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Kenya Safari Express

Nairobi, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara

Overview

Itinerary at a Glance
Kenya Safari Express
Day Destination
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Nairobi
3 Nairobi
4 Nairobi & Lake Naivasha
5 Masai Mara Game Reserve
6 Masai Mara Game Reserve
7 Masai Mara & Nairobi
8 Arrive USA
Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures June – October 2014
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK)
Highlights Nairobi, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara Game Reserve. Optional Balloon Safari Adventure
Included in the Price
  • Round trip airfare from New York to Nairobi on Brussels Airlines, including fuel surcharges airline taxes and fees
  • 5 nights plus late check-out on last day at a deluxe Nairobi hotel and superior safari lodges
  • All intra-Africa land transportation and transfers
  • 12 Meals: 5 full buffet breakfasts, 3 lunches, & 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives
  • Guaranteed window seat and access to pop-up roof hatch, maximum 6 guests per safari vehicle
  • Boat safari on Lake Naivasha and 3 game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserves
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Nairobi by local English-speaking guide
What to Expect This fast-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. This tour also includes long scenic drives between destinations, sometimes on bumpy unpaved roads and may have limited rest stops.

Giraffes viewed from the safari vehicle Who wouldn't include Kenya on their "bucket list" of places to see? This is one Kenya wildlife safari that you won't want to miss. The legendary game reserves are filled with magnificent wildlife and offer sweeping vistas that seem to go on forever. Everywhere you go, from the teeming cities to the plains of the Masai Mara, the people are friendly and welcoming. Enjoy your own "Out of Africa" experience and visit Karen Blixen's home.

And as always, in true Friendly Planet style, we've managed to package a dream vacation at a price that is unbelievable, even to us. Your 8-day Kenya wildlife safari package includes airfare, great hotel and lodge accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, lunches and dinners on safari, transfers, game drives and more.

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I just got back from a trip to Kenya and I cannot say enough good things about your organization and, in particular, our driver/guide Dominic. He did everything he could to give us a wonderful trip. He was on time, polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to travel with. He made our bucket list trip a wild success. I am hoping to book the trip again, this time bringing my husband. If this happens, I will do what I can to ensure that Dominic is our guide. Thank you for running a top shelf organization.

Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT

Dates, Prices & Options

All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.

Departures & Prices*
Depart Return Price Book by
Apr 22
Sat Apr 12 2014 Sat Apr 19 2014 $2399   Departed
Sat Apr 26 2014 Sat May 3 2014 $2699 $2399 Closed
Sat May 10 2014 Sat May 17 2014 $2699 $2399 Closed
Sat May 24 2014 Sat May 31 2014 $2799 $2499 Closed
Sat Jun 7 2014 Sat Jun 14 2014 $2899 $2599 Closed
Sat Jun 14 2014 Sat Jun 21 2014 $2899 $2599 Closed
Sat Jun 21 2014 Sat Jun 28 2014 $2999 $2699 Closed
Sat Jun 28 2014 Sat Jul 5 2014 $3199 $2899 Available
Sat Jul 5 2014 Sat Jul 12 2014 $3099 $2799 Available
Sat Jul 19 2014 Sat Jul 26 2014 $2999 $2699 Available
Family-Friendly Departure Sat Jul 26 2014 Sat Aug 2 2014 $3099 $2799 Available
Sat Aug 2 2014 Sat Aug 9 2014 $3099 $2799 Closed
Sat Aug 16 2014 Sat Aug 23 2014 $2999 $2699 Available
Sat Aug 23 2014 Sat Aug 30 2014 $2899 $2599 Available
Sat Aug 30 2014 Sat Sep 6 2014 $2899 $2599 Closed
Sat Sep 6 2014 Sat Sep 13 2014 $2799 $2499 Closed
Mon Sep 29 2014 Mon Oct 6 2014 $2699 $2399 Available
Mon Oct 13 2014 Mon Oct 20 2014 $2699 $2399 Available
Sat Oct 25 2014 Sat Nov 1 2014 $2799 $2499 Closed
Sat Nov 8 2014 Sat Nov 15 2014 $2599 $2299 Closed
Sat Dec 6 2014 Sat Dec 13 2014 $2599 $2299 Closed

* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, extensions or optional items. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 4/22/14.

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.

Family-Friendly DepartureFamily-Friendly: Departures with this icon are set aside for families who want to travel with other families. Call us at 800-555-5765 for more information and to book these special family-friendly departures.

Children up to age 11 save $500 or more off the prices above on family-friendly departures.

