Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara

Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya | 4 days | Departure: Mar 21, 2018

Accommodation: Budget | National Parks: Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari

only$ 453

* based on 6 participants

who’s going

Lake Naivasha is a freshwater lake in the Kenya section of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, and is located north west of Nairobi with the town of Naivasha on its north eastern shore. At 1,890 meters (6,200 ft) above sea level, the lake is at the highest point in the Kenyan rift, and is set in a complex geological combination of volcanic rocks and sedimentary deposits from a much larger Pleistocene era lake. Because the outlet for this ancient lake, now called Njorwa Gorge, is today much higher than the lake, the original Lake Naivasha must have indeed been a truly vast expanse of water. The gorge now forms the entrance to the Hell’s Gate National Park which, for obvious reasons, today contains some spectacular examples of water and weather-worn rock formations as well as an abundance of flora and fauna to include some extremely rare, resident breeding pairs of Lammergeyers, otherwise known as Bearded vultures.

The Masai Mara, whilst famed for being the central hub of African wildlife and containing the ‘Big Five’, it is probably more renowned for hosting part of the annual migration of Wildebeest, Zebras and Antelopes. This great migration starts off from the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, where the plains there have either dried up or are drying up, and commences the beginning of the migration from the Serengeti into the Masai Mara. This is the largest multi-species migration, with over 1.5 million Wildebeest, Zebras and Antelopes that are crossing the plains and also through the Mara River. The period of this Great Migration is usually around the end of July until the end of October, which makes the ideal time to embark on this Masai Mara Budget Safari experience. For information regarding Kenya and its highlights click here. For information about the Masai Mara, click here.

DAY 1 : Nairobi to Lake Naivasha National park

From Nairobi you begin your safari in the morning by driving down the edge of the great rift valley escarpment to Lake Naivasha.  This afternoon you have an optional excursions on a boat tour or cycling in the wild at Hells gate National park or just relaxing by the poolside while we await our drive to Maasai Mara. A wildlife spectacle. Dinner and overnight at your lodge/camp.

DAY 2 : Great Rift Valley Masai Mara

You will leave after breakfast to drive across the rift valley floor and across to the higher ground of the Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch. After lunch you will have the first Mara game drive. Overnight and camp fire.

DAY 3 : Masai Mara

Rise early for a game drive in the cold morning air with a chance to see predators on the move. Return to your camp for a late breakfast. After lunch another game drive. During the annual migration you may see thousands of wildebeest in massed herds with plenty of lion. Dinner, camp fire and overnight in the Mara.

DAY 4 : Mara Morning – return to Nairobi

After breakfast you will say goodbye to the Mara and drive to Nairobi with a late morning arrival.

Craifish Camp is Located along Moi South Lake Road, 18km from Naivasha Town set in natural Acacia Woodland within one of the largest flower farms. It is popular with both domestic and overseas tourists and offers a wide range of activities such as Mountain Biking, Boating, Horse Riding, Nature Walks, Indoor games and Picnicking.

The Camp is renowned for its excellent cuisine especially fresh Craifish from Lake Naivasha, The establishment’s speciality, or choose from the extensive A La Carte menu as an alternative.

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Oldarpoi Mara Community Camp is a safari camp located just outside the gates of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, and is solely owned by the local Maasai community.

The camp is built with all the comforts of home and offers fully catered Tents or Campsites. Each Tent is furnished with two single beds with linen, mosquito nets and an en-suite bathroom with a solar-heated shower. Tea, coffee, snacks and sundowners are provided. Guests can relax on the patio area in front of their Tents to enjoy the view. Those who enjoy camping can pitch their own tents on the Campsite, which shares the use of a communal ablution block with flush toilets and hot showers. Guests can relax around the bonfire, and charging facilities are available in the dining area.

Meals are served in the dining area and a back-up generator supplies lights and refrigeration. Security is provided by Maasai warriors in and around the camp.

Oldarpoi Mara Community Camp also offers various activities at an additional cost, such as balloon safaris with a champagne breakfast on landing and a game drive en-route to the camp. Guests can go on nature walks with a trained Maasai tracker or visit a Maasai village or homestead and learn about the Maasai culture and way of life.

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  • Accommodation and meals in the lodges
  • Park entrance fees
  • Game drives
  • Mineral water in vehicle
  • All transport from and return to hotel.


  • bInternational flights to and from Kenya
  • Visas
  • Travel and Personal Accident insurance
  • Porters,
  • Laundry
  • Extra meals
  • Minibar
  • Telephone calls
  • Drinks
  • Tips and other personal expenses


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.


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