About Our Destination
Kenya uses the Kenyan shilling, and Tanzania uses the Tanzanian shilling. All East African countries have stringent exchange regulations; their currencies are not interchangeable. We recommend that you carry as little local cash as possible. We suggest cashing about $50 per person to use for tipping room service or buying small items along the way. Ask for smaller $50/$100/$1000-shilling bills. There is no need to bring Tanzanian shillings, and most places accept U.S. currency. We do suggest bringing smaller bills. ($1, $5, and $10). For updated exchange rates, please click here.
The national language of Kenya and Tanzania is Swahili, but English is widely spoken. There are also approximately 78 tribal dialects.
The East African climate in October/November ranges from 55°F-75°F (13°C-24°C) in Nairobi (Kenya) and 63°F-86°F (17°C-30°C) in the Serengeti (Tanzania) and Maasai Mara (Kenya). The temperatures tend to drop in the evenings, and can be about 10 degrees cooler on the crater, so pack a fleece or sweatshirt. There may be light rain during the day, so be sure to pack a waterproof jacket and umbrella in case of wet weather.
This trip does require a level of mobility, as guests must be able to walk to the safari vehicles which can be up to ¼ mile away, walk on trails, climb a few stairs to their accommodations, up a safari vehicle and be able to handle a few bumpy rides on rocky terrain. Scooters and wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on safari. Please contact us if you have any questions.
- Monday, October 28 — Nairobi
- Tuesday, October 29 — Nairobi
- Wednesday, October 30 — Nairobi / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Thursday, October 31 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Friday, November 1 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Serengeti National Park
- Saturday, November 2 — Serengeti National Park
- Sunday, November 3 — Serengeti National Park / Maasai Mara
- Monday, November 4 — Maasai Mara
- Tuesday, November 5 — Maasai Mara
- Wednesday, November 6 — Maasai Mara / Nairobi
Before Your Trip
What’s not included?
- Accommodations for 10 days/9 nights in the finest hotels, lodges, and tent camps
- Airport group arrival transfer and departure transfers on days of program (October 28 and November 6)
with personal VIP “Meet and Greet” upon arrival at your gate and assistance through immigrations at the
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
- Private day-use rooms on the day of departure, November 6
- All meals while in Kenya & Tanzania
- Water, soft drinks, coffee, and tea at all meals
- All alcohol included at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
- $70 laundry credit at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti and free laundry at Maasai Mara Governor’s
- Special enhancements:
- Meet a Maasai elder
- Visit to the Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s Wildlife Foundation in Nairobi (as seen on ”Oprah”)
- View elephant feeding
- Visit to the Giraffe Center
- Bush luncheon in the Ngorongoro Crater (subject to approval by park authorities)
- Museum visit and lecture at Olduvai Gorge
- Maasai village visit
- Sundowners set-up on last evening (drinks billed to room based on consumption)
- Option to visit and participate in an AmericaShare project, Mukuru slums
- Safari briefing conducted by your Micato Safari Director
- Three flights with all transfers and safaris to enhance your comfort and minimize lengthy drives:
- Private charter flights from Nairobi to Lake Manyara, via Arusha
- Private charter flight from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara
- Private charter or scheduled flight from the Maasai Mara to Nairobi
- On safari, we will seat a maximum of 6 guests in our 9-passenger vehicles guaranteeing a window seat
and access to pop-up roof hatch for each guest. While in Maasai Mara, all open-air 6-passenger jeeps will
seat a maximum of 4 guests.
- Each vehicle is equipped with: ice chests with complementary beverages, safari library with wildlife books
- Services of the Flying Doctors’ Society, an emergency airborne medical unit
- An authentic safari hat and wooden animal necklace as a welcome gift
- An Olivia safari vest (be sure and let us know your size)
- All entrance fees to parks (fees subject to increase)
- Government taxes, VAT and service charges for accommodations and included meals
- All porterage throughout
- All gratuities, including the driver guides and Safari Director
- Micato’s concierge service at all hotels
- Hospitality Desk, fully staffed throughout the day in Nairobi and on safari
- Olivia representative to accompany the group
Travel documentation and identification
A valid passport is required for entry into Africa, and should be kept on your person or in the hotel safe deposit box. Your passport must be valid 6 months after travel. All visitors to Africa are required to have a minimum of two blank pages in their passport book, for room to place their entry visa. If there is insufficient space in the passport, entry into the country will be denied.
U.S. citizens entering Kenya and Tanzania need a separate visa for both countries; we recommend www.genvisa.com to assist with the visa process. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure have all documentation you need to go on this trip.
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then "Vaccinations".
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
- International flights to/from Nairobi
- Alcoholic beverages (except at Four Seasons Safari Lodge)
- Beverages outside of meals
- Laundry in Nairobi and Tanzania
- Individual insurance
- Transfers for guests arriving prior to October 28 or departing after November 6
- Cost of obtaining necessary visas and other incidentals
2019 AFRICAN SAFARI ADVENTURE
|Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date
||$500 per person
|Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date
||25% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date
||50% of trip cost
|Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date
||75% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
||100% of trip cost
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever, it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial trip deposit date to be eligible for certain coverages. Consider travel protection for trip cancellation/trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information, or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are pleased to announce Olivia’s new partnership with Conlin Travel.