Separately Paid Fees
Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately) +$50
Kenya Safari Express
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Supplement
Jun 28, Jul 5, Jul 26, Aug 2, Aug 16, Aug 23, Aug 30, Sep 6, Oct 13, Oct 25, Nov 8, Dec 6 +$499
Jun 7, Jul 19, Sep 29 unavailable
All other departures +$399
Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Booking Deposit
Standard Deposit $600

To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.

Detailed Itinerary

Kenya Safari Express tour itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Depart from JFK on your overnight flight to Kenya via Brussels.

Day 2: Arrive Nairobi. Upon arrival, our representatives will assist you with passport and customs formalities and escort you to your hotel. Accommodations: Intercontinental Hotel.

Day 3: Nairobi. After a good rest and a leisurely breakfast, begin your tour of Nairobi this afternoon with a visit to The Langata Giraffe Center, established to protect the endangered Rothschild Giraffe. There are also several warthogs which roam freely with the giraffes. Guests are permitted to feed the giraffes from a raised feeding platform. Continue your tour at the Karen Blixen Museum. Prior to opening as a Museum in 1991, the house and surrounding 4500 acre farm were owned by "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen from 1917 till 1931. End the day at the Kazuri Bead factory. Kazuri, which means "small and beautiful" in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting in making handmade beads. The factory is located in what used to be part of the Karen Blixen Estate. Its founder, Lady Susan Wood, started with two Kenyan women and soon discovered that there were many other women in the villages around Nairobi, most of whom were single mothers, who were in great need of regular employment. Breakfast provided.

© Sheldrick Trust Orphans ProjectDay 4: Nairobi & Lake Naivasha. After breakfast and check-out, visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery, where young orphaned elephant babies are hand-raised until they are released back to the natural habitat in the Tsavo National Park. Here they are able to mingle freely with the wild community. Depart Nairobi, travelling west through Kenya's fertile farmlands and into the Great Rift Valley. Arrive at your lodge, set amidst Acacia trees, overlooking Lake Naivasha. After lunch, your safari begins with an afternoon boat ride on Lake Naivasha to view the multitude of birds and wildlife. You may see the majestic fish eagle, kingfishers, egrets and other African species of birds, as well as hippo, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and waterbuck wandering along the shores of the lake. You may also see some playful black and white colobus monkeys in the tall yellow acacia trees. Accommodations: Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve. After breakfast, depart for the Masai Mara. This park offers wonderful scenery and plenty of game viewing. It is perhaps the only region remaining in Kenya where the visitor can see animals in the same abundance and variety as existed a century ago. Here among the grassy plains and lush landscape, you'll find lions, cheetahs, buffalo and abundant bird life such as ostriches, cranes and storks.

Every year, between June and September, millions of wildebeests and zebras migrate into the Mara in search of water. The timing of this phenomenon varies, depending on the rains, but they usually start heading back to the Serengeti in October. Whether you see the migration or not, the Mara almost guarantees you'll enjoy a magnificent time in Kenya. Enjoy lunch at your lodge then relax until later this afternoon when you'll take your first game drive through this haven of wildlife, lasting until sunset. Accommodations: Keekorok Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve. Continue your discovery of the many species of game in the park today on two drives, one this morning and another later in the afternoon. During your game drives, you may see a variety of antelope, including wildebeest, Thomsons, and Grant gazelles. The "Big Five" are found in the Masai Mara as well as cheetahs and bat-eared foxes and many other varieties of wildlife.

Optional Excursion: You will have an opportunity to take an optional balloon ride across the Masai Mara instead of the morning game drive. Weather conditions permitting, your Balloon Safari begins in the pre-dawn hours, a time when the magnificent view over the park is most thrilling. Toward the end of your flight, you'll rise to a height of 1500 feet for a panoramic view of the twisting Mara River and the savannah below. After an hour or so in the air, your safari finishes with a champagne breakfast in the bush, cooked on the balloon's burners. ($450) After lunch, enjoy some leisure time at the lodge, including a refreshing swim in the pool. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Optional Excursion: This afternoon you'll have an optional opportunity to visit a Masai Village for an in-depth look at this colorful and pastoral people in their natural setting. This optional excursion can only be purchased locally ($25).

Hot air balloons and giraffes Day 7: Masai Mara & Nairobi. Enjoy the last morning of your Africa adventure. After a leisurely breakfast, depart for Nairobi in the mid-morning, arriving in the mid-afternoon. Check into your day-use room to relax and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. After dinner, bid farewell to Kenya as you transfer to the airport for your return flight via Brussels. Accommodations (Day-use room): Intercontinental Hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 8: Arrive USA. Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA this afternoon.

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