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6 days Masai Mara great Wildebeest migration safari.

6 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari Kenya

Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedThis specially designed 6 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration safari is ultimately your best opportunity to the greatest wildlife viewing spots in Kenya amidst dramatic settings of the Maasai steppe of endless plains and the Great Rift Valley. The Masai Mara reserve is well known for its natural wonder of the Wildebeest migration from Masai Mara-Kenya through the Mara River to Serengeti in Tanzania. The wildebeests cross the mara river from Kenya in July, August and September,  with over 1.5 million wildebeest aka gnu, antelopes, and zebras. You will be stunned by the number of wild animals you will closely encounter. Here, virtually every type of wildlife to be found in Kenya in represented.

This Kenya wildebeest migration tour is only offered in the migration months of mid-June to October when more than a million wildebeest, zebras and antelopes scatter the vast plains of the Mara, making this natural wonder even more wondrous. This an opportunity to witness the migration, but also to see all the big five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo and Rhino are here with many mammals and birds in this Masai Mara plain.

Safari Overview
Detailed Itinerary
Inclusions
Safari Overview

6 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari Kenya

Situated Southwest of Kenya, the Masai Mara game reserve is a land of breathtaking views, endless plains and an abundance in wildlife. It is home to an excellent year-round concentration of game as well as the two million animals that make up the Great Migration together with the Serengeti in Tanzania. This tour is perfect for people who do not have a lot of time but still want to visit this famous reserve.

Day 1: Meet in Nairobi,  Drive to Masai Mara, afternoon game drive (flight option available)

Day 2: Full day game drives, following the great wildebeest migration

Day 3: Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve 

Day 4: Follow the Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara

Day 5: Masai Mara - Lake Naivasha

Day 6: Lake Naivasha - Drive to Nairobi departure

Optional Extras:

Detailed Itinerary

6 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari 

Day 1: Start your Great Migration Safari from Nairobi to Masai Mara

Meet and greet with our local guide in Nairobi at 07:00 hours before starting your incredible Masai Mara Safari. The drive should be for about ±5 hours through spectacular escarpments and panoramic view of the expansive floors of the Great Rift Valley laden with patches of whistling thorn acacia plants. The Great Rift Valley gives way to the rolling shrubland with predominantly wooded bush land and riverine vegetation along the streams and dry river beds.

As you will be driving, you have the  Loita plains with the Loita Hills in the background. We arrive at our camp in the afternoon in good time for lunch before proceeding on an afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve for your first date with the African wild.

Day 2: Full day game drives in Mara

From the lodge, you will leave with your packed lunch for a whole day exploration of the reserve. After breakfast, you will depart with your guide for a whole day game viewing safari in Masai Mara. You will involve both in the morning and evening game viewing safaris. Search for big five animals like Elephants, lions, Leopards, Buffaloes and so many others. During this day you will also move towards the Mara River to search for animals like hippos, the giant crocodiles, the famous wildebeests and a lot of wildlife.

Day 3: Masai Mara Wildlife Safaris

Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve, Narok, Rift Valley Province. Today we will be spending in the vast eco-system of the Mara searching for the big five and much more. Game viewing is great from the air with the opportunity for beautiful pictures. The annual wildebeest migration is expected in the Maasai Mara between July and early November. Millions of animals migrate to the Mara from Serengeti in search for fresh green pastures and water. You also have an optional balloon safari — Many call it a once in a lifetime experience, once you are up, you won’t want to come down, and once you land, champagne breakfast awaits you

Day 4: Follow the Wildebeest Migration in Masai Mara

After breakfast, we have morning and evening game drives in the park. The Mara is one of the richest wildlife spectacular scenery for the annual migration, the Masai Mara wildebeest migration is no considered to be one of the wonders of the world, especially as they cross the Mara River.

