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4 Days Interactive Safari in Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Mara chui Camp, Oloolaimutia Gate, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Safari Holidays in Kenya

Bamba Experience welcomes you to travel to Kenya’s most famous game parks, the Masai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park. During your holiday, you will have the opportunity to interact with the colorful local villagers and awe at the pristine nature and wildlife. Here, you can see over 400 species of birds and even the rare white rhino, if you are lucky.

Key information

  • Children policy: Children from the age of 12 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • Daily exciting game drives
  • An English speaking driver and guide
  • Nature walks and a visit to a Masai village
  • National park entrance fees and government taxes
  • Delicious meals and one-liter mineral water per day
  • A specially equipped pop up roof safari vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

During this safari, you will stay either at a camping site or at a lodge. Night one and three will be at Chui Camp, if you choose the budget package, or Mara Sopa Lodge, if you choose the lodge package or similar accommodation.

Your final night will be spent at Citymax Hotel, if you choose the budget package, or Nakuru Sopa Lodge, if you choose the lodge package or similar accommodation. On night two, you will sleep in an authentic Masai-style home with beds, if available.

Please note that the accommodations during your safari will be rustic and typical of the region. Camping will be in mobile tents and the lodge accommodations will be a mixture of mid-range traditional lodges and tented lodges.

Chui Camp

Mara Chui wildlife Lodge offers accommodation in single rooms featuring single bed, twin rooms featuring 2 beds and family rooms - suitable for a family of three with young baby below 12years of age. Room facilities include 24 hours hot water shower, flush toilet, electric sockets to charge your cameras, all rooms have a couch, table, chair, reading table light, bathrobes, mosquito nets and hot water in a flask.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Mara Sopa Lodge

The lodge is located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia Hills. It was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs, and these stretch along the line of the hills with the impressively large public area buildings and the swimming pool at their center.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Gift shop
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor boma dining area
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • TV in the bar
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Citymax Hotel

Citymax Hotel offers comfortable single, double, and deluxe rooms designed for convenience and efficiency. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat screen television with satellite connection, plug-and-play panels, direct dial international telephone, complimentary high-speed internet access, mini bar, electronic personal safety deposit box, and complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.

Hair dryers are also available on request. They also have an in-house restaurant, bar, a gym, and an outdoor swimming pool set in lush gardens.

  • Accommodation level: Budget

Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa.

The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding national park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike. Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges. The lodge has 60 rooms, including two inter-connecting rooms and two wheelchair accessible rooms.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Baby sitting
  • Bars
  • Board games
  • Catering for special diets
  • Children’s menu
  • Conferences
  • Credit cards
  • Hairdryers
  • Gift shop
  • Laundry
  • Nature walks
  • Outdoor dining
  • Personal mini-bars
  • Sundowners
  • Swimming pool
  • Telephones
  • Triples (available on request)
  • Turn-down service
  • Weddings
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms

Program

During this safari, you will travel from Nairobi to the Masai Mara National Reserve (also known as Maasai Mara) on day one and enjoy your first game drive in the afternoon. On the next day, you will enjoy full-day game drives and eat a picnic lunch at the Mara River in the company of crocodiles and hippos.

In the evening, you will visit a local Maasai village to learn about the local people and their culture with traditional dancing, storytelling by the chief, and a nature walk with a local guide. You will travel to Lake Nakuru on day three to see its incredible eco-system full of pink flamingoes. On the last day, you will return to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon.

Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara Game Reserve

You will be picked from your hotel at 8:30 a.m. to the start the journey going south along the dramatic Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

The reserve is an extension of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park and is also known as the seventh wonder of the world because of the great migration witnessed every year between June and September, when millions of wildebeests and zebras cross the Mara River from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya in search of food and water. The reserve is also famous for its wide variety of resident wildlife all year round.

After the lunch at Narok Town, you will arrive at the Masai Mara National Reserve in time for an afternoon game drive. During the drive, you may have a chance of seeing the big five as well as different varieties of birdlife and the best savannah vegetation in the world. This is a serene and vast country which offers breathtaking vistas and a panorama of vast rolling plains and rounded hills, intermittent groves of acacia woodlands, and dense thickets of scrub.

The Mara River and its tributaries, which are margined by luxuriant riverine forest, bisect the whole land. The famous Masai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve and in every direction, there are seemingly endless herds of game animals. You will return to the camp or lodge for dinner and spend the night.

