Group Size: 2 - 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. 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 (approximately 17 KM / 0.5 – 1 hour).
Tamarind Tree Hotel is ideally located just 5 kms to the southwest of Nairobi within the spacious Carnivore grounds and its iconic Carnivore Restaurant. The hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass. The nearby Langata and Karen suburbs are among the liveliest and most popular in Nairobi with world-class shopping malls and excellent restaurants.
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 (approximately 270 KM / 6 hours). (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 (approximately 350 KM / 8 hours). (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 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 your safari ends (approximately 184 KM / 3 hours). (BL)
Dates and Pricing
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.