Kenya Safari Express

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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: 11 open departures, March – December 2019
Price Includes
  • 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, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, including 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
  • Hell's Gate National Park, 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
  • Connecting flights from Charlotte (CLT), Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), Phoenix (PHX), Denver (DEN), Orlando (MCO), Atlanta (ATL), San Francisco (SFO), Washington D.C. (DCA), may be available. Some schedules may require an overnight in NYC prior to departure for Kenya. Request pricing when making your reservation.
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) (flight schedule)
Themes ActiveBucket ListNature & 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 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 Dec. 13, 2018!
Departures & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Mon, Nov 26, 2018
Returns: Mon, Dec 3, 2018
Nov 26 – Dec 3 $2399 Departed
Departs: Mon, Dec 3, 2018
Returns: Mon, Dec 10, 2018
Dec 3 – Dec 10 $2399 Departed
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Returns: Sun, Jan 20, 2019
Jan 13 – Jan 20 $2599 Closed
Departs: Sun, Feb 3, 2019
Returns: Sun, Feb 10, 2019
Feb 3 – Feb 10 $2599 Closed
Departs: Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Returns: Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Feb 17 – Feb 24 $2599 Closed
Departs: Sun, Mar 17, 2019
Returns: Sun, Mar 24, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Mar 17 – Mar 24 $2599 –$300 Dec 13 $2299 Select
Departs: Sun, Apr 7, 2019
Returns: Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 7 – Apr 14 $2449 –$300 Dec 13 $2149 Select
Departs: Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Returns: Sun, May 5, 2019
Apr 28 – May 5 $2449 Closed
Departs: Sun, May 19, 2019
Returns: Sun, May 26, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 19 – May 26 $2449 –$300 Dec 13 $2149 Select
Departs: Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Returns: Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Jun 16 – Jun 23 $2899 Closed
Departs: Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Returns: Sun, Jul 28, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jul 21 – Jul 28 $3199 –$300 Dec 13 $2899 Select
Departs: Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Returns: Sun, Aug 18, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Aug 11 – Aug 18 $3199 –$300 Dec 13 $2899 Select
Departs: Sun, Sep 8, 2019
Returns: Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 8 – Sep 15 $2799 –$300 Dec 13 $2499 Select
Departs: Sun, Sep 22, 2019
Returns: Sun, Sep 29, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 22 – Sep 29 $2799 –$300 Dec 13 $2499 Select
Departs: Sun, Oct 6, 2019
Returns: Sun, Oct 13, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 6 – Oct 13 $2799 –$300 Dec 13 $2499 Select
Departs: Sun, Oct 27, 2019
Returns: Sun, Nov 3, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Oct 27 – Nov 3 $2699 –$300 Dec 13 $2399 Select
Departs: Sun, Nov 17, 2019
Returns: Sun, Nov 24, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Nov 17 – Nov 24 $2599 –$300 Dec 13 $2299 Select
Departs: Sun, Dec 8, 2019
Returns: Sun, Dec 15, 2019
Book by Thu, Dec 13, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Dec 8 – Dec 15 $2599 –$300 Dec 13 $2299 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;  Apr 28, 2019;  May 19, 2019;  Jun 16, 2019 +$199
Oct 27, 2019 +$499
Jul 21, 2019;  Aug 11, 2019;  Sep 8, 2019;  Sep 22, 2019;  Oct 6, 2019 +$549
Feb 17, 2019 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.

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Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included
Land Only (no flights)1 –$600

1. 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? For 2019 Departures: Connecting flights from Charlotte (CLT), Boston (BOS), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX), Phoenix (PHX), Denver (DEN), Orlando (MCO), Atlanta (ATL), San Francisco (SFO), Washington D.C. (DCA), may be available. Some schedules may require an overnight in NYC prior to departure for Kenya. Request pricing when making your reservation. Unfortunately, we do not offer flights from cities not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights.

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.

  • After breakfast, 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 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

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 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

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 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

InterContinental Hotel

InterContinental Hotel

First Class

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 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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