Kenya Wildlife Safari with Victoria Falls

Nairobi, then 9 game drives in Samburu, Ol Pejeta, Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara; Stay in superior Nairobi hotels & safari lodges, All this plus the majestic Victoria Falls.

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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
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures January – December 2020
Activity Level Moderate
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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  • 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
  • 12 nights' accommodations at superior hotels and safari lodges
  • 26 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, including a welcome dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives by local English-speaking guides
  • All-wheel drive (4x4) safari vehicles with guaranteed window seat and access to roof hatch, maximum 6 guests per vehicle
  • Experienced driver/guide

Optional add-ons

  • Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast
  • Full Day Chobe National Park tour

Why you'll love it

  • Set out on nine incredible game drives for the chance to see the "Big 5" and more at the Samburu Reserve and Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • Prepare to be awestruck as you watch baby elephants mingle freely at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery which specializes in nurturing and hand-raising elephants before their release back into the wild.
  • Visit the Kazuri Bead Factory Store and learn about how the process of hand-making beads helps employ local women.
  • Tour the Karen Blixen Museum and the surrounding 4500-acre farm, previously home of the author whose memoir inspired the Oscar-winning film, Out of Africa.
  • Have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hand-feed giraffes at the Langata Giraffe Center, a center that helps to protect the endangered Rothschild's giraffe.
  • Learn about the continuous efforts in saving chimpanzees from extinction when you visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
  • Indulge in a dining experience strikingly different from any other in Kenya as you dive into the array of meats at the famous Carnivore Restaurant.
Kenya Wildlife Safari with Victoria Falls 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. End your tour with a visit to the majestic Victoria Falls!

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 with Victoria Falls  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.

To enhance your visit to Kenya and Zimbabwe and make it more complete and memorable, we offer exciting optional excursions. These are available to be pre-booked prior to your departure.  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.

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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 (or after) you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

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New York Kennedy (JFK) included

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Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Nairobi, Kenya

Day 2 Arrive Nairobi

  • Upon arrival in Nairobi, following customs and immigration formalities, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel.
  • This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant.

Accommodations:Tamarind Tree Hotel Included meals:Dinner

Day 3 Nairobi

  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Discover how local women make handmade beads at the Kazuri workshop
  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum
  • See the endangered Rothschild's giraffe at the Langata Giraffe Center

Accommodations:Tamarind Tree Hotel Included meals:Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Feeding a Rothschild's giraffe, Nairobi

After breakfast, visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery, where young orphaned elephant babies are hand-raised until they are released back to their natural habitat in the Tsavo National Park. Here they are able to mingle freely with the wild community.

After a lunch break, continue to the Kazuri Bead Factory Store, where the guide will explain the hand-making process. Founded in 1975 by Lady Susan Wood, the factory started as a tiny workshop experimenting in making handmade beads, only employing two Kenyan women and today has grown to employ many other women, most of them single mothers. Then, visit the Karen Blixen Museum, which is the former home of "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen and served as the farm house for her 4500 acre farm from 1917-1931.

Later, 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. Return to the hotel for remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 4 Samburu Game Reserve

  • Travel north to the remote Samburu Reserve arriving at the lodge for lunch
  • Enjoy an afternoon game drive and dinner at the lodge

Accommodations:Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp Included meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Cheetah, Samburu Reserve

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 peoples' 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. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch. This afternoon, depart on a game drive returning to the camp as the sun sets.

Day 5 Samburu Game Reserve

  • Morning game drive
  • Lunch, followed by some free time to relax
  • Early evening game drive

Accommodations:Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp Included meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Giraffe on the savannah

Enjoy another day of game viewing drives in the Samburu Game Reserve during two safari drives, one in the morning and another in the late afternoon, in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography. Guided by your expert driver, search for animals native to this fascinating and beautiful area.

Day 6 Ol Pejeta Conservancy

  • 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

Accommodations:Sweetwaters Tented Camp Included meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Zebras

After 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 more. After lunch, visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary followed by a game drive. In the evening sit by the lit waterhole to view the animals.

Day 7 Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Early this morning, travel to Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Once in the park, there will be a game drive
  • In the afternoon, there will be another game drive prior to check-in and dinner

Accommodations:Sarova Lion Hill Lodge Included meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Buffalo

Leaving Sweetwaters and Mount Kenya behind, you'll head west to Nyahururu, still known to many as Thomson's Falls for its 237-foot cascade. Continue south to your next destination, Lake Nakuru. This park is a rhino sanctuary, offering the opportunity to see these endangered animals. It's also home to rare Rothschild's giraffes, buffalo, leopards and lions. Once in the park, there will be a game drive. After lunch, enjoy afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park. Then, continue to Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge, arriving as the sun sets.

Day 8 Masai Mara National Reserve

  • After breakfast, head out for the Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Enjoy lunch en route to the Masai Mara
  • Take your first game drive in the Masai Mara on the way to your camp

Accommodations:Mara Intrepids Tented Camp Included meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Wildebeest & Zebras, Masai Mara

After breakfast, head out to 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. Stop for lunch at a lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive through this haven of wildlife, arriving at the Mara Intrepids Camp as the sun sets.

