Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya
Accommodation: Comfort | National Parks: Masai Mara | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari
Valid: Jan. 02 - Mar. 18
* 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!
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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.
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