Kenya Wildlife Safari

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NAIROBI, SAMBURU, LAKE NAKURU, MASAI MARA

Take a walk on the wild side with this small-group Kenya tour! 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, Lake Nakuru, 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. Enjoy the chance to unwind with tranquil surroundings after adventurous game drives during the day.

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.

Itinerary at a Glance

2024 Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights in Nairobi
  • 2 nights Samburu – Buffalo Springs
  • 2 nights in Lake Nakuru
  • 3 nights in Masai Mara

Tour Highlights

  • Safari game drives at all National Parks
  • Afew Giraffe Centre to feed rare Rothschild's giraffes
  • Sandstorm Kenya, family-owned leather goods maker
  • Visit home of Karen Blixen, famed author of "Out of Africa"
  • Mt. Kenya
  • Samburu–Buffalo Springs
  • Nanyuki Weavers & Spinners, Women's Self-Help Project
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Masai Village
  • Opportunity to see The Big 5

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from the New York area (varies by departure) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • 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

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

2024 Tour Itinerary

Flights

Note: Flights may not be available on all departures.

You may have to book your own flights to the tour destination. If so, you are responsible for making your own way to the tour starting point, where you will meet your Tour Director. This is normally the first hotel in your itinerary.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Nairobi (Kenya)

Arrive in Nairobi today, Kenya's vibrant capital. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will be met and transferred to the hotel. This evening, a safari briefer will host an orientation followed by a welcome dinner.

Accommodations: 2.5.4 Ole Sereni or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Nairobi

Day 3: Nairobi –⁠ Mt. Kenya –⁠ Samburu-Buffalo Springs

Day 4: Samburu-Buffalo Springs

Day 5: Samburu-Buffalo Springs –⁠ Lake Nakuru

Day 6: Lake Nakuru

Day 7: Lake Nakuru –⁠Masai Mara

Day 8: Masai Mara

Day 9: Masai Mara

Day 10: Masai Mara –⁠ Nairobi –⁠ Depart Kenya

Guided Tour Pricing

We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below, and we will notify you once dates are available.

Optional Tours

Enhance your trip with these optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.

Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.

Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 17 travelers

Activity Level: Level 1

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods up to 3 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day) on easy terrain with some light stairs. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. There are entry requirements for U.S. passport holders. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

Travel point to point in safari vehicles and on bumpy and uneven roads. Safari vehicles have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. As this is a driving program, the average safari drives are 4-5 hours long per day. Generally, the drives depart in the morning and arrive at the next destination for lunch, before continuing on the afternoon game drive. The Driver-Guides may suggest switching to full-day game drives to maximize game viewing.

On safari, many lodges are powered by generators or solar panels. These are often turned off during parts of the day and night to reduce noise and fuel consumption.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.

Reviews

Shelley H

4 months ago
A very well organized Kenyan safari. We were thrilled with each and every game reserve we visited. We got to see the Big Five, in packs, herds and singly....I was mesmerized by all the wildlife, animals, birds, plants, tree and the interaction of all the above.

The hotels/accommodations were well chosen inside the game reserves. The outings were well planned twice a day, morning and late afternoon, with rest breaks/lunch midday. Very well planned out.

Truly a trip that rates with one of the best of all times. Thank you again SmarTours.

Rick F

4 months ago
A wonderful tour. We saw so many animals, the guides were great and accommodations very good for safari lodges. Food was plentiful and varied, and timing was just right. Never felt too rushed, but we accomplished a lot. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone. While the roads are rough, there is not a lot of strenuous activity, so it is suitable for all ages, we had people as old as 79 on our tour bus.

Leslie S

8 months ago
The trip was outstanding! Our guide Amos was amazing, his vast knowledge added so much to our experience. We were thrilled with how many different animals and birds that we saw, and seeing them in their natural habitat was wonderful. The hotels were great, very comfortable and everyone was very helpful and friendly. The hot air balloon ride was spectacular, definitely not to be missed. The landing was a bit rough but otherwise, it was amazing seeing the landscape and animals from that viewpoint, and our captain Thomas was great!
It was the trip of a lifetime!

Cindy A

9 months ago
This was the trip of a lifetime to Kenya. The accommodations were top notch and our guide was extremely knowledgeable. There were just 15 people in our group and our shared experiences were fantastic. We saw all the big 5: Lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and cape buffalo. So many zebras that we stopped taking photos! A few even showed up on our doorstep at Mara Sopa! Even the flights on Emirates Airlines were great. I can’t say enough about how wonderful this trip was and what a great price.

J. M

9 months ago
This was a truly fabulous tour. We had very knowledgeable guide/drivers who had an answer for every question. They knew just where to look to see the elusive leopard, and we had the best luck locating lions, rhinos, hyenas, jackals, elephants, cheetah's and so many antelope! The accommodations each night were wonderful and the staff was very attentive to our needs. The food was delicious and varied from hotel to hotel. This was my first experience with SmarTours and I was very impressed. Will definitely consider them for our upcoming trip to Egypt. This trip was a great way to see everything on your list when going on Safari.

James E

9 months ago
Overall this was an awesome experience. I would recommend smartours to family and friends

Ute A

10 months ago
Our Kenya Safari was a fabulous experience. This was my third SmarTours trip and they never disappoint. Hotels and drivers were excellent, food was designed to meet all dietary standards and the wildlife experience was absolutely spectacular. Our safety was always a priority and we were well taken care of. You really can’t find a better value for such an extraordinary experience! I already booked my fourth tour to India and expect to do many more.

Linda F

10 months ago
I enjoyed my African Safari to Kenya & Tanzania. The guides were experts, the lodges were superb, we saw the Big 5, loved the lakes Manyara & Nakuru I visited, also stopped on the Equator, the climate was wonderful, & visited some of the local tribes too. This was a very well rounded trip!

Kathryn H

10 months ago
This trip was in the top 3 of my whole life! It was so fabulous from the organization to the safari drives to the hotels and all of the staff-especially our driver Ahmed! Smartours is the best tour company ever and they did not disappoint! The hot air balloon ride was the icing on the cake!! We’ll worth the money spent!

Jill C

1 year ago
Great experience! Saw a lot more animals than I expected!