Day 9 Masai Mara National Reserve

  • 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

Accommodations:Mara Intrepids Tented Camp Included meals:Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Pollman's 4x4 vehicle

Today you will take two safari drives, one in the morning and another in the late afternoon, in a safari vehicle with roof hatch access for perfect game viewing and photography.

You'll have the choice for an optional early morning Hot Air Balloon safari, which provides a thrilling opportunity to soar high over the plains 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 accompanied by your expert guide, who will amaze you with his ability to spot game hidden in the bush.

Optional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari and Champagne Breakfast, +$430
Ballon safari, Masai Mara

Take to the sky over herds of wildlife in the Masai Mara game reserve, flying in a hot air balloon. The balloon can soar over the most inaccessible and undisturbed parts of the reserve and offers a bird's eye view of the plains below.  After an hour or so in the air, your safari finishes with a champagne breakfast in the bush.  This is certain to become a once in a lifetime experience you will remember long after returning from Kenya! Flight may not operate if weather conditions are not suitable. ($450 if purchased locally)

Day 10 Masai Mara & Nairobi

  • Depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi
  • Enjoy a farewell lunch at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Nairobi

Accommodations:Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport, Crowne Plaza Nairobi Airport or similar Included meals:Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary

After breakfast, depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Then, transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 11 Nairobi & Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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

Accommodations:A'Zambezi River Lodge Included meals:Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Victoria Falls

Early 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 unrivaled 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 hotel, located near the banks of the  Zambezi River within the Victoria Falls National Park. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure at the hotel overlooking the river or by the pool, or venture into the nearby town of Victoria Falls.

Day 12 Victoria Falls

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

Accommodations:A'Zambezi River Lodge Included meals:Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Hippos

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 13 Victoria Falls

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

Accommodations:A'Zambezi River Lodge Included meals:Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Victoria Falls rainforest

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore this magnificent natural wonder on your own on the well-marked trails through the rain forest 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 entry Zimbabwe visa.

Day 14 Depart Victoria Falls

  • Last morning at leisure in Victoria Falls
  • This afternoon, bid farewell to Africa as you transfer to the airport for your flight to the USA via Nairobi
  • Your amazing adventures come to an end as you arrive in the USA tomorrow morning

Included meals:Breakfast

Hotels

A'Zambezi River Lodge

A'Zambezi River Lodge

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The A’Zambezi River Lodge enjoys a wonderful location on the banks of the Zambezi River, within the protected Victoria Falls National Park and just minutes away from Victoria Falls town and the mighty falls themselves. The Lodge features an African-style design, complete with thatched roofs blending into the natural environment. Other nearby attractions include a championship 18-hole golf course and fascinating Crocodile Sanctuary. The lodge also has a beautiful outdoor swimming pool and gift shop.

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Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport

Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport

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The Hilton Garden Inn Nairobi Airport is a 175 room hotel with a convenient location close to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The hotel features complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24 hour business center, a heated rooftop swimming pool, fitness center, complimentary self-operated laundry.

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Mara Intrepids Tented Camp

Mara Intrepids Tented Camp

Mara Intrepids Camp is located in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The camp is a short drive to the Mara River, home of the iconic wildebeest migration. The camp’s outdoor pool is surrounded by sun-loungers. There is a library with board games and a playground for children. Hot air balloon rides can be organised at Mara Camp. 

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Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp

Samburu Intrepids Tented Camp

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Located 345 kilometers north of Nairobi, this tented lodge offers 28 modern and newly refurbished tents with a private view over the wildlife-rich riverbanks. All the tents are large and spacious under palm-thatched roofs with netted screens. This allows for the river breeze to keep them cool and give you stunning views of Samburu. The main dining room has a seating capacity of 60, and opens onto an outdoor terrace where buffet breakfasts and lunches are served overlooking the river. Meals can also be enjoyed on your private veranda or at one of a series of specially selected 'bush sites' close to camp.Intrepids also boasts a spacious lounge and bar area, where our naturalists deliver fascinating slideshows on most evenings, and an intimate conference room with a television for viewing wildlife documentaries.Behind the bar, surrounded by a shady sunbathing area, is our freeform swimming pool - a soothing drop of blue in this otherwise arid land

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Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

First Class

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, it is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the lake and the park. The Lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways and greens dotted with bird feeds.

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Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Sweetwaters Tented Camp

First Class

The exclusive Sweetwaters Serena Camp is located in a private conservancy with a higher wildlife-to-area ration than any of Keny'a national parks. The camp lies in the center of the Ol Peejeta Conservancy which is host to elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, and leopard.

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Tamarind Tree Hotel

Tamarind Tree Hotel

First Class

Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi near iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.Tamarind Tree Hotel's outstanding leisure facilities and genuine service ensures that all our guests experience the very best of Tamarind hospitality.

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