- October 28, 2019 — Nairobi
Welcome to Nairobi. The largest city between Cairo and Johannesburg, Nairobi is a modern, cosmopolitan
capital. Graceful jacaranda and bougainvillea line the main streets, and parks and gardens occupy large areas
in the centre. Located in the fertile highlands at 5,000 feet, it has a delightful climate, with warm sunny days
and cool nights. The city has undergone a dramatic expansion in its recent past. Today, you will see a thriving
business centre, with the modern Kenyatta Conference Centre and Parliament Building, first-class restaurants
and hotels. The traditional architecture still survives in colourful wooden buildings with tiled roofs and arcades
from the colonial era. Your Olivia Safari Director will meet you after you pass 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 all the arrivals. Olivia-Micato porters will expedite luggage at the airport for you. Enjoy a
cool drink in the vehicle while you transfer from the airport to the hotel, where you will be pre-registered for checkin.
You will be greeted with a welcome drink and a welcome package. Your complimentary Olivia Safari vest will
be waiting for you in your room. Overnight at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.
- October 29, 2019 — Nairobi
After an early morning breakfast at your hotel, your Olivia Micato Safari Director will give you a Safari Briefing
where you will have a chance to ask all the questions you have about your upcoming safari. You will also be
properly welcomed with an authentic safari hat and a hand-carved animal necklace.
Visit to Giraffe Centre
The Giraffe Centre, resting within 120 acres of primeval forest, is only eight miles from Nairobi. It is home to the
African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), devoted to the preservation of endangered Rothschild giraffe. The
centre raises and relocates the giraffes to the wild. In addition to a multitude of other good works, AFEW brings
thousands of African school children, many of whom would otherwise never see a wild animal, to the centre for
educational programming. You will have the rare treat of hand-feeding these gentle giants while facing them eyeto-eye
from an elevated viewing platform.
Visit the Dame Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Featured on “Oprah” a few years ago, it was established by Dame Daphne Sheldrick adjacent to her home on the
edge of Nairobi National Park. An engaging world-class conservation figure, her late husband was the first Game
Warden of Tsavo National Park and in his memory, she initiated a memorial foundation and animal orphanage.
Mrs. Sheldrick is the premier authority on the successful raising of milk-dependent infant elephant and rhino
orphans, and their re-releasing into the wild. Our visit will coincide with the animals’ 11 am feeding.
- October 30, 2019 — Nairobi / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After an early breakfast, you’re off on safari! A charter flight will take you to Kilimanjaro Airport in northern
Tanzania. After clearing immigration formalities, you will continue with a charter flight to the airstrip at Lake
Manyara. Enjoy lunch at the Lake Manyara Serena Lodge before driving two hours to the Ngorongoro
Conservation Area and your lodge. Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest
point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometer above the
crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera. Themed around traditionally circular
African houses with conical roofs and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way
of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama
does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split-level interiors of the main building which all
offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming
ambience of both warmth and coziness. Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
- October 31, 2019 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Journey in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle into one of the world’s largest calderas — nine miles in diameter and 2,500 feet
deep. Spend the morning tracking animals on the floor of the crater. Declared a sanctuary in 1928, the Ngorongoro
Conservation Area contains within its borders 30,000 mammals, including the last population of black rhino in
northern Tanzania and all the “big five” game animals. Diverse habitats of forest, swamp, grassland and lake make
it an exciting area to explore. After a day of adventure and a privately catered picnic lunch on the crater floor
(subject to the approval of park authorities), return to your lodge. Then relax on the terrace, cocktail in hand, while
the fiery sun makes its dramatic exit and spreads its glow over the crater. Overnight at the Ngorongoro Sopa
- November 1, 2019 — Serengeti National Park
After breakfast, drive to Serengeti National Park. Stop en route to visit Olduvai Gorge, where for more than 50
years the Leakey family has been uncovering fossils of humans and animals, including the fossil of Homo habilis
(handy man), the first tool user, thought to have lived 1.75 million years ago. The area has yielded abundant
specimens dating back at least two million years, including the remains of prehistoric elephants, giant horned
sheep and enormous ostriches. With its vast rolling plains, flat-topped acacias and huge herds of animals, the
Serengeti is just what you expect Africa to be. It is an amazing wildlife spectacle, with herds of wildebeest, zebra
and gazelle covering the plains from horizon to horizon. The Serengeti is the first, largest and most famous of
Tanzania’s national parks. An estimated three million large animals inhabit 5,700 square miles, an area the size of
Connecticut. Stop for a picnic lunch, and then continue on your game drive. Here, most ostrich and Grant’s gazelle
are semi-migratory. Topi, hartebeest, impala and African buffalo are resident woodland creatures. Giraffe browse
alone or in small groups wherever they find trees and shrubs. Bohor reedbuck and waterbuck restrict themselves to
the dense vegetation near watercourses. We may even see the end of the wildebeest migration. You’ll arrive at the
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in the late afternoon. Nestled in the Central Serengeti for the best wildlife
observation, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti ensures your peace of mind with strategic fencing and an
expert security team of local Maasai who are familiar with life in the Serengeti. Elevated wooden walkways keep
you safely above the animals while providing a superior viewing perspective. Highlights include being able to take a
dip in their infinity pool while watching over the watering hole where local wildlife frequent! All rooms are well
appointed. This is luxury at its best while on Safari. Dinner and overnight at the Four Seasons Lodge.
