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Maasai Mara and Gorillas Trek - Uganda Gorillas, BIG 5 Wildlife in Mara -  5 Days Safari

Masai Mara Safari - BIG 5 Wildlife, Migration Safari -  3 Days

Gorillas and Wildlife Safaris Hall of Fame Trip Advisor RecommendedAn incredible  3-days Kenya Masai Mara Wildlife Safari tour to Masai Mara National Reserve located South West of Nairobi on a 280-kilometre journey and measures 1,510 square kilometres of land stretching through the western part of the Kenyan rift valley via the Narok county and Masai community. 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, but may some times cross earlier due to a great demand of grass.

The list of mammals includes elephants, leopards, Black Rhinos, buffaloes, plains zebras, roan antelopes in small numbers, white-bearded gnu, Oribis, warthogs, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, hartebeests and the big cats. The rivers are home to hippos and crocodiles. Maasai Mara has the largest population of lions. There are 450 bird species, including red-winged Schalow’s turaco, white-tipped crests, ross turacos, orange buff pel’s fishing owl, wary guinea fowls. The open plains birds include Jackson’s bustard and the black-bellied Hartlaub’s bustard. 53 species of birds of prey have been recorded. Secretary birds are common.

Safari Overview
Mara Safari Itinerary
Inclusions
Safari Overview

Masai Mara Safari - BIG 5 Wildlife, Migration Safari -  3 Days

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: Masai Mara National Reserve

Spend two more days in Masai Mara with game drives in specially built 4x4 safari cruisers. Large prides of lions, cheetah, leopard, jackals, elephant, giraffe, African buffalo, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and black rhino are some of the animals you may spot as you drive around.

Overnight at your Camp or lodge.

Day 3: Masai Mara - Nairobi

After breakfast, you fly back to Nairobi where our representative will meet you at the Wilson airport and transfer you to your hotel or to the airport.

Optional Extras:

  • Dayrooms can be provided at an extra cost.
  • Extend this tour with a week on the superb beaches of Mombasa. There are hourly flights every day from Nairobi to Mombasa and from Mombasa to Nairobi.
  • Extend this tour with a beach break in Zanzibar.
  • There are daily flights from Nairobi to Zanzibar and back.

Some Photos from our Masai Mara  Kenya Safari

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Mara Safari Itinerary

Kenya Masai Mara BIG 5 Wildlife Safari -  3 Days Safari

Day 1: Start your Kenya Masai Mara BIG 5 Wildlife Safari from Nairobi

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 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 Maasai Mara National Reserve

Today you will have a full day of game drives ahead. Before sunrise you will try to spot different predators that might made a kill last night. You will return for breakfast at the camp while the sun rises over the game reserve.

You can decide to take a packed lunch for a full day game drives or come back at the camp for a hot lunch. The secret on sighting a lot of animals is to do different game drives on different time and areas for the highest success rate. Large prides of lions, cheetah, leopard, jackals, elephant, giraffe, African buffalo, eland, ostrich, bat-eared fox, jackal and black rhino are some of the animals you may spot as you drive around.

After this exciting day you will come back to the camp where you can relax with a cold drink on your veranda with a view of the Mara river!

Overnight at your Camp or lodge.

Day 3: Maasai Mara - Nairobi, departure

After a cup of tea or coffee, you will go for an early morning game drive to see lions, hyenas or other predators eating after a successful hunt. When even your stomach is growling, you come back to the camp for breakfast.

Then it is, unfortunately, time to leave this beautiful game reserve and fly back to Nairobi. The driver-guide of the lodge will take you to the airport

Optional Extras:

 

Inclusions

Tour Cost Inclusions for Kenya Masai Mara 3 days Wildlife Safari

  • Accommodation for the 2 nights  as indicated on program
  • All meals 
  • Masai mara 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
  • Local Kenya flights  Maasai Mara to Nairobi with accompanying ground transfers
  • 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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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.”