6 Days Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli National Park Safari
By Greatwalk Africa Safaris From Kenya
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Overview Masai Mara
Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is one of East Africa’s most famous safari destinations and a favourite amongst wildlife lovers, photographers and conservationists. The Masai Mara National Reserve (also known as the Maasai Mara) lies in the Kenya Rift Valley Province in south-western Kenya. The Reserve forms a northern extension to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Renowned for its magnificent Big Cat population that hunt the wildebeest, zebra and other plains game that dominate the Mara, it has even been nicknamed the Kingdom of the Lions.
Diversity and Ecosystems
In the east, the sandy hills and bushes of Ngama Hills are preferred by Africa’s endangered black rhino. The western border of the Mara is demarcated by the Oloololo Escarpment. For excellent sightings of elephant, giraffe, lion, cheetah and leopard. Mara Triangle is bordered by the Mara River, with acacia woodland and lush grassland, attracting a high concentration of wildebeest during the annual migration. The Central Plains cover the largest area of the Mara, with outcrops of boulders, scattered bushes and savannah grasslands favored by plains game.
The National Reserve is unfenced, and the animals are free to roam across its boundaries into huge ‘dispersal areas’. The dispersal areas are home to many Maasai villages and the residents have developed a synergy with the wildlife.
DAY BY DAY SAFARI PROGRAM
Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara – Kenya
We pick you at 7am at your residence or City Hotel and head to the safari departure terminal at the CBD city market. You will be briefed about the Safari Road Trip by our staff member.
8am – Depart from the capital of Kenya; Nairobi. We drive westwards to the rift valley escarpment with spectacular scenic views of the Great Rift Valley which stretches all the Way from Lebanon to Mozambique. We descend down the escarpment; arrive in Narok town for lunch at a restaurant. The journey proceeds through the Loita hills. Enjoy scenic views of vegetations and birdlife en-route. Arrive in Masai mara late in the afternoon at around 2pm. We check in to our camp (Rhino Tourist Camp or Similar camp) for a short rest. At around 3pm proceed for the adventurous afternoon game drives in the Great Masai Mara game reserve. Inside the park, you will be able to view and spot the Big Five hunting, lots of birdlife reptiles in the park. The afternoon game drive goes on till 6pm when you return at the camp for dinner and overnight stay. Enjoy a bonfire experience as you recollect the beautiful memories of the adventures in the park together with friends or new friends.
Accommodation: Mara Sidai Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 2: Masai Mara Full Day- Kenya
Wake up early in the morning. Buffet breakfast served at 6am. The cheff will pack picnic lunch for you. Prepare for an adventurous full day game drive. Carry lots of drinking water that we will provide you with. You depart the camp to the park. We spend the entire day at the park searching for wildlife, birdlife, flora and fauna is in plenty at the masai mara. Maasai mara eco system supports a very wide range of fauna and flora including the carnivores and herbivores. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is typical open savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife. Our morning and afternoon game drives take us in search of Africa’s Big Five – Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards and Rhinos, and the plethora of other wildlife inhabiting this vast Kenyan game reserve, there is plenty of birdlife to watch and a lot of savannah landscape. Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos are also found in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot, but reasonably common.
The journey takes you down to the Mara river where you will have your picnic lunches. After lunch, continue with the game searching in the park. The activity continues till 6pm. Drive back to the camp for hot dinner and overnight stay at the camp. If you wish to visit the Masai manyatta villages and interact with the Masai People, you can be taken by our guides. The activity is optional and attracts an extra fee that is paid to the Maasai People as appreciation of their great culture.
Day 3: Masai Mara – Nakuru
Wake early at 6am and proceed for the pre-breakfast game drive in search of the nocturnal animals hunting in the dark. The morning game drive lasts till 10am.
Return for breakfast at the camp. We depart the camp at around 11am and head for Lake Nakuru. Picnic lunch served en route Nakuru.
Arrive at Nakuru in the evening at around 6pm. Check in at Nakuru Budget Hotel. Hotel is 5km away from the Nakuru National Park.
