Kenya Wildlife Safari with Tanzania & the Serengeti

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NAIROBI, MASAI MARA, ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK, SAMBURU, LAKE NAKURU, SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Take a walk on the wild side with this small-group Kenya and Tanzania tour including airfare from the U.S.! Begin your adventure in Nairobi, before venturing out to explore captivating scenery and spot exotic animals. Visit the home of Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, and have the amazing opportunity to feed and admire giraffes. Then, witness exciting wildlife on safari in the Samburu National Reserve, Aberdare National Park, and Masai Mara National Reserve. Game drives flourish with animals, both fierce and docile—from noble lions and fleet-footed cheetahs to strong, but peaceful elephants. At Lake Nakuru National Park, you’ll also find a rhino sanctuary and pink flamingos huddling around the lake. And during your stay at Lake Naivasha, enjoy a chance to unwind in tranquil surroundings. Continue on to Tanzania where you’ll visit

Shorten Your Trip! Enjoy our 12-day Kenya Wildlife Safari tour visiting Kenya’s highlights from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru.

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Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Nairobi
  • 2 nights Samburu – Buffalo Springs
  • 1 night in Aberdare
  • 2 nights in Lake Naivasha
  • 2 nights in Masai Mara
  • 1 night in Nairobi
  • 1 night in Lake Manyara
  • 2 nights in the Serengeti
  • 1 night in Ngorongoro

Tour
Highlights

  • Giraffe Center (Nairobi)
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Aberdare National Park
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater

To get a closer look at this amazing Kenya safari experience, click here to take a look at photos taken by a smarTours traveler!

Max. Group Size: 17 Passengers

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York, JFK airport with direct flights to/from Nairobi (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
  • Airfare taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first class hotels & safari lodges
  • 40 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives
  • Guaranteed window seat and access to pop-up roof hatch, 4 X 4 Vehicles, maximum 6 guests per safari vehicle
  • Experienced English-speaking safari driver-guide/game spotter

Tour Itinerary on Emirates

Depart USA

Your exciting adventure to Kenya begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Nairobi.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Nairobi on Day 2.

Arrive Nairobi (Kenya)

Arrive in Nairobi today, Kenya’s vibrant capital. You’ll be escorted to your deluxe hotel. Relax at your hotel this afternoon before attending a welcome dinner.

Ole Sereni or similar | Dinner

Nairobi

Today, morning visit to Afew Giraffe Centre where you’ll admire and feed the gentle and rare Rothschild’s giraffes. Next, lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden followed by a visit to the home of Karen Blixen, a coffee farmer and famed author of “Out of Africa”. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Ole Sereni Hotel or similar | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nairobi/Mt. Kenya/Samburu-Buffalo Springs

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. En route to your lodge…

Samburu-Buffalo Springs

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 gerenuk 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…

Samburu-Buffalo Springs/Aberdare

Depart for Aberdare National Park, with steep forested ravines and open moorlands. En route, stop at the Samburu Water Project. See how the project’s efforts to build a water well has transformed the community and see how the well serves as a community centre for the village. Arrive at Aberdare Country Club for lunch, followed by a transfer in the lodge vehicle to the Ark Lodge, built, as the name suggests, in the shape of…

Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha

As you journey southwest today, stop at the impressive Nyahururu Falls and then travel along the magnificent Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha, arriving your lodge for late lunch. The afternoon is at leisure. Optional activities include a scenic boat ride or a visit to Crescent Island across the lake to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Naivasha

This morning depart on a 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. Enjoy a picnic lunch and later return to Lake Naivasha. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara

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…

Masai Mara

Early this morning you may join an exhilarating optional hot-air balloon safari above the Masai Mara’s plains. 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…

Masai Mara/Nairobi

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.

Ole Sereni or similar | Breakfast

Nairobi/Arusha (Tanzania)/Lake Manyara

Fly this morning to Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival you will be met by your Tanzania guide and drive through Tanzania countryside to Lake Manyara. After checking into your lodge, the evening is at leisure.


Lake Manyara Serena Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Manyara/Serengeti

This morning, head to Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive. The park offers a rich diversity of scenery and wildlife including the famous tree-climbing lions. After lunch at the lodge, leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues North West across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the UNESCO-listed Serengeti…

Serengeti National Park

Today is filled with morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. Serengeti is home to the Great Migration, the highest concentration of wildlife and the opportunity to see the Big 5! The endless plains are a feast for your eyes as you will track big cats- lions, cheetah, leopard and other wildlife.

| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater

After early breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch. On arrival, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for an afternoon of game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is remnant of an ancient volcano peak and the world’s largest unbroken caldera. 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…

Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha/Nairobi

Following breakfast, travel by road to Arusha with a lunch box followed by a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. On arrival in Nairobi, transfer to Pollman’s Executive lounge and take time to freshen up or relax. Dinner will be provided at a local hotel before we transfer to Jomo Kenyatta Airport for the departure flight home. *The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 16, in Nairobi. | Breakfast, Lunch,…

Arrive USA

Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York today.

