The Real Deal Safari vacation package to Kenya includes round-trip airfare from New York City to Nairobi; two nights at the Jacaranda Hotel Nairobi; one night at the Kigio Wildlife Camp on the Malewa River (Nov. 6, 13 and 16 departures will substitute the Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort); two nights at the Keekorok Lodge in the Maasai Mara National Reserve; a full touring itinerary, including transfers, ground transportation, entrance fees, and safari game drives; eleven meals (five breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners); and all air and hotel taxes and fees included, from $2,229 per person.
When Nov. 13, 2012 ($2,229); Nov. 6, 16, 30, 2012 ($2,249); Nov. 20, 2012 ($2,259); Dec. 7, 2012 ($2,269; Dec. 7 departure will reverse the Keekorok Lodge and Kigio Wildlife Camp); Oct. 19, 2012 ($2,649).
Gateways New York City (from $2,229); add from $69 for Boston; add from $70 for Washington, D.C.; add from $101 for Chicago; add from $133 for Dallas-Ft. Worth; add from $170 for Los Angeles; add from $291 for Atlanta.
The Fine Print All air and hotel taxes and fees are included in the package price. An additional $50 Kenya visa fee is not included in the package price and can be paid beforehand or upon arrival. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $503. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
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Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Why It's a Deal According to a recent Kayak search, round-trip air between New York City and Nairobi starts at $985 in mid-November (Brussels Airlines). Add to that $312 per person for two nights at the Jacaranda Hotel, $73 per person for one night at the Kigio Wildlife Lodge, and $243 per person for two nights at the Keekorok Lodge, and you're looking at a minimum of $1,613 per person just for accommodation and airfare. For $616 more, this travel package gets you the international airfare, five nights' accommodation, plus airport transfers, most meals, and a complete touring itinerary including transportation, safaris, and entrance fees.
More Additional pre- and post-tour nights are available at the Jacaranda Hotel from $103 per person, per night. Gate 1 Travel also offers a similar Kenya deal with 2013 dates; these departures substitute the Malewa Wildlife Lodge for the Kigio Wildlife Camp. Dates are Mar. 15, 2013 ($2,239); Feb. 22, 2013 ($2,409); Jan. 18, 2013 ($2,439); Feb. 15, 2013 ($2,499); Apr. 12, May 17, 2013 ($2,599); May 3, 2013 ($2,629); May 31, 2013 ($2,639); Jun. 7, 2013 ($2,879). Add $200 for bookings made after Oct. 26, 2012.
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