Day 5: Masai Mara - Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, begins with a drive to papyrus-fringed Lake Naivasha arriving in time for lunch. With over 400 species of bird, this freshwater lake is a birding Paradise. Along the lake’s fabled waters, we are bound to see some of the area’s more intriguing species—hippos, giraffes, buffalo and even the arboreal Columbus monkey. Evening boat ride in the lake coming back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay at your lodge

Day 6: Lake Naivasha - Drive to Nairobi departure

We enjoy an early breakfast and then we drive to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. We have lunch on the way then you will be driven to the airport to catch your international flight back home

 

Inclusions

Tour Cost Inclusions for 6 days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari

  • Accommodation for the 5 nights  as indicated on program
  • All meals 
  •  wildlife and sightseeing as noted in the trip itinerary
  • All National Park fees
  • Ground transportation using a 4WD vehicle with the services of a good English speaking tour guide
  • Additional guides where appropriate

Excluded

  • International Flight tickets and departure taxes
  • Travel documentation (visas)
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips and gratuities for your guides and accommodation staff
  • Laundry
  • Beverages other than mineral water in the vehicle and at meal times with meals
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, postage fees and so on

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6 days Masai Mara great Wildebeest migration safari.

6 Days Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari

All About Kenya Safari Tours - A guide to Kenya Holiday Safaris

Experience a safari vacation in Kenya, the place where safari travel originated. The best Kenya tours and safaris include Big 5 game viewing, incredible natural beauty and cultural encounters, often combining Kenya’s top attractions with Tanzania and the tropical beaches of the Kenyan coast.

Kenya is the historical home of the East African safari, a land of sweeping savannah grasslands inhabited by charismatic mega-fauna, including Big Cats, the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino) and just about everything in between. Elsewhere, landscapes here stir the soul with deserts in the north, dense forests in the west, Rift Valley lakes in the center and tropical coast out east. This result for those on safari is an experienced safari industry ready to show you a seemingly endless parade of wildlife against one of the most beautiful backdrops in Africa.

The safari bucket list for Kenya includes seeing the Great Migration in the legendary Masai Mara, Amboseli’s unforgettable views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Samburu’s leopards. Encounter fascinating cultures in authentic Masai villages and taste the flavours of Africa, India and Europe in the melting pot that is Swahili culture.

Kenya’s biggest attraction is the natural movement of mega-herds – wildebeest, zebra and gazelle – following the summer rains and sweet grasses in an annual pilgrimage called the Great Migration. Depending on when your Kenya safari takes place, you may witness the life-and-death struggles of the Mara River crossings or dramatic encounters with Africa’s top predators on the open plains.

You can easily combine your Kenya safari with a safari in  Tanzania or Uganda or Rwanda, which means you can add gorilla trekking to your Kenyan safari.

Kenya offers a holiday for every traveler. From unforgettable Kenya family safaris that offer child-friendly activities and services, to exclusive hideaways for romantics, from adventurous honeymoons to small groups of friends and family celebrating a milestone anniversary. Whatever type of traveler you are, there’s not much that beats a Kenya holiday – the standards of service are high and Kenya’s top destinations offer luxury accommodation ranging from lavish, colonial-style lodges to funky boutique hotels and amenity-packed resorts.

 

Where to go on a Kenya safari tour?

The Masai Mara is where to go in Kenya for the dramatic wildebeest migration but there's a great deal more to this East African country. Other classic big game destinations such as Amboseli and Tsavo are easily accessible as is the recently opened-up Laikipia Plateau region. And after the drama of a Kenya safari, what could be better than a few lazy days on a white-sand beach? Kenya's tropical coast offers everything from buzzing resorts to exclusive island hideaways making the country ideal for safari and beach vacations.

When is the best time to visit Kenya?

Kenya is generally good for wildlife tours throughout the year but the period of June to October is the best time for a Kenya tour because the weather is generally dry (although it can get really hot in October and the tail-end of September) and most safari (game viewing) trails are open. This also coincides with the wildebeest and zebra migration in the Masai Mara. This is the dry season, and as it progresses, water sources for animals tend to dry up and become fewer, drawing animals in numbers to those that remain. One downside is that, apart from June (which is one of my favorite months to visit), high-season prices apply. But also during these months, you will have more visitors in the parks, with more game drive cars and this might affect your Kenya safari experience a bit, and some areas of the Masai Mara can be completely overwhelmed with vehicles during the migration.

If you do your Kenya tour between November and February  you get to also enjoy lots of wildlife but there is more rain to slightly disrupt your safari experience. There are also lots of migrating birds that come-in during these months, but the country will be looking so vadantly green everywhere. The rains though are not so intense and there could be a shower like once or twice a week and right after you have clear skies.

