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Kenya Wildlife Safari

Nairobi, then 9 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in deluxe Nairobi hotels & superior safari lodges

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10 days from $3599 $3199
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on May 9, 2017 departure*
Price includes
  • $400 Early Bird Discount if you book by Dec. 6, 2016.*
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Overview

Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
18 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 10 open departures, April – November 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip airfare from New York to Nairobi, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All intra-Africa land transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at Deluxe Nairobi hotels and Superior Class safari lodges
  • 20 meals: 7 full buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, plus a special farewell lunch (or dinner) at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives
  • All-wheel drive (4x4) safari vehicles with guaranteed window seat and access to roof hatch, maximum 6 guests per vehicle
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Nairobi by local English-speaking guide
  • Visit Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary
Highlights Nairobi, Samburu Game Reserve, Visit Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary, OL Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara National Reserve
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
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 Wildlife Safari tour itinerary Savvy travelers and novices alike include Kenya on their list of dream destinations, and for very good reason. Kenya is blessed with an abundance of spectacular wildlife and lavishly gorgeous, incredibly photogenic landscapes. Everywhere you go, from the teeming cities to the plains of the Masai Mara, the people are friendly and welcoming. Tourist infrastructure is amazing, often offering white glove service where the basics of running water and electricity appear impossible to find. Game reserves are magnificent, filled with all manner of wildlife, beautiful lakes and beaches, and sweeping vistas that seem to go on forever.

Photographing an elephant With more than 50 parks to choose from in Kenya alone, it's hard to decide where to go. But everyone agrees that the Masai Mara and Samburu parks are must-visit sites. Our Kenya Wildlife Safari includes them both plus a lot more! And like all Friendly Planet tours, you'll enjoy the best of Kenya at prices that are as amazing as the country itself.

To enhance your visit to Kenya and make it more complete and memorable, we offer exciting optional excursions. These are available through your guide or tour manager and must be purchased locally. See our detailed itinerary below for full descriptions of each excursion. More information, including updates on pricing and availability, will be included with your travel documents.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Dec 6
Tue Dec 13 2016 Thu Dec 22 2016 $4399 $3999 Closed
Tue Jan 17 2017 Thu Jan 26 2017 $3799 $3399 Closed
Tue Feb 14 2017 Thu Feb 23 2017 $3799 $3399 Closed
Tue Mar 14 2017 Thu Mar 23 2017 $3799 $3399 Closed
Tue Apr 11 2017 Thu Apr 20 2017 $3799 $3399 Available
Tue May 9 2017 Thu May 18 2017 $3599 $3199 Available
Tue Jun 6 2017 Thu Jun 15 2017 $3599 $3199 Available
Tue Jul 4 2017 Thu Jul 13 2017 $4499 $4099 Available
Tue Jul 18 2017 Thu Jul 27 2017 $4599 $4199 Available
Tue Aug 1 2017 Thu Aug 10 2017 $4599 $4199 Available
Tue Aug 15 2017 Thu Aug 24 2017 $4599 $4199 Available
Tue Sep 12 2017 Thu Sep 21 2017 $4499 $4099 Available
Tue Oct 10 2017 Thu Oct 19 2017 $4499 $4099 Available
Tue Nov 7 2017 Thu Nov 16 2017 $4099 $3699 Available

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

Options & Fees

Kenya Wildlife Safari
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Dec 13 +$699
Jul 4, Jul 18, Aug 1, Aug 15, Sep 12, Oct 10 +$899
Jun 6 unavailable
All other departures +$499
Separately Paid Fees
Kenya Visa Fee1 (paid separately) +$50

1. All visitors to Kenya must obtain a visa. Comprehensive visa instructions will be included in the confirmation packets to all passengers. Please inquire with the Kenyan Consulate about reduced visa fees.

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 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.

Deposit
Deposit $1600

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Nairobi, Kenya via Europe

Day 2: Arrive Nairobi

Accommodations: 1 night InterContinental Nairobi 2016 departures. EKA Hotel Nairobi 2017 departures.

  • Upon arrival, you’ll be assisted with passport & customs formalities and escorted to your hotel

Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights Samburu Intrepids Camp. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Travel north to the remote Samburu Reserve
  • After a stop for lunch, continue to your lodge, enjoying a game drive en route

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, travel north to the remote Samburu Reserve. This is the homeland of the nomadic Samburu people, whose culture attaches great value to tending their livestock of cattle, sheep, goats and camels as their main economic activity. The Samburu people dress is dramatic with bright reds, braided hair and skin daubed in red ochre.

