|Style||Escorted or Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||September 2015 – May 2016|
|Departs||New York Kennedy (JFK) (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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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.
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Mon||Jul 6||2015||Mon||Jul 13||2015||$2899||Departed|
|Mon||Jul 13||2015||Mon||Jul 20||2015||$3199||$2899||Closed|
|Mon||Jul 20||2015||Mon||Jul 27||2015||$3199||$2899||Closed|
|Mon||Aug 3||2015||Mon||Aug 10||2015||$3199||$2899||Closed|
|Mon||Aug 17||2015||Mon||Aug 24||2015||$3199||$2899||Closed|
|Mon||Sep 21||2015||Mon||Sep 28||2015||$2899||$2599||Available|
|Mon||Oct 19||2015||Mon||Oct 26||2015||$2599||$2299||Available|
|Mon||Nov 16||2015||Mon||Nov 23||2015||$2799||$2499||Available|
|Mon||Dec 7||2015||Mon||Dec 14||2015||$2699||$2399||Available|
|Mon||Dec 21||2015||Mon||Dec 28||2015||$3699||$3399||Available|
|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||$2599||$2299||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|
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.
Family-Friendly: Departures with this icon are open to children of any age, and special discounts apply to children up to age 11. Call us at 800-555-5765 to reserve these family-friendly departures.
|Kenya Safari Express|
|Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2||+$199|
|Jan 18, Feb 8, Mar 7||+$349|
|Jul 6, Jul 13, Jul 20, Aug 3, Aug 17, Sep 21, Oct 19, Dec 21||+$499|
|All other departures||+$399|
|Separately Paid Fees|
|Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately)||+$50|
|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? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.
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.
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.
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.
Day 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.
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. After lunch, enjoy some leisure time at the lodge, including a refreshing swim in the pool. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
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.
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.
After 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.
Later, 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.
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