NAIROBI, MASAI MARA, MOUNT KENYA, SAMBURU, AND LAKE NAKURU
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, Mt. Kenya 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.
- 2 nights in Nairobi
- 2 nights Samburu – Buffalo Springs
- 1 night in Mt. Kenya
- 2 nights in Lake Naivasha
- 2 nights in Masai Mara
- 4-night extension to Tanzania
- Giraffe Center (Nairobi)
- Samburu National Reserve
- Mt. Kenya
- Lake Naivasha
- Masai Village (optional)
- Tanzania Game Parks Extension, including the 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!
- Round-trip airfare from New York, JFK airport. (New in 2019: Direct flights to/from Nairobi)
- Airfare taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges
- Accommodations at first class hotels & safari lodges
- 25 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 7 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
- 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
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 with local entertainment.
Safari Park Hotel or Ole Sereni Hotel or similar | Dinner
Your safari orientation commences after breakfast. 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.
Safari Park Hotel or Ole Sereni Hotel or similar | Breakfast, 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…
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…
Samburu-Buffalo Springs/Mt. Kenya
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 constructed viewpoints, you may watch the animals arriving at the floodlit waterhole and saltlicks throughout the evening and night.
Serena Mountain Lodge | 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 toward Lake Nakuru, world renowned 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 | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
A day at leisure to unwind at your world-class lodge, situated on the banks of idyllic Lake Naivasha. Consider an optional scenic boat ride on Lake Naivasha to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species.
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…
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. The Eka Hotel or similar, day-room for those not going to Tanzania and overnight room for those going to Tanzania.
Your memorable trip to Kenya ends as you arrive back in New York today.
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June – November 2019: Add $1999 double occ. / $2249 single occ.
January – March 2020: Add $1799 double occ. / $2049 single occ.
Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $579
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 for your Kenya vacation can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
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 Extension
- From approx. $1799 Per Person
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.
Eka Hotel 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 picnic 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 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 during the late afternoon, in time for dinner.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ngorongoro Crater is the remnant of an ancient volcano peak and has one of the greatest concentrations 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 | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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.
Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York early this afternoon.
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 local currency by cash, Visa or Mastercard. 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.
- From approx. $60 Per Person
On your final night in Nairobi, before departing to the airport for your return flight, savor an “all you can eat” dinner at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant. You’ll be transferred to the restaurant and enjoy a buffet of salads and deserts to accompany the amazing array of “all you can eat” meats brought to your table. After dinner, you will be transferred directly to the airport.
One-Hour Boat Cruise on Lake Naivasha
- From approx. $30 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.
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.” Credit cards are not accepted for these offers.
Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast
- Masai Mara
- From approx. $395 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…
Safari Park Hotel
Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya
Ole Sereni Hotel Lodge
P. O Box 18187 – 00500,
- Samburu-Buffalo Springs
Samburu National Reserve
Serena Mountain Lodge
- Mt. Kenya
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
- Lake Naivasha
Mara Sopa Lodge
- Masai Mara
C14, Keekorok, Oloolaimutia Valley
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Eka Hotel (Day Room for Main Tour Participants Before Overnight Flight)
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
- Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara National Park
Mto Wa Mbu Escarpment, Northern Tanzania
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Tarangire Sopa Lodge
Tarangire National Park
Your flights from the U.S. to Nairobi, Kenya and back connect via London or Paris. Your flights are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. On your return, please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight, and we again recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
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|2019: Nov. 2||Kenya Airways||New York JFK||1:00PM||6:00AM||6:00AM|
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|2020: May 30, Jun. 20||Kenya Airways||New York JFK||1:00PM||7:00AM||7:00AM|
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ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
American Airlines and Kenya Airways do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour Only: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Nairobi hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after day-room use hotel in Nairobi on Day 11 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
Main Tour + Extension: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Nairobi hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after return to the international airport in Nairobi on Day 15 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. International round-trip flights from Nairobi to Tanzania are included in your package.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Additionally, a visa is required for American passport holders traveling to Kenya. If you are taking the Tanzania extension, a Tanzania Visa is also required and you must have a minimum of two blank visa entry pages in your passport. You are not required to apply for a double entry visa. You need to obtain a “Visitor’s Pass” on entering Kenya. The pass will specify the period of time the person is allowed to stay in Kenya and in this regard it will be until the last day of departure from Kenya. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. smarTours strongly recommends obtaining an e-visa prior to arrival for Kenya & Tanzania to allow the most seamless process, avoid delays at the airport and to keep the group together.