Day 4: Nakuru National Park – Amboseli
Accommodation: Kivu Retreat Resort
Meal Plan: Full Board
Overview Nakuru National Park
“The Bird Watchers’ Paradise”
Lake Nakuru National park also known as “A birdwatcher’s paradise” is home to over 450 species of birds including some of the largest flocks of the bright pink lesser flamingo in the world. Lake Nakuru National Park was established in 1961. The park spans a wide area of 180km² (69.5 square miles).
Other noticeable birds include the Pelican, different species of kingfishers, ducks, hawks, fish eagles and many other beautiful birds. The park is located in the depths of the Great Rift Valley just 2 and a half hours drive from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Over 500 species of plant including the largest euphorbia tree forest in Africa is found in the park. It is definitely perfect choice for a wildlife photographer and safari enthusiasts. There are various game viewing activities including hot air ballooning, trekking with armed guides, game drives in 4 X 4s and safari mini vans. Lake Nakuru national park has the largest population of the rare white rhinos in a sanctuary. The park is also inhabited by the endangered Rothschild giraffe, zebras, antelopes, gazelles that feed on the shrubs in the park.
Wake up early in the morning at around 6am, have breakfast and checkout from the hotel at around 7.30am. Proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park for Half Day game drives. Lunch is served in the park. We leave the park for Amboseli at around Mid Day. Enjoy beautiful landscapes and sceneries en route Amboseli. Arrive at Amboseli in the evening at around 6pm. Check in at the Camp – Kibo Safari Camp in Amboseli. Diner and overnight at the camp.
Accommodation: Kibo Safari Camp
Meal Plan: Full Board
Day 5: Amboseli
Amboseli National Park Overview
The Amboseli National park located in Loitoktok province in the Rift valley province is one of Kenya’s top safari destinations popular with its biggest number of elephants living together in the world. The park spans a wide area of 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq. mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq. mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border.
Also known as “the Kilimanjaro Royal Court”, The Amboseli is crowned by Mount Kilimanjaro; Africa’s highest mountain and the second largest mountain in the world. The Amboseli derives its name from the Masai word meaning “salty dust”, and it is one of the best places in Africa to view large herds of elephants up close. The park offers a wide range of amazing flora and fauna. The big five can easily be seen hunting down there prey like Zebras, antelopes, gazelles and many other. There are hundreds different species of bird life in the wild ranging from Ostriches to Eagles. The masai villages are nearby the park and can be visited to experience the Masai culture; one of the long lived cultures in Africa. While at the Amboseli, you will be able to catch a spectacular view of the Mount Kilimanjaro.
The Amboseli has a natural all round water bed that is filtered through thousands of feet of volcanic rock from Kilimanjaro’s ice cap which channel its waters to the two water springs in the park. This attracts large volumes of wildlife that come to quench their thirst at the water points and this triggers dramatic fit for survival actions of the Prey versus the predators
Wake up early in the morning at 6am. Have breakfast. We proceed to the park at 7.30am for a full day game drive in the park. Picnic lunch is served in the park. We spend the entire day searching for wildlife, the Big Five hunting for prey, lots of bird life to watch, vegetation and rugged escarpment can be viewed. The activity ends at 6pm. We return to the camp for diner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Amboseli – Nairobi
Wake up early in the morning at 6am. We had to the park for a pre –breakfast game drive. The activity ends at around 10am. We return to the camp for breakfast. We check out from the camp at around 11am.
We arrive in Nairobi late afternoon around 4pm. We drop you to your residence, city hotel or at the airport.
If you wish to have dinner at the carnivore restaurant, we take you there. Diner is at extra cost of USD30 per person.
PRICE – $820 Per Person, 2 persons sharing a double room
Transport – Shared transport in a safari minivan with pop up roof with capacity of 8 Pax
Tour Price Includes:
Full board accommodation whilst on safari.
Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner.
Accommodation in double room sharing and a single room.
All park entrance fees to include government taxes and service of an English speaking professional driver/guide.
Game drives as detailed in the itinerary.
Recommended Mineral Water while on safari – 5 liters per person
Things you need to budget for. The price does not include:
Items of a personal nature