4 DAY SAFARI – MAASAI MARA & LAKE NAKURU

safari overview 

This  kenya safaris  is a refinement of the  Masai Mara safari package  consisting a visit  to Masai Mara national park to view wildlife and most especially the big five, it also consists of balloon rides  and later drive to lake Nakuru national park to view more wildlfe.

                                                       MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE:

This is the most famous and most visited of the Wildlife Parks in Kenya; 270 kms from Nairobi (4-5 hours by road).  Here in Maasai Mara one can find large numbers of Maasai Lions, African Leopards and Tanzanian Cheetahs; the biggest spectacle in East Africa also takes place here….the Wildebeest Migration to and from the Serengeti (Tanzania) from July to October.  Watching 1.5 million Wildebeest crossing over the Mara River, being attacked by crocodiles is a once in a lifetime experience.  The magnitude of this migration is awesome; a 40 kilometer long herd, traveling over 1000 kilometers in search of fresh grasslands to feed on.

Maasai Mara is located in the Southwest of Kenya, combined with the Serengeti is the most spectacular game-viewing eco-systems in the world.  The Reserve stretches 1,510 square kilometers.  Here there are over 95 species of mammals and almost 600 species of birds.  A game drive in Maasai Mara is never disappointing, and with the large number of large predators in the park, one is very likely to witness a “kill”.masai mara lions

 

LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

Lake Nakuru is a soda lake, just south of the town of Nakuru, protected by the Lake Nakuru National Park.  The abundance of algae, created by the flamingo droppings, in turn, attracts the literally millions of flamingos that line the shore.  In addition, other attracted species are exotic mammals such as the 30 Eastern Black Rhinos,  70 White Rhinos, giraffe and baboons.  The Park also has many Maasai Lions, African Cheetahs and Tanzanian Leopards.

Photographs of the flamingos on Lake Nakuru are world famous.  It is truly an amazing site, overwhelming the first time. Game Drives around the lake or in a boat on the water, are most rewarding; many endangered species live within the park boundaries, protected from human infiltration and poaching.lake nakuru flamingos


ITINERARY:

Day 1: Depart Nairobi for Maasai Mara and Afternoon Game Drive:

The Jewel Safari guide will meet you in your hotel in Nairobi; after a short briefing, you will depart in our Safari vehicle for Masa Mara National Reserve.  Arrival time will be around lunch time and after checking into your hotel, you will be served lunch.

After lunch, your guide will take you on an Afternoon Game Drive, which lasts 3 or 4 hours.  Masa Mara is famous for the cats; lions, cheetahs, leopards are all present in the Park and there are many of them to see.  In addition, Masa Mara does have dozens of mammals to view, such as the zebra, elephant, buffalo, various antelopes as well as warthogs, wildebeests, eland and hundreds of bird species.

After the game drive, you will be returned to your hotel for dinner and a good night’s sleep.cheetah one of the fastest preditors at masai


Day 2: Game Drive and/or Balloon Ride

After breakfast in your hotel, you will either go for a morning Game Drive or a Balloon Ride.  The Balloon Ride is a total different perspective; seeing the wildlife roaming the plains of Masa Mara, with a bird’s eye view can be quite extraordinary.  The balloon moves quietly at a optimal distance for close viewing and uninterupted photographing.

Return to the hotel for lunch and a little relaxation.

After lunch, another Game Drive and/or Balloon Ride to further explore Masa Mara and the wildlife viewing opportunities therein.  The park is huge and the wildlife inhabitants many.  In addition, the Maasai people living harmoniously with the wildlife in this exotic environment, make for a most memorable trip.

Before the sun sets, you will return to your hotel for dinner.

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Day 3: Rift Valley & Lake Nakuru

Depart Maasai Mara and drive East through the Rift Valley region of Central Kenya, towards Lake Nakuru National Park.  The vistas from the road are unequalled in terms of spectacular landscapes.  Many Maasai traders set up shops on the sides of the road, and a good opportunity to purchase local handicrafts at a reduced price.