Tourists wishing to visit Kenya need to apply for their visa online by visiting www.ecitizen.go.ke. Please note the following:
- Kenyan Visas must be used within 90 days of their date of issue. For this reason, you should not apply for your visa more than 3 months before your scheduled departure.
- You will be asked to upload a digital passport photo (maximum size 500 px by 500 px).
- You will need a scan of the main page of your passport (with your name, date of birth and other information).
- You will need the land supplier information to complete the application. Please find the info below.
POLLMANS TOURS AND SAFARIS LIMITED
PO Box 45895-00100 GPO
Main Office Tel: (254) 20 243 776
Email Address: Pollmans@pollmans.co.ke
Contact: Daniel Mungai
Note: We’ve been informed by the Kenya Tourism Board that they recently introduced an enhanced security feature (3D-Enabled) for the purchase of an e-visa through Kenya’s eCitizen website. Many credit cards issued in the U.S do not have this 3D-Enabled security feature, which is causing difficulty when trying to process payment.
Before processing your Kenya e-visa, please check with your issuing bank if your credit card is 3D Secure. 3D-Enabled is NOT a credit card chip. MasterCard brands their 3D-secure cards as Secure Code and Visa brands theirs as Verified by Visa. American Express is not accepted for purchase of the visa online.
If your card does not have this 3D-Enabled feature:
- You may contact your credit card provider directly and request your credit card to be 3D Enabled. Once your card has this feature, purchase of the e-visa can be made online.
- Use CIBT Visa Service.
- Obtain visa upon arrival. The Kenya Government issues visas upon arrival. The line queues can be long and unpredictable. Obtaining the visa prior to arrival is still the best option.
To obtain a Tanzania visa (if taking the extension), you may contact the Tanzania Embassy directly at Tel#: (202) 939-6125 or www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org or apply for an e-visa in advance online at https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/.
For those travelers that do not wish or do not have enough time to apply for an e-visa, the new process to get a visa on arrival will require these steps:
• Queue for a Government Control Number
• Queue to pay for this at the bank
• Queue to have the visa issued
• Queue for Immigration to check the visa
Alternatively, we arranged for “CIBT” to facilitate this for you for a handling fee. Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002. If you do not have access to a computer please contact CIBT to have a form mailed to you. If you have any questions regarding obtaining your visa, you may call CIBT at 1-800-406-1523.
smarTours strongly recommends obtaining an e-visa prior to arrival for Kenya & Tanzania to allow for the most seamless process, avoid delays at the airport and to keep the group together.
Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any time. You should check with CIBT online at http://www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions and rates before submitting your paperwork. We suggest that you apply for your visa no more than 60 days before departure. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
PLEASE NOTE: A letter addressed to the Tanzania Embassy will be mailed to you approximately 60 days prior to your departure date. This letter will have address and telephone numbers of the hotels/lodges and land operator in Tanzania. You will need to present this letter with your Tanzania visa application.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Please consult your personal physician or local public health authorities regarding taking anti-malaria pills. For passengers taking the Tanzania extension, Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required. Any other health requirements or recommendations, please consult your own physician or CDC (Center for Disease Control: Tel. 800-232-4636.
Kenya is located on the Equator. Generally speaking, the weather is temperate with average daytime temperatures in the 60’s – 80’s. However, in higher elevations you may experience cooler temperatures, cool enough for a sweater at night year-round. In the arid, desert like region like Samburu National Park, temperatures may be hotter.
You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or in another nearby restaurant recommended by your guide. Food costs in Kenya are very reasonable compared with USA. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $10-15 a meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels, lodges and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (soft duffel bag only), (max. 33 pounds) and one carry-on piece (no more than 18”x10”x8”). Due to the extremely limited storage space in Safari vehicles, please pack light. If your luggage does not fit into the vehicle, you will have to store it in Nairobi or Arusha at your own expense. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
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