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5 Days Wildlife Safari in Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, and Masai Mara, Kenya

Lake Nakuru, Rift Valley, Kenya

Exciting Kenya Safaris

Embark on this amazing safari in Kenya to see its abundant wildlife during game drives through great landscapes! During this safari, you will travel to Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley, then you will be transferred to Lake Naivasha, and finally, you will be taken to the vast plains of the Masai Mara. By joining this adventure, you will also visit a traditional Masai Village and take a nature walk with a naturalist guide!

Key information

  • Starting point and ending point: Nairobi
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 5 amazing game drives
  • Nature walk at Lake Naivasha
  • Spot the famous Big Five and other wildlife
  • Visit Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha, and Masai Mara
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • Airport transfer

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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
07:30

During this safari, you will stay in a shared room either at a camping site or at a lodge. The first night will be spent in Lake Nakuru, the second one will be in Lake Naivasha. The final two nights will be spent in Masai Mara.

Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge

Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge is an enchanting setting where contemporary comfort blends stylishly with nature to offer an environment where guests can refresh their senses, rekindle their love of travel, and reconnect with the world around them. Each room is blissfully private.

You may sit on your balcony and watch our resident wildlife, take a nap, and wake up to stunning bush views. Cocoon yourself in this exclusive hideaway and let your heart start to beat to the rhythm of Africa. Some facilities of this option are a swimming pool, luggage storage, a gift shop, a gymnasium, a restaurant, a massage parlor, meeting rooms, a pool bar, a pool table, free Wi-Fi, facilities for disabled, tennis courts, children playground, and a health center.

Rooms have a safety deposit box, ceiling fans, and a television. The lodge has a non-smoking area, and some services such as dry/cleaning and laundry, currency exchange, room service, a 24-hour reception, a porter, and multi-lingual staff.

Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge

Set in one hundred and fifty acres of grassland studded with Acacia bushes and trees, the resort is not only home to the resident giraffes, waterbucks, and both Vervet and Colobus monkeys. It is also a night stop for the hippos when they leave the lake every night to come and trim the grass on the expansive lawns.

With Sopa’s traditional and conscientious care for the environment, all the buildings have been carefully positioned on the property no trees were cut. As a result of this, the lodge had to come up with a radically innovative and artistic design for the main public area building which now snakes its way between the trees with long and graceful curves.

For this reason, the two swimming pools with a children’s section and a pool complex with its bar, snack kitchen, pizzeria, health spa, tennis court, two conference halls with their four differently sized meeting areas, and stables are so widely set apart. Other facilities in the lodge include sundowners, a gift shop, board games, outdoor dining, free Wi-Fi, sauna, and wheelchair accessible rooms.

Rooms include bedroom kettles, hairdryers, telephones, and a television. The lodge also has adjoining rooms, babysitting services, laundry, and turndown service. Other activities you may want to indulge in at the lodge are fishing, horseriding, birdwatching, and nature walks.

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Situated in the southeastern ecological niche of the park is the Lake Nakuru Lodge, an oasis of comfort and excellent services with commanding views of the lesser flamingo interspersed with the greater flamingo for which Lake Nakuru is justly famous. It is another world for the visitors, where one easily forgets the hustle and bustle of the city.

In here, the lodge blends in well with the surroundings and the animals often browse peacefully close to the lodge and environs, much to the fascination of the visitors. The service in the lodge is unmatched anywhere in Kenya, a country renowned for hospitality. Above all, the staff is friendly and competent. There is excellent cuisine which includes outside catering, Bush barbecues, African nights, and sundowners.

After a day’s game watching, the spacious logged Mama Nikki bar, the cool upstairs Rhino Paddock cocktail bar overlooking the lake and guest enticing blue swimming pool can be particularly inviting. Evening entertainment and slide shows for guests and interesting and varied. In the park, sites read a Walt Disney Fantasy. The Baboon Cliff Lookout sits next to Honeymoon Hill.

