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African Safari Adventure

Nov 13 - Nov 22, 2022

Nairobi • Ngorongoro Conservation Area • Serengeti National Park • Maasai Mara

African Safari Adventure

Nov 13 - Nov 22, 2022

Nairobi • Ngorongoro Conservation Area • Serengeti National Park • Maasai Mara

African Safari Adventure

Nov 13 - Nov 22, 2022

Nairobi • Ngorongoro Conservation Area • Serengeti National Park • Maasai Mara


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About Our Destination
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). The temperatures tend to drop in the evenings and can be about 10 degrees cooler on the Ngorongoro crater rim with an altitude of 7,500 feet, 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.
Currency
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 current exchange rates, please click here.
Languages
The national language of Kenya and Tanzania is Swahili, but English is widely spoken. There are also approximately 78 tribal dialects.
Health & Safety
Health & Safety Protocols
We will keep you updated with the vendor’s Health and Safety COVID protocols as we get closer to the trip date.
Before Your Trip 
Cancellation Policy
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.
2022 African Safari Adventure
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
Cancellation Fee 365 days or more prior to trip date   11/13/2021 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 0-364 days prior to trip date 11/14/2021 11/13/2022 100% of trip cost (no refund)
Transfer funds are nonrefundable and nontransferable from the point of sale forward.
Passport and Visa
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 that are lying side by side when the passport is open, for room to place their entry stamp. 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. Both can be done online. Specific filing information will be sent closer to the trip, as you cannot apply any sooner than 3 months prior to your visit. If you prefer not to do it online, we recommend CIBT Visa Services. You can call them at 800-406-1523 or visit www.cibt.com/micatosafaris to download the Visa form instructions. 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.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local public health department or personal physician regarding immunization recommendations for your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” and then “Vaccinations.”
A Yellow Fever immunization is required for entry into Tanzania. Please visit the www.cdc.gov website for current immunization requirements, as well as your local Travel Immunization Center. Once you receive the immunization, they will issue you a yellow card which you MUST have with you when traveling to Tanzania. This serves as proof that you have had the shot. If you are over 60, and your doctor recommends that you SHOULD NOT have the shot, you must have a letter from your doctor advising their recommendation not to have this immunization. You must bring this doctor’s letter with you to show to authorities when you land in Tanzania.
Travel Insurance
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment against the unexpected. Visit our Insurance page olivia.com/travel-insurance for more information.
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.
Joining the Olivia Trip Group on Facebook
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for Olivia's official 2022 African Safari Adventure Facebook group page.
Travel and Arrival 
Air Travel
Airport
You will need to fly into and out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Kenya (NBO).
Airfare Discounts
Please check our airline discounts page for the latest discounts.
Arrival and Departure Times
Arrivals: In order to take advantage of the Olivia transfer from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the Fairmont Norfolk hotel, your flight should be scheduled to arrive anytime in Nairobi on November 13, 2022. Most flights arrive in the evening. We encourage all passengers to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. Optional pre-trip one-, two–, and three-night hotel packages on November 10-13, November 11-13, and November 12-13 with VIP meet and greet transfer are available to add on.
Departures: Your departure flight should be scheduled out of Nairobi after 10 pm on November 22, 2022.
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.
Luggage Allowances
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
Your Micato staff will meet and greet 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.
Olivia Travel Gear Store

To help you get ready for your vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!
During Your Trip 
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 13 and 22) 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 22
  • All meals Nov. 14-22
  • Water, soft drinks, coffee, and tea at all meals
  • Local beer and wine included at lunch and dinner at the Ngorongoro Crater Sopa Lodge and Mara Safari Club in Maasai Mara
  • All alcohol included at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
  • $50 laundry credit at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti
  • Special enhancements:
    • Meet a Maasai elder
    • Visit to the Giraffe Center
    • Visit to the Dame Daphne Sheldrick’s Wildlife Foundation in Nairobi (as seen on ”Oprah”)
    • View elephant feeding
    • Lunch and shopping after visit to Elephant Orphanage
  • 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:
    • Scheduled flight from Nairobi to Lake Manyara, via Arusha
    • Private charter flight from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara
    • 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
  • Each vehicle is equipped with ice chests with complementary beverages, binoculars, and 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.
What’s Not Included?
International flights to and from Nairobi, alcoholic beverages at the Fairmont Norfolk in Nairobi and outside of lunch and dinner at other hotels (except where indicated), beverages outside of meals, laundry, individual insurance, transfers for guests arriving prior to November 13 or departing after November 22, cost of obtaining necessary visas, other incidentals, and NDAs.
Special Occasions
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.
Specific Needs—Medical, Mobility, Dietary, and Otherwise
If you have any medical, mobility, or specific dietary requirements that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know as soon as possible, but not less than 90 days prior. Please advise us of this information as soon as possible but no less than 90 days prior to the 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. 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, cell phone, and computer chargers have the 110/220-V converters built in, but please double-check this. With the proper adapters, you can easily recharge 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.
Email and Internet
Complimentary wifi is available at hotel in Nairobi and the safari lodges/camp in Tanzania and Maasai Mara. The wifi works best in the public areas but is not always dependable.
Gratuities
All gratuities to hotel staff (except for room service and laundry delivery), porter, driver/guide, hosts, 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 balloon excursion, it is appropriate to tip your balloon guide.
Laundry Services
Laundry, pressing, and dry-cleaning services are available at Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. The Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge and Mara Safari Camp have very minimal charges. Undergarments are not accepted at the Sopa Lodge or Mara Safari Camp due to their culture, however they are accepted for laundry at the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti provides each guest with a $50 laundry credit. 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.
Solo Travelers
Feel free to meet other solos and travelers on the official Olivia’s 2022 African Safari Adventure Facebook Group.
Telephone
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.
Excursions
All Safari vehicle excursions are included in the cost of your trip. There is typically a morning and afternoon safari available. There will also be an optional Hot Air Balloon excursion that you may book at an additional cost. Please refer to the Vacation Stretcher tab for more information.
Important Information
Medical and Recreational Marajuana: Though marijuana has become a legal substance in many states, it is not legal in Kenya or Tanzania. Please do NOT bring any form of marijuana with you.
Plastic Bags: Both Kenya and Tanzania have made all types of plastic bags illegal. It is their attempt to rid of so much waste that was polluting their streams and rivers. Heavy fines will be imposed if authorities decide to search your luggage and find them. There’s no specific list of what is allowed, and what is not. It is usually up to the individual authorities that do a search. To be safe, we highly encourage you to use reusable bags for storing items, holding your medications, or in placing things in you don’t want to leak into your luggage.
After Your Trip
Transfers to the Airport
After the trip, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport in time for your evening flight home on November 22, 2022. Most flights depart between 10 pm and 12 am. Everyone will be given a private day room at the hotel to use from our arrival until 6 pm to shower and repack before their evening flights home. If your flight departs in the early morning after 3:30 am or later on November 23, and you would like to extend your day-room into an overnight room on November 22, we are offering a host hotel option. Please refer to the Vacation Stretcher tab for more information.


This trip does require a moderate level of mobility, including longer walks to accommodations, stairs and some uphill terrain to reach rooms/platform tents and staging areas for vehicles and airplanes, walking on rocky/uneven terrain, and the ability to get in and out of vehicles that require big steps. We regret that wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this terrain. All guests must be ambulatory and able to walk up and down stairs, walk long distances from ¼ mile and up to 1 mile without assistance. If you do have limited mobility that requires assistance, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you. Please contact us with any questions.



Our Travel Consultants can be reached at USA or Canada: 800.631.6277 or International 415.962.5700, option 1.