Group Size: 6 - 7 passengers
Departs: Weekly on Fridays
For sheer weight of number and species of animals, the Masai Mara Game Reserve is arguably one of the world’s best and most rewarding safari experiences. The open grasslands offer excellent game spotting opportunities and the phenomena of the annual migration of wildebeest and zebra, together with the crossing of the Mara River, is one of the world’s most remarkable sights. With a choice of Classic or Superior accommodation, this unique safari operates weekly between the prime months of July and October and with four nights spent in the Mara itself, offers the opportunity to witness some of these world-renowned and documented sights.
Day 1 - Nairobi
On arrival at Nairobi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The Jacaranda Hotel is located approximately 5 kilometres from the CBD and 21 kilometres from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. There is a choice of 128 tastefully furnished all en-suite rooms suitable for business, leisure travellers, safari groups, conference groups, newly-weds, couples and families.
Day 2 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Awake on your first morning in Kenya amid the hustle and bustle of its thriving capital, Nairobi. After breakfast depart Nairobi for the journey into the homelands of the Masai. The world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve, located on Kenya’s southern border with Tanzania, constitutes the northern stretch of the Serengeti and has the richest concentration of animals in Kenya. The Mara will be your home for the next four nights. Enjoy lunch and embark on your first game drive this afternoon. (BLD)
Fig Tree Camp is in the Masai Mara, Africa’s most famous game reserve. The Masai Mara is home of the ‘Big Five’ and the magical spectacle of the wilderbeast migration. Fig Tree Camp is located on the banks of the Talek River and offers both luxury tents and chalet accommodation. A new addition at Fig Tree Camp are the Ngaboli tents, 10 presidential tents built on a private wing of the camp. Services at Fig Tree Camp include, game drives and night safaris, game walks, bush black tie dinners and champagne breakfasts on the plains of the Masai Mara. Also based at Fig Tree Camp is Adventures Aloft balloon safaris which flies daily
Day 3 to Day 5 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Spend the days on game drives through the tremendous fauna of the Masai Mara in search of the ‘Big Five’: (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard). Depending on where the migration is, you may witness some of Africa’s huge wildebeest and zebra herds crossing the river, battling with the waiting crocodiles, or search for the lions and other predators that the herds attract at this time of year. To be lucky enough to see the migration crossing a river is the ultimate African game watching experience. (BLD)
Day 6 - Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, travel to Kenya’s beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park, renowned for its flocks of pink flamingos and abundance of pelicans. The park also boasts over 30 rhinos as well as a large population of shy leopards. Lunch is taken at Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge which is ideally located inside Lake Nakuru National Park, followed by an afternoon game drive before dinner. (BLD)
Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa. The lodge, which has 84 rooms in total also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.
Day 7 - Lake Nakuru National Park
After an early breakfast, take a safari through Lake Nakuru National Park, often described as ‘the world’s greatest birdlife spectacle’. Admire flamingos, pelicans and myriads of other birds as well as rhino, leopards and lions. After lunch back at the lodge and some relaxation time, enjoy your last afternoon game drive before returning to the lodge for dinner. (BLD)
Day 8 - End of Migration Safari
After breakfast, we depart Lake Nakuru National Park and travel back to Nairobi where the safari ends. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share, where 6-7 passengers are booked on the tour. Where there are less than 6 passengers booked, the following prices apply:
Based on 2 – 3 passengers
TWIN – $4545 | SINGLE – $5485
Based on 4 – 5 passengers
TWIN – $3720 | SINGLE – $4660
The tour has been arranged to coincide with the annual migration, but we cannot guarantee the exact location of the animals at the time of travel. Luggage restrictions apply. International flights not included. On the day of departure we recommend booking flights around 16h00 from Nairobi.
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I recently returned from a trip to Africa which included a Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru safari, a visit to Victoria Falls and a self-drive along the South African Garden Route, from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.
When my wife and I decided to go to Africa we had no idea what we wanted to do and how we ever going to navigate the labyrinth of glossy brochures and travel agency flyers. We both decided to look on the internet for a company that could not only help us book our trip, but also give us some expert advice on what was available in Africa. This is how we came across Bench Africa.
After sending a few emails to gauge their interest, we finally were introduced to Stephanie Osorio. From the beginning Steph was so helpful. She gave a full run down of the most popular things to see and do in Africa and was genuinely interested in providing information about what we wanted in a holiday. It was not long after firstly speaking with Steph that we had an idea of what we were interested in seeing and dong. It was then that Bench and Steph showed their true expertise. They put a package together for us and tailor made certain parts of the holiday taking in consideration our budget, time frame and most importantly the right time of the year to go. Throughout the process leading up to the holiday we were in constant communication with Steph and the Bench team. At no time were they to buy to discuss our concerns and were always extremely helpful in providing information and chasing airlines and hotel groups on our behalf. Another important factor for my wife and I was that we had never travelled to Africa and had certainly never been on a safari. At first we envisaged that we would be in a large group making the experience quite impersonal. The truth is that it was the exact opposite. Steph booked us in with a tour guide from Southern Cross Safaris who was an absolute delight. William was an amazing man with over 11 years of safari experience. Not only did he look after us on the safari drives, but he also was a wealth of knowledge when it came to the local customs and especially the wild animals. We were that pleased with the way in which William treated us both, that we asked for his personal email when we left Kenya. Since returning home we have been in contact with William and have sent him several emails with pictures of our great safari trip. If I was going back to Africa I would certainly try to re book with William again.
I would recommend Bench and their wonderful staff if you are thinking about an African safari. My wife was so pleased that she has been in contact with Steph to enquire about a trip to spend time with the gorillas.
Thankyou Bench for a great holiday and more to the point, thankyou Steph for your wonderful service.