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Kenya Wildlife Safari tour

Kenya Wildlife Safari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
12 days
From: $ 3,999 $ 333 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Giraffe Center (Nairobi)
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Mt. Kenya
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Masai Village
  • Tanzania Game Parks Extension, including the Ngorongoro Crater

Short Description

Experience the adventure of a lifetime on a true wildlife safari in Kenya. A jewel of Africa, Kenya is known for its vast array of rare wildlife including the “Big Five”. Explore the stunning Kenyan landscape and observe all the incredible species in their natural habitat during your safari game drives.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Nairobi
End City Nairobi

Trip Includes

  • Round trip airfare from New York, JFK airport.
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first class hotels & safari lodges
  • 24 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives
  • Guaranteed window seat and access to pop-up roof hatch, maximum 6 guests per safari vehicle
  • Experienced English-speaking safari driver-guide/game spotter

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating journey to mysterious Africa begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Kenya.

Day 2: Arrive Nairobi (Kenya).

Accommodation: Safari Park Hotel

Evening arrival in Nairobi, Kenya’s vibrant capital. You’ll be escorted to your deluxe hotel.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Safari Park Hotel

Today, visit the home of Karen Blixen, a coffee farmer and famed author of “Out of Africa”. Nearby is the Giraffe Center where you’ll admire and feed the gentle and rare Rotschild’s giraffes. Relax at your hotel this afternoon before attending a safari orientation and welcome dinner with local entertainment.

Day 4: Nairobi/Mt. Kenya/Samburu-Buffalo Springs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Over the next week venture into Kenya’s most captivating wildlife sanctuaries, set amid the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. This morning depart northward to the Central Highlands where you cross the Equator as you approach majestic Mt. Kenya, a dormant volcano with a glittering cap of snow and ice. After a stop for lunch, continue your drive to Samburu National Reserve – Buffalo Springs in Kenya’s semi-desert, rugged northern frontier. Enroute to your lodge enjoy your first game-viewing drive. Settle into your comfortable lodge in the heart of the reserve in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Samburu-Buffalo Springs: Samburu Sopa Lodge

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Samburu-Buffalo Springs: Samburu Sopa Lodge

Set in an extraordinary region along the Ewaso Ngiro River, Samburu–Buffalo Springs is home to some of Africa’s rarest game species. The river’s permanent waters abound with crocodile and hippo and attract plenty of wildlife including the Grevy’s zebra, the long necked gerunuk antelope, the shy oryx beisa and the Somali ostrich. Leopard, cheetah and lion are also found in the reserve. A full day of game viewing starts with an early morning safari. This is when the animals are most active. Keep your camera ready, your game spotter will lead you in search of the animals and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph your sightings. Return to the lodge for breakfast and relax by the pool. This afternoon, venture out on additional game viewing.

Day 6: Samburu-Buffalo Springs/Mt. Kenya.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Serena Mountain Lodge

Depart for Mt. Kenya National Park, a wonderland of dense forests, tumbling waterfalls and abundant wildlife. Arrive at your lodge, the only “tree-hotel” ever to be built on the slopes of legendary Mt. Kenya. From specially built viewpoints you may watch the animals arriving at the floodlit waterhole and saltlicks throughout the evening and night. Serena Mountain Lodge

Day 7: Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

As you journey southwest today, stop at the impressive Nyahururu Falls and then travel along the magnificent Rift Valley toward Lake Nakuru, world known for its vast population of pink flamingos. Savor an afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, one of Kenya’s finest rhino sanctuaries and admire the flamingos and other abundant birds dancing along the lake’s shoreline. Proceed to Lake Naivasha. Arrive at your lodge, overlooking the lake. Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Day 8: Lake Naivasha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A day at leisure to unwind at your world-class lodge, situated on the banks of idyllic Lake Naivasha. Optional activities include a scenic boat ride and a visit to Crescent Island across the lake to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species.

Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Day 9: Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge

Today drive to the fabled Masai Mara National Reserve, rich with wildlife, birds, natural flora and stunning scenic beauty. The Masai Mara is the northern extension of Tanzania’s famous Serengeti Plains. It is Kenya’s premier place of seeing wildlife, and home to a thriving population of predators such as lion and cheetah, as well as hippo, crocodile, zebra, giraffe, elephant, wildebeest and impala. Arrive at your lodge, ideally located on the banks of the Talek River and surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Enjoy a thrilling afternoon game-viewing drive in this photographer’s paradise. Tonight enjoy a traditional performance of tribal dances by local Masai Warriors. Mara Sopa Lodge

Day 10:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge

Early this morning you may join an exhilarating optional hot-air balloon safari above the Masai Mara’s plains. You may also opt to visit the local Masai Village where you’ll learn more about their culture and customs. Included in today’s program are additional morning and late afternoon safaris led by your game spotter who will take you in search of the Big Five: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard and the much rarer rhino. In between game drives, relax at your comfortable lodge, take a dip in the pool and enjoy the delicious food served. This evening join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Kenya or Stay in Africa for Tanzania Extension.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Safari Park Hotel

After a final early morning safari followed by a hearty breakfast, drive back to Nairobi arriving mid-afternoon. A room has been reserved for you and the balance of the day is free for independent exploration. This evening transfer to the airport for your return flight. Safari Park Hotel, day-room  for those not going to Tanzania and overnight room for those going to Tanzania.

Day 12: Arrive USA.

Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York early this afternoon.

