About 4 Days Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari
Explore the Maasai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park while packing in top highlights during this 4 Days Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari tour from Nairobi. Go deep into the African plains and set out on daily game drives across the parks. Watch for the animals that emerge at dusk; see hippos and crocodiles along the banks of the Mara River; and keep your eyes peeled for lions, leopards, buffalo, and even baboons.
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.
On the floor of the Great Rift Valley, surrounded by wooded and bushy grassland, lies the beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Visitors can enjoy the wide ecological diversity and varied habitats that range from Lake Nakuru itself to the surrounding escarpment and picturesque ridges. Lake Nakuru National Park is ideal for bird watching, hiking,picnic and game drives.
Where to stay while on Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari
Sarova Lion Hill
Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is set along “the Lion Hill” in Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya. The 67 chalet style rooms all with terraces offer views of the Lake and the National Park. The lodge is best known for great food, a Panoramic Bar Terrace, organic gardens, a pool and spa.
Sarova Mara Game Camp
Sarova Mara Game Camp is ideally located in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya for game viewing. The camp includes 20 Club Tents, 51 Standard Tents, 2 Family Tents, the main restaurant, bar and a free form swimming pool that has its own pool bar. The spacious tents with terraces include a luxe bathroom and Club Tents offer a view of the rolling plains of the Savanah. The cuisine is exceptional with organic garden and bush dining options available. In addition, the Camp has its own fleet of well-equipped safari vehicles with excellent safari guides.
Our 4 Days Masai Mara Lake Nakuru Safari grants you a chance to witness the greatest spectacle involving animals anywhere in the world; The Wildebeest Migration. It happens between July and October in the Masai Mara. From mid-June to late November more than 1.5 million migrating wildebeests, zebras and antelopes scatter the vast plains of the Masai Mara, transforming the savannah into a place of dramatic action and a constant struggle for survival.
Bird Watching in Lake Nakuru
Lake Nakuru was traditionally viewed as a flamingo lake par excellence. Several decades ago, up to two million lesser flamingos (maybe a third of the world’s population) could be seen here massing in the warm alkaline water to feed on the abundant blue-green algae cultivated by their own droppings. However, rising water levels in recent years – due to the significant flooding that has affected all the Rift Valley lakes – have caused a big drop in
salinity, and the flamingos have simply flocked elsewhere. This has happened many times in the past (notably in the 1970s and again in the 1990s when the lake water was especially high) and today the majority of the gloriously pink, massed flocks are more easily seen at Lake Bogoria, with scattered communities also at Elmenteita, Magadi and Natron (in Tanzania). However there are still a few hundreds towards the southern part of the Lake alongside other water birds such as pelicans.
In addition Lake Nakuru is the best park in Kenya to view endangered wildlife species such as the Rhino and Rothchild Giraffes. The southern end of the lake is the best place to see wildlife. The forested area below Flamingo Hill is a favourite lion-spotting point – lionesses love to sleep in the trees – while leopards frequent the same area, and are also sometimes seen around the Makalia camp.
4 Days Masai and Lake Nakuru Safari
Our 4 days Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari can be booked throughout the year. But if you are looking at a specific event then choosing when to go to the Masai Mara is something that needs to be carefully considered in order to meet your expectations. For general game viewing there is no real ‘best time’ to go; thanks to its abundant resident wildlife and temperate climate, the Masai Mara is widely regarded as a year-round safari destination. Its wide, open plains mean there is virtually always something to see, no matter what time of year you go to Kenya (although do heed our warning below about visiting during the annual long rains in April and May).