The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Nairobi on Emirates Airlines; two nights at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi, one night at Naivasha Sopa Lodge, and two nights at Mara Sopa Lodge at the Masai Mara National Reserve; full buffet breakfast daily, seven lunches, and six dinners; guided sightseeing, including visits to the Karen Blixen Museum and the Langata Giraffe Center in Nairobi, an afternoon boat ride on Lake Naivasha, and game-viewing drives in the Masai Mara National Reserve ; the services of an English-speaking driver/game spotter and tour director; airport-hotel and all other land transfers; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $2,199 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $145.
When Depart May 21, 2011. Add $100 for May 21.
Gateways New York City; add $99 from Houston, L.A.; $200 from San Francisco.
The Fine Print The starting rate includes a savings of $300 per person. Airport taxes and fees are an additional $145 per person for departures on Nov. 3 and Dec. 1; deduct $65 for all other departure dates. An entry visa for Kenya is an additional $50 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $399. Average group size is 10 to 15 participants (safari vehicles accommodate six per vehicle). Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By May 4, 2011; add $300 per person for bookings made after this date.
Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com.
Why It’s a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip airfare between New York City and Nairobi starts from $792 with taxes for travel in early December (Turkish Airlines). For $1,422 more, Friendly Planet’s Kenya Safari Express includes the round-trip airfare, five nights’ accommodations, most meals, guided game drives and other sightseeing, local transportation, fuel surcharges, all taxes and fees, as well as services of an English-speaking tour director and driver. Plus, if you book by the deadline, you’ll save $300 per person off the regular package rate.
More Optional activities include a hot air-balloon safari at the Masai Mara National Reserve ($425 per person). Additional nights at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi are $200 per room per night for a double room; deduct $40 for a single room. If you have more time to explore, choose this Kenya and Tanzania safari combo, which starts from $4,579 for air and 11 nights.
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