Cheetah, Samburu ReserveSamburu is rich in species not seen in southern Kenya's more famous parks, such as Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, beisa oryx and gerenuk. You'll also have a good chance of spotting lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. The semiarid landscape is dramatic, with the rugged outcrop known as Mt. Ololokwe a prominent feature. After a stop for lunch, continue to your lodge, enjoying a game drive en route.

Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Morning game drive
  • Lunch, followed by some free time to relax
  • Early evening game drive

Giraffe on the savannahFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy another day of game viewing drives in the Samburu Game Reserve during two safari drives, one in the morning and another in the early evening, in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography. Guided by your expert driver, enjoy searching for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area.

Day 5: Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Accommodations: 1 night Sweetwaters Tented Camp, Ol Pejeta. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After a morning game drive and breakfast, depart for Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Upon arrival, enjoy lunch at your camp
  • In the afternoon, visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary followed by a game drive
  • This evening sit by the lit waterhole to view the animals

ZebrasFull Day Itinerary: After a morning game drive and breakfast, depart for the 90,000 acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The conservancy is situated on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foothills of the Aberdares and the snow-capped Mount Kenya. The conservancy hosts a large variety of animals, including Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah and chimpanzee. Enjoy lunch at your camp. In the afternoon, visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary followed by a game drive. In the evening sit by the lit waterhole to view the animals.

Day 6: Lake Nakuru & Lake Naivasha

Accommodations: 1 night Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Lake Naivasha. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Early this morning, travel to Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Enjoy lunch at one of the lodges, followed by a game drive
  • Later drive to Lake Naivasha for overnight

BuffaloFull Day Itinerary: Early this morning, travel to Lake Nakuru National Park. Travel south through the town of Naromoru and then head west via Nyahururu (still known to many as Thompsons Falls). This park is a rhino sanctuary, offering the rare opportunity to see these endangered animals. It's also home to rare Rothschild's giraffes, buffalo, leopards and lions. Enjoy lunch at one of the lodges, followed by a game drive. Later drive to Lake Naivasha for overnight.

Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights Keekorok Lodge, Masai Mara for 2016 departures. Mara Intrepids Camp for 2017 departures. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast, head out for the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Enjoy lunch at your lodge then relax
  • Later this afternoon take your first game in the Masai Mara

Wildebeest & zebras, Masai MaraFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, head out for the Masai Mara National Reserve, which borders Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. Every year, between July 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 grassy plains and lush landscape offer a huge variety of game including lions, cheetahs, buffalo and abundant bird life such as ostriches, cranes and storks. Enjoy lunch at your lodge then relax until later this afternoon when you'll take your first game drive through this haven of wildlife.

Masai traditional danceOptional 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 8: Masai Mara National 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

On safari, Masai MaraFull Day Itinerary: Today you will take two safari drives, one in the morning and another in the early evening, in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography. You have the option of replacing one safari 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.

Balloon safari, Masai MaraOptional 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.

Day 9: Masai Mara & Nairobi/Depart Kenya

Included meals: Breakfast & lunch(or dinner).

  • Depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi
  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum and the Kazuri Bead factory
  • Stop at the Langata Giraffe Center
  • Enjoy a farewell lunch (or 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.

Kazuri Bead factoryContinue 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.

Feeding a Rothschild's giraffe, NairobiLater, 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 lunch (or dinner) at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. After your meal, bid farewell to Kenya as you transfer to the airport for your return flight via Europe. (Note: Lunch may be substituted with dinner on some departures.)

Day 10: Arrive USA

  • Arrive in the USA today

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When our plane landed in Nairobi and we were walking down the steps, the first thing we saw was Marcie with a sign that said "Friendly Planet." I knew then that our family was in good hands. We loved traveling with other families and our six year old enjoyed his "friends from Africa." (Though in reality they were from LA and Minnesota). Raefael our tour guide rocked! The elephants were hiding because they don't like the migrating zebras and wildebeest so Raefael busted to find us one. He had eyes like an eagle. The only thing we didn't see was a rhino but being woken up by the hippo in front of my door compensated.

Carol Lindsay, Centerville Ut

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