Departure city: Nairobi, Kenya | 3 days | Departure: Feb 28, 2018
Accommodation: Budget | National Parks: Masai Mara | Special Interest: Wildlife Safari
* based on 6 participants
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.
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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