Most of our intending tourists to Kenya tend to avoid the months of March, April, and May because of the heavy seasonal rains which often make some safari trails and game drive tracks hard to drive through. But if you are looking at doing the cheapest Kenya tour, these are the months to look at because there are huge discounts on accommodation and flights into Kenya (except for local visitors around Easter).

Wildlife Safari in Kenya - the way it is done:

The conduct of wildlife viewing on a Kenya safari will vary with the park or game reserve you go to. With the very popular parks of Maasai Mara, Samburu Lake Nakuru and Amboseli, there is plenty of superb wildlife-watching opportunities. Dense wildlife populations in all of these parks make them good all-round safari destinations that enable you to see as many animals (and different species) as you can in a short period of time. Other parks are more specialist – such as the birds and primates of Kakamega, and the sitatunga in Saiwa Swamp – allowing you to tick off a hard-to-find species, usually without the crowds. And a more exclusive Kenyan safari experience is possible in the conservancies of Laikipia – you pay more, but, with the exception of Ol Pejeta Conservancy, crowds are non-existent and wildlife watching is excellent. At most of these conservancies, you can get off-road as well, meaning that you’ll get a lot closer to the animals than you will in a national park.

If you like a more sedate and relaxing safari, a bit of boating, walking too with some rare wildlife opportunities, and if you don’t want to share your wilderness with too many other tourists, then a trip to Tanzania's wild south will be the best idea you ever have.

Most days out on safari begin with a quiet African voice waking you well before sunrise. After dressing quickly, and having a coffee or tea, you head out for a few hours in a safari vehicle (with other guests, a driver, guide and sometimes a tracker) looking for wildlife – this time, and the last hours before sunset, are ideal for watching wildlife. You’ll return to the lodge or camp mid- to late morning for a proper sit-down breakfast. A few hours of relaxation, followed by lunch, then a few hours more doing very little occupies the hottest part of the day when even animals retreat into the shade. Afternoon tea, often known as High Tea in a nod to colonial-era safari traditions, happens around 3 PM or 3:30 PM, then it’s back out looking for wildlife until after dark. Just before sunset, you’ll stop for another safari institution, the ‘Sundowner’, when you’ll watch the sunset while nursing the drink of your choice. You arrive back in camp in time to freshen up, then it’s dinner and off to bed, before it all starts again very early the next morning.

A Guide to Accommodation on Kenya Safari Tours and Kenya Beach Holiday (How Tour Prices are Computed for Lodges, Camps, Hotels and Resorts)

If you are planning a safari tour to Kenya, you should expect the quality of your accommodation in improve with the cost or price tagged on it. Mostly, the lower budget accommodation will be the campsites that are usually basic. They are sometimes crowded and not always in the best locations within the national parks or reserves, but they are well priced and often have ample facilities such as showers and toilets.

Most people doing a safari in Kenya will go for the lodges because of great locations inside the park or with great views into the safari parks. They are also most frequently renovated and should generally offer a great service for your stay.

There is also the option the tented safari camps which could be either mobile camps or permanently constructed safari camps. They have these quite spacious walk-in sheltered tents that when inside will be like large lodge rooms in terms of size but with canvas for walls and floor. The canvas tent gives a superb wildlife experience, in that you will be able to hear all the sounds of the park in the night and day yet it offers all the privacy you would need in a remote African park. In most cases, the tents are well-spaced to reinforce guest privacy.  Most lodge rooms and tents of this kind have comfortable (not camp) beds, sometimes a desk and usually a private bathroom; some even have an outdoor shower with no roof but walls that protect your modesty. Particularly in tented camps, you’ll most likely need to recharge your devices not in your room but at a power station in the main public area.

How safe is Kenya for tourists?

“For the most part, a Kenya safari is safe, but there are some important things to know. Nairobi and, to a lesser extent, some other Kenyan cities have a reputation for violent crime. I’ve spent a significant amount of time in Nairobi and elsewhere and have never once had a problem, but it does happen often enough to mean that you should always be careful and follow local advice when it comes to these cities. Another potential danger comes from traveling on the country’s roads – the accident rate is extremely high. You can minimize the danger by spending as little time as you can in Nairobi and other cities – Kenya’s charm rarely resides in its major urban centers – by never traveling at night and by flying between the parks. The danger from wild animals is minimal; most Kenya safari trips and operators have excellent safety records, and you should be fine if you follow the safety briefings and instructions from guides.”