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Kenya Safari Express

Nairobi, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara

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8 days from $2299 $1999
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
Book by Dec. 8, 2015 to save up to $300!


Style Small Group Tour
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates: Select a departure from January – October 2016
Price Includes
  • Round trip airfare from New York to Nairobi, including fuel surcharges airline taxes and fees
  • 5 nights deluxe hotel and superior safari lodges
  • All intra-Africa land transportation and transfers
  • 14 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 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
  • Hot air balloon Masai Mara safari & Champagne breakfast
  • Masai tribal village tour
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Highlights Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery, Karen Blixen Museum, Langata Giraffe Center, Lake Naivasha Boat Safari, Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Themes Active,  Family Friendly,  Nature & Wildlife
What to Expect This fast-paced, partially 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.
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Kenya Safari Express tour itinerary Who wouldn't include Kenya on their "bucket list" of places to see? Our 8-day Kenya Safari Express is one you won't want to miss! Our package includes airfare, transfers, great hotel & lodge accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, lunches & dinners on safari, and plenty of touring. You'll see orphan elephants at Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Nursery, embark on a thrilling boat safari on Lake Naivasha, experience amazing game drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve and much more! 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. See our detailed itinerary below for day-by-day descriptions.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Booking Discount: Book by 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 8 to save up to $300 per person!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Dec 8
Mon Nov 16 2015 Mon Nov 23 2015 $2499   Departed
Mon Dec 7 2015 Mon Dec 14 2015 $2399   Closed
Mon Dec 21 2015 Mon Dec 28 2015 $3899 $3599 Closed
Mon Jan 18 2016 Mon Jan 25 2016 $2499 $2199 Available
Mon Feb 8 2016 Mon Feb 15 2016 $2499 $2199 Available
Mon Mar 7 2016 Mon Mar 14 2016 $2499 $2199 Available
Mon Mar 21 2016 Mon Mar 28 2016 $2699 $2399 Available
Mon Apr 4 2016 Mon Apr 11 2016 $2399 $2099 Available
Mon Apr 18 2016 Mon Apr 25 2016 $2299 $1999 Available
Mon May 2 2016 Mon May 9 2016 $2299 $1999 Available
Mon May 16 2016 Mon May 23 2016 $2449 $2149 Available
Mon Jun 13 2016 Mon Jun 20 2016 $2999 $2699 Available
Mon Jun 27 2016 Mon Jul 4 2016 $3299 $2999 Available
Mon Jul 4 2016 Mon Jul 11 2016 $3299 $2999 Available
Mon Jul 18 2016 Mon Jul 25 2016 $3499 $3199 Available
Mon Jul 25 2016 Mon Aug 1 2016 $3599 $3299 Available
Mon Aug 1 2016 Mon Aug 8 2016 $3499 $3199 Available
Mon Aug 15 2016 Mon Aug 22 2016 $3299 $2999 Available
Mon Sep 5 2016 Mon Sep 12 2016 $2699 $2399 Available
Mon Sep 19 2016 Mon Sep 26 2016 $2699 $2399 Available
Mon Oct 3 2016 Mon Oct 10 2016 $2699 $2399 Available
Mon Oct 17 2016 Mon Oct 24 2016 $2699 $2399 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Fees

Kenya Safari Express
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Supplement
Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2, May 16 +$199
Mar 21, Jun 13 +$299
Jan 18, Feb 8, Mar 7 +$349
Dec 21 +$499
All other departures +$399
Separately Paid Fees
Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately) +$50

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your reservation.

Transfers: Transfers for this package are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Standard Deposit $1600


Day 1: Depart USA. Depart from JFK on your overnight flight to Nairobi, Kenya via Europe.

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.

Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery © Sheldrick Trust Orphans ProjectDay 3: 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. Next, 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, check-in and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the lodge. Accommodations: Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 4: Lake Naivasha. This morning, embark on a safari boat ride on Lake Naivasha to view the multitude of birds and wildlife. You may see the majestic fish eagle, kingfishers, egrets, flamingos 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. Return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying the lodge’s amenities. 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.

Giraffes viewed from the safari vehicleEvery 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. After lunch, enjoy some leisure time at the lodge, including a refreshing swim in the pool. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Hot air balloons and giraffes Optional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast, $450 (purchased locally). 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. Flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable.

Masai traditional dance Optional Excursion: Masai Village Tour, $25 (purchased locally). This afternoon, you can get an in-depth look at this colorful and pastoral people in their natural setting. Experience what the Masai tribal life is like as you walk through a traditional village compound. You'll be greeted by the village chief and be escorted around the village by a local host who will explain the history, culture and practices of the Masai. Before departing the village, enjoy a cultural performance by the young men of the tribe, the famed warrior "morans". Credit cards not accepted.

Day 7: Masai Mara & Nairobi/Depart Kenya.

Kazuri Bead factoryAfter breakfast, depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi and 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. Continue to 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.

Feeding a Rothschild Giraffe, NairobiLater, visit 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. Then, enjoy an "all you can eat" farewell dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. After dinner, bid farewell to Kenya as you transfer to the airport for your return flight via Europe.
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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This was our second trip with Friendly Planet, and it was absolutely wonderful. The safari vehicle was clean and comfy, and our guide Newton was a fountain of knowledge. The accommodations are great and we saw more animals than anyone could wish for. We hit the middle of migration and saw wildebeest as far as the eye could see. We saw all of the Africa Big Five and have memories that will last us a lifetime. Thank you Friendly Planet for another great trip!

Barbara Winbush, Harbor City, CA

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