminary information from them. I have not been in contact with them much, so maybe I need to call someone there.

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May 21st, 2006, 12:44 PM
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Lynda,
This thread has been most informative and amusing. We leave in 1 sleep and used your packing list (and everyone's comments) to make sure we covered all the bases. It is also our first safari and were worried we would forget something.

We will post a trip report upon our return. Thanks everyone.
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May 21st, 2006, 03:58 PM
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Lynda & Jim,
Happy anniversary and hope you have a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear all about it.
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May 22nd, 2006, 11:58 AM
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mrm512-
Yes, that is strange that you have not received the bags yet - they must really be behind! Call Fran at the New York office, and tell her I sent you (Lynda from Vancouver) she'll know exactly who I am - and tell her you REALLY need those bags to pre-plan the packing! I probably did get them earlier as Fran knew I wouldn't leave her alone until she sent them to me. They are huge - but caution, they do 8 lbs in themselves!
Did you get the pre-safari book with all sorts of information in it? In there, it does mention about the innoculation requirements - it says that at this time none are REQUIRED, but to check with your local travel health clinic for recommendations, which is what I did. Just as you say though, they did recommend one of everything and we walked out of there 500.00 lighter in the pocket. (ouch). And we even had a few from prior that were still good! (Hep A or B or something like that)
Have you obtained your visas yet - the info was in the same package - hope so as time is getting 'iffy' on that if you are going to do it in advance for both countries. Fran told me that we could obtain the Kenyan visa upon arrival, but that we would need to get the Tanzanian visa in advance.
With the bags, you will get flashlights, luggage tags and a really nice bound detailed personalized safari info book with what you will be doing each day.
Are you going earlier than most to Nairobi, or are you staying over somewhere - as your safari starts on the Monday June 19, correct?

And Peter_Joanne - wow, tommorrow -I am so excited for you guys and will look forward to your trip report! Where are you going, maybe we will be in the same place at the same time? Where in Canada do you live - I'm in Vancouver.
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May 22nd, 2006, 12:43 PM
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mrm512 -
Just wanted to say hi and that I am going on the Stanley Wing safari, but I leave the states on June 10. I received my Micato bag last week.
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May 23rd, 2006, 06:05 AM
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Just to let everyone know, I did receive my bags and other items yesterday (Monday). Those bags are huge. My daughter and husband are balking at using them due to the sheer size and weight. I cannot seem to get them focussed on what they need to be packing! I think my (15 y-o) daughter thinks she can bring her whole wardrobe, as usual. Believe me, I have tried to tell her otherwise. I thought I read somewhere that they provide a safari-type hat on the tour -- do you know if that is true? I might have been reading something from another tour company. Another question for Lynda -- I see you have gloves packed "for the balloon ride." What is that about?

As for the innoculations, I have arranged to go to a "travel doctor" in my area on Thursday for whatever shots we need. I still am not keen on getting anything other than the malaria pills, but since I am taking my daughter to get them, I will go ahead and get them myself. I hear you about the money part!

I did get my visas done already, so that isn't a problem.

I am headed to NYC this weekend and then I guess I will be focussing full time on the Africa trip. I wish I was half as organized as Lynda!!!!

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May 23rd, 2006, 06:12 AM
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Mary - Re the other inoculations, note that the Hep A and Tetanus will serve you well whether at home or traveling. You can get Hep A at the finest restaurants in the world, and anyone can trip on the piece of wood and be infected with Tetanus. Both inocs last for 10-years. And though Polio has technically been eradicated, there are occasional breakouts around the world. The polio booster will last the rest of your life.

Yellow Fever is no longer a requirement for entry into these countries if traveling from western countries. If, however, you plan to be traveling within the next six (6) months to another country, do check whether they have a requirement for Yellow Fever if you had previously been to Kenya/Tanzania.

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May 23rd, 2006, 11:16 PM
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Hi Mary-
Those bags are huge, aren't they? They actually weigh a walloping 8lbs....
You are right about the safari hat - but it is given to us at the safari briefing on Monday morning. I think I recall it comes with a Nairobi info pack and some pre-stamped postcards so that we don't have to spend time looking for a post office!
The gloves are for the 'optional' balloon ride offered in the Maasai Mara - did you book it as well? It's expensive, but it was on my list of 101 Things To Do Before We Die, so what could I do, right???
A few people told me it can can get quite cold up there in the balloon in the very early morning and to bring gloves and a toque (ski cap) - but since we will have our Tilley hats, as well as the Micato hats, I didn't pack the ski cap.
You'll just be going as we come back (we took the optional Zanzibar extension on the end of the trip) so we'll both have some great stories to tell in July!
Now I'm dying of curiosity as to where you are going before the safari - do you have a long stop over in London or Amsterdam?
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May 24th, 2006, 04:33 AM
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Lynda,
We are not stopping anywhere before the Africa trip. We get into Nairobi the evening of June 15 (if I have all of my time changes and dates right). I think this is one they added late and is not in their brochure. Anyway, I am pretty sure it filled, or more than filled so they seem to be doing a great business.

