Monday, 22 June 2015

Budget Camping in Mara


3 Days & 2 Nights- Maasai Mara  Camping  Safari

Trip Highlights:This is an exciting 3 days basic camping safari into one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Africa; the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This is the 7th new wonder of the world and 4th most preferred tourist destination. The trip will start in Nairobi where you will be picked from and transferred to Maasai Mara by road. You will be able to see plenty of wildlife varying from the big five amongst a host of other different animal species. If you visit between July and October, you will be able to witness the annual gnu migration from the Great Serengeti in Tanzania. While on this safari, you will travel with a professional English-speaking tour guide/driver and chef in a private safari minivan and stay in a camp.

Detailed Itinerary:
Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Early in the morning at 8.00am you will be met at your residence within Nairobi or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the driver/guide and Tour Manager who will welcome you and brief you on your safari before transferring you to the van for departure to Maasai Mara. You will arrive in the Mara in the afternoon in time for lunch and check in to your camp. After lunch you will then depart for an afternoon game drive till evening.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve, now the New 7th wonder of the world and 4th most preferred tourist destination is a home to wildlife in such abundance and variety that it is difficult to imagine. The most spectacular event of the natural world takes place here; The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the predators of the savanna; lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vulture. It hosts over 450 species of animals which include lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.

Lunch, dinner and overnight at a Campsite within the Mara Reserve

Day 2: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
After breakfast, you will check out of your camp with packed picnic lunch and spend the rest of the day game viewing till evening when you will be transferred back to your camp for dinner and overnight stay.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. Maasai Mara is one of the best plains' game reserve where you can actually encounter a live Discovery Channel, 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.

All meals and overnight at a Campsite within the Mara Reserve

Day 3: Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi
Enjoy early morning pre breakfast game viewing to get a chance to spot the early predators as they start off their day. Afterwards return to your camp for breakfast then check out and start the journey back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. You will carry packed picnic lunch to eat en route. Upon arrival you will be dropped off at your residence from where you were picked from. If you wish, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your outbound flight to your next destination.

End of Safari


Cost Includes:

    - Accommodation in a camp as stipulated in the itinerary
    - Three meals a day including picnic lunches, as indicated in itinerary
    - Transport from Nairobi and back in a private safari minivan with open roof
    - Services of a professional chef and English speaking tour driver/guide
    - Hire of tent, mattress, pillow and blanket
    - Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary
    - Applicable Government taxes and levies

Cost excludes:

    - All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc
    - Optional hot air balloon flight while in the Mara
    - Optional cultural visit to Maasai villages
    - Tips and gratuities to chef, camp staff and driver/guide
    - Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
    - Sleeping bag, bed sheets and any other bedding
    - Laundry services
    - Personal travel insurance
    -Any other item not included in our itinerary.


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4 Days & 3 Nights- In Maasai Mara Under Canvas Safari.
(Maasai Mara)

Trip highlights:This is a 4 days safari into Maasai Mara during the Annual Wildebeest Migration. Maasai Mara is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. The trip will start immediately after your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport onto Maasai Mara Game Reserve through the Great Rift Valley. You will be able to see plenty of wildlife varying from Kenya's big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard among a host of other different animal species; not to forget the great interest in the park, the migration of wildebeests as from July - October every year, making it the seventh wonder of the world. You will travel in private minibus and stay in tented camp while on this safari.


Itinerary: 
Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara Game Reserve
On your arrival, you will be met by our Tour Manager who will brief you on your safari as you depart for Maasai Mara National Reserve arriving on time to check in at the camp, take your Lunch and then depart for an afternoon Game viewing drive till dusk.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve, now the New 7th wonder of the world and 4th preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance and variety that it is difficult to imagine. The most spectacular event of the natural world takes place here; The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the predators of the savanna; lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vulture. It hosts over 450 species of animals which include lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.

Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp or similar.

Day 2: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Pre-breakfast Game viewing drive followed by a morning and an afternoon Game viewing drives the whole day with your lunch en route. An option of balloon Game viewing is available.

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Optional Balloon Flight
You can opt to carry out your game viewing activity on an adventurous and unforgettable balloon flight over the spectacular Mara at an extra cost. This package includes a champagne drink in the wild making it much interesting.

The Masai community is so significant to tourism industry when it comes to their culture. Starting from their dress code, the color red is so significant in that they scare away wild animals as they co-exist with them. They believe that God, Enkai, gave them cattle, therefore they believe that all the cattle belongs to them. That's the reason why they have been known due to their cattle rustling. Although the Maasai are known for their nomadic life and cattle keeping, there is a group of agricultural Masai, known as IL Loikop, who look down upon by the cattle keeping group, the Wakwavi, since they believe they are the true Maasais created to keep cattle. A Maasai Homestead (enkang popularly known as the Manyattas) is made from cow dung and wooden sticks from the leleshwa plant. Women are the ones responsible for putting up these magnificent homes. However, a homestead contains several Maasai houses which are surrounded by a fence made also by branches of the leleshwa plant where the herds of goats and cows are confined in during the night hours. There are other Manyattas made far away in the wilderness during their Morans as they prepare their headset, the motonyik, before they return home.

Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp or similar.

Day 3: Maasai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi - Departure
After breakfast proceed on game drive to flash out the numerous wildlife species that have made Maasai Mara their home. In the afternoon relax at the camp or proceed to the Maasai Manyattas (homes) for a cultural visit and a time of interacting with the people of this warrior tribe. For those interested in the Great Outdoors you can have a period of hiking in the company of Maasai guides.

Day 4: Maasai Mara Game Reserve - Nairobi - Departure
Pre breakfast game viewing drive if you still want some more.After your breakfast depart for Nairobi City arriving in time for late lunch at a city restaurant and be dropped at the Airport in time for your departure flight.

End of Safari.

Cost Includes:

  •     Accommodation as stipulated in the itinerary
  •     Transport in a tour mini van
  •     Services of an English speaking tour driver/guide
  •     Professional Chef and food plus cooking equipment
  •     Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary
  •     All Government taxes and levies

Cost Exclude

  •     Accommodation on arrival in Nairobi
  •     Hot air balloon flight in the park - US$ 450 per person extra
  •     Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking)
  •     All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc.
  •     Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide.
  •     Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  •     Laundry services
  •     Any other item not included in our itinerary
  •     Toiletries and Other Items of Personal Use



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4 Days & 3 Nights- Best of Wildlife
Trip Highlights: The Safari takes 4 Days and 3 Nights. It show cases the Maasai Mara game reserve and lake Nakuru National park.What you are likely to see include The big five, flamingos, rare and unique wildlife species and different bird species. Activities to engage in during the Safari may include game viewing drives, photography,cultural visit, hot air ballooning and bird watching.Transport will be in a shared safari minibus.Accommodation is full  board in camps.
 Summary of Attractions:

 Maasai Mara Game Reserve is an extension of the Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania. It is not the largest park in Kenya, but probably the most famous. The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to South Africa. The terrain is primarily open grassland with clusters of acacia tree. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated in the western border in the Oloololo escarpment because the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and human disruption is usually minimal.

Lake Nakuru National Park
: The Park lies in the Great Rift Valley and comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. Other attractions include other water birds including a variety of terrestrial birds numbering about 450 species in total, white rhino, waterbuck, giraffe, buffalo and others. There are three spectacular view-points within the park which include lion hill, baboon cliff and Out of Africa, among some scenic hills which include Enasoit, Honeymoon and Lion hill ridge. The Makalia waterfall is also a major attraction within the park, located close to a public campsite. However, during the dry season, the falls produce very little water.

 Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrival: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Meet and greet at your preferred residence within Nairobi by our representative who will welcome you and brief you about your safari. After the briefing you will depart to Maasai Mara Game Reserve driving through beautifully farmed agricultural lands and the Great Rift Valley. You will also stop shortly at the escarpment view point for a photo. You will arrive at the Mara for lunch at the camp. Spend the evening within the park, which is also home to the colorfully decorated Maasai tribesmen. You may occasionally see them crisis crossing the park as they go about their daily activities completely undisturbed by the wild animals which roam in the bushes.

Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Manyatta Camp

Day 2: Maasai Mara
Spend 2 days within the Mara Reserve, home to the big five and numerous plains game. You will also visit the Mara River Ecosystem which is teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming. You will explore the park and the vicinity, gently blending into the surrounding wilderness which remains in its virgin condition, while the landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees at the back which draw a great variety of birds and butterflies.

 Lunch, dinner and breakfast at Manyatta Camp

Day 3: Maasai Mara – Lake Nakuru National Park
After breakfast, depart from the park and be driven to Lake Nakuru with lunch en route. After lunch, you will proceed with afternoon game drives spending the rest of the afternoon within the park as you enjoy the park's natural scenery as you view wildlife and birds wading in the beautiful and shimmering lake. The park is home to rhino, giraffe, warthog, zebra, the elusive leopard, hyena and hundreds of fuchsia pink flamingos and birds.

 lunch, dinner and breakfast at Chester Hotel


Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi

 Enjoy an early morning pre breakfast game drive within the park, giving you an opportunity to spot the early predators as they start off the day. You will also visit two of the best view points within the park; namely the lion hill cliff and the baboon cliff, which give you a spectacular view of the park from an aerial view. You will also enjoy a brisk walk at the shores of the lake giving you an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sunrise.

 Afterwards, you will check out of the park and be driven back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your preferred location within the city marking the end of your safari.
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 Inclusions:
  •      All park entrance fees and game drives
  •      Full board accommodation as specified
  •      Airport transfers on your arrival day
  •      Christmas and new year's supplements
  •      Services of a professional English-speaking tour driver/guide and a professional safari chef
  •      Transport in a shared safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing and photography
  •      Applicable government taxes and service charge


Exclusions:
  •     Optional activities like boat rides, cultural visits, balloon safaris, walking safaris, e.t.c
  •     Extras during the safari i.e. beverages and drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  •     International or local flight fees and departure taxes
  •     Tipping
  •     Personal travel insurance including loss or damage of luggage
  •     Any other item not included in itinerary



Enquiry


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