Masai Mara Safari

Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya | 3 days | Departure: Mar 17, 2018

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

only$ 350

* based on 6 participants

who’s going

Visit the world-renowned game reserve of Kenya! Embark on a three-day-two-night safari from Nairobi to Masai Mara. The Masai Mara is regarded as one of Kenya’s wildlife viewing jewels, as there is a good chance of spotting the ‘Big Five’, cheetah’s, hippo’s crocodiles and much more. The reserve is also where the annual wildebeest migration takes place, as these majestic animals cross the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and into Kenya.

Masai Mara

Mara means “mottled”, which is how the Maasai gave it its name due to its expansive open plains mottled with woodlands. Situated in the Great Rift Valley, the Maasai Mara is proudly Kenya’s largest national reserve with an area of 320 square km.

Although it is actually the northernmost 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 Maasai 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 Maasai never hunt, but live peacefully alongside the wildlife in harmony, this co-existence makes the Maasai Mara one of the world’s most interesting and unique wilderness regions.

DAY 1 : Nairobi to  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 2 : 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 3 : Mara Morning – return to Nairobi

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

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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Inclusive: 

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

Exclusive 

  • 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

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