7 Day Essential Kenya

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*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

Please note, all passport holders should have three or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Kenya. Click here for more information.

Passengers traveling to Kenya must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination if traveling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. This program covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend most of our time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy in safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. We have many early mornings. Electricity for our camps is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Visitors to Kenya are required to carry proof of Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever, and are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Some of our tours require walking or stairs between tents. Safari vehicles require agility to embark and disembark.

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Nairobi, Nairobi-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Nairobi
    • 1 night Nakuru
    • 2 nights Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Restaurant tips throughout tour
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 7-seater safari van
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guide throughout
  • National Park Fees

Special Features

  • Safari game drives at all national parks
  • Guided nature walk and lecture by a naturalist-guide
  • Hand-feed Rothschild giraffes, an endangered species

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. This program covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend most of our time driving over roads that are often rough and bumpy in safari vehicles that cannot be air conditioned. Only "bush toilets" are available during game drives. We have many early mornings. Electricity for our camps is provided by generator and may not be available 24 hours a day. Visitors to Kenya are required to carry proof of Yellow Fever vaccination if traveling through or from a country with risk of yellow fever, and are encouraged to consult their health care providers regarding malaria prophylaxis. We suggest you check with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Some of our tours require walking or stairs between tents. Safari vehicles require agility to embark and disembark.


DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi, gateway to your thrilling Kenya safari; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to acclimate to your new time zone and prepare for the African adventure that awaits you
Overnight: Nairobi

DAY 3, Monday - Lake Elmentaita, Soysambu Conservancy
Morning drive through the lush Great Rift Valley to your camp on the shore of the ‘pink’ Lake Elmentaita, overlooking the vast unspoilt plains. After lunch at the camp, enjoy a guided walk on the shores of the lake to learn about the ecosystem and the different birds found here. Later, join a game drive to Soysambu Conservancy, a 48,000 acre wildlife conservancy, which protects over 450 bird species and 15,000 wild animals. It is home to an astounding variety of flora and fauna, including elegant Rothschild giraffes, eland, zebra and more!
Overnight: Nakuru
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Afternoon Game Drive in Masai Mara
Travel to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya. This park, most famous for its annual wildebeest migration (July through October), is renowned for its spectacular game viewing. Lunch at the camp, before going out on the afternoon game drive. The vast savannahs are a stunning backdrop to the diverse and abundant wildlife dominated by lions, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos, as well as antelopes, gazelles and hippos
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Masai Mara
A fabulous sunrise experience! Arise before dawn to participate in the optional hot air balloon safari. Take off in a hot air balloon as you view the breathtaking sunrise over the Masai Mara. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. The finale is a sumptuous champagne breakfast before setting out on your morning game drive. In the afternoon, enjoy your final game drive in the Mara. Return to the lodge, or join the optional visit to a Maasai Village for a glimpse into the lives of this semi-nomadic tribe. Discover how the tribe lives, and learn about their customs, ceremonies and rites of passage. Explore the handicraft market before returning to your camp in time for dinner
Optional: Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Optional: Maasai Village Visit (PM)
Overnight: Masai Mara National Reserve
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Center
Bid farewell to the Mara and return to Nairobi. In the afternoon, travel towards the Ngong Hills to visit the Karen Blixen Museum, once the farm house of the prominent author of Out of Africa. Continue to the Giraffe Centre, where you hand feed the Rothschild Giraffes from an elevated feeding platform and learn more about the successful breeding program and extensive conservation efforts. Spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure in this energetic city
Overnight: Nairobi
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Depart Kenya
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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  • The day the optionals operate varies by the day of the week
Masai Mara Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast

Arise before dawn, and take off in a hot air balloon as you watch the breathtaking sunrise over the Masai Mara. Drift above the beautiful landscape, watching wild game roam the vast plains below. The finale is a sumptuous champagne breakfast before leisurely returning back to camp.

*Please note that departure time for this excursion is very early in the morning, 5 AM or earlier. Agility is required to embark and disembark the balloon basket. Wildlife viewing, quantity and species of animals seen is dependent upon local conditions including weather, wind and seasonal migration patterns.

**Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2018 $395.00
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Maasai Village Visit

Visit to a Maasai Village for a glimpse into the lives of this semi-nomadic tribe that occupies Kenya and Tanzania. For centuries the Maasai people have lead a lifestyle centered around cattle rearing, and today this tradition still thrives. Discover how the tribe lives, and learn about their customs, ceremonies and rites of passage. Explore the handicraft market for locally made jewelry, baskets and textiles before returning to your camp.

Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2018 $30.00
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7 Day Essential Kenya, September 2016
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Our trip was awesome. It exceeded our expectations in service, accommodations, game drives and just plain fun. Our guide, Joel, was outstanding. Despite one game drive being almost totally rained out we saw more animals than I ever expected. We saw the "big 5" twice except for the rhino. A truly wonderful experience. Five star +++.

