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Kenya Wildlife Safari for Solo Travelers

10 days |  13 days with Zanzibar extension
10 days |  13 days with Zanzibar extension
Group size612 travelers

4.3 out of 5 stars

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Majestic wildlife, vibrant culture, and warm locals make for the ultimate mix.

Kenya is one of the best places in the world to spot animals in their natural habitat. Happily for travelers, the East African country has much to offer beyond the borders of its game reserves, too. Get a taste of it all when you join fellow solo travelers on a journey that’ll take you to scenic national parks, sprawling game reserves, and communities where you’ll meet artisans and other welcoming locals. See yet another side of Africa when you extend your journey to Zanzibar, a Tanzanian archipelago whose main island has a storied past and eclectic culture all its own.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • 5 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant nursery
  • Nairobi crafts workshop
  • Landscapes of Amboseli National Park
  • Lake Naivasha boat safari
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Nairobi today.

Nairobi2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya! Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel.

Please note: Most flights from North America arrive late in the evening.

Day 3: Sheldrick Wildlife Trust & Sandstorm Kenya
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch, Dinner

Climb into 4x4 land cruisers and set out to discover notable landmarks and local culture in and around Nairobi, Kenya’s bustling capital city.

  • Watch elephants bathe and eat during a stop at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which has operated an orphan elephant rescue and wildlife rehabilitation program since its founding in 1977.
  • Learn about the rescued, orphaned elephants, their trusted keepers, and the organization’s conservation work across Kenya.
  • Enjoy an included welcome lunch with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant in Nairobi.
  • Visit Sandstorm Kenya, a company that began as a maker of safari tents and now employs 40 Maasai craftspeople who hand-make totes, backpacks, and other styles of bags from locally sourced canvas and leather.
  • Tour Sandstorm’s facilities to learn how its bags are made, from the sourcing of materials to the finished product.

Tonight, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Amboseli2 nights
Day 4: Transfer to Amboseli National Park & game drive
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel south to Amboseli National Park today. This roughly 150-square-mile natural area sits against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro and is known for its population of wild African elephants.

  • Enjoy an included lunch at your safari lodge or camp.
  • Set out on an afternoon game drive after lunch.
  • Ride along with your expert driver and naturalist guide in search of elephants, leopards, lions, baboons, cheetahs, wild dogs, buffaloes, kudus, hippos, rhinos, wildebeest, and dozens more animals.

Join your tour mates for an included dinner this evening, served with beer or wine.

Day 5: Amboseli National Park game drives & NGO visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, head out on your first game drive of the day and marvel at Amboseli National Park’s huge herds of elephants, as well as ostriches, leopards, lions, and rhinos.

Later, meet a wildlife conservation expert from a local nonprofit animal welfare organization.

  • Hear how locals and park rangers work together to protect the wildlife.
  • Ask the expert any questions you have about anti-poaching efforts and animal conservation.

After an included lunch, head back out for a second game drive through Amboseli National Park.

Enjoy an included dinner served with beer or wine after freshening up this evening.

Great Rift Valley1 night
Day 6: Transfer to Lake Naivasha & boat cruise
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel through scenic, highland landscapes—and make a photo stop at the equator—on your way to the Great Rift Valley. This astoundingly beautiful region is an important center of ecological study. Its sparkling lakes and steep, rocky escarpments serve as havens for wildlife, such as black rhinos, rare Rothschild giraffes, and more than a dozen globally threatened bird species.

  • Continue on to the vast and ancient Lake Naivasha, which, at nearly 6,200 feet above sea level, is the highest of the Great Rift Valley’s three best-known lakes.
  • Enjoy an included lunch with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant.
  • Set out on a boat tour of Lake Naivasha, which is known for its substantial population of hippos and bird species.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner served with beer or wine.

Maasai Mara2 nights
Day 7: Maasai community visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue through the Great Rift Valley as you travel to the Maasai Mara, a nearly 600-square-mile national reserve in southwestern Kenya known for its vast plains and abundant wildlife. The region is also home to the Maasai people, an indigenous tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists whose livelihood revolves around cattle. Brightly colored clothing and beaded jewelry are among many traditions the Maasai people have maintained, while other tribes have adopted more modern styles of living.

Immerse yourself in the Maasai way of life during a visit to a local boma, or homestead.

  • Join members of the Maasai tribe in their signature adamu, or jumping dance.
  • Tour a functioning Maasai boma—a collection of mud-hut homes—and discover the tribe’s history and heritage.
  • Visit a market where Maasai people sell handiworks and crafts, and learn how money from visitors’ purchases sustains the tribe.
  • Receive your own Maasai name and learn the meaning behind it.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening, served with beer or wine.

