Masai Mara is the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland and contiguous with Serengeti. The annual migration involves over 1.5 million wildebeests between July and October. There have been some 95 species of animals and over 400 bird species recorded in the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big 5; buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, rhino.
Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve
You will be picked up by 0730hrs from the airport or hotel in Nairobi. Depart for a 6hrs journey across the scenic Great Rift Valley to Masai Mara National Reserve. This is the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views as seen in the film ‘Out of Africa’, where much of it was filmed. If has a high density of wildlife including the “Big Five” and many varieties of plains game. The phenomenal movement of the wildebeests dubbed as the ‘Great Migration’ can be witnessed here annually from July to September. Arrive at the camp in time for lunch before enjoying an afternoon game drive until sunset.
Other accommodation options: Ilkeliani Camp, Keekorok Lodge, Sarova Camp, Sopa Lodge, Loyk Camp, Serena Lodge, Ashnil Camp, Mara Eden Camp, Entim Camp, Fig Tree Camp, Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Sekenani Camp, Sentrim Camp, Kimana Camp, Aruba Camp, Neptune Mara Rianta Camp, Karen Blixen Camp, BaseCamp Explorer, Eagle View Camp, Kichwa Tembo Camp, Governors Camps.
Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Spend the day exploring Masai Mara which is contiguous with Serengeti and home to Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, Masai Giraffe, Eland and thousands of plain game including Impala, Zebra, Topi, Thomson’s and Grants Gazelles.
Optional activities at extra cost:
*Early morning balloon ride to have an aerial view of the wildlife
*Visit Maasai Village to witness the singing and dancing and other daily activities in their Manyatta.
Day 3: Masai Mara to Nairobi
Sunrise before breakfast. Bid farewell to the great plains of Masai Mara after breakfast to drive back to Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi, you will be dropped at the airport or hotel. Optional lunch or dinner at the Carnivore restaurant or any other restaurant of your choice at extra cost.