Guests will enjoy excellent cuisine at the Mutarakwa restaurant, serving buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner on live cooking counters. Mama Nikki bar comes alive at night where traditional dance performances are held.

The lodge offers accommodation in spacious deluxe rooms, which have a glass sliding door. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with permanent showers and also have great views of the park, garden, or lake.

Mara Serena Lodge

Located at the very center of the famous "Mara Triangle" in the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is the ultimate safari destination. Set high on a bush-cloaked hill with long views over the savannah and down to the winding coils of the hippo-filled Mara River, it stands center-stage to one of Africa's most dramatic wildlife arenas, providing guests with a ringside seat to the "greatest wildlife show on earth", the legendary migration of the wildebeest.

Styled to echo the circular motif of a traditional Maasai manyatta, the Masai Mara Safari Lodge blends international sophistication with raw African beauty, while featuring twin rows of individual rooms, each with its own view of the famous Mara River. The central bar and dining areas enjoy spectacular views, as does the rock-surround swimming pool.

Each uniquely-presented room is accommodated in its own stand-alone modular unit, with uninterrupted views, private balcony, and a spacious seating area. All rooms are non-smoking.

Among facilities, the lodge has a central dining room, an internal and external bar, a swimming pool and sundeck, a gift shop, a business center, a television with satellite programming in communal areas only, free Wi-Fi, a conference center, board games, and a library of Africana books. Some services feature babysitting, complete wedding planning service, 24-hour on-call medical services, and special dietary needs catered for with advance notification.

Activities include two daily game drives in custom-built traditional safari vehicles, ‘sundowners' in the bush, breakfast by the hippo pool, lunch in the wilderness, dinner in the bush, balloon safaris, or relaxation and reinvigoration in the panoramic new Maisha Safari Spa and Gym.

Sarova Lion Hill Lodge

Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is nestled along the Lion Hill overlooking the spectacular flamingo pink rimmed Lake Nakuru. Its location affords panoramic views of the lake and the picturesque Lake Nakuru National Park. A short two-hour drive from Nairobi, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is a favorite with residents and visitors to Kenya.

The Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge is cleverly laid out in such a way that most rooms and sitting areas afford stunning views of the lake and the park. The lodge incorporates natural landscaping with tall acacia trees, winding walkways, and greens dotted with bird feeds. Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge accommodation, beautiful scenery, and cozy atmosphere will bring relaxation to your soul immediately.

The lodge is presently considered one of the best Great Rift Valley Lodges in Kenya. It has a dining area and a relaxing spa.

Sarova Mara Tented Camp

The rolling plains around the camp teem with wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras during the migration months, and the camp is situated right in the center of their migration path. By virtue of its location and layout, the camp offers an unparalleled plethora of activities and experiences from luxury tented living to bird-watching, mini golf, sport fishing, and a unique insight into the Maasai culture at the adjoining Maasai village.

Siana Springs Tented Camp

Siana Springs in the local Maasai language means "the plentiful springs". It is an area of abundance in flora, fauna, and cultural attributes. It epitomizes the best in diversity in all aspects of the species richness and natural history making the camp an ideal eco-lodge from where you can partake to the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the wildebeest migration.

There are also other mammalian species, enthralling bird species, and the distinctive Maasai Mara ecosystem. The camp has a rich history dating back to 1920, when the first Game Warden selected its current site for his camp. The camp is now located on a wildlife conservancy whose ownership was bequeathed to the local community in the late 1970s.

This camp offers in-tent service for snacks and beverages, mineral water and insect repellent in all tents, telephone, email, fax. and postal services, early morning calls with tea or coffee, chilled towels and welcome drink upon check-in, complimentary airstrip transfers, swedish massage available after sore safaris, and medical assistance available 24 hours.