Tour Itinerary on Kenya Airways

Depart USA

Your exciting adventure to Kenya begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Nairobi.

*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Nairobi on Day 2.

Arrive Nairobi (Kenya)

Arrive in Nairobi today, Kenya’s vibrant capital. You’ll be escorted to your deluxe hotel. Relax at your hotel this afternoon before attending a welcome dinner.

Ole Sereni or similar | Dinner

Nairobi

Today, morning visit to Afew Giraffe Centre where you’ll admire and feed the gentle and rare Rothschild’s giraffes. Next, lunch at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden followed by a visit to the home of Karen Blixen, a coffee farmer and famed author of “Out of Africa”. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Ole Sereni Hotel or similar | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nairobi/Mt. Kenya/Samburu-Buffalo Springs

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. En route to your lodge…

Samburu-Buffalo Springs

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 gerenuk 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…

Samburu-Buffalo Springs/Aberdare

Depart for Aberdare National Park, with steep forested ravines and open moorlands. En route, stop at the Samburu Water Project. See how the project’s efforts to build a water well has transformed the community and see how the well serves as a community centre for the village. Arrive at Aberdare Country Club for lunch, followed by a transfer in the lodge vehicle to the Ark Lodge, built, as the name suggests, in the shape of…

Lake Nakuru/Lake Naivasha

As you journey southwest today, stop at the impressive Nyahururu Falls and then travel along the magnificent Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha, arriving your lodge for late lunch. The afternoon is at leisure. Optional activities include a scenic boat ride or a visit to Crescent Island across the lake to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Naivasha

This morning depart on a 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. Enjoy a picnic lunch and later return to Lake Naivasha. Arrive at your lodge in the afternoon.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Naivasha/Masai Mara

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…

Masai Mara

Early this morning you may join an exhilarating optional hot-air balloon safari above the Masai Mara’s plains. 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…

Masai Mara/Nairobi

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.

Ole Sereni or similar | Breakfast

Nairobi/Arusha (Tanzania)/Lake Manyara

Fly this morning to Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival you will be met by your Tanzania guide, enjoy a stop in Arusha for lunch, and drive through Tanzania countryside to Lake Manyara. After checking into your lodge, the evening is at leisure.


Lake Manyara Serena Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Manyara/Serengeti

This morning, head to Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive. The park offers a rich diversity of scenery and wildlife including the famous tree-climbing lions. After lunch at the lodge, leaving Lake Manyara behind, the journey continues North West across the stunning hilly countryside of the highlands which is filled with wheat and coffee plantations, and then into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here lie the vast plains of the UNESCO-listed Serengeti…

Serengeti National Park

Today is filled with morning and afternoon game drives in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. Serengeti is home to the Great Migration, the highest concentration of wildlife and the opportunity to see the Big 5! The endless plains are a feast for your eyes as you will track big cats- lions, cheetah, leopard and other wildlife.

| Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater

After early breakfast you depart for Ngorongoro with a picnic lunch. On arrival, descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for an afternoon of game viewing. Ngorongoro Crater is remnant of an ancient volcano peak and the world’s largest unbroken caldera. 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…

Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha/Nairobi

Following breakfast, travel by road to Arusha with a lunch box followed by a transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. Board your evening flight back to Nairobi, where you’ll connect with your overnight return flight home.

*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 16, in Nairobi.

| Breakfast, Lunch

Arrive USA

Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York today.

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Jan. 28, 2022 to get the best price. The starting prices below reflect a $100 discount applied when you pay by echeck.

Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
2022 Departures: Single room supplement is $948

July 2022 Departures: These departures will use Kenya Airways.
All Other 2022 Departures: These departures will use Emirates.

Kenya (& Tanzania) visa fees are not included.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

To enhance and make your Kenya Safari Vacation Package (and Tanzania if applicable) more complete and memorable, you will be offered several optional tours. All rates are approximate in US dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in US dollars by cash in small denominations, Visa or Mastercard. Credit cards will incur a transaction fee. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

One-Hour Boat Cruise on Lake Naivasha

  • Lake Naivasha
  • From approx. $37 Per Person

Consider a one-hour boat cruise on Lake Naivasha to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species.

Please Note: This optional experience cannot be paired with the Lake Naivasha Half-Day Crescent Island tour as it operates at the same time. Credit cards are not accepted for this tour.

Lake Naivasha Half Day Crescent Island

  • Lake Naivasha
  • From approx. $92 Per Person

This private island sanctuary is one of the few places in the Rift Valley where you can walk amongst giraffes, zebras, waterbucks, impalas and countless bird species. Island walks, led by a guide, last between 90 minutes and three hours.

Please Note: This optional experience cannot be paired with the One-Hour Boat Cruise on Lake Naivasha as it operates at the same time.

Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

  • Masai Mara
  • From approx. $405 Per Person
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. At the conclusion of your incredible flight, you’ll be treated to a champagne breakfast in the bush. Before returning to your lodge, your balloon pilot will present you with a Balloon…