Groupon - 7 Day Essential Kenya from $1799*

Book Now!

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Nairobi, Nairobi-New York
  • Other departure cities available for a supplemental fee at the time of booking.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 5 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Nairobi
    • 1 night Lake Elmentaita
    • 2 nights Masai Mara 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
  • Bottled water with all lunches and dinners

How to Book

  • Purchase your vouchers.
  • To redeem your voucher call 1 (800) 682-3333. Our reservations center is open Monday through Friday 9am-9pm EST, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.Please have the passport names and vouchers of each traveler handy.
  • Remember to mention that you are calling in regards to the Groupon Essential Kenya package and book no later than 1 week after the promotion ends.
  • When making your reservation, be sure to discuss flight options, transfers & optional tours with a reservation specialist.

Featured Hotels

Tuesday Departure
Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi
Sunbird Lodge Lake Elmentaita, Nakuru
Azure Mara Haven Masai Mara National Reserve
Mara Leisure Camp Masai Mara National Reserve
Wednesday Departure
Thursday Departure
Saturday Departure

Available Dates

Dates

*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. Our group 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 have high ground clearance and require agility to embark and disembark. During this tour, you may come into proximity to wild animals, which should be considered at your own risk. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

Extend Your Stay

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

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

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya

DAY 2, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - 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: Lake Elmentaita
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Friday - Afternoon Game Drive in Masai Mara
Travel to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, 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, Saturday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Masai Mara
Set out early for a morning game drive, or 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 joining the rest of your group on the 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, Sunday - Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre
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, Monday - Depart Kenya
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya

DAY 2, Thursday - 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, Friday - 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: Lake Elmentaita
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Afternoon Game Drive in Masai Mara
Travel to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, 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, Sunday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Masai Mara
Set out early for a morning game drive, or 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 joining the rest of your group on the 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, Monday - Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre
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, Tuesday - Depart Kenya
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Kenya
Depart for Kenya

DAY 2, Friday - 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, Saturday - 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: Lake Elmentaita
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - Afternoon Game Drive in Masai Mara
Travel to the magical Masai Mara National Reserve in the southwest corner of Kenya, 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, Monday - Morning & Afternoon Game Drives in Masai Mara
Set out early for a morning game drive, or 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 joining the rest of your group on the 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, Tuesday - Karen Blixen Museum and Giraffe Centre
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, Wednesday - Depart Kenya
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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: Lake Elmentaita
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, 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
Set out early for a morning game drive, or 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 joining the rest of your group on the 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 Centre
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

Book Now!
Gate 1 Travel itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.
Book your Optional Tours before you travel. See more, save time, save money.
  • Tours purchased while travelling may cost an extra 10% or more
  • Tours often sell out. Avoid disappointment
  • Save your cash. Credit card processing may not be possible locally
  • Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure
  • Book Online or call to book these tours up to 1 week before your departure
  • 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. The take-off time and the duration of the flight and tour may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides vary and can take up to an hour. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

**Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. Please be advised that this is not an exclusive tour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $405.00
Masai Mara Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast Thumbnail
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 led 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.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2019 $30.00
Maasai Village Visit Thumbnail
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. The take-off time and the duration of the flight and tour may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides vary and can take up to an hour. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

**Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. Please be advised that this is not an exclusive tour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $405.00
Masai Mara Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast Thumbnail
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 led 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.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2019 $30.00
Maasai Village Visit Thumbnail
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. The take-off time and the duration of the flight and tour may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides vary and can take up to an hour. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

**Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. Please be advised that this is not an exclusive tour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $405.00
Masai Mara Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast Thumbnail
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 led 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.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2019 $30.00
Maasai Village Visit Thumbnail
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. The take-off time and the duration of the flight and tour may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides vary and can take up to an hour. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

**Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. Please be advised that this is not an exclusive tour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $405.00
Masai Mara Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast Thumbnail
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 led 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.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #5 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2019 $30.00
Maasai Village Visit Thumbnail

#Gate1Travel

Check out these #Gate1Travel photos from past travelers. After your trip, come back and share some of your own!

VIEW GALLERY ADD A PHOTO