Safari

Safari!

March 15th, 2014|Safari|

Planning our safari vacation – Rwanda and Tanzania

Kenya? South Africa? Tanzania?

It was almost overwhelming thinking about all the places we could go on safari. But once we decided to also see the gorillas…setting the rest of our itinerary was easy.

Here are the questions we asked ourselves:

When and where can we see the gorillas?

Rwanda and Uganda both offer opportunities to hike into the […]

March 13th, 2014|Trip Planning|

On safari in November – Tanzania!

November is the “short” rainy season.  So I was a little worried before we went, about what a “short rainy” season might imply.  Would we get “rained out” during our vacation?  But “short” rainy season just seems to mean that on any given day, it might rain for an hour or so. It turned out just […]

March 10th, 2014|Safari, Trip Planning|

Is a private safari vacation for you?

It sounds incredibly luxurious and ultra expensive.  But it turns out a private safari doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive — especially if you’re thinking of going with friends (which we were).  Here’s what we considered, in deciding whether to book a private safari:

Did we want to go with other people, or on “our own”?

We […]

February 20th, 2014|Tour Operators|

13 Photography Tips for Gorilla Trekking

After reading about what the actual trekking is like, here are a few things that I think you may find useful with respect to photographing the amazing gorillas!

1. Should I bring a tripod or monopod?

I would suggest not to. Most of the terrain is very uneven and tangled with underbrush so it’s more probable that […]

February 20th, 2014|Gorilla Trekking|

Things we’re glad we packed for Rwanda

What to bring?  It took us a long time – and many trips to REI – to figure out what to pack.  Plus, we weren’t just going on safari — we were also going gorilla trekking!
Here’s what was particularly useful in Rwanda:

Hiking Boots:  The hike to visit the gorillas was full of mud and buffalo dung.  It was […]

February 20th, 2014|Gorilla Trekking|

What to expect on a Gorilla Trek (part 2)

After hiking in the forest for a bit over an hour, our guide suddenly stopped us.  To our left, there were a few gorillas hanging out, just ahead.  We were totally, completely in awe.  Then we kept going.  After another 15 minutes or so, he stopped us.  By the way, if this sounds easy, it […]

February 20th, 2014|Gorilla Trekking|

What to expect on a Gorilla Trek

At around 7am, we drove to a central meeting point.  There seemed to be about 50-60 tourists there, and a lot of guides as well.  They had coffee and tea, and while we drank coffee and woke up, the guides talked.

It was good to get there early!  There are quite a few different gorilla families, […]

February 20th, 2014|Gorilla Trekking|

Electronics

We had a lot of questions about electricity and power before we went.  Just as reference, we brought along a tablet and also had camera batteries to recharge.  We used the tablet mainly for downloading photos at the end of each day.

Here are a few comments:

connectivity:  Once we got there, most of the places we stayed […]

February 20th, 2014|Travel Logistics|

Visas

We needed visas to enter Tanzania, and followed these instructions: http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/tzevisa.html.  We had to mail our passports in to get the visas, so you may want/need to allot time for that.

Rwanda doesn’t require a visa for US citizens, for a stay of less than 90 days:

http://rwanda.visahq.com/
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/rwanda/passport-visa

We got our visas in advance of the trip, just to […]

February 20th, 2014|Travel Logistics|