Kenya Wildlife Safari

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12 days
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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, 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.

Did you know you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.

Itinerary at
a Glance

2023 Tour Itinerary:

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

Tour Highlights

  • Giraffe Center (Nairobi)
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Equator Crossing
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Masai Mara
  • Visit to Masai Village
  • Opportunity to see The Big 5

Your Tour Includes

  • 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

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 17 travelers

Activity Level: Recreational

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.

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

2023 Tour Itinerary


Day 1: Depart USA

Day 2: Arrive in Nairobi (Kenya)

Day 3: Nairobi

Day 4: Nairobi –⁠ Mt. Kenya –⁠ Samburu-Buffalo Springs

Day 5: Samburu-Buffalo Springs

Day 6: Samburu-Buffalo Springs –⁠ Lake Nakuru

Day 7: Lake Nakuru

Day 8: Lake Nakuru –⁠Masai Mara

Day 9: Masai Mara

Day 10: Masai Mara

Day 11: Masai Mara –⁠ Nairobi –⁠ Depart Kenya

Day 12: Arrive in the US

Guided Tour Pricing

Book by Mar. 31, 2023 to get the best price.

Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

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Jul 22—Aug 2
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Sat — Wed
Aug 5 — 16
$5,449 $4,949
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Aug 12 — 23
$5,199 $4,699
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Aug 26—Sep 6
$5,399 $4,899
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Sep 16 — 27
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* Departures designated as "Guaranteed" may be canceled or rescheduled only under Extraordinary Circumstances, for example in situations deemed to be unsafe or nonviable due to local conditions. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

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 online or 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 $300 per person. Full payment is due 125 days prior to departure. 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.

Enhance your trip with our recommended 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


James P

Fantastic trip! I just did not care for The Ark, because my room smelled bad and the bed was too small.

K. B

SmarTours is a great company to use for international travel. The accommodations are four star. The tour directors are extremely informative and the sites chosen are wonderful.

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.
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