Lunch en route at a local Kenyan restaurant to experience traditional food.

After lunch, proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park to view the millions of Flamingos as they gather at the shores of Lake Nakuru to feed. Afterwards, you will go on a Game Drive within the Lake Nakuru National Park and view the largest concentration of Rhino in East Africa; as well there are many other large mammals in the park, some rare and endangered.

Before night fall, you will check into your accommodation and have dinner.

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Day 4: Return to Nairobi & Giraffe Centre.

After Breakfast, you will depart Lake Nakuru for Nairobi. En route you will stop in Karen to visit the famous Giraffe Center.  Here you will get an opportunity to learn about the habits of Giraffes, as well as the history of the Giraffe Center.. Touching and feeding the giraffe is permitted, a most unique opportunity.

Lunch will be en route, or in Karen at a local Kenyan restaurant.to experience some traditional food.

After lunch you will continue your drive back to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon.  Depending on your onward schedule, you will be taken to your hotel or directly to the Jomo Kenyatta Airport to catch your flight.

ACCOMMODATION
 MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE:
  1.  The Governor’s Camp

The Governor’s Camp has provided overnight accommodation for over a century.  It is nestled in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River.  The River itself is alive with hippos, crocodiles and many bird species.

The accommodation is in well appointed luxury tents, all viewing either the Masa River or the plains of Masa Mara; animals are in plenty day and night in this area of Masa Mara National Park.

Features:
  • En-suit bathrooms
  • Hot and Cold Running Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Bar with Viewing Deck
  • Dinning Tent overlooking the Plains of Masa Mara.

2.  Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp.

This popular Safari Lodge is situated on the Oloololo escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, with spectacular views of the open plains of the Masa Mara.  The accommodation is in Safari Tents, each with a private bathroom, shower and terrace.  The food is Pan-African cuisine.

Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp is a popular safari lodge, situated on the spur of the Oloololo escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, with spectacular views across the open plains of the Maasai Mara national Reserve with its many wild animals.

 3.  Mara Safari Club

The Mara Safari Club in considered the finest accommodation in the Masa Mara National Park.  The property is surrounded on 3 sides by the Mara River, the main Lodge is in the center of the camp, with an indoor restaurant, bar, library.  Off the dek, is a swimming pool with another bar and private massage tents.

The accommodation is in luxury tents, each with 4 poster beds, private bathrooms, as well as outdoor showers.  Each tent is equipped with a veranda for wildlife viewing.

Features:

  • Wifi
  • Indoor and Outdoor Restaruants and Bars
  • Swimming Pool
  • Champagne breakfasts

4. Mara Explorer Camp

This accommodation is a budget alternative for adventure travelers; offering basic camping to cottages.  There are hot showers offered, a bar and restaurant.  The power is Solar and is an option for those travelling with pets.

The Camp is 3 kilometers outside the Sekenani Gate of Masa Mara National Reserve, 300 meters from the main road.

Features

  • Campsite with hot showers
  • Bar and Restaurant
  • Solar power
 LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

LAKE NAKURU LODGE:

 

The Lodge offers a choice of accommodation; family rooms, cottages and suites are available.  In addition to the restaurant fare, there are Bush barbecues to give the guests an opportunity to feed on unusual meats.  The lodge offers views of Lake Nakuru and the flamingo population.

The hotel was established some 100 years ago and has traditionally been considered the best accommodation in the area.

 

 

 

 

FLAMINGO HILL TENTED CAMP:

There are 30 luxury tents at the camp, all with modern conveniences.  They have a bar and restaurant; both highly recommended by tourists and locals.  The camp is very close to the main gate of Lake Nakuru National Park.

Facilities:

  • Wifi,
  • Fire Pit,
  • Bar & Restarurant

Flamingo Hill strikes a nice balance between chic and wild. The safari bar might be a little over-styled, but the 30 luxury tents are lovely, with all mod cons. There’s free wi-fi, a fire pit, a decent restaurant and very helpful staff. The camp is close to the main gate, so if your permit requires you to leave early, you’ll have more time in bed.