How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Our tour leader, Geoff, was excellent and certainly made the trip run smoothly. I was a complete novice at camping but he cheerfully helped me put my tent up and showed me how it should be done. I found my sleeping bag like a straight-jacket, so he very kindly lent me his thick blanket until we found a shop where I could purchase one cheaply. He was good company and very knowledgeable about the country. He never got impatient with any questions or small problems that arose, such as an additional ‘bush stop’, when the need arose. He also got on well with our cook and the driver, which made for a good friendly atmosphere throughout the trip. When some went white water-rafting he took the rest of us on a boat trip to the source of the Nile, which was superb.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
The main tip I would give to anyone booking this trip is to keep an open mind and enjoy all the experiences this trip has to offer. A couple of nights it got cold and damp in the tents when we camped near lakes and, on the truck in the mornings, it could be very chilly with all the windows rolled up, so ensure that you take a warm jacket. On the gorilla trek, good walking boots and a pole were essential and you need to be pretty fit. The trek I went on took 4 hours up the mountain and three hours down again, all in 30-35°C of heat. Make sure you hire a guide; they are worth every penny and, besides carrying your rucksack, they also help you over difficult terrain. I definitely wouldn’t have made it without mine, especially as I am in my late 60’s.