Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari

The glamorous desert oasis of Dubai, then Nairobi plus a boat safari on Lake Naivasha, a game drive in Hell's Gate & 3 game drives in Masai Mara

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Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of no more than 24 likeminded travelers (and often much fewer), escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
Tour escorts & guides for some segments
Departures February – December 2020 Group Size 24 travelers max
Themes ActiveNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Recreational
What to Expect This moderately-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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Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights via Emirates Airlines including fuel surcharges, taxes and fees
  • 8 nights accommodations in deluxe hotels and safari camps plus day use room on Day 10
  • 17 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
  • All transfers and ground transportation
  • Guided panoramic tour of Dubai
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives in Kenya
  • Hell's Gate National Park, boat safari on Lake Naivasha
  • 3 game drives in the Masai Mara Game Reserves
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours in Nairobi by local English-speaking guide

Optional add-ons

  • Exciting optional excursions in Dubai and Kenya
  • Optional day trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
  • Flights from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD). Request pricing when making your reservation.

Why you'll love it

  • Pairs the glitz and glamour of Dubai with some of the best wildlife safari experiences that Kenya has to offer!
  • Indulge in shopping as you wander Dubai's bustling souks, catch a birds-eye-view of the city from the deck of the Burj Khalifa, or join one of our many optional tours including a full-day excursion to the sophisticated city of Abu Dhabi
  • Watch adorable baby elephants at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery, where young elephants are cared for until they are ready to be released back in the Tsavo National Park.
  • Gaze upon the towering cliffs, rock towers, and volcanoes as you journey through Hell's Gate National Park, one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa.
  • Embark on an afternoon safari boat ride on Lake Naivasha to observe wildlife in this rich environment.
  • Keep an eye out for the "Big 5" as well as a variety of other wildlife, including buffalo, ostriches, gazelles, wildebeest and bat-eared foxes as they roam the lush, grassy plains of the Masai Mara National Game Reserve.
  • Explore the Karen Blixen Museum, once home to "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen, and its surrounding 4,500-acre farm.
  • Get the chance to feed giraffes at the Langata Giraffe Center, established with the goal to protect the endangered Rothschild's giraffe.
Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari itinerary

Prepare to be dazzled twice on this innovative tour package to Dubai and Kenya. Dubai is home to the world's tallest building, a man-made island archipelago created for luxury living and vacationing, an indoor ski resort complete with ski lift, plenty of fine dining, and an ancient culture that has leapt from desert tent to skyscraper condo in less than 50 years. But your vacation in Dubai is only one-half of this exotic tour package.

In Kenya, you'll explore legendary game reserves filled with magnificent wildlife and sweeping vistas that seem to go on forever. Everywhere you go, from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha and the plains of the Masai Mara, the people are friendly and welcoming.

But don't wait to reserve your place. Space is definitely limited, and at these prices, it will surely sell out fast!

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If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

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Dazzling Dubai & Kenya Safari
Rooming Selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement
Mar 29, 2020 +$649
Jan 19, 2020;  Feb 9, 2020;  Nov 29, 2020 +$899
All other departures +$999
Optional Excursions
Dubai Optional Excursions Package1 +$190
Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari2 +$430
Guaranteed Early Check-in, Dubai3
Double Occupancy +$140
Single Occupancy +$260

1. Includes: Desert Safari with Dinner, and Abu Dhabi Day Tour

2. Flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable

3. Your room will be booked to guarantee it is available if you arrive at the hotel before 3PM.

Seperately Paid Fees
Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately) +$51

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? This tour requires flights via Emirates Airlines. Possible alternate departure cities are: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own connecting flights. More information

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight to Dubai

Day 2: Dubai

Accommodations: 3 nights JW Marriott Marquis or similar, Dubai.

  • Arrive in Dubai, meet our representatives, and transfer to your centrally located hotel
  • NOTE: The flight from Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD) arrives early in the morning in Dubai (around 8AM). Check-in at the hotel is at 3PM. If you wish to check-in immediately, please add early check-in to your reservation.

Day 3: Dubai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a guided city tour of Dubai -- see the highlights of this amazing place
  • Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

Abra water taxis, Dubai CreekFull Day Itinerary: Today's exciting half day tour will take you to picturesque Dubai Creek, which the Ancient Greeks called the River Zara. The first settlements by the Bani Yas tribe were along its banks, and later it served as a port for ships coming from as far as India and East Africa. Today, this saltwater creek divides the modern city into two parts, Deira on the north and Bur Dubai to the south, and remains a busy waterway both for traditional dhows and sleek luxury yachts. 

Wind towers in Bastakiya, Bur Dubai

Next stop is the Bastakiya district, where traditional courtyard houses, with characteristic wind towers that cleverly catch the breezes to cool the houses, line the narrow alleys. Many of the houses in this picturesque area of Dubai, previously home to the city's merchants, have been lovingly restored by proud locals who wish to preserve the unique ambience of the district.

Continue to the Dubai Museum, housed in the massive, restored Al Fahidi Fort. Inside, lifelike dioramas offer a fascinating view of life in Dubai before the discovery of oil. You'll learn the importance of the date palm to the desert culture, the maritime traditions of fishing and pearl-diving, boat building and much more. Take a walk through the bustling, exotic souks, where you'll find beautiful and bargain-priced textiles, spices and gold. Another highlight of your city tour is a chance to take one of Dubai's most reliable and inexpensive forms of transportation, the Abra water taxi.

