Kenya Safari Express
Nairobi, Lake Naivasha & Masai MaraBook now online
|Style||Small Group Tour
18 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||Scheduled Dates: Select a departure from April – December 2016|
|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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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
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Mon||Feb 8||2016||Mon||Feb 15||2016||$2199||Departed|
|Mon||Mar 7||2016||Mon||Mar 14||2016||$2499||$2199||Closed|
|Mon||Mar 21||2016||Mon||Mar 28||2016||$2699||$2399||Closed|
|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||$3199||$2899||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||$2899||$2599||Available|
|Mon||Jul 25||2016||Mon||Aug 1||2016||$2999||$2699||Available|
|Mon||Aug 1||2016||Mon||Aug 8||2016||$3199||$2899||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|
|Mon||Oct 31||2016||Mon||Nov 7||2016||$2399||$2099||Available|
|Mon||Nov 14||2016||Mon||Nov 21||2016||$2399||$2099||Available|
|Mon||Dec 5||2016||Mon||Dec 12||2016||$2399||$2099||Available|
|Mon||Dec 19||2016||Mon||Dec 26||2016||$3699||$3399||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|
|Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2, May 16||+$199|
|Mar 21, Jun 13||+$299|
|Feb 8, Mar 7, Oct 31, Nov 14, Dec 5||+$349|
|All other departures||+$399|
|Separately Paid Fees|
|Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately)||+$50|
Flights & Departure Cities
|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.
Day 1: Depart USA
- Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Kenya via Europe
Day 2: Arrive Nairobi
Accommodations: 1 night InterContinental Nairobi.
- Upon arrival, you'll be assisted with passport and customs formalities and escorted to your hotel
Day 3: Nairobi & Lake Naivasha
Accommodations: 2 nights Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery
- Depart Nairobi for the Great Rift Valley
- After lunch and check-in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure
Full Day Itinerary: 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.
Day 4: Lake Naivasha
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Embark on a safari boat ride on Lake Naivasha
- Return to the lodge for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure
Full Day Itinerary: 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 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.
Day 5: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Accommodations: 2 nights Keekorok Lodge. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- After breakfast, depart for the Masai Mara
- Arrive at the lodge and enjoy lunch
- Take your first game drive this afternoon
Full Day Itinerary: 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.
Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Morning game drive, or take an optional hot air balloon safari
- Lunch at the lodge, followed by some free time to relax
- Late afternoon game drive
Full Day Itinerary: Continue your discovery of the many species of wildlife in the park today on two game drives, one this morning and another later in the afternoon. You have the option of replacing the morning drive with an optional balloon safari, which provides a thrilling opportunity to soar high over the plain for animal viewing from above. Whether you go by air or land, you will enjoy searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area guided by your expert driver, who will amaze you with his ability to spot game hidden in the bush. You may see a variety of antelope, including wildebeest, and Thomsons & Grant gazelles. The "Big Five" are all 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.
Optional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast, $450 (purchased locally). Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a balloon ride across the Masai Mara. Weather conditions permitting, your flight begins in the pre-dawn hours, when the view over the park is most magnificent. Toward the end of your adventure, you'll rise to a height of 1,500 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 for this excursion.
Day 7: Masai Mara & Nairobi/Depart Kenya
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.
- After breakfast, depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi
- Visit the Karen Blixen Museum and the Kazuri Bead factory
- Next, stop at the Langata Giraffe Center
- Enjoy a farewell dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
- Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight via Europe
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi and the Karen Blixen Museum. Before becoming 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 on part of the former 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 them single mothers, who were in great need of regular employment.
Later, visit The Langata Giraffe Center, established to protect the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. There are also several warthogs which roam freely with the giraffes. Guests may feed the giraffes from a raised feeding platform.
Finally, 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.
Day 8: Arrive USA
- Arrive in the USA today
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
Things to Know
- Do I need a visa or any other documents? Travel visas are required for this package. Please review the requirements.
- Should I get travel insurance? Protect your travel investment with our comprehensive policies.
- What's the fine print? Read the terms & conditions for this package.
- I'm traveling solo. Can you help me find a roommate? Yes, you can connect with other travelers to share a room and avoid single occupancy rates.
- Can I bring my kids? Are there any age restrictions? To book this package, you must be 18 or older. Your traveling companions must be 12 or older at the time of travel.
- Tips about traveling in Kenya? Check our Fast Facts to learn about the best time to travel, what to wear, what to buy, currency conversion, tipping, weather, voltage & plugs, immunizations you should get, and more.
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- Baggage Allowance On this program you are permitted one carry-on bag per person and one piece of checked luggage not to exceed 44lbs. The carry on must not exceed 18" x 10" x 8" so that it fits under your seat or in the overhead compartment.