Kenya Wildlife Safari

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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.

Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our 17-day Kenya Wildlife Safari with Tanzania & the Serengeti tour which includes visits to three game reserves in Tanzania and two nights in Serengeti National Park.

For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our Before You Depart section.

Did you know that you can make this tour private for your friends and family? Find out more about pricing and options for your group.

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


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

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

  • 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
  • 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

Tour Itinerary

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


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…

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/Depart Kenya or Stay in Africa for Tanzania Extension

After a final early morning safari, 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. *The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day…

Arrive USA

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

2022 Tours Tour Only With Flights  
July 9
July 20
$4,129 $3,729
$5,129 $4,729
Sold Out
July 23
August 3
$4,199 $3,799
$5,199 $4,799
Selectorange alarm clock Only 5 spots left
August 13
August 24
$3,999 $3,599
$4,999 $4,599
Selectorange alarm clock Only 4 spots left
August 27
September 7
$4,099 $3,699
$5,099 $4,699
Selectorange alarm clock Only 1 spot left
September 17
September 28
$3,899 $3,499
$4,899 $4,499
Selectorange alarm clock Only 4 spots left
October 1
October 12
$3,699 $3,299
$4,699 $4,299

Rates are based on double occupancy.
2022 Departures: Single room supplement is $649

Kenya visa fees are not included.

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

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…


Laurie H

Excellent value for the cost of the trip! Our guide, Abi, has to be the best game guide in all of Kenya! We saw every animal (and more) than expected. The hotels were wonderful, especially in Masai Mara which was the highlight of the trip. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.. I would do it again in a minute! Our group was 7 people.. a perfect number, as we were not crowed in the jeeps, and were treated so well. Unforgettable!


Oh my goodness, What a fabulous trip. We enjoyed the diversity of areas visited and the numbers and close proximity of the wildlife viewed. Our guides were fantastic, accommodations good especially considering that we were out in the middle of nowhere, the lodges beautiful and when you consider the cost vs what we received it was an excellent value. This trip was not for someone who grows weary of driving as there is a lot of that, but because we traveled to 4 different preserves/areas all across Kenya, driving is a part of it. I feel like we saw more, did more and experienced a greater variety of wildlife than we would have with a trip that only features 1 or 2 areas. The added experiences of visiting the Samburu and Masai tribes and the amazing hot air balloon ride were valuable and not to be missed. I will cherish this trip forever.


Just returned from my Kenyan Safari; a 'once-in-a-lifetime' must. Special thanks, and compliments, to both Ferdinand and Francis- both excellent, professional and personable guides- for their help in making this trip so informative and memorable.

RG f

I just returned from my Kenyan Safari. The experience exceeded my expectations. Our guide Ferdinand was amazing. He was a true professional, knowledgeable and accommodating. Considering you will be traveling several days with your guide having the right personality is very important. Most important he shielded us and advised us on how to work with the Kenyans especially when shopping. He actively pursued a refund when we were over charged by a local hot air baloon company. He brought us our refunds personally to insure our satisfaction I will definitely request him next time. Hotels were located inside the game reserve. Very clean and comfortable. Food was above average considering you are in the middle of the savannah We saw all the favorite animals and more. Another great expietence checked off my bucket list. Gong to be hard to top this trip.


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: 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.
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