(Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park)
This is an exciting 4 days road safari that will give you the best of Maasai Mara National Reserve, the jewel of Kenya's wildlife. Afterwards, you will visit Lake Nakuru National park, which is home to thousands of flamingos. The trip will start immediately upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport passing through the Great Rift Valley into the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Afterwards you will depart the Mara Reserve and head into Lake Nakuru National Park for the flamingo watching experience. During your safari, you will have a chance to spot plenty of wildlife varying from the big five amongst a host of other different animal species. You will travel with your guide/driver in a 4x4 safari land cruiser and spend the nights in lodges.
Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara National Reserve
In the morning at 8.00am you will be met by the tour guide/driver at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, or your residence within Nairobi and be warmly received and briefed about your safari. You will then departure to the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which is commonly known for the 'big five'. It takes about five hours to get there via Narok town. You will arrive in time for check in and lunch at your lodge before departing for afternoon game viewing.
The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. Maasai Mara is one of the best plains' Game Reserve which is a haven for viewing a congregation of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius: A pride of lions can be spotted ready to make a run for a gazelle, a cheetah and its cub taking a nap on a rock, a pair of ostriches walking the open stretches of the savannah or a gazelle giving birth. Herds of elephants wallowing at a water pool or a herd of buffaloes feeding, crocodiles down hunting the migrating wildebeest or the migrating gazelles. Other live feeding expeditions may include a herd of hyenas fighting for a hunted meal, the vulture tearing the carcasses and the giraffes galloping as they feed on top leaves of acacia trees.
Dinner and overnight at Keekorok Lodge or similar
Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve
After breakfast you will enjoy game viewing for the rest of the day. You will have an opportunity to spot the big five as well as view the annual wildebeest migration which takes place every year between July and October. We shall also organize a cultural visit to the Maasai villages for you to get a chance to interact with the hospitable Maasai tribesmen. You will have a picnic lunch then afterwards continue with game viewing till evening when you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight.
In November 2006 the Maasai Mara was named as the New 7th wonder of the world because of what experts termed as "the uniqueness of the area and the preservation it provides to so many species living in harmony". It is understandable because this annual migration is the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth.
All meals and overnight at Keekorok Lodge or similar
Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast check out of your lodge in the Mara Reserve and depart to Lake Nakuru National Park with final game drive en route. Upon arrival, you will check in to your lodge before departing for an afternoon game drive combined with bird watching, with a picnic lunch en route. There is a beautiful picnic site and spectacular view point at baboon cliff within the park. In the evening you will be transferred back to your lodge for overnight stay.
Dubbed 'the greatest bird spectacle on earth due to the millions of fuchsia-pink flamingo that flock to feed on the teeming algae of its alkaline waters, Lake Nakuru is also an ornithologist's paradise and also a sanctuary for both black and white rhino. Its pink-frosted shores and sky-mirrored waters also yield some of the most evocatively beautiful photo images in Africa. The park offers an incredible 450 different species of water, fish-eating, terrestrial and migratory birds including the pelican, fish eagle, secretary bird, heron, egret, hammerkop and grebe. Established as Kenya's first rhino sanctuary, the park now hosts one of the largest black rhino concentrations in the country while substantial numbers of white rhino have also been introduced. You will have a fantastic view of the Lake while at the Baboon cliff, lion Hill and out of Africa Hill.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or similar
Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park - Nairobi
Enjoy an early morning pre-breakfast game viewing drive before returning to your lodge for breakfast. After breakfast you will check out of your lodge and depart to Nairobi City arriving in the afternoon. Upon arrival you will be dropped off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your international departure flight to your next destination.
- Park Entrance Fees and game drives as indicated in itinerary
- Accommodation on full board basis while on this safari
- Service of an English speaking driver/guide
- Airport transfers and baggage handling
- Transport in a 4x4 vehicle with pop up roof for game viewing
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Government taxes
- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc
- International and local flight fees and departure taxes
- Personal Travel Insurance
- All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc
- Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, lodge staff and driver/guide
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- Laundry services