Frances P. Hendersonville, NC
7 Day Essential Kenya, September 2016
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My trip was absolutely wonderful, a trip of a life time. Hard to put into words what I saw. Our tour guide Francis, made sure we saw a the Big 7 and more. I wasn't sure what to expect, but any expectations I had were exceeded!! Thank you Gate 1 for the experience.

Lisa G. Springboro, OH
7 Day Essential Kenya, September 2016
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The trip was nothing as expected - of course I'm not sure what I expected. It was a life changing experience. Your staff in Nairobi were spectacular, our guide Frances was exceptional! We will certainly take many many many more trips with Gate 1

Elizabeth C. Bronxville, NY
7 Day Essential Kenya, May 2016
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I had the pleasure of going on a safari through Gate 1. Our group was divided between two vehicles and Tony and Francis were our guides. They make an incredible team! They work very well together spotting the animals, taking turns being the lead vehicle and allowing adequate time for photos. They kept the group together, so that we shared the experiences. Both were very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. I was in Tony's vehicle. He has such a positive demeanor. He was just a pleasure to be around. I appreciate his passion for his profession and his personal interest in seeing animals. He is able to spot and recognize animals at a distance and find a road to get us closer. I think he was almost as excited as I was to see the leopard - and it was my first time! I told him he deserved a raise for finding it. The leopard was in the shade and I never would have seen it! He was patient and kind, repeating names of birds and animals, as well as phrases in Swahili, so we could learn. I can't say enough good things about him! Great experience! I will certainly recommend this trip and these guides to my friends!

Karen K. Carmel, IN
7 Day Affordable Kenya Safari, May 2014
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The trip to Kenya was wonderful. I finally have a favorite destination to visit. The people, wildlife and culture causes one to really reflect on just how life is outside of our own circle. The people are so friendly and the scenery is beautiful. The wildlife is magnificent.

Mercy & George with Gate 1 are the best. They took excellent care of us. George is the best Safari guide in Kenya. He is a good person and just an all around great guy.

The resorts visited were very nice. I have recommended this trip to everyone I talk to that will listen to me.

Lloyd A. Baytown, TX
7 Day Affordable Kenya Safari, February 2014
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My trip was fantastic! I have wanted to do go on a safari trip to Africa for a long time and this met all my expectations. I went to see the big cats and I saw lots of lions, a couple of cheetahs and a leopard in a tree. I loved it! The hostess in Nairobi, Marci, was very helpful and our guide Daniel was also fantastic. This was my first time travelling with Gate 1 and they met all of my expectations. I travelled with several people who have used Gate 1 frequently in the past and they had lots of great things to say about Gate 1. I couldn't have asked for more on this trip -- it was great!!

Jennifer C. South Lebanon, OH
7 Day Affordable Kenya Safari, January 2014
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Amazing! Yet another great Gate 1 Adventure/tour. Already looking for my next tour! Now my entire family is hooked and if all works out time wise, we may all be booking a tour together soon. Our tour guide/driver in Africa, Rafael, was fantastic and all the hotel/lodges were amazing and the food was great!!

Julie E. Van Nuys, CA
12 Day Kenya Safari, July 2013
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The trip was awesome, a once in a lifetime experience. We saw loads of animals and the accommodations were as expected. The Gate 1 personnel were knowledgeable and went out of their way to be helpful, particularly in light of the Nairobi airport fire. James, our guide; Daniel, our driver; and Peter in the local office were available whenever we needed them. All in
all a great adventure.

Arlene S. Tamarac, FL
8 Day Affordable Kenya Safari, March 2012
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The trip to Kenya was amazing! It truly surpassed our wildest expectations. The land, people and animals were most impressive and made our trip a dream come true.
 
Your local representatives, James, our Guide, Irene, our coordinator, and George, our driver, were all stellar and helped make the trip very special.
 
The included activities (local sightseeing, game drives and nature walk) were super, but I would be remiss if I did not call attention to how terrific the 3 optionals --the night game drive, Maasai village visit, and hot air balloon ride--were. 
 
Gate1 has put together an extraordinary package at an unbelievably competitive price. Your company is now 3 for 3 (we did, and loved, India and Macchu Picchu with you previously) with us--thank you!

Gretchen M. Edgewater, NJ
8 Day Affordable Kenya Safari, September 2011
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My trip to Africa-Kenya/ Nairobi was wonderful and yes-I will travel with Gate 1 again. Last year I did the Egypt trip with your company for the first time and had a great time, but this year's trip to Africa was even more amazing. Thanks for offering good value and organized tours, and nice people to meet as well.
 

Scott S. Allentown, PA
14 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari, January 2011
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It was the most AWESOME trip I've ever taken!!  It FAR exceeded my expectations!  The accommodations were great, very clean & with a wonderful staff, and the food was always excellent.

 
Thanks to you, we made the proper connection in LA & were able to make at least part of the first day of our safari.  We certainly do appreciate your help & we will be recommending Gate 1 to any & all who ask about travel!  I'm looking forward to re-living the trip in pictures for a VERY long time.  Thank you again for your help & for Gate 1's efforts in presenting a well-organized & enjoyable trip!

Gloriene L. Forrest Grove, OR

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