Burj KhalifaLater, visit the Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), officially opened in 2010 as the tallest building in the world. This miracle of international cooperation and coordination houses a luxury Armani hotel, offices of some of the world's most successful companies, and for a lucky few, homes that are as high as the clouds. Take in sweeping views of the city from the breathtakingly high "At the Top" observation deck.

Return to your hotel and spend the remainder of your day at leisure, or enjoy an optional Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner.

Optional Excursion: Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner, $90 per person (if purchased locally). For those in the mood for adventure, in the late afternoon, set out on an optional desert safari tour, where you'll discover the vastness and stark beauty of the desert that surrounds Dubai. Experience an exciting jeep ride over the neighboring sand dunes. You'll also enjoy a traditional BBQ dinner and live belly dancing entertainment on this exciting optional tour. *The sand dunes jeep ride is not recommended for people with neck, back or cardiac concerns.

Day 4: Dubai

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Relax and explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to Abu Dhabi

Etihad Towers & Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu DhabiOptional Excursion: Full Day Abu Dhabi, $120 per person (if purchased locally). Today, see another sophisticated city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a panoramic view of Jebel Ali, the largest man-made port, en route to the iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Later, drive along the sweeping curve of the Corniche, replete with parks and fountains, from which you'll enjoy a contrast of modern skyscrapers against the sparkling waters of the Persian Gulf. Visit the Heritage Village, and learn about the history of Abu Dhabi in a reconstructed oasis. Walk through the open-air museum and see craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills. Later, pass by the Sheik Khalifa Palace, home to the president of the UAE. Afterwards, take a photo stop at Yas Island, where the Ferrari World theme park and Formula 1 race track are located. Return to Dubai.

Day 5: Dubai & Nairobi

Accommodations: 1 night Intercontinental Hotel or similar, Nairobi. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Nairobi
  • Upon arrival in Nairobi, following customs and immigration formalities, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.

Day 6: Nairobi & Lake Naivasha

Accommodations: 2 nights Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar. January 19 departure: Lake Naivasha Country Club. 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 7: Lake Naivasha

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • After breakfast, take a game drive in Hell's Gate National Park
  • Return to the lodge for lunch
  • Embark on a safari boat ride on Lake Naivasha

Klipspringer antelopeFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, discover Hell's Gate National Park, named for the intense geothermal activity within its boundaries.  It is a remarkable quarter of the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular scenery including the towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub clad volcanoes and belching plumes of geothermal steam make it one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa. You may see African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle, baboons, klipspringer antelope and Chandler’s mountain reedbuck.  Return to lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a safari boat ride on Lake Naivasha.  

Day 8: Masai Mara Game Reserve

Accommodations: 2 nights Keekorok Lodge or similar. 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

Cheetahs, 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.

Every 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 9: 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

Hippos, 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 5" 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 per person (if booked locally, $430 if pre-booked). 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 per person (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 10: Masai Mara & Nairobi/Depart Kenya

Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport or similar (day-use room).  Included meals: Breakfast & dinner (or lunch).

  • After breakfast, depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi
  • Enjoy a farewell lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum and the Kazuri Bead Factory Store
  • Next, stop at the Langata Giraffe Center
  • Enjoy time to relax in your day-use room
  • Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight 

Kazuri Bead factoryFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi. Upon arrival, enjoy an "all you can eat" farewell lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. After your meal, proceed for a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum. Before becoming a museum in 1991, the house and surrounding 4,500 acre farm were owned by "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen from 1917 till 1931.

Continue to the Kazuri Bead Factory Store, where the guide will explain the hand-making process. 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. Then transfer to your day-use room to relax and freshen up.

Bid farewell to Kenya as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA via Dubai.

 

Day 11: Arrive USA

  • Arrive in the USA today

Optional Excursions Package Dubai: $190

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:

  • Desert Safari & BBQ Dinner ($90)
  • Abu Dhabi ($120)

You can book these excursions individually in Dubai. But you can save if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only. (A minimum of 4 passengers is required for optional excursions to operate).

Hotels

Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport

Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport

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Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport is the only official hotel located at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, designed to offer a luxurious and elegant experience with unmatched security within the most protected zone in Nairobi. With its convenient location, less than 3 minutes from the terminals, the hotel caters to transiting passengers adding tranquility and comfort to their travel experience.

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InterContinental Hotel

InterContinental Hotel

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The InterContinental Hotel is centrally located in downtown Nairobi. The hotel's 385 rooms feature air conditioning, Internet access, telephones with voicemail, satellite TV with in-room movies, minibar, safety deposit box, work desk, hairdryer and iron/ironing board.

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Keekorok Lodge

Keekorok Lodge

First Class

Amid the vast sweeping savanna plains stands Keekorok Lodge, Masai Mara's first game lodge. Against the backdrop of Kenya's most magnificent scenery, the lodge offers a unique and luxurious safari experience, blending contemporary African style with the magic and charm of the region. Enjoy the sunset as you watch hippos, birds and other animals from the walkway, all without even leaving the lodge.

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Lake Naivasha Country Club

Lake Naivasha Country Club

First Class

First opened in the 1930's as a staging post for Imperial Airways flying boat service from Durban to Dublin, Lake Naivasha Country Club has since tranformed into a sprawling 55-acre property with a variety of accommodations and guest facilities. It is located just an hour drive from Nairobi and overlooks the lake. Perfect for both the active and leisure traveler, Lake Naivasha Country Club offers an abundance of activities to please all tastes.

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Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Tourist Class

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge is located on 150 acres of grassland on the shores of Lake Naivasha. The resort is not only home to a resident giraffe, waterbuck and Vervet and Colobus monkeys, but it is also a stop for the hippos at night. 

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