Kenya Wildlife Safari

Nairobi, Samburu, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru & Aberdare

Overview

Itinerary at a Glance
Kenya Wildlife Safari
Day Destination
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Nairobi
3 Samburu Game Reserve
4 Samburu Game Reserve
5 OL Pejeta Conservancy
6 Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha
7 Masai Mara National Reserve
8 Masai Mara National Reserve
9 Masai Mara, Depart Nairobi
10 Arrive USA
Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures July – October 2014
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK)
Highlights Nairobi, Samburu Game Reserve, OL Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru National Park & Masai Mara National Reserve
Included in the Price
  • 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, 7 dinners
  • 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
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.

Photographing an elephant 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.

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.

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Just about everything you need to know is out on the web before you make a decision. I believe I called the Friendly Planet office only once with only one question during the entire booking process. I really appreciate all of the full disclosure of just about everything on the web site. It helped me make my decision to do the safari with Friendly Planet as opposed to Vantage or other companies.

John Schwab

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
Mon Apr 7 2014 Wed Apr 16 2014 $3399 Departed
Mon May 5 2014 Wed May 14 2014 $3399 Closed
Mon Jun 9 2014 Wed Jun 18 2014 $3899 Closed
Mon Jul 7 2014 Wed Jul 16 2014 $4199 Available
Mon Jul 21 2014 Wed Jul 30 2014 $4199 Closed
Mon Aug 11 2014 Wed Aug 20 2014 $4199 Available
Mon Aug 25 2014 Wed Sep 3 2014 $3899 Available
Mon Sep 15 2014 Wed Sep 24 2014 $3899 Closed
Mon Oct 6 2014 Wed Oct 15 2014 $3899 Available

* 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.

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.

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.

Kenya Wildlife Safari
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy
Apr 7, May 5 +$299
Jul 7, Jul 21, Aug 25, Sep 15, Oct 6 +$799
Aug 11 unavailable
All other departures +$499
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 Wildlife Safari tour itinerary Day 1: Depart USA. Depart from JFK on your overnight flight to Kenya via Europe.

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

Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve & Buffalo Springs. 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. Samburu 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 at spotting lions, cheetahs and the elusive leopard. The semiarid landscape is dramatic, with the rugged outcrop known as Mt. Ololokwe a prominent feature.  After lunch en route, continue to your lodge and enjoy a game drive en route. Accommodations: Samburu Intrepids Camp or Samburu Simba Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Cheetah, Samburu Reserve Day 4: Samburu Game Reserve/Buffalo Springs. 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 5: Ol Pejeta Conservancy. 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 the “Big Five”, 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. Accommodations: Sweetwaters Tented Camp. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Lake Nakuru flamingoes Day 6: Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha. 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). Visit Lake Nakuru which is often populated by pink flamingoes lining its shores. 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. Accommodations: Naivasha Sopa Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Wildebeests Day 7: Masai Mara National Reserve. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. 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 dance This afternoon you'll have an optional opportunity to visit to a Masai Village for an in-depth look at this colorful and pastoral people in their natural setting ($25). Accommodations: Keekorok Lodge. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 8: Masai Mara National Reserve. 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 will have the option of replacing one safari drive with an optional balloon safari ($450) 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Kazuri Bead factory Day 9: 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.

Feeding a Rothschild Giraffe, Nairobi 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.

Tonight, 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 Europe. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Day 10: Arrive USA. Your Kenya Safari ends today as you arrive in New York.


Kenya Wildlife Safari Optional Excursions

To enhance your visit to Kenya and make it more complete, here are some optional excursions that will be available to you through your guide or tour manager. These excursions cannot be booked prior to travel. More information, including updates on pricing and availability, will be included with your travel documents.

Masai Mara: Masai Village Tour
This is an opportunity to 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". $25 per person, credit card not accepted for this tour.

Hot air balloons and giraffes Masai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast
Take to the sky over herds of wildlife in the Masai Mara game reserve, flying in a hot air balloon. The balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the reserve and offers a bird's eye view of the plains below. At the conclusion of your incredible flight, you'll be treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush. Before returning to your lodge, your balloon pilot will present you with a Balloon Flight Certificate. This is certain to become a once in a lifetime experience you will remember long after returning from Kenya! (Please be advised that flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable for balloon flying). $450 per person.

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