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15 Days | 14 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Susan True Feb 11, 2016 at 10:24 PM

Have been reading in Fodor for general suggestions. I noticed that "lightweight walking shoes" are recommended if you are going to spend a lot of time in the safari vehicles. We are going in the second half of September. Did anyone who has already taken this trip have footwear like this? I thought we would need boots, but would be happy to avoid them if I can. Ideas? Thanks.
Beth Mariluch Feb 11, 2016 at 10:56 PM

I wore tennis shoes and flip flops.

Susan True Jan 28, 2016 at 06:52 PM

Are there African dishes on the buffet, or is the food pretty westernized? Also, were there many ticks? I am terrified of them. Did you have to be soaked in repellent all the time?
Sally Speer Jan 28, 2016 at 06:57 PM

Susan you are going to love this trip! I never saw a tick, heard anyone speak about a tick or look for a tick. Time to relax. I bought super duper repellent and never used it; however I did travel in the dry season intentionally. You will recognize all the food on the buffet and any African touches of spices, preparation, etc are mild.
Michele Brandenburg Jan 28, 2016 at 07:17 PM

Ditto. We pretreated most of our clothing. There is Oriental food, too, because many tourists are on safari are Chinese.
Susan True Jan 28, 2016 at 07:24 PM

Oh, how interesting! Thank you both for responding. I feel much better about the ticks - but very much hoping to eat some actual African food at some point! The little I have had is primarily Ethiopian or South African; don't know what to expect in Kenya or Tanzania, but would like to be "exposed"!

Cameron Brugler Jan 26, 2016 at 01:02 PM

question for anyone who has been on or will be going on this trip after 9/1/2015. Our group is going in June and we have received two different sets of information regarding the Kenya and Tanzania visas. I know that Kenya now uses evisa.go.ke for their visas. Tanzania uses passport visa express. The confusion arises when you go into passport visa express and enter the program number for this trip, it automatically brings up the Kenya visa in addition to the Tanzania visa. I'm guessing they may not have edited this out and I should just focus on the Tanzania visa , (e.g. delete the Kenya visas), but I want to make sure and after having spoken to 4 different people at Road Scholar, I haven't found anyone yet who knows what I'm talking about.

Carol Carter Jan 24, 2016 at 10:32 AM

I broke my foot! So I can't go. I'm sooo disappointed! I hope you all have a great time!
Beth Mariluch Jan 24, 2016 at 07:19 PM

Oh no! That's terrible. I hope you feel better soon. Will you be going once your foot is healed?
Carol Carter Jan 24, 2016 at 09:03 PM

Yes, I'll reschedule - maybe in July, but it's so hard to wait! I've been planning this trip since last July!
Pamela Johnson Jan 29, 2016 at 06:55 AM

I went on this trip at the end of August last year and got to see the wildebeest migration . If you're rescheduling , you might want to think about this. It was truly amazing to see the sheer numbers in the Mara.
Carol Carter Jan 29, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Thank you, Pamela, for this suggestion. Sounds fantastic!
Beth Mariluch Feb 10, 2016 at 09:12 PM

Carol, you were supposed to be my roommate! I hope you are feeling better. The trip was amazing. We saw so much.

Carol Carter Jan 17, 2016 at 01:28 PM

Is anyone who is going on the Jan 25th - Feb 8th Kenya safari flying Delta #9585 out of Amsterdam at 10:10 a.m. on 1/26?

Christine Taylor Jan 17, 2016 at 10:05 AM

I am a solo first-time RS traveler. I will be checking into EKA hotel 1 night early on 2/15. Would anyone like to join me during the day on 2/16 to explore Nairobi? Maybe Karen Blixen museum? I am arriving on the BA flight from London late evening 2/15. Want to share a ride from the airport?
Michele Brandenburg Jan 17, 2016 at 02:03 PM

We went on this trip in July 2014. Security is high on the Eka Hotel property. I would recommend that you speak with hotel staff or RS to prearrange safe activities for your extra day on 2/16 in Nairobi.
Pamela Johnson Jan 17, 2016 at 03:57 PM

The Blixen museum is well worth the time. I did it with my niece last August. We also did afternoon tea at Hemmingways afterwards. Youll really enjoy RS--they do a wonderful job of taking care of you!

Beth Mariluch Jan 14, 2016 at 03:02 PM

I couldn't imagine carrying around $100 in ones! I was thinking $40. My little money bag is going to be bulging! Thank goodness my back back has lots of little pockets! How about tipping?? When I was in Europe I got the feeling as Americans we supposed to tip because Americans tip. In Central America everyone asked for tips. Drivers, tour guides, cab drivers ect. Thanks for answering everyone :)
Susan Bradley Jan 14, 2016 at 03:36 PM

Hi Beth, I went to Africa in 2014. I didn't buy many souvenirs and only spent about $200 total. Some people were using credit cards, but there was supposed to be a surcharge on cards. I had about $300 in twenties with me and some small bills, but not much. Don't worry about tips. We should not tip in Europe. I lived there for many years and only left small change, never big tips.
Betsy Noyce Jan 14, 2016 at 03:49 PM

Hi, Beth. We also went to Kenya/Tanzania in 2014 (hi, Susan). Generally, on RS trips, you don't need to do tipping, although individuals often give a bit extra to the guide or drivers. We took a couple of hundred dollars-keep the money new, unfolded and smaller bills-$20 or less. The only place we spent a lot was at the Maasai village which was ok, but very very pricey and we could and did do much better elsewhere. I think it's a bit of a pressured tourist trap. There are ATM machines in some places-certainly in the cities, but there are often high fees. Check into the Capital One card which refunds or does not charge for using overseas ATM's. Jeff, Betsy's husband.
Pamela Johnson Jan 14, 2016 at 03:56 PM

I did this trip last fall. Dollars are accepted almost everywhere. Tips are included in the cost of your trip, but you can discreetly add more when you feel so inclined. The dollars need to be fairly Newark-post 2000. $
Pamela Johnson Jan 14, 2016 at 03:56 PM

Pamela Johnson Jan 14, 2016 at 04:02 PM

Sorry about the previous post-it somehow printed before I was ready! What it should say is that the dollars need to be fairly new-post 2009. There are limited times for purchases and with luggage space an issue, I only purchased small items and left larger things for later in the trip. Hope you enjoy this trip as much as I did! It was incredible.
Beth Mariluch Jan 14, 2016 at 04:38 PM

All the information is appreciated! I can't wait to go :)

Carol Carter Jan 14, 2016 at 01:18 PM

Hi Beth,
I have to admit that I have NO IDEA! I went to the bank and got $200 in ones, fives, and tens, plus I have an additional $200 in 20's. I can't imagine spending more than that on souvenirs, drinks and meals! Road Scholar didn't actually MAKE a recommendation as to the amount we should bring. Perhaps we'll hear from travelers who have gone previously! I hope so...
Peter Randazzo Jan 14, 2016 at 02:40 PM

Back in October one of the previous travelers, Mark, said they took $100 in ones, $100 in fives and $150 in end and twenties and that was plenty. We think $100 in ones is a bit much and we're taking only $50 in ones. We'll also take a few more fives and tens. If we buy anything big, we plan on using a credit card. -- Peter
Elizabeth D Ames Jan 14, 2016 at 04:25 PM

Sounds like what you have, Carol, is plenty! You can use your credit card quite a bit. I felt I had taken too much cash (about what you got). You won't be going to a Maasai village - they have stopped that because of the pressure to buy. It's a fabulous trip, and everyone takes great care of you.

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