Program

During this safari, you will travel to Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley, the perfect place for bird watching. In here you will see thousands of flamingos on its shores, African fish eagles, tawny eagles, green wood hoopoes, cliff chats, and pelicans. Then you will continue on to Lake Naivasha for nature walks which will offer up-close glimpses at the amazing local wildlife.

Afterward you will head off to the vast plains of Masai Mara Game Reserve, also known as Maasai Mara, to admire the Big Five and other large mammals. Then you will visit a local village to interact with the colorful Masai people.

Itinerary

Day 1 - From Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park

In the morning, you will depart from Nairobi by road and proceed to Lake Nakuru Park, which is regarded by avid birders as the greatest world ornithological spectacle on Earth. The park is famous for its millions of pink flamingoes lining on the lake shore. You will arrive mid-morning at Lake Nakuru for a game drive en-route and check-in at your lodge or camp for lunch.

A spectacular afternoon game drive is planned. The park is a sanctuary to the black rhino, white rhino, and the Rothschild giraffe. Bird life is plentiful and includes common species like the lesser and greater flamingoes, African fish eagles, tawny eagles, green wood hoopoes, cliff chats, great whites, and pink-backed pelicans plus other intra-African migrants.

You will overnight at the Lake Nakuru Lodge, the Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, a similar lodge, or at a camp. During this day, you will enjoy lunch and dinner.

Day 2 - From Lake Nakuru National Park to Lake Naivasha

On the second day, you will travel through the bucolic countryside towards Lake Navaisha. You will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge or camp by the lake. In the early afternoon, you can take an optional boat ride or you may wish to simply relax by the pool admiring the view of zebras, giraffes, and waterbucks just outside the fence.

Alternatively, a nature walk at the Crescent Island is an excellent way to see wild animals while on foot. The Crescent Island is a private game sanctuary, which is home to zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, Vervet monkeys, hares, genet cats, waterbucks, and giraffes.

You will stay overnight at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge, Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, a similar lodge, or at a camp. During this day, you will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 3 - From Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara Game Reserve

During the third day, you will depart from Lake Naivasha and head to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, a jewel of Kenya's game parks. This enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti plains and is famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest migration. It is also a true home of the big five, lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and Cape buffaloes.

Upon arrival, you will have lunch and then explore the reserve on a late evening game drive. Later, you may relax around the camp or lodge fire before an excellent dinner. You will overnight at Siana Springs Tented Camp, Sarova Mara Tented Camp, Mara Serena Lodge, a similar lodge, or at a camp. During this day, you will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 4 - Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Masai Mara is one of the greatest wildernesses of the world. Morning and afternoon game drives are planned today. Large mammals are diverse, abundant and easy to see. Residents among the Park are; Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Impala, Zebra, Topi, both the Thomson's and Grant's Gazelles.

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, where you will get to see herbs that are used as medication among the Masai.

Then you will return to the village where a campfire will be lit. Entertainment from both 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. They will also 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.

Dinner will be served at the village followed by coffee and tea as you leave to return to the camp or lodge for the night. You may also choose to sleep in an authentic Masai-style home with beds, which will be located at the campsite though it will be subject to availability. Hot Air Balloon rides will be available on this day for an additional cost. During this day, you will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Day 5 - From Masai Mara Game Reserve to Nairobi

You will begin the day with a complete breakfast at your lodge or camp, followed by a game drive en-route to Nairobi. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure for last minute assisted shopping and sightseeing. During this day, you will enjoy breakfast.

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

Location

This safari will take you from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park, then to Lake Naivasha, and finally to the Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Food

During this safari, you will enjoy daily delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner as indicated in the itinerary.

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

What's included

  • 1 nature walk
  • 1 visit to Masai village
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • English speaking safari driver and guide
  • Game viewing activities as stated in the itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Transfers and transport to the parks

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport departure tax
  • Balloon safari
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratitudes
  • Travel Insurance

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 tour starting every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

 

Pricing information

Children under 12 years will pay 75% of the adult rate. Children under 3 years of age are accommodated for free.

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