Kenya Safari Express

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per person, double occupancy* based on Nov. 5, 2018 departure from NYC
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Aug. 9, 2018.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring The perfect taste of Kenya: Nairobi, plus a boat safari on Lake Naivasha & 3 game drives in Masai Mara
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 2018 – May 2019
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip airfare from New York City to Nairobi, including fuel surcharges airline taxes and fees
  • 5 nights deluxe hotel and superior safari lodges plus day-use room on Day 7
  • All intra-Africa land transportation and transfers
  • 14 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, plus a special farewell lunch 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
  • 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 City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes ActiveBucket ListNature & WildlifeFamily Friendly
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 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

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Aug. 9, 2018!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Mon, Jun. 11, 2018
Returns: Mon, Jun. 18, 2018
Jun 11 – Jun 18 $2399 Departed
Departs: Mon, Jun. 18, 2018
Returns: Mon, Jun. 25, 2018
Jun 18 – Jun 25 $2749 Departed
Departs: Mon, Jun. 25, 2018
Returns: Mon, Jul. 2, 2018
Jun 25 – Jul 2 $2599 Closed
Departs: Mon, Jul. 2, 2018
Returns: Mon, Jul. 9, 2018
Jul 2 – Jul 9 $3399 Closed
Departs: Mon, Jul. 16, 2018
Returns: Mon, Jul. 23, 2018
Jul 16 – Jul 23 $3099 Closed
Departs: Mon, Aug. 6, 2018
Returns: Mon, Aug. 13, 2018
Aug 6 – Aug 13 $3299 Closed
Departs: Mon, Aug. 13, 2018
Returns: Mon, Aug. 20, 2018
Aug 13 – Aug 20 $3199 Closed
Departs: Mon, Aug. 20, 2018
Returns: Mon, Aug. 27, 2018
Aug 20 – Aug 27 $3499 Closed
Departs: Mon, Sep. 3, 2018
Returns: Mon, Sep. 10, 2018
Sep 3 – Sep 10 $3099 Closed
Departs: Mon, Sep. 17, 2018
Returns: Mon, Sep. 24, 2018
Sep 17 – Sep 24 $3099 Closed
Departs: Mon, Sep. 24, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 1, 2018
Sep 24 – Oct 1 $2899 Closed
Departs: Mon, Oct. 8, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 15, 2018
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 8 – Oct 15 $3099 –$300 Aug 9 $2799 Select
Departs: Mon, Oct. 15, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 22, 2018
Oct 15 – Oct 22 $3099 Closed
Departs: Mon, Oct. 22, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 29, 2018
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 22 – Oct 29 $3099 –$300 Aug 9 $2799 Select
Departs: Mon, Nov. 5, 2018
Returns: Mon, Nov. 12, 2018
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 5 – Nov 12 $2699 –$300 Aug 9 $2399 Select
Departs: Mon, Nov. 19, 2018
Returns: Mon, Nov. 26, 2018
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 19 – Nov 26 $2699 –$300 Aug 9 $2399 Select
Departs: Mon, Nov. 26, 2018
Returns: Mon, Dec. 3, 2018
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 26 – Dec 3 $2699 –$300 Aug 9 $2399 Select
Departs: Mon, Dec. 3, 2018
Returns: Mon, Dec. 10, 2018
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 3 – Dec 10 $2699 –$300 Aug 9 $2399 Select
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Sun, Jan. 13, 2019
Returns: Sun, Jan. 20, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jan 13 – Jan 20 $2799 –$300 Aug 9 $2499 Select
Departs: Sun, Feb. 3, 2019
Returns: Sun, Feb. 10, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Feb 3 – Feb 10 $2799 –$300 Aug 9 $2499 Select
Departs: Sun, Mar. 17, 2019
Returns: Sun, Mar. 24, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 17 – Mar 24 $2799 –$300 Aug 9 $2499 Select
Departs: Sun, Apr. 7, 2019
Returns: Sun, Apr. 14, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 7 – Apr 14 $2799 –$300 Aug 9 $2499 Select
Departs: Sun, May 19, 2019
Returns: Sun, May 26, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 9, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 19 – May 26 $2699 –$300 Aug 9 $2399 Select

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?

Options & Fees

Kenya Safari Express
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement
Apr 7, 2019;  May 19, 2019 +$199
Jun 11, 2018 +$349
Jun 18, 2018 unavailable
All other departures +$449
Separately Paid Fees
Kenya Visa Fee (paid separately) +$50
Transfers for Passengers Booking Land Only
Optional Airport Transfers
Arrival Transfer: Nairobi airport to hotel.1 +$40
Departure Transfer: Nairobi hotel to airport.2 +$40

1. Rate is based on 2 passengers. Transfer is via a private car with a maximum of 2 passengers.

2. Rate is based on 2 passengers. Transfer is via a private car with a maximum of 2 passengers.

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.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC)1 included
Land Only (no flights)2 –$600

1. NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation. Your flight itinerary showing which airport that you are departing from will be emailed to you in 24-48 hours.

2. 1. If selecting Land Only, arrival and departure transfers are not included. You may select private airport transfers for an additional fee, or make your own arrangements to join the tour in Nairobi on Day 2 and to depart from Nairobi on or after Day 7. Flights on Day 7 should not depart before 9:00 pm.

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? We can arrange flights from most major cities. 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 flights. More information

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 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. 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

Day 2: Arrive Nairobi

Accommodations: 1 night InterContinental Nairobi.

  • Upon arrival in Nairobi, following customs and immigration formalities, meet our representative and transfer 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.

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 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

Pollman's 4x4 vehicleFull 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

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 4500 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.

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. 

Day 8: Arrive USA

  • Arrive in the USA today

Hotels

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

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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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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When our plane landed in Nairobi and we were walking down the steps, the first thing we saw was Marcie with a sign that said "Friendly Planet." I knew then that our family was in good hands. We loved traveling with other families and our six year old enjoyed his "friends from Africa." (Though in reality they were from LA and Minnesota). Raefael our tour guide rocked! The elephants were hiding because they don't like the migrating zebras and wildebeest so Raefael busted to find us one. He had eyes like an eagle. The only thing we didn't see was a rhino but being woken up by the hippo in front of my door compensated.

Carol Lindsay, Centerville Ut

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