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7 Days Ndere Island National Park and Maasai Mara Safari in Kenya

Panari Hotel, Panari Sky Centre, Mombasa Road, Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

Adventurous Safari Kenya

Experience an eco-friendly expedition that showcases Kenya’s hidden gems through this safari in Ndere Island National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve with Asaray Tours LTD! Asaray Tours LTD offers a truly personalized experience that taps into the intimate relationship between man, environment, and what you must preserve or protect to bring you meaningful experiences beyond just a standard destination visit. You will be touched by the peaceful sounds of a mysterious forest or the quiet waters of remotely preserved lakes. You will experience the exotic sceneries of the country’s wildlife and touched by a people driven to help others and each other.

Overview

  • Starting and ending point: Nairobi
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: birds, crocs, hippos, Big Five, wildebeest, zebras, Thomson's gazelle
  • Children policy: most safaris have long trips or rough roads except those that you go by air and this can therefore not be recommended for babies and the young toddlers

Highlights

  • 5 game viewings
  • Includes national park entry fees
  • Visits to the Impala Sanctuary, the Hippo point, and a Maasai village
  • Chances to see crocs, hippos, wildebeest, zebras, Thomson's gazelle
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari driver-guide
  • Transport in a custom safari vehicle throughout the safari
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 6 nights' accommodation

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6 activity days
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

You will stay at various accommodations including Panari Hotel, Kiboko Bay Resort, and Ashnil Mara Camp.

Program

Day 1: Nairobi - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)

On arrival in Nairobi, you will be met and greeted by a representative who will offer all the necessary assistance that you will need on arrival. You will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. A welcome complimentary dinner will be offered at the famous Carnivore Restaurant this evening.

  • Overnight at Panari Hotel - bed and breakfast

Day 2: Nairobi - Kisumu (Lake Victoria)

In the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to the airport to board a morning flight (Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) - Kisumu International Airport (KIS)). On arrival in Kisumu, you will be met and transferred to check in at your hotel. After lunch, you will visit the Impala Sanctuary and the famous Hippo Point on the shores of the Lake Victoria. The Hippo Point is an open viewing point for Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake. At Hippo Point, you can choose to do a boat trip on Lake Victoria (optional at an extra cost). You can also choose to do a glass-bottomed boat ride at the sanctuary (optional at an extra cost).

  • Dinner and overnight at Kiboko Bay Resort - full board

Day 3: Ndere Island National Park

This day, you will have a full day of adventure walking, bird watching, and scenic hiking on Ndere Island. This is the only park where you have a walking game watching with a professional tour guide. Ndere Island National Park is referred to as “The Island of Serenity and Beauty”. It is a haven for birds. This is one of the most beautiful islands surrounding Lake Victoria. It is a “hidden treasure” on Lake Victoria. It is dominated with grassy hills and beautiful views of the island and Lake Victoria.

Ndere is often called the home of the Nile crocodiles. Ndere's ecological footprint includes wooded hills and tall grass, wildlife species, etc. The true jewel of this island and primary attraction are the “crocs” aka the crocs of Ndere! Learn about the coexistence of crocs of Ndere and hippos and see them co-exist basking in the sun with hippos. You will take a boat ride to the Island. In the evening full of exciting memories, you will drive back to your hotel.

  • Dinner and overnight at Kiboko Bay Resort - full board

Day 4: Kisumu - Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Early in the morning, you will depart Kisumu and drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve. Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kenya - Africa. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in open grassland. Maasai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. 95 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and over 400 species of birds have been recorded in this park. In Maasai Mara, you will hardly miss seeing the Big Five.

The annual wildebeest migration takes place in this park between July and October. The ecosystem of Maasai Mara holds one of the highest lion densities in the world and this is where over two million wildebeest, zebras, and Thomson's gazelle migrate every year. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant than in Maasai Mara. Morning and afternoon game drives are what you will take today. Do not miss the encounter of any of the Big Five!

  • Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp - full board

Day 5: Maasai Mara Game Reserve - Maasai village visit

The Maasai tribe is one of the most authentic ethnic tribes of Kenya. With a rich cultural background, the Maasai have maintained their rich culture despite all the western influences, civilization, education, etc. They have clung to their rich traditional way of life which has made them a symbol of Kenyan culture. You will spend this day engaging in activities of this rich culture and learning why and how this community has maintained their rich cultural heritage. Song and dance of the Maasai way will welcome you to this community. You will enjoy a tour of the village to understand and be part of the activities they engage in for economic empowerment. Take the traditional jump together with the morans and see how far you can go!

Understand how the warrior is of great importance to this community, how does the transition from a moran to a warrior, what is his responsibility in the community, who mentors him from one level to another, etc. In the midst of these warriors, you will be taken through the elaborate “Eunoto” ceremony - a ceremony performed to transition the morans to warriors! Enjoy by being engaged in the details of this ceremony, be part of the preparations for this ceremony and realize the beauty of diverse culture. Visit a village school in this community and be part of their learning today and share meaningful moments with this child and the community at large. In the late afternoon, you will return to your camp carrying beautiful memories of this day.

  • Dinner and overnight at Ashnil Mara Camp - full board
  • Day 6: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

This day, you have the full day to spend on just enjoying game viewing in Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Early in the morning on this day, you have an option doing a hot air balloon safari and champagne breakfast (optional at an extra cost).

  • Dinner and overnight Ashnil Mara Camp - full board

Day 7: Maasai Mara - Nairobi

An early morning game drive which is highly recommended is an option you can take or not. Allows you the opportunity (with luck) to come face to face with hunters in search of their prey. Otherwise, after breakfast and after this amazing experience you will join your driver / guide, bid Maasai Mara “kwaheri” meaning goodbye and “full of lasting safari memories!” you will depart and drive back to Nairobi. On arrival in Nairobi, depending on your onward plans, Asaray Tours LTD will offer you a souvenir shopping adventure at the Kazuri beads. Kazuri beads is a center empowering single women economically by engaging them to do beadwork and pottery thus sustaining their livelihoods and empowering them economically. Get “a bead for every mood!” Asaray Tours LTD will then drop you to your own onward plans.

Included excursions

You can enjoy a visit to a Maasai village during the safari.

Location

This safari will take you to explore Lake Victoria, Ndere Island, and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Ndere Island is a small beautiful island in the Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria in Kenya. It was gazette as Ndere Island National Reserve in 1986 and since that time, it has been uninhabited. Ndere in the local dholuo language means “meeting place”. Notable fauna associated with this island include African fish eagles, hippos, and Nile crocodiles. Fifty Impalas have been introduced to the island.

Food

You will be served three meals a day during the safari. You can also enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant. Water is available in the vehicle to use while on game drives. Special diets e.g. diabetics, vegetarians, etc. are all catered for in all the lodges and camps, but you have to make sure to advise before the safari commences.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Balloon safari in Maasai Mara (450 USD per person)
  • Boat ride on Lake Victoria (35 USD per person)
  • Glass bottomed boat ride at the sanctuary

What's included

  • 5 game viewings
  • Visits to the Impala Sanctuary, the famous Hippo point, and a Maasai village
  • Services of a professional English speaking safari driver-guide
  • All national park entry fees
  • Transport in a custom safari vehicle throughout the safari
  • One way flight ticket (NBO / KSM)
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Water in the vehicle to use while on game drives
  • Dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant
  • Emergency medical evacuation cover
  • Government taxes and levies

What's not included

  • International airfares and their corresponding departure taxes
  • Visa fees into Kenya
  • Travel / baggage / medical insurance
  • Tips to driver-guide, hotel staff, etc.
  • Items of personal nature i.e. drinks in the lodges, telephone / fax bills, laundry, etc.
  • Any other items not specified in the “inclusions” clause

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 on arrival.
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