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

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Narok County, Kenya

Scenic Kenya Safari

This is a 4-day safari visiting Lake Nakuru National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will explore Masai Mara game reserve where you may watch the annual migration of wildebeests. The reserve is filled with wildlife, allowing you to view the animals with relish. The hippo pool is the perfect place to look at hippos and crocodiles. The scenic views will complete this exciting experience of your safari in Kenya.

Highlights

  • Daily game drives
  • Looking out for hippos and crocodiles
  • Transport in safari vans with hatch roof
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated for 3 nights in tents.

Program

Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel at 08:00 and driven west for Maasai Mara Game Reserve with lunch en-route arriving in time for an evening game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve which is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary. Including migrants, well over 450 species of animals have been recorded here.

Although July, August, and September are the months when the Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeests and zebras, there is also resident wildlife year round. The famous Maasai tribesmen live within the dispersal area of the game reserve. Have dinner and overnight at the camp with hot showers and flush toilets.

Day 2: Maasai Mara

After breakfast, proceed on a full day of game viewing within the reserve. The landscape here is scenic savannah grassland on rolling hills. The reserve is the best park for the game in Kenya as it has an extensive road and track network which allows for close range viewing and photography. Take a break for your picnic lunch at the hippo pool, looking out for hippos and crocodile. Have dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 3: Maasai Mara - Lake Nakuru

Have an early morning pre-breakfast game drive. After breakfast, depart from the Mara region for Nakuru, lunch en route, with scenic views of Mount Longmont and Lake Naivasha from afar on the main highway. Have dinner and overnight at a budget hotel.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru - Nairobi

After breakfast, depart for a game drive in Lake Nakuru. Later, drive to Nairobi with lunch en-route to arrive in the evening. You will be dropped off at the hotel.

Location

This safari will take place at Maasai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya.

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is a shallow alkaline lake which lies about 100 miles north of Nairobi. The lake is world famous as the location of the greatest bird spectacle on earth. Myriads of pink flamingos whose numbers are legion, often more than a million, literally turn its shores pink. The flamingos feed on the abundant algae which thrive in the warm waters. But flamingos are not the only avian attraction as the lake is rich in other birdlife.

There are over 400 resident species on the lake and in the surrounding park. Large numbers of pelicans concentrate by the fresh water streams that flow into the lake, and thousands of other birds may be seen including African fish eagles, white-winged black terns, stilts, avocets, ducks, and in the European winter, migrant waders.

The national park surrounds the lake, offering a wide ecological diversity, from the lakeshore, woodland, grassy plains to rocky escarpments and ridges.

It has recently been enlarged to provide a sanctuary for black rhinos and now has one of the largest concentrations of rhinoceros in the country (both black rhinos and white rhinos), so the chances of spotting them are very good. There is also a number of Rothschild’s giraffe, translocated for safety from western Kenya. Waterbucks, zebras, and cape buffaloes are very common.

Lions are present in the park and like the lions of Lake Manyara, are quite often seen in the acacia trees. Leopards are also frequently sighted and Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the places where visitors have the best chance of seeing these elusive big cats. The bushlands offer elands, warthogs, impalas, mountain reedbucks, and dik-diks, whilst rock hyraxes and klipspringers occupy the cliffs and escarpment.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably the most famous and most visited reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (as seen in the film "Out of Africa," much of which was filmed here), an extraordinary density of animals including "the Big Five" - lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceros, and many varieties of plains game.

An impressive feature is the annual migration of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles from the plains of the Serengeti that cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach Mara's grasslands from late June, tracked by predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas, and circled by vultures as their journey unfolds. Their dramatic river crossings are a reality for tourists visiting in early July and August.

Apart from the seasonal migration, game-viewing is excellent year round. The game includes elephants, black rhinos, buffaloes, plains zebras, hartebeests, and big cats. The rivers are home to hippos and crocodiles, 452 species, 53 of which are raptors. Accommodation ranges from stone built lodges to luxury tented camps.

The area to the north owned by the Maasai offers great game viewing, game walks, and night games. Safari operators set up private camps for small groups seeking exclusive and traditional safaris out of the reserve. In the reserve are four tented camps and two lodges. The Maasai Mara National Park is best known for one of the world’s greatest wildlife spectacles, the great migration of wildebeests and zebras.

Covering an area of 650 square miles in southwestern Kenya, the Masai Mara is bordered in the west by the Oloololo Escarpment of the Great Rift Valley and in the east by the Ngama Hills.The Maasai Mara is predominantly a vast open savannah but there are actually seven distinct habitats including permanent marshes, riverine gallery forest, and dense shrubland.

The wildebeest migration is most evident when they move northwards from the Serengeti through the Lobo or the Western Corridor from May to July, then concentrating in the Mara from August to October.The open rolling savannah grassland of the Mara is the home to numerous wildlife species including elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, buffaloes, elands, topis, impalas, gazelles, warthogs, and zebras.

From June to September, the annual wildebeest migration takes place when thousands of these animals sweep across the plain and seek out new grazing areas.

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)

  • Balloon safari
  • Maasai Village visit

What's included

  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • All game drives
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • All park entrance fees
  • Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Services of Explore Africa Holidays' professional guide / driver
  • Statutory taxes
  • Transport in safari van with hatch roof

What's not included

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks like sodas
  • Balloon safari
  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips
  • Maasai Village visit

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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