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Kenya Wildlife Safari


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  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: from $3,999


    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on our remarkable Kenya Safari Tours. Reserve by February 28, 2019 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited on this trip to Africa so please reserve early.

Also available: Tanzania Game Parks Extension!


Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your Kenya safari tours include
  • 2 nights in Nairobi
  • 2 nights Samburu – Buffalo Springs
  • 1 night in Mt. Kenya
  • 2 nights in Lake Naivasha
  • 2 nights in Masai Mara
  • 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

 For an in-depth look at the highlights of the amazing safari experience in Kenya, click here to take a look at photos recently taken by a smarTours traveler in July 2015!

  • Round trip airfare from New York, JFK airport. (New in 2019: Direct flights to/from Nairobi)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at first class hotels & safari lodges
  • 25 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L), 9 dinners (D)
  • 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
  • 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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Guided Tour Pricing

Pricing includes land and airfare

(Land only pricing available upon request)



Best Value Pricing
Reserve by Feb 28 2019

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 After Sale

May 4

May 15

$ 3999

$ 4099

$ 4399

May 18

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$ 3999

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Jun 22

Jul 3

$ 4899

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Jul 6

Jul 17

$ 4699

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Jul 13

Jul 24

$ 4799

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$ 5199

Jul 20

Jul 31

$ 4699

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Aug 3

Aug 14

$ 4799

$ 4899

$ 5199

Aug 10

Aug 21

$ 4699

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Aug 31

Sep 11

$ 4699

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Sep 14

Sep 25

$ 4399

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Oct 5

Oct 16

$ 4299

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Oct 19

Oct 30

$ 4299

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Nov 2

Nov 13

$ 3999

$ 4099

$ 4399

Feb – May 2019: Add $1899 double occ. / $2149 single occ.
June 2019 Onwards: Add $1999 double occ. / $2249 single occ.
May 4 & May 18 2019 Departures: No single supplement.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Feb – Apr 2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $549
May 4 & May 18 2019 Departures: No single supplement
Jun – Aug 2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $579
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, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations for your Kenya vacation can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours 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 trip to Africa begins as you depart on your overnight flight to Kenya.
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 safari orientation and welcome dinner with local entertainment. Safari Park Hotel (D)
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. (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. Consider an optional scenic boat ride on Lake Naivasha 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. 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. The Eka Hotel or similar , 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 trip to Africa ends as you arrive New York today. 

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. Eka Hotel or similar (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 Serena 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 visit 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 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
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.

Check out videos from smarTours travelers on this trip of a lifetime!

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 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. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

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
One-Hour Boat Cruise on Lake Naivasha ($30 per person)
Consider a one-hour boat cruise on Lake Naivasha to view the rich wildlife and numerous bird species.

Credit cards are not accepted for this tour.

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.

Masai Mara
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


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


Airlines Airport Depart Main Tour Return

Extension Return

2019: Feb. 2, Feb. 16, Mar. 9

Kenya Airways

New York JFK




2019: May 4, May 18, Jun. 22, Jul. 6, Jul. 13, Jul. 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 31, Sep. 14, Oct. 5

Kenya Airways

New York JFK




2019: Oct. 19

Kenya Airways

New York JFK




2019: Nov. 2

Kenya Airways

New York JFK





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 15 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. International round-trip flights from Nairobi to Tanzania are included in your package.


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

Tourists wishing to visit Kenya need to apply for their visa online by visiting  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.


Mombasa Road

PO Box 45895-00100 GPO

Nairobi, Kenya

Main Office Tel:  (254) 20 243 776

To obtain a Tanzania visa (if taking the extension), you may contact the Tanzania Embassy directly at Tel#: (202) 939-6125 or 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 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, 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.


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.


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 (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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by janet krutosik on smarTours

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 .

by Ann richard on smarTours
Wildlife safari with extension

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

by Jennifer Horn on smarTours
Beyond All Expectations

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.

by Elizabeth (Bundy) Kinder on smarTours
Trip of a lifetime

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!

by Dean & Lynn Mitchell on smarTours
Kenya Wildlife with Tanzania Ext.

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.

by Steven Bernhardt on smarTours
Kenya Wildlife Safari Vacation

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.

by Helena on smarTours
Kenya - Tanzania

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.

by Kerry Malm on smarTours
Kenya Safari

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.

So glad you loved the trip! We're sorry to hear about the flight from NYC to Paris, but we're so glad that it was overall a great experience!

by Maciej on smarTours
True Africa

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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