Masai Mara Road Safari

Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya

Accommodation: Comfort | National Parks: Masai Mara | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari

Valid: Jan. 02 - Mar. 18

only$ 500

* based on 8 participants

Go 3 days on Road safari and explore the stunning beauty of Masai Mara! Mara means “mottled”, which is how the Masai gave it its name due to its expansive open plains mottled with woodlands. Situated in the Great Rift Valley, the Masai Mara is proudly Kenya’s largest national reserve with an area of 320 square km.

Although it is actually the northern most part of a larger ecosystem encompassing Kenya’s Loita plains and Tanzania’s Serengeti, which makes up a total of 25,000 square km. The largest river, the Mara River, runs north to south through the reserve, towards Lake Victoria through Tanzania. That being said, wildlife is bountiful in the area, game viewing is exciting any time throughout the year – Although the peak is during the annual wildebeest migration from July to October.

There is a large number of other plains game include zebras, different species of antelopes, giraffes, and warthog, which are residents of the are all year round. The Mara is a perfect kingdom for the lions but there are also smaller predators such as cheetahs, hyenas and jackals that roam the Mara area.

Another natural inhabitant is, of course, the Masai people. A semi-nomadic ethnic group known as fierce warriors and have largely remained very independent, staying strong to their traditional values and lifestyle. The Masai never hunt, but live peacefully alongside the wildlife in harmony, this co-existence makes the Masai Mara one of the world’s most interesting and unique wilderness regions.

Day 1: Nairobi to Masaai Mara

The first day is the pickup from hotel or airport and travel towards the fertile highlands of Kenya leading down via the Great Rift Valley escarpment, on a road built by Italian prisoners of war during World War 11. Have a glimpse of the attractive chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment. Pass via the magnificent Longonot earth satellite station as you proceed across the Valley to Narok. Experiencing breathtaking views of the world’s greatest land rift and move across acres of barley and wheat, before you reach the Maasai Mara in time for Lunch.

An afternoon game drive within the reserve as the rains brings the grasslands of Maasai Mara to life. The vast plains rumble with thunder of approaching hooves as 1.5 million wildebeest migrate up northeast into Maasai Mara from July till the end of September. The great migration is a vision beyond relief as of the world’s most impressive spectacles staged every year in Kenya, directed by raw forces of nature you will also appreciate it’s high animal concentration and abundance black-maned lions, herds of topi roan antelope, cheetah, common zebra, Coke’s hartebeest though luck
essential for spotting leopard and rhino. Returning to the lodge as the sun sets for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Maasai Mara

A very early morning game drive in the Maasai Mara – the ideal time to see game as temperatures are cooler and hopefully, lion, cheetah, and leopard will be roaming the vast grasslands in search of prey. Return to the lodge for breakfast. The rest of the morning at leisure or partake in optional activities, a visit to Maasai village to see their nomadic life this at extra cost. After lunch at the lodge, there is a chance to relax by the swimming pool before an evening game drive. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Mara to Nairobi 

The last day you will leave for an early morning game drive that promises to be thrilling. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Checkout and leave for Nairobi to arrive Nairobi in the late afternoon. Then it’s time to say goodbye and to reminisce this unforgettable experience

Mara Sopa Lodge

Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills, Masai Mara Sopa Lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their center. For more information, click here.  

Price of the entire trip: $500 *with 8 people on board.
Gather your friends or join with other travelers on this trip to bring the price down!

Terms & conditions

  • A better price for everyone! Get a refund for every additional traveler joining your trip.
  • The overall rate of this trip, with every additional passenger, gradually decreases
  • This trip will be paid via Direct Pay Online, an easy & reliable service that all modes of payments, all cards, mobile money, all currencies, mobile apps & card readers.
  • This trip is based on a shared usage of rooms – a single usage of rooms will result in an additional fee.

Inclusive:

  • Transportation in a safari equipped 8 seater minivan on exclusive use
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable English speaking driver and guide
  •  Accommodation with en-suite shower/toilet
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  •  Game drives as per itinerary
  • Park entrances

Exclusive:

  • Extra meals
  • Items of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, and telephone calls
  • Activities, such as visits to Maasai cultural villages, sundowners and balloon safari. And other activities not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel and evacuation insurance including damage or loss of luggage and/or personal injury
  • Tips for driver, guide and camp staff

 

Optional Balloon Safari
A well worth it and recommended activity in the Maasai Mara National Reserve is the balloon safari early in the morning; you will be woken and driven to the departure site. Once in the air, the view of the surrounding landscape, the rising of the sun between the mountains and the congregation of the animals at the river is beautiful. This all concludes with a champagne breakfast and memories of a lifetime.

CHECKLIST


Here are some of our recommendations to you for getting through a safari:

  • Plenty of sun protection, lotion or cream (High SPF)
  • A wide-brimmed hat to shade you from the sun, this should have string/straps if standing in the van or jeep as it could be blown off.
  •  A good pair of sunglasses as you are on the equator where the sun is very strong. Prescription sun spectacles are not recommended as may scratch or fall off the vehicles.
  •  Bottle’s or jugs of water to keep you hydrated. Spending a lot of time in the sun, even when wearing hats and sunglasses will dehydrate you in most cases
  • A fleece/jumper/sweater for the early morning (or a safari jacket) and evening game drives, as it tends to get very chilly, especially in the highlands and in the Masai Mara.
  • Shorts and t-shirts or light trousers for the daytime.
  • Long trousers and long or short-sleeved shirts for the evening and protection from mosquitoes
  •  Plenty of film or flash card memory for your camera and a battery charger for all electronic devices.
  •  Swimming costumes/bathing suits as most of the lodges and camps have swimming pools.
  •  A good pair of binoculars (there’s usually just one pair in vehicles).
  •  A pair of safari shoes or trekking boots.
  • A pack of wet wipes.
  •  Mosquito repellent.

TIPPING GUIDELINES


The following amounts should only be used as a guideline, but of course, for outstanding personal service, you are more than welcome to give a higher tip:

  •  Porterage                   US$ 1.00 per bag
  •  Dining room staff         US$ 1.00 per person per day
  •  Your driver/tour guide   US$ 10.00 per person per day