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Kenya Wildlife Safari

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10 days  •  from $3799 $3399
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
based on Apr. 12, 2018 departure
$400 Early Bird Discount. Expires Aug. 10, 2017.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Nairobi, then 9 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in deluxe Nairobi hotels & superior safari lodges
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 11 open departures, September 2017 – June 2018
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
Optional
  • Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari
  • Post-tour extension to the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (available for 2018)
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 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.

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. Want even more iconic Africa? Extend your stay with a post-tour to the majestic Victoria Falls (available for 2018 departures).

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

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $400 per person if you book by Aug. 10, 2017!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Aug 10
Tue Jul 18 2017 Thu Jul 27 2017 $4399   Departed
Tue Aug 1 2017 Thu Aug 10 2017 $4399   Closed
Tue Aug 15 2017 Thu Aug 24 2017 $4899 $4499 Closed
Tue Sep 12 2017 Thu Sep 21 2017 $4499 $4099 Closed
Tue Sep 19 2017 Thu Sep 28 2017 $4499 $4099 Available
Tue Oct 10 2017 Thu Oct 19 2017 $4499 $4099 Available
Tue Oct 17 2017 Thu Oct 26 2017 $4499 $4099 Closed
Tue Nov 7 2017 Thu Nov 16 2017 $3999 $3599 Available
Tue Nov 21 2017 Thu Nov 30 2017 $3899 $3499 Available
Tue Dec 12 2017 Thu Dec 21 2017 $4699 $4299 Available
Thu Jan 18 2018 Sat Jan 27 2018 $3999 $3599 Available
Thu Feb 15 2018 Sat Feb 24 2018 $3999 $3599 Available
Thu Mar 15 2018 Sat Mar 24 2018 $4199 $3799 Available
Thu Apr 12 2018 Sat Apr 21 2018 $3799 $3399 Available
Thu May 10 2018 Sat May 19 2018 $3799 $3399 Available
Thu Jun 7 2018 Sat Jun 16 2018 $3899 $3499 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. (details)

Options & Fees

Kenya Wildlife Safari
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Apr 12, May 10 +$199
Jun 7 +$299
Nov 21, Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 15 +$599
Dec 12 +$799
Jul 18, Aug 1, Aug 15, Sep 12, Sep 19, Oct 10, Oct 17 +$899
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.

Optional Victoria Falls Post-Tour Extension1
Victoria Falls Extension
Mar 15 +$1499
May 10 +$1799
Jul 18, Aug 1, Aug 15, Sep 12, Sep 19, Oct 10, Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 21, Dec 12 unavailable
All other departures +$1599
Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls) Visa Fee2 (paid separately) +$30
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199
Chobe National Park, Botswana
Full Day Chobe National Park excursion with lunch3 +$195

1. The Victoria Falls extension requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights. This extension also requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.

2. Zimbabwe visa fee for Victoria Falls is paid locally for US passport holders: $30 for single-entry, $45 for double-entry, $55 for multiple-entry. Optional excursions to Zambia or Botswana require a double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

3. This excursion requires a passport and double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

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 (details). Additional charges for flights from other cities may be due within 24 hours of your 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. But first, check out our Before You Book 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 EKA Hotel Nairobi.

  • 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

Cheetah, Samburu ReserveFull 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

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 Mara Intrepids Camp, Masai Mara Reserve. 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
  • If continuing on the Victoria Falls extension, overnight in Nairobi

Kazuri Bead factoryFull 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.

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.) If continuing on the optional Victoria Falls post-tour extension, you will overnight in Nairobi and continue on the extension itinerary below.

Day 10: Arrive USA

  • Arrive in the USA today

Victoria Falls Post-Tour Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare to visit Victoria Falls, one of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. You'll return to the U.S. 4 days after the return dates shown.

Available for 2018 departures.

Day 10: Nairobi & Victoria Falls

Accommodations: 3 nights Victoria Falls Safari Lodge or similar.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Victoria FallsFull Day Itinerary: This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Victoria Falls. You'll soon discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the greatest natural wonders—and the largest curtain of falling water in the world! Located at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls consists of numerous falls separated by islands in the river below. The Zambezi River spills more than 2 million gallons per second over the Bakota Gorge, casting multiple rainbows and resulting in an awe-inspiring display of raw power unrivalled by other natural wonders. The tremendous roar of the water and the ever-present cloud of spray give the falls their local moniker, "Smoke that Thunders."

Check into your award-winning safari lodge, located high on a plateau bordering the Zambezi National Park. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure at one of the hotel swimming pools or game-viewing platforms. Elephants, buffalo and other wild animals often graze on hotel lawns.

Day 11: Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls
  • Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River

HipposFull Day Itinerary: Your exploration of the falls begins with a guided tour of the Zimbabwe side.

Later today, experience the glorious falls from an up-close vantage point as you set sail on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Be on the lookout for hippos, monkeys, elephants, and crocodiles that frequent the waters and the surrounding areas.

Day 12: Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Day at leisure or partake in an optional full day excursion to Chobe National Park

ctoria Falls rainforestFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this magnificent natural wonder on your own on the well-marked trails through the rainforest that wind up to and around the falls. The trails allow for excellent picture-taking from a variety of vantage points (be sure to protect your camera if it's not waterproof). There are a wide range of optional excursions available locally on request basis including game drives, walking safaris, bungee jumping, and more. We recommend the full day tour of Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Optional Excursion: Chobe National Park, Botswana, $195. Take advantage of an optional full day excursion to the Chobe National Park in Botswana, renowned for its large elephant population. Begin the day with a safari boat cruise on the Chobe River. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at the Chobe Game Lodge and end the day with an afternoon game drive in an open vehicle. This excursion requires a passport and double or multiple entry Zimbabwe visa.

Day 13: Depart Victoria Falls

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Check into your overnight return flight home via Europe

Day 14: Arrive USA

  • Your memorable African adventure ends as you touch down this morning in New York

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The trip to Kenya and Tanzania was absolutely wonderful. The game driver and guides were excellent, and the accommodations were very very nice. I also took the Dubai extension and the place was fabulous and fun. Friendly Planet does a great job. I have traveled with them many times and will continue to make my travel plans with them.

Ronald Underwood, Oak Park, CA

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