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About Our Destination

Currency
Kenya uses the Kenyan 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 $100 per person to use for tipping room service or buying small items along the way. Ask for $50/$100/$1000 shilling bills.
Languages
The national language of Kenya is Swahili, but English is widely spoken. There are also approximately 78 tribal dialects.
Climate
The East African climate in 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). There may be light rain during the day, so be sure to pack a rain jacket and umbrella in case of wet weather.
Destinations
  • Sunday, November 2, 2014 – Arrive Nairobi
  • Monday, November 3, 2014 – Nairobi
  • Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – Nairobi / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Serengeti National Park
  • Friday, November 7, 2014 – Serengeti National Park
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Serengeti National Park / Maasai Mara
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014 – Maasai Mara
  • Monday, November 10, 2014 – Maasai Mara
  • Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – Depart Massai Mara to Nairobi

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What is 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 (November 2, 2014 and November 11, 2014) with personal “Meet and Greet” upon arrival at Jomo Kenyata International Airport (NBO)
  • Private day-use rooms on the day of departure
  • All meals while in Kenya & Tanzania
  • Water, soft drinks, coffee, tea at all meals
  • Special enhancements and time-saving flights
  • Meeting with a Maasai Elder
  • Visit to Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s Wildlife Foundation in Nairobi (as seen on Oprah)
  • Visit to Karen Blixen’s home (author of “Out of Africa”) and to Giraffe Center
  • Lunch at Gemini’s, featuring African jewelry
  • Bush luncheon in the Ngorongoro Crater (subject to approval by park authorities)
  • Museum visit and lecture at Olduvai Gorge
  • Maasai village visit
  • Farewell Bush dinner
  • Option to visit America Share sponsored project and participate
  • Safari briefing conducted by your Micato Safari Director
  • Private charter flights from Nairobi to Lake Manyara, via Arusha
  • Private charter flight from Serengeti to Maasai Mara
  • Private charter or scheduled flight from Maasai Mara to Nairobi
  • Guaranteed window seat and access to pop-up roof hatch on safari vehicles (complimentary beverages included)
  • Safari library with wildlife guidebooks
  • Services of the Flying Doctors’ Society, an emergency airborne medical unit
  • Welcome gift, including authentic safari hat and wooden animal necklace
  • Olivia safari vest (let us know your size in advance)
  • All entrance fees to parks (subject to increase), which are covered in NDA fees
  • Government taxes, VAT and service charges relating to accommodations and included meals, which are covered in NDA fees
  • All porterage throughout
  • All gratuities, including the Driver Guides and Safari Director, which are covered in NDA fees
  • Micato’s concierge service
  • Hospitality desk, fully staffed throughout the day in Nairobi and on safari
  • Olivia representative to accompany the group
What’s not included?
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Beverages outside of meals
  • Laundry
  • Individual insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Phone/Fax
  • International flights to/from Nairobi
  • Transfers for guests arriving prior to November 2, 2014 or departing after Nov. 11, 2014
  • Cost of obtaining passport, visa or other necessary documentation
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
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.
Visa
U.S. citizens entering Kenya and Tanzania need a separate visa for both countries; we recommend http://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 you have all the documentation you need to go on this trip.
Vaccinations
At the time of this page update, the Yellow Fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania. Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Joining the Olivia trip groups online
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on this trip, sign up for the Olivia Connect trip group or the Olivia Facebook trip group.

Travel and arrival

Air travel
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into and out of Nairobi, Kenya (NBO). We encourage all passengers to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Please arrive anytime on or before November 2, 2014. Most flights from the U.S. / Europe arrive in the evening. Your departing flight on November 11, 2014 must be after 10:00pm.
Discount airfare offer
The AA discount code A34H4AA is good for 5% off and applies to flights into and out of Nairobi, Kenya (NBO). For the discount to apply, your flight must originate on an American Airlines flight from the U.S. only. It can connect with British Air in London, but the discount will NOT apply if the first leg of service from the U.S. is not American Airlines. Dates of travel are October 30 – November 14, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can only be booked by calling (800) 433-1790 ($25 booking fee applies). In order for discount code to be valid, flight cannot be solely on a codeshare airline; the originating flight must be on American Airlines.
We are proud to partner with Delta Airlines. The Delta Airlines discount code NMGKC is good for up to a 10% off and applies to flights into and out of Nairobi, Kenya (NBO). Dates of travel are October 30 – November 14, 2014. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling (800) 328-1111 ($25 booking fee applies), visiting delta.com/booking (no booking fee) or calling your travel agent (if applicable) and mentioning the discount codes. Not all fares are eligible for use with this discount code. Fare rules will determine eligibility.
In order to take advantage of the Olivia transfer from NBO International airport to the Norfolk hotel, your flight should be scheduled to arrive in Nairobi on November 2, 2014. Most flights arrive in the evening. Your departure flight should be scheduled out of Nairobi after 10:00pm on November 11, 2014. 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.
Extending your trip
Should you wish to extend your vacation in South Africa or other African destinations, our tour operator, Micato, will be happy to put together a custom package for you. Please contact Patricia DeMaio at (212) 545-7111, ext. 126.
Olivia’s preferred travel agency
We are happy to partner with a full service travel agency, Panorama Travel. They provide excellent service for competitive airfares (business class and economy), additional transfers or hotels/tours outside of Olivia offerings. A $50 per person charge will be assessed for a consultation to discuss travel needs and airfare. This amount will be applied to your overall costs should you decide to use their services. A service fee will be assessed according to the amount of travel booked. For an additional fee, they can also assist you with using your frequent flyer miles for free tickets and upgrades. You can reach them at 800-523-0093 or 503-682-6800.
Luggage allowances
On light aircraft flights in Kenya and Tanzania, the baggage allowance is 33 pounds, 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 Safari Director will meet you after you pass through customs at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and you will be transferred to the 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

Electricity
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. 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 converters built in, but double check this. With the proper adapters, you can easily re-charge your batteries in 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.
Excursions
All Safari vehicle excursions are included in the cost of your trip. There are morning and afternoon safaris available. There will also be an optional Hot Air Balloon excursion and a trip to Lake Victoria that you may book at an additional cost.
Gratuities
Gratuities, including your hotel staff (except for room service delivery), porter, driver/guide 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.
Laundry and dry cleaning
Laundry, pressing and dry cleaning service is available at all locations. Some camps include free laundry services; others are very minimal. No self-serve laundry is available.
Medical services
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.
Smoking policy
Please refrain from smoking in safari vehicles and other enclosed places where it may affect others.
Telephone
Most lodges do not have readily available phones; in an emergency, you may be contacted through Micato Safaris offices in Nairobi. Complete information about this will be available in your trip guide, which will be emailed to you 3-4 weeks in advance of the trip.

After Your Trip

Transfers to the airport
After the trip, you will be transferred to the airport for your evening flights home.

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