Kenya Wildlife Safari
Nairobi, Samburu, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru & AberdareBook 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||Nairobi, Samburu Game Reserve, OL Pejeta Conservancy, Lake Nakuru National Park & Masai Mara National 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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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.
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*
|Tue||Feb 16||2016||Thu||Feb 25||2016||$2999||Closed|
|Tue||Mar 15||2016||Thu||Mar 24||2016||$3449||$3049||Closed|
|Tue||Apr 12||2016||Thu||Apr 21||2016||$3299||$2899||Available|
|Tue||May 10||2016||Thu||May 19||2016||$3299||$2899||Closed|
|Tue||Jun 7||2016||Thu||Jun 16||2016||$3799||$3399||Available|
|Tue||Jul 5||2016||Thu||Jul 14||2016||$4599||$4199||Available|
|Tue||Jul 19||2016||Thu||Jul 28||2016||$4499||$4099||Available|
|Tue||Aug 2||2016||Thu||Aug 11||2016||$4499||$4099||Available|
|Tue||Aug 16||2016||Thu||Aug 25||2016||$4299||$3899||Available|
|Tue||Sep 13||2016||Thu||Sep 22||2016||$3999||$3599||Available|
|Tue||Oct 11||2016||Thu||Oct 20||2016||$3999||$3599||Available|
|Tue||Nov 8||2016||Thu||Nov 17||2016||$3699||$3299||Available|
|Tue||Dec 13||2016||Thu||Dec 22||2016||$4399||$3999||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 Wildlife Safari|
|Apr 12, May 10||+$199|
|Feb 16, Mar 15, Nov 8||+$599|
|Jul 5, Jul 19, Aug 2, Aug 16, Sep 13, Oct 11||+$899|
|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
|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 Nairobi, Kenya via Europe
Day 2: Arrive Nairobi
Accommodations: 1 night InterContinental Nairobi.
- Upon arrival, you’ll be assisted with passport & customs formalities and escorted to your hotel
Day 3: Samburu Game Reserve & Buffalo Springs
- 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.
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 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 & Buffalo Springs
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
- Morning game drive
- Lunch, followed by some free time to relax
- Early evening game drive
Full 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
Full 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
Full 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. 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
Full 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.
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 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
Full 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.
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.
Day 9: Masai Mara & Nairobi/Depart Kenya
Included meals: Breakfast & 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 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 10: Arrive USA
- Arrive in the USA today
Our congratulations regarding the tour to Kenya we took with Friendly Planet last October. The tour guide was willing to satisfy our desires for pictures and was clever enough to spot the wild animals. We saw wonderful scenery, such as lions eating their prey and many other kinds of wild animals. All that in a quite relaxing atmosphere, vehicles spacious enough for 6, excellent accommodations, fulfilling my high expectations for an African photo safari. Even though I'm 71 and walking with a cane, this tour was very enjoyable for me.
Chantal Bouyssounouse, Novato, 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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