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Masai Mara is Africa’s most famous game reserve owing to its high population of big cats and other Africa Wild Animals. This private safari allows you to experience the beauty of Mara in a private safari and on 4 x4 safari van.
Welcome to Masai Mara
Dream of Africa and chances are that you dream of the Masai Mara. This huge expanse of gently rolling grassland – specked with flat-topped acacia trees and trampled by massive herds of zebras and wildebeest – is the ultimate African cliché. But for once the reality lives up to the image and the Masai Mara, which comprises not just the famous reserve but also around a dozen community conservancies, several group ranches and numerous Maasai villages, is for many people not just the highlight of their Kenyan adventure but the very reason they came in the first place.
Not only were safaris born in Kenya, but so was the very word itself – it means ‘journey’ in Swahili. Spotting the much-heralded Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) is a major aspiration of many visitors to Africa, and as one would suspect, Kenya provides some of the continent’s most impressive natural venues for it. None of which is more famous than the Masai Mara, where sightings of all these species is common.
The Great Migration
It’s been called the greatest natural spectacle on the planet, and for good reason – each year from July to October, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra make a dramatic crossing of the crocodile-infested Mara River to feed on the lush grasses of the Masai Mara. The flood of animals filling the open savannah includes herds of elephants and giraffes, and trailing this sea of prey are lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. Needless to say, there is never a shortage of drama during the great migration.
Hot air ballooning
Perhaps the most intoxicating safari experience in Kenya is to slowly climb – one exciting flame blast at a time – above the famous rolling savannah and flat-topped acacia trees of the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon. Floating silently over streams of wildebeest on their great migration, lions stalking their prey or a lone black rhino moving through the bush is a perspective that nobody can ever forget – and when the light is just right it’s possible to marvel at the perfectly proportioned elephant-shaped shadows cast by the largest member of the Big Five. Few experiences in life are as peaceful as they are exciting, and a balloon safari here is certainly one of them.
Although it is dreams of Kenya’s wondrous wildlife that draws most people to this East African nation, many people’s lasting memories revolve around their interactions with Kenyans themselves. The Maasai people, with their traditional red shukas, brilliant smiles and overwhelming presence, add a depth of warmth to any trip into the Mara region.
Day 1: Arrival at the JKIA
Pick up and Driven to a City HotelArrive at JKIA in Nairobi, Received by our office representative who then drives you to your city hotel booked on a bed and breakfast. Destination: Nairobi Accommodation: Jambo Chester Hotel and Suits or Similar Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast
Day 2: Nairobi - Masai Mara
Drive to Masai MaraDepart Nairobi in the morning for a journey south through the floor of the Great Rift Valley. You will have a picnic lunch at Narok. Arrive in Maasai Mara for a late afternoon game viewing en route. Dinner and overnight are at the tented camp. Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve Accommodation: Simba Oryx or Similar Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water while on safari (Other drinks not included)
Day 3: Masai Mara Full Day
Explore MaraAfter breakfast, you will head for a full day game drive in the park in search of the Big Five. Next, you will continue the drive up to the Maasai Mara river where you will have your picnic lunches. Meals and overnight will be at the camp. (Optional visit to the Masai Village in the afternoon or to see the animals). Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve Accommodation: Simba Oryx or Similar Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water while on safari (Other drinks not included)
Day 4: Masai Mara - Nairobi
Drive to NairobiHave an early pre-morning game drive, then breakfast and later a second-morning game drive. You will have a picnic lunch at Narok before arriving in Nairobi in the late afternoon. Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve Accommodation: Simba Oryx or Similar Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water while on safari (Other drinks not included)
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinking water (on all days)
- International flights (from/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
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