Masai Mara Safari in Kenya
Masai Mara is the ultimate destination in Kenya to view wildlife. This is the game reserve where you can be able to view large number of different species within the shortest time possible. If your goal is to see Africa's big 5 (lion, rhino, cape buffalo, leopard and elephant) this should be your chosen destination. It rivals or is ultimately better than South Africa’s Kruger Park.
Masai Mara's advantage is its the northern extension of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This is one of the largest game reserves on earth. Animals know no territorial boundaries and careless about passports when crossing from the Serengeti to the Mara. Thus a large profusion of wildlife that is easily replenished naturally is able to roam between the 2 countries and gives Masai Mara a comparative advantage when you want to see wildlife within the shortest time possible while on business or holiday in Kenya or the East Africa region.
Located only 265 kilometers from Kenya's capital Nairobi, it is relatively close to make the drive in 5 hours. The long time taken is due to the poor road from the end of the tarmac road approximately 25 Kilometers from Narok town. If you have a bad back its advisable to fly in from Wilson Airport to any of the airstrips in the Mara. Note you would need to know which hotel you are staying so as to chose the nearest airstrip to fly in. For the adventurer the road trip is not too bad with a sturdy 4x4 land cruiser or land rover. This will give you a comfortable ride to the park and back to Nairobi.
Many people are attracted to the Mara by the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to the Mara and the accompanying carnivores that prey on the hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras that brave the great trek only to arrive at the Mara River to find a welcoming committee of resident Nile crocodiles and bad tempered hippos. The Mara river crossing is a lifetime must see event.
Most people do not realize that there are resident wildlife in the Masai Mara Game Reserve throughout the year so no matter when you visit. You will see lots of wildlife throughout the year. Recommended Masai Mara trips as below:
3 Days Masai Mara Luxury Tented Camping Safari;
The 3-day Masai Mara Safari Tour is about having a close encounter with the wildlife population of the region. You can easily spot Lion, Cheetah, Elephant, Buffalo and several other jungle beasts on your safari trail.
Day 1: Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive along the floor of the Rift Valley to Masai Mara arriving camp in the afternoon. Later proceed on a game drive. Dinner and overnight at Mara Sarova Luxury Tented Camp. (LD)
Day 2: Masai Mara
A full day game drive in Kenya's most popular game sanctuary where you will have the best opportunity of spotting the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). Optional visit to a local Masai village. Dinner and overnight Mara Sarova Luxury Tented Camp. (BLD)
Day 3: Masai Mara/Nairobi
Another morning game drive in Maasai Mara, then depart for Nairobi arriving about 16:00hrs. (B)
-Airport transfers in Nairobi where applicable
-All Park entrance fees
-Accommodation as in itinerary at full board
-Meals as in itinerary.
-Bottled water for use during the safari
-2 Game drives per day in an exclusive safari 4x4 land cruiser
- Expenses of personal nature such as visas, tips etc
Extra activities on a Masai Mara Safari;
You could take a hot air balloon safari while in Masai Mara Game Reserve as part of your 3 days trip. The balloon takes off at sunrise every morning weather permitting. You could take the balloon on day 2 or 3 of your safari before your game drive.
A Masai Boma (Village) visit can also be arranged by your driver when in the Mara. Note gratuities are given to the Masai when you visit their village.
Note there are different lodges and luxury tented camps plus budget camps in the Mara. You are free to chose where you would prefer to stay at. We can tailor make your safari to fit in your chosen accommodation in the Mara.
If you chose to fly in and out of the Mara. We will arrange the flights, transfers, game drives, food and accommodation for you. All you have to do is seat back and enjoy your safari.