The Masai Mara Game Reserve is often called simply “The Mara” – a Masai word meaning “mottled” – a
reference to its patchy landscape.
The Reserve covers 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The terrain of
the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of distinctive acacia trees. It is about 270
km from the capital city Nairobi and takes about 5-6 hours by road or 40-45 minutes by flight.
The wildlife of the Masai Mara is world-renowned, with the so-called “Big Five”- buffalo, elephant, leopard,
lion and rhinoceros – evident throughout the year. The “Big Nine” – including cheetah, zebra, giraffe and
hippo – extends this experience.
The Masai Mara also plays host to the „Annual Migration‟ but whatever the time of year the resident
wildlife will surely enthrall and entertain all who visit this wondrous reserve.
Finally let us not forget the colorful inhabitants of this exceptional landscape. The Masai are a proud seminomadic
cattle-rearing people with a fascinating culture, divided into a number of sub-tribes some of
which share the Mara region. The Masai are an ever-present reminder of the history and cultural heritage
of this sublime and enigmatic landscape, and will surely leave a lasting impression for all.
Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara
You will be picked up at your hotel in Nairobi by 0830 for a transfer to Wilson airport. Board a flight that
departs at 1000 and after flying about 60 minutes, you will land in the middle of the Maasai Mara Reserve.
The Ilkeliani Camp or Aruba Camp team will welcome you at the airstrip. You will be transferred to the camp
with a game drive en-route. After lunch, go for an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
Your stay at Ilkeliani Camp or Aruba Camp is for 2 nights in an ensuite Safari Tent, and is on full board basis
(includes all meals, sundowner and guided game walk)
Day 2: Day in Masai Mara
Optional dawn balloon safari or Sunrise game drive or dawn game walk. After breakfast, leave with picnic
lunch boxes for a full day exploration of the wilderness. Optional visit to a Masai village in the mid-morning.
You will return to the camp in the late afternoon on time for a refreshing shower, followed by sundowners
round the fire exchanging stories of the day with the other guests. Candlelit dinner completes the day, after
which you will be escorted to your room.
Day 3: Masai Mara to Nairobi
This dawn will be your last game drive in the Masai Mara Reserve. After breakfast, you will be transferred
back to the airstrip for your flight departing at 1100 to Wilson Airport Nairobi. Arrival and transfer to the hotel
or international airport.
Today your African Safari has come to an end. We trust you will take home memories to last a lifetime and
hope that we are able to say ‘Karibu Kenya’* again to you soon!