5 – 4 Days Masai Mara
Activity: Scenery,Camping,Game and Bird Watching, Ethnic, Culture, Traditional Dances (Optional), Photography, Relaxation, Visit the Local Manyatta(village) (optional at extra cost), Early morning Balloon Safari with Champagne Breakfast in the Park (optional at extra cost).
This is a safari to Kenya’s greatest concentration of game - the Masai Mara. As Kenya’s most famous park, it offers the chance of seeing the ‘Big Five’ and is home to the colourful Masai people. On our way there, we pass through Kenya’s rift valley escarpments which offer some of the most breath taking views.
The Rift Valley is part of the East African rift system; a massive geological fault line stretching almost 6500km across the African continent, from the Dead Sea in the north to Beira, Mozambique in the south. In Kenya, the rift valley landscape comprises of escarpments, ravines, flatlands and soda lakes that mark much of East Africa.
Day 1 - Masai Mara
Departing our office in the morning we drive down the escarpment via the floor of the Great Rift Valley. We camp at our permanent Talek riverside campsite situated at the edge of the park. Here we have stand-up tents with beds for use as well as small wood cabins for those after a touch more comfort. Hot showers are available in the camp and meals are served in the dinning mess or in the open.
In the night you can hear a chorus of different animal sounds as they communicate with each other in the darkness – more than a reason to visit though the ultimate action here is without doubt the annual wildebeest exodus in July and August when millions of these grass eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October.
Day 2 - Masai Mara
We spend the day game viewing and relaxing in the campsite grounds. On clear days, the mara offers fantastic orange tinted sunsets and you will definitely want to capture this moment while sipping on a sundowner back at our campsite. The Mara reserve is 1510 sq km of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers.
Wherever you go in the Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests and wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras and hippos also exist in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal, or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still reasonably common.
Balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains and the wildlife after which you come back down for a beautiful champagne breakfast. These trips can be arranged at our office upon booking.
Day 3 - Masai Mara
Day 4 - Nairobi
Depart Camp and drive through the northern part of the reserve viewing game as we proceed to the main Narok road where we stop to give you a chance to buy souvenirs, or just to have a cup of tea. We return to Nairobi by late afternoon.