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Kenya Safari Express

The perfect introduction to Kenya: Nairobi, plus a boat safari on Lake Naivasha & 3 game drives in Masai Mara

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8 days from $2299 $1999
per person, double occupancy, including airfare
based on Apr. 17, 2017 departure from JFK or IAD*
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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 11 open departures, October 2016 – July 2017
Price Includes
  • Round trip airfare from New York City or Washington DC to Nairobi, including fuel surcharges airline taxes and fees
  • 5 nights deluxe hotel and superior safari lodges
  • All intra-Africa land transportation and transfers
  • 14 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives
  • Guaranteed window seat and access to pop-up roof hatch, maximum 6 guests per safari vehicle
  • Boat safari on Lake Naivasha and 3 game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserves
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Nairobi by local English-speaking guide
Optional
  • Hot air balloon Masai Mara safari & Champagne breakfast
  • Masai tribal village tour
Highlights Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery, Karen Blixen Museum, Langata Giraffe Center, Lake Naivasha Boat Safari, Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD); 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 Safari Express tour itinerary 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*
Depart Return Price Book by
Sep 27
Mon Aug 15 2016 Mon Aug 22 2016 $2999   Departed
Mon Sep 5 2016 Mon Sep 12 2016 $2399   Closed
Mon Sep 19 2016 Mon Sep 26 2016 $2399   Closed
Mon Oct 3 2016 Mon Oct 10 2016 $2699 $2399 Closed
Mon Oct 17 2016 Mon Oct 24 2016 $2599 $2299 Available
Mon Oct 31 2016 Mon Nov 7 2016 $2599 $2299 Available
Mon Nov 14 2016 Mon Nov 21 2016 $2599 $2299 Available
Mon Dec 5 2016 Mon Dec 12 2016 $2499 $2199 Closed
Mon Dec 19 2016 Mon Dec 26 2016 $3599 $3299 Closed
Mon Jan 16 2017 Mon Jan 23 2017 $2499 $2199 Available
Mon Feb 6 2017 Mon Feb 13 2017 $2499 $2199 Closed
Mon Mar 6 2017 Mon Mar 13 2017 $2399 $2099 Available
Mon Apr 3 2017 Mon Apr 10 2017 $2299 $1999 Closed
Mon Apr 17 2017 Mon Apr 24 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Mon May 15 2017 Mon May 22 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Mon May 22 2017 Mon May 29 2017 $2499 $2199 Available
Mon Jun 12 2017 Mon Jun 19 2017 $2799 $2499 Available
Mon Jun 26 2017 Mon Jul 3 2017 $2899 $2599 Available
Mon Jul 24 2017 Mon Jul 31 2017 $2899 $2599 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 Safari Express
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Supplement
Apr 3, Apr 17 +$299
Oct 31, Nov 14, Dec 5, Jan 16, Feb 6, Mar 6, May 15, May 22 +$349
All other departures +$399
Separately Paid Fees
Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately) +$50

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included
Washington Dulles (IAD) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. 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 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

© Sheldrick Trust Orphans ProjectFull 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

HipposFull 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

Cheetah mother & cub, Masai MaraFull 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.

Wildebeest & zebras, Masai MaraEvery 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

On safari, Masai MaraFull 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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

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Traveling to East Africa has been a long awaited dream for me. Last November, I was finally able to realize my dream by going on Friendly Planet's 2 week jeep safari to Kenya and Tanzania. The trip was organized locally by Vintage Africa. I cannot sing enough praises for Vintage Africa, and especially our driver guide in Kenya, James Mungai. James was an extremely knowledgeable and attentive guide. His ability to intelligently answer all of our sometimes unusual questions and spot wildlife from miles away never ceased to amaze us. James went out of his way to accommodate our needs and was always patient with all our requests, from stopping to photograph every sunset and tree cluster to positioning his vehicle for the perfect photo opportunity. As a seasoned traveler, I can truly say that this trip has been one of my favorites and having James as our guide contributed to making it so memorable. I can only hope that my next group excursion will be as enjoyable and well organized.

Magda Laska

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