- November 2, 2019 — Serengeti National Park
On morning and afternoon game drives, explore the vast Serengeti in depth. The open woodland and plains are
ideal places to observe large predators. Lions are plentiful, and spotted hyenas even more so. Golden jackals and
bat-eared foxes are the most abundant canine species. Cheetahs are regularly sighted pacing the plains, and at
dusk or dawn you stand the best chance of seeing nocturnal felines such as civet, serval, genet and African
wildcat. The wealth and diversity of birds is just as staggering as the mammal population. Ostriches, secretary birds
and bustards wander the plains; vultures and eagles are abundant; and the sunbirds, king fishers and bee-eaters
are well-represented. Perhaps the most distinctive small bird is the lilac-breasted roller, an exquisitely coloured
creature often seen perched on trees along the roadside. All meals and overnight at the Four Seasons Lodge.
- November 3, 2019 — Maasai Mara
Following breakfast this morning, transfer to the airstrip for your private charter flight to the Maasai Mara, via a stop
in Kisumu for customs and immigration formalities. Continue to the Maasai Mara. (Please note we may have to
switch planes in Kisumu). Arrive in the late morning and transfer to your tented camp. This is the Africa of your
imagination, where panoramas are vast. It is a country of rolling grasslands, dense thickets of scrub, groves of
acacia woodland, and even luxuriant forest, which grows along the Mara River and its tributaries. The Maasai Mara
is considered the finest game sanctuary in the country, home to an astonishing number and variety of animals.
According to the season, hundreds of thousands of migratory wildebeest, gazelle and zebra move back and forth
between the Mara, the plains and the woodlands to the south. You will have a short game drive en route to
Governor’s Camp (Main), a luxury tented camp. Each tent is complete with a private bathroom and shower. After
lunch and some free time, you will have an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Governor’s Camp.
- November 4, 2019 — Maasai Mara
The brilliant orange sun is up at 6 am, and so are you. As soon as you are ready, it's off into the bush. The dew is
fast disappearing and the predators are on the prowl. Your driver sets off in pursuit of the great herds. This is true
big game country, where prides of more than twenty lions, including the majestic black-maned male, are not
uncommon. Other inhabitants of the Mara include elephant, giraffe, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, hyena, topi, gazelle
and black rhino, and hippos can be found along the Mara River. (B/L/D) This morning there is an optional hot air balloon
excursion available. Pricing is TBA, but you will have an opportunity to sign-up prior to the trip:
Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari (participation limited): cost TBA
For the adventurous, a wonderful option is available today: You leave camp before dawn — the sky is clear, the air is
brisk, and the conditions are perfect. As the sun rises over the Mara plain, your balloons lift off one after the other,
and the scene takes on a party air as these bright splashes of colour rise into the blue. Watch as a stunning
panorama unfolds below you, and the balloon's basket becomes your lookout post for a bird's-eye view of the
beauty of Africa. Float silently just a few hundred feet above herds of wild animals. Gazelle and impala watch
curiously with their tails flagging — a warning to others that you are approaching. A pride of lions stalks an
unsuspecting herd of wildebeest. Giraffe poke their heads out of the forest where they have been nibbling tender
leaves. The tranquillity of the experience is interrupted only by the occasional “whoosh” of the air heaters. You will
go aloft with one of Africa’s finest ballooning companies. Baskets of 12-18 and 20 seats are available. Their
excellent professional pilots and ground crews assure your safety and pleasure both during the flight and at a
celebratory champagne breakfast upon touch down in the middle of the bush. Return to the camp for lunch and a
- November 5, 2019 — Maasai Mara
Today you have a choice of a morning game drive or an optional Hot Air Balloon excursion. Return to Governor’s
Camp for lunch and enjoy a leisurely afternoon watching the hippos along the river, reading or napping. This
afternoon, enjoy your final game drive of the week! On your final evening on safari, savour the romance of the
African plains during a special last night “Sun-Downers” on the Maasai Mara plains at sunset.
A private, safe and secluded area on the Maasai Mara game reserve is set up for farewell Sundowners. As the
sun swiftly sinks over the plains, we toast and share highlights of a memorable week together. Drinks billed to
rooms based on consumption. Overnight at your deluxe tented camp.
- November 6, 2019 — Maasai Mara / Nairobi
After breakfast enjoy a short morning game drive on the way to the air strip where you board your flight to Nairobi
crossing the Great Rift Valley. You will be met at Wilson Airport in Nairobi and will enjoy lunch and have the
opportunity for an optional visit to a project sponsored by AmericaShare. You are then transferred to the
Fairmont Norfolk Hotel where a private dayroom has been reserved for you. (Dayrooms are available from 12
noon to 6 pm). Those opting not to go to the project will be transferred directly to the hotel. (Based on final flight
times, order of visit may change.)
As part of Olivia’s Safari, you have an opportunity to connect personally with the people of an AmericaShare
project and see first-hand how lives are changing. AmericaShare is the non-profit arm of Micato Safaris. Your
excursion will take you to visit the community centre, Harambee House, an oasis in the heart of the Mukuru slum.
You can hear about the lives of the young people as well as laugh, play, and share photos and stories. Every
interaction seems to bring a smile to the faces of the kids and to the Olivia travelers who visit them. Each guest is
invited to take part in this visit, and many mark it as the highlight of their trip. Olivia will once again provide you
with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the places we visit. You are encouraged to bring
donations if you’d like. Clothing, school supplies, candy — anything is like gold to these kids. Perhaps you will
even be motivated to sponsor a child for boarding school for a year. Don’t worry about having to travel on safari
with the donations. Olivia will arrange to have them stored at the hotel, then delivered to the AmericaShare
location on the day of our visit.
After dinner at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
*Itinerary subject to change.