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Jun-22-2019Jul-03-2019$ 4,899$ 5,448Limited Reserve
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Oct-05-2019Oct-16-2019$ 4,299$ 4,848Limited Reserve
Oct-19-2019Oct-30-2019$ 4,299$ 4,848Limited Reserve
Nov-02-2019Nov-13-2019$ 3,999$ 4,548Limited Reserve
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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 549

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Wildlife safari with extension

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Just back from the most wonderful and exciting time of my life. All went very well. It was more than I could have imagined. Every lodge was wonderful as was the staff. Food was excellent. Our guide ,Alex,was the best .wish I had done it years ago. Thanks again smartours it was a pleasure
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We did the Kenya Safari Tour (No Extension) July 2017. Words don't fully express how this trip went beyond all our expectations. The hotels were all gorgeous and the food varied and plentiful. Our driver Benson was incredible. Your driver/guide is with you the whole time so they can really personalize the experience to what you are looking for. I am no professional photographer but we got so close that I came home and got some of the pictures blown up on canvas to remember it by.
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I went on this trip with the Tanzania extension in Aug 2016. What an incredible experience. Our Kenya guide, Johnson, was the absolute best! He could point out animals when all we saw was grass! He was so knowledgeable about the wildlife and really worked with our group to make each and every day magical. The hotels were fantastic (little blips here and there but that's to be expected) and met all of our needs. The Tanzania extension is a must! Again the guides were knowledgeable and fantastic, the hotels were superb, and the animals were plentiful. We were fortunate enough to see the Big 5 and then some! We saw both black and white rhinos! I would take this trip again and again!
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Kenya Wildlife with Tanzania Ext.

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This is a trip not to be missed! We took this journey in July 2016. Our group totaled only 6 and we had a wonderful time traveling together. Our guide, Abraham was wonderful and took excellent care of us. The wildlife was abundant and our guide knew just when and where to spot the animals. The accommodations on this trip were very good to excellent. The meals were mostly buffet and had good variety. Each of the hotels/lodges we stayed at had something special or unique about the location or building. This was our second SmarTours trip and it lived up to the expectations set after the first one! We were so pleased with our experience that we are looking at another SmarTours trip to a different region of Africa for next year.
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It was a wonderful trip due to the excellence of the Driver/Guide Abraham (Ibrahim?). His knowledge, work ethic and desire to have a fulfilling vacation experience made it a superior experience. The hotels were all good as far as the accommodations were concerned. The food was generally well presented and a wide variety but the taste and meat quality was mediocre. Better food was provided at Serena Mountain Lodge and the Safari Park. Food at the Sopa chain was just ok. Service throughout was terrific. The game drives were exciting, thorough and great experiences. The condition of the truck was just OK; e.g., the tires were marginal.The American Air flight, JFK to CDG was good while the Paris to Nairobi flight on Kenya Air was of lower quality.We will be looking at othe smarTours in the future mostly because of our terrific experience and the wonderful guide was had.
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Just come back from our amazing African safari adventure. The hotels and lodges are excellent, rooms are very comfortable and food is great. There are many opportunities to view animals and great scenery. Photos from this trip: http://www.webgraphic.us/photography/kenya/ http://www.webgraphic.us/photography/tanzania/ In Kenya - minibuses not comfortable for more than 4-5 people. Speed and pass ability of minibuses concedes to jeeps. When arrival to Nairobi - discuss with the company representative about transportation, provided for a safari. No more than 4 people can photograph from one minibus. In Tanzania – new comfortable Toyota jeeps were provided.
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Optional Activities

  • Tanzania game parks extension from (Approx. $1899 per person)
  • Carnivore dinner from (Approx. $60 per person)
  • One-hour boat cruise on lake naivasha (Approx. $30 per person)
  • Masai Village Tour from (Approx. $25 per person)
  • Hot air balloon safari & champagne breakfast from (Approx. $395 per person)

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

Additional Information:

Extensions:

Day 11: Extension

Masai Mara/Nairobi.

Meals: Breakfast

After a final early morning safari followed by a hearty breakfast, drive back to Nairobi arriving mid-afternoon. The balance of the day is at leisure. Safari Park Hotel or similar.

Day 12: Extension

Nairobi/Arusha (Tanzania)/Lake Manyara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Fly this morning to Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival you will be met by your Tanzania guide, enjoy a picnic lunch and drive through Tanzania countryside to Lake Manyara. After checking into your lodge, the evening is at leisure. Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 13: Extension

Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Lake Manyara National Park offers a rich diversity of scenery and wildlife including the famous tree-climbing lions. This morning enjoy a game drive of the park and visit the Great Rift Valley. After lunch, drive to Ngorongoro, a World Heritage Site. Arrive at your lodge at the rim of the crater in the late afternoon, in time for dinner. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Day 14: Extension

Ngorongoro/Tarangire.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Ngorongoro Crater is remnant of an ancient volcano peak and has one of the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa. On today’s excursion your expert game driver/spotter will lead you on thrilling game-viewing drives by land rover to explore this unique phenomenon. It is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip to East Africa. This afternoon, proceed to nearby Tarangire National Park and arrive at your lodge. Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Day 15: Extension

Arusha/Nairobi.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Morning game drive in Tarangire National Park, renowned for its abundant birdlife and plentiful big game. This afternoon travel by road to Arusha and enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport. Board your evening flight back to Nairobi, where you’ll connect with your overnight return flight home.

Day 16 Extension

Arrive USA.

Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York early this afternoon.


Your extension includes

Round-trip airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania

One night at each of the three Tanzania game reserves

Guided game-viewing

3 meals daily in Tanzania

Transfers and one additional night in Nairobi.

Trip ID#:

smartours-KES

Trip Excludes

  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

Meals Included:

24 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 8 Dinners

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