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5 Days Lake Nakuru, Naivasha, and Maasai Mara Great Migration Safaris in Kenya

Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Wildlife Safaris Kenya

Take a break from the ordinary to see some of the most amazing African lakes and natural parks, in one of the most special moments you can capture them: during the biggest event for safari and wildlife experience seekers, which is the Great Wildebeest Migration! This important event is seen as one of the seven new wonders of the world and you can consider yourself lucky to experience it. The Maasai Mara National Park offers what no other reserve or park in Africa can - pure magic!

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 25 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 5 thrilling game drives
  • Boat ride to Crescent Island
  • See the Big Five, birds, and other wildlife
  • Chance to see the great wildebeest migration
  • Visit Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru, and Lake Naivasha
  • Park, vehicle, and driver fees
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily hearty meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 25
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

Accommodation will vary from budget camping to mid-range and luxury lodges, as per the clients' choice.

Program

Day 1: Nairobi / Nakuru

Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi (NBO), where you will be met by a Travel Waves Safaris representative. Depending on your arrival time, you shall either be taken to your hotel or start your drive to the Rift Valley, heading to the Lake Nakuru National Park, the first destination of your safari. The park is truly remarkable, boasting of high concentrations of both mammals and birds (over 400 species), such as greater and lesser flamingoes, black and white rhinos, lions, buffalos, and Rothschild giraffes. Check in at camp/hotel for lunch. Go for a game drive in the evening with the possibility of having a walk by the shores of the lake to get up-close with the many birds found here. Return to the camp/hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Nakuru / Naivasha

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, followed by a game drive within the park. Depart in the late morning, heading to the nearby Lake Naivasha. Arrive in the afternoon for lunch and a moment of relaxation. In the late afternoon, you can have a boat ride on Lake Naivasha and visit the Crescent Island, where you get to walk in the park to see the animals such as giraffes, zebras, waterbucks, and antelopes. Naivasha is also known for its bird species such as fish eagle. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp/hotel.

Day 3: Naivasha / Maasai Mara

Have an early breakfast and start your drive to the renowned Maasai Mara. Arrive at the park and check in for lunch at the lodge/ camp. Enjoy an afternoon game drive to track elephants, leopards, cheetahs, lions, and buffaloes among many other animals. Drive back to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Maasai Mara

Wake up to the beautiful singing of birds and animal sounds in the Mara as you go on to have your breakfast. Once satisfied, you will head out for a full game drive day, carrying picnic lunch with you. On this day you will navigate through the vast park territory in search of animals in their natural habitat, stopping at the Hippo Pool for a lunch break from the drive and see the hippos bathing, crocodiles basking, and during the migration season, marvel at one of the wonders of the world - the great wildebeest migration. Enjoy a further game drive at the park. Drive back to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Maasai Mara / Nairobi

Have an early morning pre-breakfast game drive in the park on this day. You will then return for breakfast, which will be followed by departure for Nairobi. Arrive in the city in the afternoon. Drop off at the airport/ hotel.

Location

Maasai Mara Game Reserve

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is arguably Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. It is the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. The film ‘Out of Africa’ was made to a great extent in this reserve. Virtually every type of wildlife can be seen at the Mara. A spectacle worth seeing is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle from Serengeti plains across the Tanzania border and the Mara River to reach Maasai Mara grazing fields from late June. The dramatic crossing of the river and the preying on the migrants by predators can be viewed from early July to August. The reserve abounds with birdlife since dose to about 452 species have been recorded. Hot air balloon safaris are readily available in this park. Accommodation is plentiful in Maasai Mara and ranges from five-star lodges to luxury tented camps and campsites within the reserve.

Lake Nakuru National Park

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140 kilometers north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Nakuru county. It is best known for its thousands, sometimes millions of flamingos nesting along the shores. The ecosystem 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. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.

Lake Naivasha

At Lake Naivasha you can visit the Crescent island where you get to walk in the park to see the animals such as giraffes, zebras, and antelopes. Naivasha is also known for the species of birds.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Create memories and enjoy yourself
  • Photography
  • Relaxation
  • Wildlife viewing

What's included

  • Lodge/camp accommodation plus meals
  • Vehicle plus driver fees
  • Park fees

What's not included

  • Tips/gratuities
  • Crescent Island visit

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Travel Waves Safaris will pick you up from the airport. Depending on your arrival time, you shall either be taken to your hotel or start your drive to the Rift Valley, heading to the Lake Nakuru National Park, the first destination of your safari.

Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 20 days before arrival.
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