Day 2: Discover the Masai Mara Game Reserve

Today, you will go for a full-day drive to absorb the beauty and splendor of the Mara. In this country of breathtaking vistas, you will have the chance to see vast assemblages of plains game together with their associated predators. Mara has the largest population of lions to be found in Kenya. Other animals to be seen here include the buffalo, black rhino, hippopotamus, leopard, cheetah, common zebra, Coke's hartebeest, white-bearded gnu, oribi, warthog, and Thomson's and Grant's gazelles. The bird life of Mara is as profuse as its mammalian fauna.

Today, you will have a picnic lunch at the Mara River, where you can enjoy your food while watching crocodiles and hippos laze around in their natural habitat. This is a great way to take advantage of your time in the park and enjoy seeing the views below and all around you. After your lunch, you will continue your game drive in search for more wildlife.

You will be dropped off at the Masai Village at 5:00 p.m. for an opportunity to visit the Masai people to witness the singing and dancing that are part of their daily lives and sacred rituals. Upon arrival at the village, you will proceed for a nature walk with the Masai naturalist guide. During the walk, you will get to see herbs that are used as medication among the Masai.

Later, you will return to the village where a campfire will be lit. Entertainment from women, children, and men of the village will follow with a chance for you to join in their dancing. The chief will then give you stories of their culture and tradition and they will show you how the herbs seen during the nature walk are prepared and used. You will also have a glimpse into their homes and social structure.

Your dinner will be served at the village, followed by coffee and tea. You will then leave to return to the camp or lodge for the night. Tonight, you will have the option to sleep in an authentic Masai-style home with beds, which is located at the campsite (subject to availability).

Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve - Lake Nakuru National Park

After an early breakfast, you will depart towards the ornithological paradise, Lake Nakuru National Park, which supports a wide ecological diversity of flamingos and other water birds. Over 450 bird species have been recorded here.

You will arrive at around 12:30 p.m. and begin a game drive en-route until you arrive at the camp or lodge for check in and lunch. You will have some time to relax until 4:00 p.m. when you will head on for another game drive and nature walk along the lake shores. You will return back to the camp or lodge before the sunset.

Lake Nakuru is a shallow alkaline lake famous for its flamingo population estimated to be confirmed with more than a million, being referred to as the birds' paradise by bird watchers. There are no elephants in the park but the other big five can be spotted including tree climbing lions and the endangered white and the black rhinos. The rare Rothschild giraffe, cape buffaloes, waterbucks, gazelles, leopards, and primates can be spotted as well at the park.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park - Nairobi

After the breakfast, you will proceed for a morning game and bird drive around the lake shores. Then, you will return back to the camp or lodge for a big buffet lunch before packing up and heading to Nairobi. You will stop at the Rift Valley viewpoint for some stunning photo opportunities. The Rift Valley runs 6,000 kilometers from the Red Sea into Mozambique and is up to 100 kilometers wide in places. After a chance to enjoy the spectacular view, you will continue your journey, arriving in Nairobi in the early afternoon.

Note: Please note that depending on circumstances outside the organizer's control, the order of this itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

Included excursions

During this safari, you will take part in a nature walk with the Masai naturalist guide, stop at the Rift Valley viewpoint, and visit a Masai village.

Location

The safari will take place in Kenya.

Food

During this safari, you will enjoy daily delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner as indicated in the itinerary and one liter of mineral water per day included in the prices.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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)

A balloon safari can be organized at an additional cost.

What's included

  • Game drives as per program
  • Nature walk
  • A visit to Masai village
  • National park entrance fees as per program
  • Government taxes
  • Service of a professional English speaking driver and guide
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 1 liter of mineral water every day
  • Transportation
  • A specially equipped safari vehicle with a popup roof for photography

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • International flights departure tax
  • Optional balloon safari
  • Extras at lodges such as drinks, telephone, and laundry
  • Mosquito nets in safari tents
  • Sleeping bag (10 USD per day)
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Any other services not listed in inclusions

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year round with arrival on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

The order of the days may change due to group size, and availability of Camp Sites or Lodges. 

Departures on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Daily departures with groups of 2 or more

Special discount

Children's rates are 75% of the adult rate under 12 years old and free under 3 years.

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