Kenya Wildlife Safari

  • $3999
  • 12
  • Average Tour Review


Take a walk on the wild side with this Kenya 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 with tranquil surroundings. Plus, add more adventure with an optional Tanzania Game Parks Extension.


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
  • 5-night extension to Tanzania


  • Giraffe Center (Nairobi)
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Aberdare National Park
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Masai Village (optional)
  • Tanzania Game Parks Extension, including 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!

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • Round-trip airfare from New York, JFK airport with direct flights to/from Nairobi
  • Airfare taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first class hotels & safari lodges
  • 26 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 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

Your extension includes

  • Round-trip airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania
  • 3 game reserves including 2 nights in Serengeti Natoinal Park
  • Guided game-viewing
  • 3 meals daily in Tanzania
  • Transfers and one additional night in Nairobi

Tour Itinerary

Depart USA

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

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


Today, morning visit to David Sheldrick’s Wildlife Trust, 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”. Nearby is the Giraffe Center where you’ll admire and feed the gentle and rare Rothschild’s giraffes. 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 enjoy your first game-viewing drive. Settle into your comfortable lodge in the heart of the reserve in time…

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 when the animals are most active. Keep your camera ready, your game spotter will lead you in search of the animals…

Samburu-Buffalo Springs/Aberdare

Depart for Aberdare National Park, with steep forested ravines and open moorlands. 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 an Ark. From specially built viewpoints you may watch the animals arriving at the floodlit waterhole and saltlicks throughout the evening and night.

Serena Mountain Lodge or The Ark or similar | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 and 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 River and surrounded by lush landscaped gardens. Enjoy a thrilling afternoon game-viewing drive in this photographer’s…

Masai Mara

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…

Masai Mara/Nairobi/Depart Kenya or Stay in Africa for Tanzania Extension

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.

*Ole Sereni or similar | Breakfast

*Day-room for those not going to Tanzania, and overnight room for those going to Tanzania.

Arrive USA

Your memorable trip to Kenya ends as you arrive back in New York today.

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $599

January – February 2021 & October 2021: Add $2899 double occ. / $3198 single occ.
July – September 2021: Add $2999 double occ. / $3298 single occ.

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, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Extended Tours

Take advantage of your included international airfare and extend your stay to three of Tanzania’s magnificent game parks:

Visit Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire National Park

Tanzania Game Parks with Serengeti Extension

  • From approx. $2999 Per Person

Our 5-night extension includes Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. You’ll also enjoy visits to Lake Manyara National Park with its famous tree-climbing lions; Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest unbroken caldera; and more!

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 at the Arusha Coffee Lodge for lunch and a visit, 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 National Park where you begin spotting wildlife as you approach the entrance gate. Complete the formalities and enter…

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 Africa.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ngorongoro Crater/Arusha/Nairobi

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

| Breakfast, Lunch

Arrive USA

Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York today.

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

  • Nairobi
  • From approx. $32 Per Person

Consider a one-hour boat cruise on Lake Naivasha to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species.
Credit cards are not accepted for this tour.

Lake Naivasha Half Day Crescent Island

  • From approx. $80 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.

Masai Village Tour

  • Masai Mara
  • From approx. $25 Per Person

A unique opportunity to 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.” Offered during game-drive and any clients not wanting to participate will need to wait in the vehicle. Credit cards are not accepted for these offers.

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 Flight Certificate. This is certain to become a once in a lifetime experience you will remember long after returning from Kenya! (Please be advised that flight may not…



Not quite clear in description of Kenya Safari. I was not aware of the arduous ride daily in a ATV for many hours. It was quite uncomfortable. The staff was great, the hotels and food were amazing, and the schedule was OK. A bit coerced into visiting the Maasai , price varied from tour to tour as we discussed with others. Great size of group , we had 11. Good thongs to say, just need more info on the difficulty of the terrain. Animals were fantastic! trip of a lifetime!


Kenya/Tanzania tour was great. We saw lots of amazing wildlife and our jeep drivers/ guides were knowledgeable and experienced. Accommodation was varied and some was above expectations. All were unique. Food was very good.

janet k

First time with smartours ,Had an amazing trip best vacation ever ! I truly think that the guide makes the safari we had a fantastic one (Henry) very intelligent and knowledgeable everything we mentioned he found it ! Spoke with many other groups at the lodges and they didnt see as much as we did .Not sure if you are able to request guides .

Ann r

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

Jennifer H

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.


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!


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.

Steven B

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.


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.

Kerry M

Loved the trip. The only place we stayed that we weren't crazy about was the treetop lodge on Mt Kenya. American Airlines flight from NYC to Paris was awful- old plane and very poor service. Returning AA flight to London was great. Kenya Air was awesome. Tour guide was really good and we saw fantastic wildlife. All in all a great experience.


This was our trip of a lifetime. Words can't describe how amazing that trip was. If you want to see real Africa this is the trip you need to take. Smartours make it safe and unforgettable. Here's link to my video from this trip. Enjoy. http://youtu.be/8Jr4pBri4l8 http://youtu.be/NlV2wXF2VqI
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