Group Size: 6 - 7 passengers
Departs: Weekly on Thursdays
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. Classic accommodation is provided for this unique safari which 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.
A haven in the city, this Nairobi hotel is ideally located next to the Parliament building and walking distance to Kenyatta International Convention Centre and the government hub. The hotel is the ideal choice for discerning travellers boasting an award winning Indian restaurant – Bhandini, a dine by the pool restaurant, coffee shop and bars. Explore attractions close to the hotel whether it is handmade African artifacts at Maasai market or the beautiful Nairobi National Park.
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)
Masai Mara Sopa Lodge is set in the Oloolaimutia Valley, where the lodge totally blends in perfectly with its surrounding hillside landscape. The lodge has 86 rooms, 12 suites and one presidential suite, all of which have en-suite bathroom facilities with hairdryers. Every room and suite has a private, elevated veranda with views across the valley and on which guests can relax, sunbathe and watch resident birds and wildlife. Minibars are also available in each room. The lodge has a freeform, freshwater pool which offers spectacular views over the valley.
Day 3 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Spend today travelling through Kenya’s epic Masai Mara Game Reserve on game drives in search of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo) with lunch taken back in camp. (BLD)
Day 4 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, depart with a picnic lunch for another full day exploring the vast plans of the Masai Mara. Depending on where the migration is, you may witness some of Africa’s wildebeest and zebra herds cross the river, battling with crocodiles lying in wait, or 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. Return to camp for dinner. (BLD)
Day 5 - Masai Mara Game Reserve
Today is another day of soaking up Kenya’s best game viewing in the Masai Mara, and, as the wildlife is unpredictable, you could be watching the river crossing or taking a game drive. Whatever you do, the Masai Mara Game Reserve is always spectacular. (BLD)
Day 6 - Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, travel to Kenya’s beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its flamingos and pelicans. The park also boasts a good number of rhinos as well as leopard and lion. 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. 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, depart Lake Nakuru National Park and travel back to Nairobi for lunch at Carnivore restaurant before the safari ends. (B)
Dates and Pricing
- 12 Jul 18 - 11 Oct 18 $2,880 $3,350
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
This 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.
Changes to the itinerary or sequence of excursions may be required at certain times of year. 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.
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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.
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