4 Days Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara Tour
Distance: 85km (1 hr 15 min.). Pick up from your hotel at 9am and drive via the Rift Valley escarpment with breathtaking views of the world’s greatest land rift to papyrus fringed Lake Naivasha. Sunset boat ride to see the hippos. Dinner and overnight accommodation at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge or Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, D
Day 2: Lake Naivasha – Masai Mara
Distance: 300 km. (5 hr.). Morning drive West past extinct Mt Longonot into Masai Mara Game Reserve with it high concentration of wildlife and outstanding scenic views. Afternoon game viewing drive. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
Day 3: Masai Mara
Full day game viewing in this typical savannah country a well-known site for various wildlife movies. Full board accommodation at Mara Sopa Lodge, B L,D.
The Masai Mara (aka Maasai Mara) is a large park reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania. Named for the Maasai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River which divides it, it is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of the wildebeest every July and August, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration.
With an area of 1510 km2 the Masai Mara is not the largest game park in Kenya, but it is probably the most famous. The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to South Africa. The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland, with clusters of the distinctive acacia tree in the south-east region. The western border is the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment of the Rift Valley, and wildlife tends to be most concentrated here, as the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and tourist disruption is minimal. The easternmost border is 224 km from Nairobi, and hence it is the eastern regions which are most visited by tourists.
Masai Mara Wildlife
The Masai Mara is perhaps most famous for its lions. All other members of the “Big Five” are to be found in the Masai Mara, although the population of black rhinoceros is severely threatened, with a population of only 37 recorded in 2000. Hippopotami are found in large groups in the Masai Mara and Talek Rivers. Cheetah are also to be found, although their numbers are also threatened, chiefly due to tourist disruption of their day-time hunting. As mentioned above, the plains between the Mara river and the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah.
Like in the Serengeti, the wildebeest are the dominant inhabitant of the Masai Mara, and their numbers are estimated in the millions. Around July of each year these ungainly animals migrate in a vast ensemble north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October. The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving an immensity of hervibores: some 1,300,000 Wildebeest, 360,000 Thomson’s Gazelle, and 191,000 Zebra. These numerous migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by a block of hungry predators, most notably lions and hyena.
Numerous other antelope can be found, including Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, impala, topi and Coke’s hartebeest. Large herds of zebra are found through the reserve. The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe as well as the common giraffe. The large Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders. The Masai Mara is a major research centre for the spotted hyena. Additionally, over 450 species of birdlife have been identified in the park, including vulture, marabou, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle, and pygmy falcon.
-Hot air balloon Safari: US$ 553 per person
-Visit to a local Maasai village: US$ 35 per person
Day 4: Masai Mara – Nairobi
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi where the tour ends at approximately 2pm, B
-Each of 2pax: $1,365 -Each of 3pax: $1,222 -Each of 4pax: $1,151 -Each of 5pax: $1,102 -Each of 6pax: $1,066 -Each of 7pax: $1,047 -Single room supplement: $120 per person per night -Please note that prices above have been quoted to travel by mini bus as means of transportation but if you prefer to travel by a Toyota Land Cruiser supplement is $125 per vehicle per day to be shared by by number of passengers in the car !
Safari price includes:-
Guarantee price; Guarantee departure
Ground transport in a safari van with pop up roof for game viewing, photography and touring Full board accommodation whilst on safari Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner Accommodation in double/triple room sharing All park entrance fees to include government taxes Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide Game drives as detailed in the itinerary Sunset boat ride at Lake Naivasha Start and end in Nairobi