Trip Planning

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|

6 things I didn’t need to pack for safari

As the safari drew nearer…
I felt as though I made a thousand trips to REI, and that I read every single TripAdvisor and LonelyPlanet forum post there was.  I read Frommers, Fodors, Virtual Tourist — and what felt like the first 5 pages each time I did a Google search (and I did many).  Still, […]

February 19th, 2014|Safari, Trip Planning|

4 things we wished we’d done differently

1.  Started our days earlier.  Taken a siesta.  A lot of activity happens in the early morning, or early evening.  In the middle of the day, when it’s hotter out, the animals tend to be a bit more quiet…so we hear.  We were fortunate, I think, because in November, it’s not as hot as at […]

February 18th, 2014|Safari, Trip Planning|

4 things we should have packed

Across our group of six, here are things that someone on our trip wishes they’d packed, and the advice we have for our friends…Okay, and actually, I guess there are 5 things!   We’re lucky we were traveling with a group of friends, and could borrow/loan!

1.  Bring a wildlife reference book.   We had lots of questions […]

February 17th, 2014|Safari, Trip Planning|

8 “runner ups” – “What to pack”

These items were close runner-ups for “best items” to purchase:

Permethrin:  We sprayed Permethrin (Insect Repellent) generously all over our clothes.  This seemed like a better idea than spraying Deet all over ourselves!  It seemed to work. Maybe it was the season (November?) , or maybe we were just lucky. We had almost no problem with insects or […]

February 15th, 2014|Safari, Trip Planning|

Things we’re glad we packed

What to bring?  It took us a long time to figure out what to pack.  Plus, we weren’t just going on safari — we were also going gorilla trekking!

Amazon is a really convenient place to purchase from, has good prices, and has great customer service.

NOTE: Because we are close to an REI (only in the US, as […]

January 18th, 2014|Safari, Trip Planning|

Shopping Spree! Where we found our deals

Amazon is very convenient, has good pricing, and we got a lot of stuff from them. We’ve listed some other options below, but some of these are local to the San Francisco area. I’m also not sure if they ship internationally.

REI: We are huge fans of REI, and are members. If you’re not familiar with REI, […]

January 2nd, 2014|Safari, Trip Planning|