WHAT TO TAKE
Below is a list of items that we suggest you bring
along on your trip. However the end list of items depends on each individual
but please bear in mind the weight limitations of your luggage and in
particular take exceptional note of what you can and cannot take in Hand
Luggage also taking note of the size of any Hand Luggage you are allowed to
The list regarding this in mind is as up to date as
I can keep it and we suggest you check on the relevant airline website closer
to departure for correct advice.
British Airways site is usually very good and most
other operators use their information. www.baa.com
I will contact you if there are any alterations
closer to our departure if possible.
At the moment only one piece of hand luggage is
allowed on board any plane.
This should not be any larger than 56cm x 45cm x
25cm and they are being very strict about this.
All items such as money, passport, camera equipment needs
to be in this one piece of hand luggage ( in other words you should not have
any thing at all in your pockets).
Liquids, cosmetics, toiletries, gels or pastes
(including food stuffs) and sharp items (including scissors and knives) are not allowed
in hand luggage and should be in your main luggage.
Any electronic equipment such as mobile phones and
camera gear should be able to be taken out of the hand luggage easily for
individual x-ray so you may like to bear this in mind when you are packing your
Please note - Any tripod or monopod
that you take should be carried in the main luggage not hand
Food and drink will be available to purchase in the
departure lounges and can be taken on board the plane.
Depending on which trip we are taking I will let
you know what currency is necessary
Most credit cards are usually accepted at most places
but do not let it out of your sight when paying for anything.
For security I keep a small amount of money in my
pocket but keep my credit cards, other money and passport in a money belt or
similar out of sight.
Be vigilant at all times especially in airports.
It is not always possible to exchange travel
cheques so I do not take any.
Passport – This should be valid for 6 months beyond
the return date of the trip
Vaccination certificates – You cannot get into some
countries without these – make sure they are all up to date
Medication - Malaria tablets if required and any
Money including credit card
EHIC Card – this may be useful when travelling
through European countries
I always make copies of all the above documents and
leave one copy at home and put one copy in my main luggage with the originals
going in my hand luggage
Good walking or hiking boots – Mine fit me like a
glove and that is essential when we can be wearing them most of the day
Lightweight pair of everyday trainers or similar
for travelling in and around the lodge
3 or 4 pairs of lightweight long trousers
3 or 4 long sleeved lightweight shirts
2 or 3 tee shirts
1 or 2 pairs of shorts – mostly for around
Swimwear – Towels are usually supplied at the
Rain mac or cagoule
Do not forget glasses (for reading or other
use) if you need them.
Sunglasses are useful but a wide brimmed hat
is just as good (or both if you have them).
Warm clothing for travelling.
Basic first aid kit – I always carry one but you
are welcome to take one if you want
Mosquito repellent – Repellents
with Deet in them, although very good, can destroy plastics in particular
camera equipment - I use Prevent
Small day pack for excursions
Bottle or canteen to carry water on hikes
Torch for early morning or night walks with
Camera/video equipment including
spare batteries and film/memory cards. Do not forget your battery charger and
universal adapter as power is available at all sites
Notebook and pen
All costs of trips are based on a shared room with twin or double beds. If
you are travelling alone and do not mind sharing I will pair you with someone of the same
If a single room is preferred or a suitable room-mate is not available a single supplement fee may be payable - Please see the costs for each trip.
Electricity is available at all of the lodges that
we visit to be able to recharge any camera/video batteries.
However some lodges do not have electric available
at all times so I will let you know on each trip if this is the case.
All the lodges that we visit provide towels for
personal hygiene and for use when swimming so it is not necessary to carry
these bulky items with you in your luggage.
A laundry service is provided at some lodges.
There will be a charge for this service which is
not included within the cost of the trip.
As we generally have
people from different nationalities on our trips then most people prefer to
arrange their own International Flights to the destination country.
This does give you
the opportunity to be able to negotiate the price and route to the destination
We are still able
to organise flights from the UK to the Country of our trips but the cost
may alter right up to the time of booking the actual flights.
If we organise your
International Flights there will be a £30 booking fee as we use agents to
book our flights.
The prices on our
trips shows everything that is included within the trip and also shows an
estimated flight cost to give you an idea of how much the whole trip will
Please ensure that we have given
you confirmation of the trip dates, times and place to meet before you
book your flights.