Conlin Travel is one of the “Top 50” Travel Agencies in the country ranked alongside some of the globe’s largest agencies. In business for almost 60 years, Conlin Travel’s core belief is aligned with Olivia in delivering that personal concierge service to each and every traveler, every time. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost.
For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (Monday–Friday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm ET)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Joining the Olivia.com and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's 2019 African Safari Adventure Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s African Safari Adventure 2019 Group on Facebook.
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible, but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
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Travel and arrival
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into and out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Kenya (NBO). We encourage all passengers to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. A pre-trip one–night hotel package on October 27 with a VIP meet-and-greet transfer will be available to add-on approximately 11 months prior to trip. Please refer to the Vacation Stretcher page for more information.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Please plan to arrive anytime on October 28. Most flights from the U.S. / Europe arrive in the evening. Your departing flight must be after 10 pm on November 6.
In order to take advantage of the Olivia transfer from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) to the Fairmont Norfolk hotel, your flight should be scheduled to arrive in Nairobi on October 28 and depart out of Nairobi after 10 pm on November 6. Transfers are not included from the domestic Wilson airport or for any flights arriving or departing on non-program dates.
We encourage you to contact the airlines directly to confirm your flights, baggage allowance, and seat assignments prior to departure.
Airfare discountsSave up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
On light aircraft flights in Kenya and Tanzania, the baggage allowance is 33 lbs, excluding camera and video equipment. Please pack a soft-sided “safari bag” (a small duffle bag with or without wheels) as they are much easier to load onto small planes. All excess luggage can be stored at the hotel in Nairobi. Luggage and personal effects are at owners' risk throughout the tour and we advise you to obtain baggage insurance. For your flight to Kenya, please contact your air carrier for the latest baggage requirements and allowance.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Your Micato staff will provide you a VIP meet-and-greet service. She will meet you at your gate and assist you through customs at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and you will be transferred to the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. A dedicated Airport Team will coordinate and handle your arrival and your Micato porters will expedite your luggage at the airport. You will be transferred from the airport to the hotel, where you are pre-registered for check-in. Should you have any queries, your Micato Safaris Concierge staff will be at their desk in the lounge to answer all your questions.
During your trip
Special mobility and dietary needs
If you have special medical or dietary needs, please advise us at the time of booking, or contact Olivia Guest Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not notified us of your dietary needs.
The voltage is 220, which is the same as in Europe. However, the plugs are shaped differently than in America and most parts of Europe. You will need 3-prong square adapters. As outlets sometimes vary, if you plan to operate electric appliances, we suggest you travel with a set of international adapter plugs as well as a voltage converter. Most camera battery and computer chargers have the 110/220-V converters built in, but double-check this. With the proper converters, you can easily re-charge your batteries at all of the accommodations on safari, including the tents. Please note that lodges in the game parks sometimes turn off their generators during the day, which means no electricity is available during that time.
Gratuities, including your hotel staff (except for room service delivery), porter, driver/guide, hostesses and Safari Director are included. If you received exceptional service from someone, you are welcome to give an additional gratuity. If you take an optional excursion, you may want to tip your guide/driver.
Most lodges do not have readily available phones; in an emergency, you may be contacted through Micato Safaris offices in Nairobi. We suggest you check with your carrier about cell phone service in Kenya and Tanzania. Complete information about emergency contact information will be available in your final documents, which will be emailed to you 3-4 weeks in advance of the trip.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the hotel in Nairobi and the safari lodges/camp in Tanzania and Maasai Mara. The Wi-Fi works best in the public areas, but is not always dependable.
Laundry, pressing, and dry-cleaning services are available at Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge has very minimal charges. The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides each guest with a $70 laundry credit. The Maasai Mara Governor’s Camp in Kenya includes free laundry services. No self-serve laundry is available.
We utilize the services of the Flying Doctor's Society, an elite, airborne medical unit. Should you require emergency medical assistance, they will be dispatched. If necessary, they evacuate travelers to Nairobi, where excellent medical facilities are available. Medical treatment is available for a fee.
Please refrain from smoking in safari vehicles and other enclosed places where it may affect others.
Feel free to meet other solos and travelers online in the Olivia’s African Safari Adventure Group.
After Your Trip
Transfers to the airport
After the trip, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your evening flight home on November 6.
We will be offering an optional one-night pre-night hotel for those who wish to come in a day early and rest before the big adventure. A one-night package with VIP airport meet-and-greet transfer with breakfast included will be available 11 months prior to trip. Please note, if you book a pre-hotel night on your own, and not through Olivia directly, the airport transfer and on-site concierge desk is not available until program start date. Please refer to the Vacation Stretcher page for more information.
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