Kenya Safari Express

The perfect taste of Kenya: 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 16 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 December 2022 – December 2023 Group Size 16 travelers max
Themes ActiveBucket ListNature & Wildlife
Activity Level Recreational
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. Travel safely and confidently with our new health & safety protocols.
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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 and lodge accommodations, daily breakfast, lunches, and dinners on safari, and plenty of touring. See orphan elephants at Daphne Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage, embark on a thrilling boat safari on Lake Naivasha, experience fantastic game drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve, and more! And as always, in true Friendly Planet style, we've managed to package a dream vacation at an unbelievable price.

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip airfare from New York City to Nairobi, including taxes & 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 add-ons

  • Hot air balloon Masai Mara safari & Champagne breakfast
  • Masai tribal village tour

Why you'll love it

  • Set out on four exciting game drives at the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphans' Nursery, where young elephants are cared for until they are ready to be released back into the wild.
  • Help in reforestation by seed bombing, a technique of introducing vegetation to land by throwing or dropping seedballs.
  • Tour the Karen Blixen Museum, previously home to the author whose memoir inspired the Oscar-winning film, Out of Africa.
  • Hand-feed endangered giraffes at the Langata Giraffe Center.
  • Embark on a safari boat ride on Lake Naivasha, home to a wide variety of animals, including giant hippos.

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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 book. More information Want to extend your trip?

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Kenya Safari Express
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Double Occupancy included
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Apr 12, 2023;  May 10, 2023 $199
Jun 14, 2023 $249
Nov 23, 2022;  Mar 15, 2023 $399
Nov 16, 2022;  Dec 7, 2022;  Jan 18, 2023;  Feb 15, 2023;  Nov 22, 2023;  Dec 6, 2023 $449
Sep 21, 2022;  Oct 19, 2022;  Jul 19, 2023;  Aug 16, 2023;  Oct 18, 2023 $549
Sep 20, 2023 unavailable
All other dates $499
Optional Excursions
Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast1
Jan 18, 2023;  Feb 15, 2023;  Mar 15, 2023;  Apr 12, 2023;  May 10, 2023;  Jun 14, 2023;  Jul 19, 2023;  Aug 16, 2023;  Sep 20, 2023;  Oct 18, 2023;  Nov 15, 2023;  Nov 22, 2023;  Dec 6, 2023 $450
All other dates $430

1. Operation subject to weather conditions.

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. Price based on two passengers. Transfer is via a private car with a maximum of two passengers.

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

Separately 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. Why are single rooms more?

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? Unfortunately, we don't offer flights from other cities, but you can book your own.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Kenya

Day 2 Arrive Nairobi

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

EKA Hotel Nairobi or similar

Day 3 Nairobi & Lake Naivasha

  • Visit the Karen Blixen Museum
  • Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Depart Nairobi for the Great Rift Valley
  • After lunch and check-in, enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure

Lake Naivasha Country Club or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage © Sheldrick Trust Orphans Project

After breakfast and check-out, proceed to visit the Karen Blixen Museum. "Out of Africa" author Karen Blixen formally owned the house and surrounding 4500-acre farm from 1917 until 1931, before becoming a museum in 1991. 
 
Next, visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, where young orphaned elephant babies are hand-raised until they are returned to the natural habitat in the Tsavo National Park. Here they can mingle freely with the wild community.

Later, depart Nairobi and travel 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 leisurely. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the lodge.

Day 4 Lake Naivasha

  • 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

Lake Naivasha Country Club or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Klipspringer antelope

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. The 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 Africa's most atmospheric parks. You may see African buffalo, zebra, eland, hartebeest, Thomson's gazelle, baboons, klipspringer antelope, and Chandler's mountain reedbuck. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a safari boat ride on Lake Naivasha.

Day 5 Masai Mara Game Reserve

  • After breakfast, depart for the Masai Mara
  • Arrive at the lodge and enjoy lunch
  • Take your first game drive this afternoon

Keekorok Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Cheetahs, Masai Mara

After breakfast, depart for the Masai Mara. This park offers terrific scenery and plenty of game viewing. In addition, it is perhaps the only region remaining in Kenya where visitors can see animals in the same abundance and variety as they existed a century ago. You'll find lions, cheetahs, buffalo, and abundant bird life such as ostriches, cranes, and storks among the grassy plains and lush landscape.

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

  • 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

Keekorok Lodge or similar Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Hippos, Masai Mara

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 can replace the morning drive with an optional balloon safari, which provides an exciting 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 and Grant gazelles. The "Big Five" are all found in the Masai Mara as well as cheetahs, bat-eared foxes, and wide other varieties of wildlife.

After lunch, enjoy some leisure time at the lodge, including a refreshing swim in the pool.

Optional Excursion: Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast, $430
Balloon safari, Masai Mara

Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a balloon ride across the Masai Mara. Weather 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 1,500 feet for a panoramic view of the twisting Mara River and the savannah below. After an hour 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. ($450 if purchased locally)

2023 rate is $450

Optional Excursion: Masai Village Tour (purchased locally), $25
Masai traditional dance

This afternoon, get an in-depth look at these colorful and pastoral people in their natural settings. Experience the Masai tribal life 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

  • After breakfast, depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi
  • Enjoy a farewell lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • 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

Hilton Garden Inn or similar Breakfast & lunch

Full Day Itinerary
Feeding a Rothschild's giraffe, Nairobi

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, visit The Langata Giraffe Center, which protects the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. Several warthogs roam freely with the giraffes. Guests may feed the giraffes from a raised feeding platform. Later visit the Utamaduni craft center. Then transfer to your day-use room to relax and freshen up.

Bid farewell to Kenya as you transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight. Arrive in the USA the following day.

Hotels

EKA Hotel Nairobi
EKA Hotel Nairobi
First Class

EKA Hotel is conveniently located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi, near the city's many attractions including Nairobi National Park, the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum, Bomas of Kenya, and the Giraffe Centre. It is also near the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Wilson Airport, the bustling central business district and entertainment venues.

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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 transformed 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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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.After a day of game-spotting, take a dip in the outdoor swimming swimming pool or relax in one of the lounge chairs. The lodge also has a gift shop that stocks every conceivable item for a comfortable safari as well as hand-crafted gifts, paintings and sculptures.

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Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn
First Class

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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