INTERNAL FLIGHTS -
On some trips it is
necessary to include some internal Flights within the countries that we are
The cost of these
Flights are usually included within the cost of the trip so that the whole group is travelling
together within those countries
MULTI - NATIONAL
Our customers come
from all walks of life from gap year students to mature travellers as well as
from different countries including Europe (UK, France, Germany, Holland etc) as
well as from the USA. Many customers have travelled with me several times.
Everyone is going on
the trip for similar reasons to see the Parrots and the Wildlife in their
Natural Habitats to enjoy a truly unique experience.
The itinerary for the
trip may change slightly due to weather or other things beyond our control but
it should not alter your enjoyment of the trip in any way. We may alter the
days around to try to do everything on our original itinerary to get the best
out of what we may see.
prices include transfers from the airport within the destination country, all
transport including drivers within the destination country, all accommodation,
all meals (unless otherwise stated), all drinks (tea, coffee and water), all
local guides (mostly English speaking).
Brookes accompanies all these trips as an additional guide and trip leader to
ensure the trip runs smoothly and makes sure everyone gets the best out of the
NOT INCLUDED is the
International flights, Travel insurance,
visas, Items of a personal nature, souvenirs, alcoholic drinks, tips and
flights are necessary within the country of the trip some will be
included with the trip but please check the itinerary
Some countries charge
a Departure tax to leave the country - this is usually payable at the airport
when leaving (for example Costa Rica is $26 per person|)
Deposits should be paid as
soon as you have received a confirmation of booking (Please fill in the booking
form first) - cost will vary depending on the length of trip.
Extra deposits per
person may be required if you want to join any trip extensions, please see
individual details on the relevant trip page.
will need to be paid for in full or purchased by yourselves separately.
The balance must be
paid in full 90 days before departure date. A reminder will be sent.
The balance can be
paid in instalments to suit yourself as long as it is paid in full by 90
days before departure date.
CHEQUE - Unfortunately I am
only able to take cheques from UK bank accounts.
Please make cheque
and send to address
Narrowboats, Fosse Way, Stretton under Fosse, Rugby,
Warwickshire, CV23 0PU, ENGLAND
BANK TRANSFER - Please ask for
CREDIT CARD - I am able to accept
credit cards through a paypal account. If you want to pay then send
me an email with the amount and I will send an invoice. Unfortunately
I am charged 3.4% to accept payments in this manner and I will add this to
each invoice. Anyone paying from another country may have to pay other charges
from their own bank and I suggest you enquire about any such possible extra
All passports must be valid for at least 6 months
beyond the end of the trip.
Your passport must be carried with you at all times
unless you are within the grounds of the lodge.
I photocopy my passport and leave a copy at home as
well as copies in different parts of my luggage - this applies to all other
documents including travel insurance etc.
Visas are not necessary for UK passport holders at
the moment on any of my trips.
If this changes I will inform everyone on the trip.
Non-UK citizens (European and US citizens etc.)
should seek advice from their own consulate.
Travel Insurance is essential for all these trips
but is not included in the price of the trip.
A copy of your travel insurance will be required
for my records nearer to the departure date.
I am now able to arrange a
comprehensive travel insurance for any of the trips advertised on this
SPECIAL MEDICATION AND JABS
Doctors surgeries do not seem to have the wall
charts, that they used to, with all the different requirements for the
different countries as they are continuously changing.
However advice can be obtained from MASTA (Medical
Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) www.masta.org
Outline details are:-
About 2 months before travelling contact MASTA on
09068 224100 (charged at 60p/min calls last about 5 minutes) or fill in a form
They send you the report within 7 days.
You should then make an appointment with your own
doctor (take the report with you) to have the relevant immunisations
These are only outline details. I suggest you get
in touch with your own Doctor first to confirm what is required as soon as
possible so as to be fully prepared
People travelling from countries other than the UK
I recommend that you contact your own Doctor well in advance of travelling as
some medication requires starting prior to travelling.
GENERAL FIRST AID
There are generally lots of mosquitoes on most of
our trips so anti-mosi spray and afterbite are recommended.
Anti-mosi spray with Deet in although very good can
cause corrosive damage to plastics as on camera and video equipment so I use a
I always carry a small well equipped first aid kit
but you are welcome to take your own.
First aid as well as anti-venoms are available at