Totally Tanzania Safari
Nov 4 - Nov 14 2019
below is an outline of all the information that will help you in planning for your safari with us!
International Flight Booking Guide
Before confirming any flights, please consult with us first to make sure they work with the itinerary
Arrival Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport
Departure Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport
Arrival Date: November 4th, 2019.
Arrival Time Preferred: Anytime.
Departure Date: Nov 14th, 2019
Departure Time Preferred: Late evening or night. Morning departure will not work.
Optional Post Safari Excursions
Depends on availability
The options beyond this safari are quite honestly limitless. Depending on your budget, and how long you want to go for we can help you add whatever you want after. The closest beach experience will be in Zanzibar or Pemba Island.
Optional Things To Do While on Safari
Balloon Safari in the Serengeti: $550 per person, includes a 3 hour balloon ride across the plains of the Masai Mara at sunrise, with a fully catered continental champagne breakfast upon landing.
Masai Village Visits: $25 to $40 per person depending where we want to do this. These funds go directly to the village elders.
Yellow Fever is Mandatory, and we also recommend Malaria Pills.
The CDC and WHO will state that you require a whole list of vaccinations, however, please take this with a grain of salt. They have those guidelines for those who are going to be staying in the country for an extended period of time, are going to be “roughing it” or are in the country for humanitarian work in high disease areas.
During our safari we are not going to be exposed to the elements, and will be spending minimal time in Arusha and straight on to safari.
Visas are available on arrival if you have a US passport for $100 each
This can be confusing, but we will simplify it the best way we can for you. Please note, this is just a general guide based on the industry norm, you are free to tip more if you wish.
Driver/Guide: $10 per person/day
General Staff: $10 per person/day for the entire staff put in the general tipping box.
The Kenyan Shilling to USD is about 100 Kenyan Shillings to a USD. All camps and hotels will accept USD. If paying any hotel or camp tabs, you can pay via credit card. In most cases, you can even leave the general staff tip on a credit card. However, we recommend tips to be paid in cash.
The end of May to late June is considered “rainy season” in Kenya. The rains are typically short, and this time of year is one of the most desirable to go. The rains bring new life to the wilderness, the rivers start to flow again, and everything starts becoming green again. As an added bonus we can have some muddy roads which is always fun when on a game drive :)
I can’t guarantee there will be rain, as sometimes we won’t even see a drop during those months. So, when packing please keep this in mind.
Temperatures will range from low 60s at night to 70s and low 80s during the day. We will keep an eye on the trends as the time nears.
Brandi and I can walk you each through this personally, however, as a general rule: Pack light, pack little, and pack layers. Since temperatures can vary day by day, and hour by hour, it is important to have clothing you can layer and be comfortable in. During the early morning game drives it can get as low as low 60s or high 50s, but as soon as the sun rises temperatures can shoot up to the 80s. Bring closed shoes for the evenings (mosquitoes can be a pain!) Our packing guide is a great guideline.
Since we are going to be including some activities during this safari, comfortable shoes are a must, especially for the guided walks. We usually follow the trails created by the wildlife, but sometimes we have to go off the beaten path. Sneakers will work, as long as the soles can withstand some pointy twigs or thorns. Waterproof or water resistant shoes would be a bonus for you.
We are going in small planes, and luggage is limited to 30lbs per person, including personal items. Please pack in a soft sided duffel bag, or a wheeled duffel, as long as it is soft sided and compact. We have examples on our packing guide.
Food and Drinks
Food at all the places we are staying is included. This means breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food will be different every day! Your dietary preferences will be filled out in the Guest Profile Forms and we will accommodate them. Kosher meals are subject to extra charges, as the meat will have to be imported from South Africa.
Drinks are included at Borana and Saruni, however, I believe they are not included at Lewa.
Accommodations in Nairobi are on Bed and Breakfast basis.
Travel insurance is HIGHLY recommended. Based on my research via several companies the price range for the insurance for the duration of the trip is between $130 to $200 per person. This covers the medical, accidental death (YIKES), and emergency evacuation as well as trip cancellation, baggage loss, etc. Read the terms carefully and go with a reputable company. Below are some companies I can recommend, however, I do not have personal experience with any of them.
Insuremytrip.com - this is a great resource that shows multiple quotes from various travel insurance companies.
https://www.worldnomads.com/usa/ - Great option for basic coverage, however, when I compared their rates to others they came out only slightly less expensive, but with less coverage.
www.bhtp.com - Berkshire Hathaway, a trusted name and reasonable prices with great coverage within different plans.
https://www.travelguard.com/buy/default - They have three plans, and of all the sites this one breaks down the differences between them the best.
Brandi and I never used to get travel insurance when we traveled, but the last two times things happened beyond our control which ended up costing us thousands of dollars out of pocket in flight delays, extra hotels, lost baggage, and missing several days on safari during our honeymoon. That being said, it completely changed our opinion on the important of travel insurance.
Other Things to Note
This is a safari designed with fun and togetherness in mind. As I mentioned before the properties we are staying in are luxurious, comfortable and offer a lot of fun activities. We will interview each of you to make sure that the group is a great fit for everyone so that we can make the most of being together.
Meet and Greet
Depending on where everyone is from, we will try and host a Meet & Greet so that everyone can get to know one another. This can be either virtual (via a facebook group), in person or through a conference call.
Total Cost: $6,950 per person
Deposit for safari: 20% = $1,440
Balance for safari: $5,760 per person due 120 days prior to departure.
Payments are to be paid via the following methods:
Credit Card (subject to 3.5% fee)
*Balloon is extra