NAIROBI, MASAI MARA, ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK, SAMBURU, AND LAKE NAKURU
Take a walk on the wild side with this small-group 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.
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- 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 including Serengeti National Park
- 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!
Max. Group Size: 17 Passengers
- 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
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…
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…
Following an early breakfast depart to the Aberdares, en route visiting the Samburu Project, and head to a local Samburu Village where you will be received by the community with traditional singing and dancing. See how the project’s efforts to build a water well has transformed the community and see how the well serves as a community center for the village. 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…
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
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…
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.
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
2022 Departures: Single room supplement is $649
5-NIGHT TANZANIA EXTENSION WITH THE SERENGETI:
- 2021, January – February & October: Add $2899 double occ. / $3198 single occ.
- 2021, July – September: Add $2999 double occ. / $3298 single occ.
- 2022, All Departures: Add $3299 double occ. / $3598 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, 9:00am – 5:30pm 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 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.
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 Serengeti 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!
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
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
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
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
- 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
- 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 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…
Ole Sereni Hotel Lodge
P. O Box 18187 – 00500,
- Samburu-Buffalo Springs
Samburu National Reserve
Located in Kenya’s Aberdare National Park
Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
- Lake Naivasha
Mara Sopa Lodge
- Masai Mara
C14, Keekorok, Oloolaimutia Valley
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Ole Sereni Hotel Lodge (Day Room for Main Tour Participants Before Overnight Flight)
P. O Box 18187 – 00500,
Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
- Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara National Park
Mto Wa Mbu Escarpment, Northern Tanzania
Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Located within the Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in Kenya (or Tanzania if traveling on the extension). Full details and requirements can be accessed here. The test must be paid in cash at the testing site.
- Kenya Tour: The cost of the test is $100 USD.
- Tanzania Extension: Cost of the test is $225. Travelers must test first in Nairobi for a cost of $100 in order to enter Tanzania then again in Tanzania for a cost of $125 in order to enter the United States.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Kenya, Tanzania)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Kenya, Tanzania)
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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|2021: Aug. 28, Sep. 18, Oct. 16||Emirates Airlines||New York (JFK)||11:15 AM||2:30 PM||2:30 PM|
|2022: All Dates||TBA||New York (JFK)||TBA||TBA||TBA|
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 16 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.
Please note that days are spent in a safari vehicle traveling from point to point on unpaved roads.
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.
WATER IN KENYA & TANZANIA
Disposable water bottles are now banned in Kenya and Tanzania. Filtered water will be provided on the safari vehicles, but we recommend travelers bring their own reusable water bottle that can be refilled at the lodges, camps, or in the vehicle during the safari.
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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