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. 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
Arrive into Nairobi and transfer to the Panafric Hotel for an overnight stay.
Most city hotels insist on blending into the concrete jungle. Thankfully, Sarova Panafric refuses to succumb to this urban order. Idyllically located 5 minutes’ drive from the CBD and 18 km from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, amidst beautifully landscaped gardens in a quiet suburb of Nairobi, Sarova Panafric offers 162 rooms in a range of Superior, Executive, Club, Studio and Themed Suites – all recently refurbished and decorated in a contemporary vibrant African style.
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 Maasai. 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 staying at the Mara Sarova Tenetd Camp. Enjoy lunch and embark on your first game drive this afternoon. (BLD)
The Sarova Mara Camp is well positioned to enjoy the unique phenomenon of the seasonal migration. The rolling plains around the camp can be teeming with wildebeest, gazelles and zebras during the migration months, as situated right in the centre of the migration path. Located inside the African bush, the Sarova Mara Camp offers 50 standard tents, 20 club tents and 2 family tents. Each tent has permanent roofs, zip-up fronts, and electricity and en-suite facilities. The tents are simply furnished but offer a private terrace from which to view the river and relax in-between game drives. The Camp is set within beautiful grounds and river that attracts a vast amount of birdlife, and features a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Relaxing outside your own tent listening to the Orchestra of rasping Cicadas, croaking Tree Frogs and the intermittent call of birds and monkeys is a memorable symphony.
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 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) 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, 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. Overnight at Lion Hill Lodge. (BLD)
Sarova Lion Hill Lodge overlooks Lake Nakuru, offering a unique vantage point. Each of the 67 appointed chalets has a separate lounge and secluded verandah with views over the lake and the distant hills. Situated in the heart of the Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is one of Kenya’s most famous soda lakes. A major feature of this park is the birdlife, particularly the thousands of flamingos. A rhino sanctuary also provides the opportunity to see the greatly endangered black rhino. The lodge restaurant and bar open onto a large viewing deck with panoramic views.
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 – Superior
After breakfast, we depart Lake Nakuru National Park and travel back to Nairobi to finish the safari. (B)
NOTE: 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. Luggage restrictions apply. (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 – $5015 | SINGLE – $6320
Based on 4 – 5 passengers
TWIN – $4190 | SINGLE – $5495
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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A honeymoon is not a time to leave things to chance. Hitch-free harmony is what is needed and exactly what Bench Africa provide. Terrific staff from arrival to departure, high-quality accommodation and good food. But of course it is the animal sightings that made the trip: lions, rhinos, cheetahs, baboons, hyenas and hundreds of zebras, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest and buffalo. All in the their natural, resplendent settings.
Marvellous, highly recommended.Rob Destination: Kenya