Kenya Wildlife Safari

NAIROBI, MASAI MARA, MOUNT KENYA, SAMBURU, LAKE NAKURU

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  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: from $3,599

 

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    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to Kenya. Reserve by December 18, 2014 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

Also available: Tanzania Game Parks Extension!
Experience the adventure of a lifetime on a true wildlife safari in Kenya. A jewel of Africa, Kenya is known for its vast array of rare wildlife including the “Big Five”. Explore the stunning Kenyan landscape and observe all the incredible species in their natural habitat during your safari game drives. Call smarTours today to book!
Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 2 nights in Nairobi
  • 2 nights Samburu – Buffalo Springs
  • 1 night in Mt. Kenya
  • 2 nights in Lake Naivasha
  • 2 nights in Masai Mara
  • 1 night in Nairobi
  • 4-night extension to Tanzania

 

  • Giraffe Center (Nairobi)
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Mt. Kenya
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Masai Village
  • Tanzania Game Parks Extension, including the Ngorongoro Crater

 

  • Round trip airfare from New York, JFK airport.
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first class hotels & safari lodges
  • 24 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and game-viewing drives
  • Guaranteed window seat and access to pop-up roof hatch, 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.

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Land + Air 
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

Depart

Return

Reserve by
Dec 18 2014

Reserve after
Dec 18 2014

2015

 

w/check 
discount

Sale

 After Sale

Jan 10

Jan 21

$ 3999

$ 4099

$ 4399

Feb 14

Feb 25

$ 4099

$ 4199

$ 4499

Mar 7*

Mar 18

$ 4099

$ 4199

$ 4499

May 2*

May 13

$ 3599

$ 3699

$ 3999

Jul 4

Jul 15

$ 4599

$ 4699

$ 4999

Aug 1

Aug 12

$ 4599

$ 4699

$ 4999

Sep 5

Sep 16

$ 4299

$ 4399

$ 4699

Oct 3

Oct 14

$ 4199

$ 4299

$ 4599

TANZANIA EXTENSION:

Nov. ’14 – Feb. ’15: Add $1449 double occ. / $1699 single

Mar. 7 ’15: Add $1449 double occ. / $1549 single

May 2 ’15: Add $1199 double occ. / $1199 single

Jul. – Oct. ’15: Add $1499 double occ. / $1699 single

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599 in Nov. ’14 – Feb. ’15 and $499 beginning Jul. ’15

* Single Supplement Specials

May 2: No single supplement on the main tour or extension!

Mar 7: $250 single supplement on main tour and $100 on the extension!

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, 9:30-5:30 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 $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days 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.

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating journey to mysterious Africa begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Kenya.
Day 2
Arrive Nairobi (Kenya).
Evening arrival in Nairobi, Kenya’s vibrant capital. You’ll be escorted to your deluxe hotel. Safari Park Hotel
Day 3
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. Relax at your hotel this afternoon before attending a safari orientation and welcome dinner with local entertainment. (B,D)
Day 4
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. Enroute to your lodge enjoy your first game-viewing drive. Settle into your comfortable lodge in the heart of the reserve in time for dinner. Samburu Sopa Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 5
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 and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to photograph your sightings. Return to the lodge for breakfast and relax by the pool. This afternoon, venture out on additional game viewing. (B,L,D)
Day 6
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 built viewpoints you may watch the animals arriving at the floodlit waterhole and saltlicks throughout the evening and night. Serena Mountain Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7
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 known 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 (B,L,D)

Day 8
Lake Naivasha.
A day at leisure to unwind at your world-class lodge, situated on the banks of idyllic Lake Naivasha. Optional activities include a scenic boat ride and a visit to Crescent Island across the lake to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species. (B,L,D)

Day 9
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 paradise. Tonight enjoy a traditional performance of tribal dances by local Masai Warriors. Mara Sopa Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 10
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 farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 11
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. Safari Park Hotel, day-room  for those not going to Tanzania and overnight room for those going to Tanzania. (B)

Day 12 Main Tour
Arrive USA.
Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York early this afternoon. 

Take advantage of your included international airfare and extend your stay to three of Tanzania’s magnificent game parks:

The Ngorongoro Crater, often described as the “eighth wonder of the world,” is remnant of an ancient volcano and has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa; Lake Manyara, home of the famous tree-climbing lions, and Tarangire National Park, famous for its abundant birdlife as well as plentiful big game. 

Day 11 Extension
Masai Mara/Nairobi.
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. Safari Park Hotel (B)
Day 12 Extension
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 Kilimamoja Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 13 Extension
Lake Manyara/Ngorongoro.
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 hike the Great Rift Valley. After lunch, drive to Ngorongoro, a World Heritage Site. Arrive at your lodge at the rim of the crater in the late afternoon, in time for dinner. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 14 Extension
Ngorongoro/Tarangire.
Ngorongoro Crater is remnant of an ancient volcano peak and has one of the greatest concentration 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 (B,L,D)
Day 15 Extension
Arusha/Nairobi.
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. (B,L)
Day 16 Extension
Arrive USA.
Your memorable journey ends as you arrive New York early this afternoon.

Optional Tours

To enhance and make your visit to Kenya (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.

Nairobi
Carnivore Dinner ($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.

Lake Naivasha
Lake Naivasha Tours ($25-$85 per person)
You’ll have one full day at leisure in Lake Naivasha and can choose one of the following optional tours:

  • Full Day Crescent Island Tour with 1-hour Boat Cruise & Picnic ($85 per person)
  • Half Day Crescent Island Tour ($45 per person)
  • One Hour Boat Cruise on Lake Naivasha ($25 per person)

Credit cards are not accepted for these offers.

Masai Mara
Masai Village Tour ($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.

Day 15 Extension
Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast ($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 operate if weather conditions are not suitable for balloon flying). $395 per person if you reserve and prepay in Nairobi/$450 if reserved and paid in the Masai Mara

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your flights from the U.S. to Nairobi, Kenya and back connect via London Heathrow Airport.  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. 

Depart
Airlines Airport Depart Main Tour Return Extension Return

Jan. – Mar.,

Aug. – Sep.

American Airlines & Kenya Airways

New York JFK

5:00PM

(via Paris)

2:00PM

(via London)

2:00PM

(via London)

May

American Airlines & Kenya Airways

New York JFK

5:00PM

(via Paris)

1:00PM

(via London)

1:00PM

(via London)

Jul. American Airlines & Kenya Airways New York JFK

5:00PM

(via Paris)

1:00PM

(via London)

2:00PM

(via Paris)


ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines and Kenya Airways do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check – in at the airport.

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. To obtain a visa, you may contact the respective consulate directly. (Kenya Consulate Tel: #:(202) 387-6101 or www.kenyaembassy.com; Tanzania Consulate Tel#: (202) 939-6125 or www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org). 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. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any timeYou should check with CIBT online at 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 Kenya Consulate and Tanzania Consulate (if you are doing the extension) will be mailed to you approximately 60 days prior to your departure date.  These letters will have address and telephone numbers of the hotels/lodges and land operator in Kenya and Tanzania.  You will need to present these letters with your visa applications.

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.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

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) 311 3435 or (404) 498 1515).

CLIMATE

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.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

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.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase), (max. 44 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 may store it in Nairobi. 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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