I am having a hard time deciding what to pack. Like I said in another post, I am going to NYC this weekend, so I have not been 100% focussed on the safari, but I know I am going to be freaking out next week.

Our trip ends on June 28, and back to the states on June 29. It will be here before I know it.

We are doing the balloon ride. I didn't realize it would be that cold. I will probably just put some of those throw-away stretch gloves in somewhere since they take up no room.

The bag from Micato is huge, but I am not sure yet if I am going to use it or not. It probably depends on the weight of all of my other junk.

I can't remember now when you said you were leaving, but I think it is soon. I cannot imagine how excited you must be. Have a fabulous time and we can compare notes in July.

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May 24th, 2006, 07:54 AM
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Hi Mary-
We are leaving Fridy evening!!! Ohmigosh!!!
I remember Fran telling me they were thinking about adding some more of the Stanley Wing's as they had filled up very early on. We booked last August, and Fran told me they closed ours at 16 people, in January I think it was.
I'm not too sure if you have to use the bags or not - I'm sure you probably wouldn't really HAVE to, but I do remember Fran telling me that they send them out to use so that they can get everyone's bags off of the small planes very quickly and easily - just pull all of the green bags in the hold!
Back last summer, there was a trip report that someone's (not with Micato) luggage got pulled off at the wrong camp - this is probably why they do it.
Fran did tell me when I emailed here that if we were a pound or two over that would be OK, and I look at the size of it as being good to bring back lots of souvenirs!
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May 26th, 2006, 08:04 AM
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Well, here it is - ZERO sleeps to go so I thought I would finish this thread with how I did on that packing!

My Micato duffle bag empty weighed 8 lbs. Bad start. My clothes weigh 13 lbs. My 'stuff' - which is half of the 'things' listed at the start of this thread (because Jim is taking the other half in his duffle), weigh 15 lbs. So, I am in the end 36 lbs for the inter-Africa flights.

Now, I did add 10 lbs to this for gifts for Kennedy's (Nairobi car & driver for the first day) 2 girls - a bag each full of goodies for them! So for the international flight the bag will be 46 lbs, but those will come out in Nairobi and it will be back to 36 lbs.

My carry on shoulder bag weighs 16 lbs (that's all those wine gums in there - they'll be gone soon!). My purse is my second carry on for the international flight, probably weighs 5 lbs - most of the weight being my paperback the 'Constant Gardener' - but will be emptied and not used inter-Africa. I'll use my Tilley vest for what's in the purse within Africa.

What did I ditch? Well, the clothes stayed exactly as is - couldn't get any 'skinnier' than the list at the top of this thread. The jury is still out on the small coffee (1 lb 4 oz) maker and the small bag of sugar & creamer - if Jim is overweight that will have to go. I brought just the basics for my 'stationery store', in the end it weighed 4 oz INCLUDING the tiny travel stapler, Dennis!

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May 26th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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Oops, I hit post instead of the enter key!
I did ditch a few small items in each category as I went along, as per the suggestions on this thread - the travel lint roller, the shoe stuff (who cares if you sandals are dusty), the Purell sanitizer, and the travel umbrella.

So, that's it - I'm off to to see how much Jim's weighs now - but just wanted to let everyone know how I did!

Bye, bye - I'll miss all you guys - 'see' you in three weeks!
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May 26th, 2006, 08:09 AM
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This thread has been so instuctive and entertaining. Thanks for starting it, and I hope you have a wonderful safe trip.

Can't wait to read your report. (I'm betting the coffee maker goes with you!)

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May 26th, 2006, 11:01 AM
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We'll miss you too! It'll be quiet around here with you, sandi and cooncat1/2/3 gone
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May 26th, 2006, 11:10 AM
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Lynda,
I think we'll pass each other in the air when you're coming back and I'm heading out. Have a great trip! And thanks again for the packing list. I just copied it and cut it in half.
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May 26th, 2006, 11:12 AM
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Have an AMAZING time Lynda and mind those Cheetahs.
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May 26th, 2006, 11:56 AM
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Leely,
Remind me when you're leaving again.
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Patty, June 15. THREE WEEKS!
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