Day 8: Maasai Mara game drives
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell dinner

Today, get to know the awe-inspiring animals of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

  • Rise before the sun for an early morning game drive and an exhilarating opportunity to spot leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, lions, and elephants—known collectively as the Big Five.
  • Head back to your tented safari camp for an included lunch.
  • After lunch, climb aboard a safari vehicle for an afternoon game drive, keeping your eyes peeled for prides of lions snoozing in the shade, giraffes ambling among leafy trees, and sturdy, shaggy-maned warthogs trotting through tall grass.

Celebrate your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner, served with beer or wine.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 9: Travel to Nairobi & departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Nairobi this morning. Then, relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning, or extend your stay to explore Zanzibar.

Arrive Home
Day 10: Travel day

Arrive home today.

Extension to Zanzibar
Not ready for your East Africa adventure to end? Extend your tour and get a taste of island life on Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous archipelago roughly 25 miles off the coast of Tanzania. Although Zanzibar is officially part of Tanzania, its politics, religion, culture, and food are distinctly different, thanks to multicultural influences that remain from Indian, Middle Eastern, and African slave and spice traders who came here to conduct their business. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll spend your stay on Zanzibar’s main island exploring its storied past, its architectural treasures, and its colorful landscapes and cuisine.
Stone Town3 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Nairobi & flight to Stone Town
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Nairobi this morning. Then, board a flight to Stone Town, located on the island of Zanzibar, this afternoon and sit down for an included dinner tonight served with beer or wine.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Stone Town
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free morning in Stone Town or add an excursion.

Join a local guide this afternoon for a sightseeing tour of Stone Town, a UNESCO-recognized area of Zanzibar City.

  • Walk through a local fruit and vegetable market.
  • Learn about the enslaved East African people who were forced into the Middle Eastern slave trade during a visit to Christ Church, which was built on the site of a former slave market.
  • Enter the Sultan’s Palace to learn more about the island’s interesting history.
  • Step inside the House of Wonders, which was designed by Second Sultan of Zanzibar Barghash bin Said.
  • See the colonial mansions, stroll along the narrow alleyways, and visit the Livingstone House.
  • Enter the Old Fort of Zanzibar, a military fortification that’s also the oldest building in Stone Town.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening served with beer or wine.

Swahili Cooking Class & Lunch

From $85 per person

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Nungwi Village
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head to the northern tip of the island to visit Ngunwi village, which is known for the pristine white-sand beaches.

  • See how local fishermen make their boats from scratch.
  • Visit the Mnarani Natural Aquarium, a coral lagoon that’s home to a variety of endangered sea turtles and fish.
  • Enjoy a Swahili-style lunch in the village before heading back to Stone Town.

Spend free time in Stone Town or add an excursion.

Dhow Sunset Cruise & Dinner

From $115 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, head to the airport and fly to Nairobi, where you’ll relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Arrive Home
Day 13: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.3 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Kenya Safari for Solo Travelers
    5/3/24 by 2nd-time traveler Stacey

    The Kenya safari was awesome! Many travelers cancelled at the last minute because of flooding the week before, but we had beautiful weather. EF changed a couple of the camps affected by the flooding and I was very pleased with the substitutions. EF kept me informed of what was changing and personall...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/21/24

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    3 out of 5 stars

    A week Kenya’s national preserves
    4/5/24 by 9th-time traveler Joseph

    Like all tours (my 9th with GoAhead) you have good points & not so good point. The tours very rigorous spending a lot of time bouncing around in the jeep. That’s natural when you’re out in the planes. Opportunities to see so many different kinds of wildlife & opportunities to interact with the Maasa...

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Kenya and Tanzania
    3/24/24 by 1st-time traveler Barbara

    The Kenya trip was awesome, however the Tanzania. Was not that good. Things that were shown on the itinerary did not happen. We had to walk through water to get on the boat for the boat Cruise and getting off was rather dangerous.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 4/16/24

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We'...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    ibis Styles Nairobi Westlands
    ibis Styles Nairobi Westlands

    This stylish hotel is located in the Westlands district of Nairobi. Guests enjoy spectacular views of the city, the rooftop bar, and gym. Nearby you’l...

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    Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp
    Tulia Amboseli Safari Camp

    This eco-friendly safari camp is located outside of Amboseli National Park. Guests enjoy the on-site spa, views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the on-site wat...

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    Lake Elementaita Mountain Lodge
    Lake Elementaita Mountain Lodge

    This serene hotel is located in Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley. Guests enjoy the amazing views from their room, delicious dining o...

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    Zebra Plains Mara Camp
    Zebra Plains Mara Camp

    This tented safari camp is located within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Guests enjoy a variety of relaxation areas, fully equipped private tents, a va...

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    Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar
    Maru Maru Hotel, Zanzibar

    This oceanfront property is located in Stone Town. Guests enjoy the rooftop pool and cocktail bar, spa, and fitness center. Nearby you’ll find Old For...

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