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4 Days Maasai Mara - Lake Nakuru Camping Group Safari in Kenya

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Exciting Kenya Safaris

During this safari, you will visit two of Kenya's well known national parks and take in scenic and unique views. You'll be brought to Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara Game Reserve where you'll find Africa's treasured wildlife roaming the park and do reserve grazing or hunting. An experienced guide will be on game drives to enhance your safari experience.

Highlights

  • Professional driver-guide
  • Take pictures of wildlife close range
  • Game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Explore Lake Nakuru National Park
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Delicious daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 activity days
The maximum participants in the group is 7
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

You will stay at a campsite in Maasai Mara and at a budget hotel in Lake Nakuru. Accommodations are based on two persons sharing a double room or tent. Where possible, rooms with private baths are provided. Single rooms, which are available at an additional cost, cannot be guaranteed. Hotels or lodges are named as an indication of category and rooms can be reserved at similar hotels or lodges.

David Livingstone Safari Resort

David Livingstone Safari Resort commands spectacular views in the Serengeti-Mara eco-system. It lines the Mara River on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve and overlooks deep pools infested with hippos and crocodiles. Painted in traditional Masai red ochre and lit by hundreds of hurricane lamps, the lodge makes an immediate impression. You'll be met by Masai warriors in full regalia.

The lodge has piped hot water, electric light, and comfortable beds. The lodge’s 80 en suite rooms have views of the Mara River from their verandas. The world’s biggest land migration passes its gates. Wildebeests and zebras in search of grazing cross the plains and rivers under the eyes of ravenous lions and crocodiles.

Elephant Pepper Camp

Situated right on the Northern Edge of the Maasai Mara reserve, Elephant Pepper Camp is a step back in time, an original bush camp, a return to the traditional bush safari camp, with starlit nights, campfire tales and hurricane lamps but with modern comforts. Evenings by the campfire and dinner under the stars are a special feature of this tented camp.

The eight-tented bush camp is a seasonal camp taken down for a month or so in the rainy seasons. The homely atmosphere of this camp is part of its charm. Clients can relax with nature. There are no generators, no vehicles passing, and no permanent structures jarring the skyline, just the sights and sounds of the bush which will completely surround you. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms.

The appetizing food is prepared by chefs trained by the owners’ family using traditional North Italian recipes mixed with international and local favorites. A barbecue by the campfire, dinner in the mess tent, or a bush breakfast on the open plains are some of the lasting memories to take home.

Enchoro Wildlife Camp

Enchoro Wildlife Camp in Masai Mara is a perfect Masai Mara budget camping accommodation offering 20 tents with a modern touch. All of the semi luxury Masai Mara tented accommodation suites are designed to match with the surrounding environment and offers semi luxury large spacious tents with spacious changing room and lockers for guests valuables, a writing desk with foldable safari chairs, and magazines to keep you entertained.

The tent canvas wall front can be opened completely to allow an open view from the sleeping and bathroom areas.

Entumoto Private Safari Camp

Located on the border of the legendary Masai Mara reserve, Entumoto Private Safari Camp stands elevated on the hills of a private and secluded escarpment, commanding breathtaking views and sunsets over the Mara plains.

It is ideal for families and small groups, yet special and private for romantic couples and honeymooners. It is perfect for anyone who appreciates Africa in intimate, comfortable surroundings with a swimming pool on your doorstep while experiencing the rugged wild.

JK Mara Camp

JK Mara Camp is situated along the Muliban River in the Talek area in Maasai Mara National Reserve. Set among picturesque hills and rolling plains in the prime game-viewing country, it makes you step out of your tent and head straight out on a walking safari or night game drive within the conservancy or drive for 10 minutes to get to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Kichakani Camp

Kichakani Camp is a simple classic safari camp nestled among the big figs on the edge of the expansive Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is conveniently located on the banks of the Talek River, just next to a major wildebeest crossing point. Its architecture is of semi-permanent grass thatched Bandas fitted with tents which have en-suite washrooms. It accommodates 33 guests under canvas.

The tents, which are spacious with twin or queen sized bed, bedside tables, luggage racks, rugs, and floor mats, are fully insect and bug proof.

Kicheche Mara Camp

Kicheche Mara Camp is a classic tented camp hidden in a grove of wild olive and croton trees in a prime wildlife area of the northern Mara plains which accommodates twenty-two guests only. It is located on the Aitong Plains in the northern Koiyaki Lemek region of the famous Greater Mara. It has a prime wildlife area so game viewing starts right from the camp itself.

The Kicheche Camp offers a friendly and relaxing stay with each tent comfortably furnished with an en-suite bathroom and flushing toilet. Low wattage lighting is supplied 24 hours. The majority of the tents are in secluded positions overlooking the plains and nearby hills, while others are closer together for families or friends.

Little Governor's Mara Camp

Mara Governors Camp is set in the best game-viewing area of the Masai Mara game reserve. The entire camp is under canvas with all the comforts of a five-star hotel. The setting is magical so much so that almost a century ago, it was reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial governors and their royal visitors. It nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River and its water is teeming with hippos and crocodile.

It has 38 tents lining the riverbank, with uninterrupted views of the Mara River. Others have views across the sweeping plains. Created in 1972, Governors’ Camp sets new standards in luxury for a tented camp. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets.

Facilities include The Original Governors Camp, the intimate and secluded The Little Governors Camp, the top of the range The Governors Moran Camp, the exclusive and luxurious The Governors Private Camp, the beautiful and quiet Mfangano Island Camp, and the peaceful and calm The Loldia House. The camp emphasizes the enjoyment of the wild splendors of Africa in the highest possible style.

Mara Chui Camp

Mara Chui Camp is a budget bush camp whose unique location offers remarkable opportunities for safari adventurers. You will stay in the Masai Mara Game Reserve rich with hippos, elephants, buffaloes, hyenas, giraffes, an array of gazelles, and lions. Cheetahs, leopards, and rhinos are also found in this remarkable wildlife haven.

Mara Chui Camp offers accommodation in single rooms featuring a single bed, twin rooms featuring two beds and family rooms, which are suitable for a family of three. Families with young children below 12 years old are advised to bring their own baby cots. Room facilities include hot water shower, flush toilet, and electric sockets to charge your cameras. Some rooms have a large bed while others have a standard bed.

Mara Hippo Lodge

The Mara Hippo Lodge is located near the Ololaimatek south-side of the Mara Triangle. It's one of the most beautiful lodges to be found within and around the world famous Mara Game Reserve. Accommodation is within suspended cabins equipped with beds, bathrooms, and toilets. The lodge offers a choice of excellent dishes serving a wide range of international cuisine and a mixture of African delicacies. It has a well-stocked bar where you can relax and quench your thirst after your long drive to the Mara or after a breathtaking game drive.

In order to harmonize this beautiful game laden landscape, the lodge has put in great effort to protect its greatest asset, the environment. So all architectural structures at the Mara Hippo Safari Lodge have been designed to compliment the magnificent surrounding.

Mara Big Time Safari Camp

Mara Big Time Safari Camp is a budget safari camp in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and home to the big five and the famous wildebeest migration. The rolling plains around the Mara Big Time Safari Camp are teeming with wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras. During the migration months, the camp is situated right in the center of their migration path.

Mara Big Time Safari Camp comprises 27 moderate luxurious en-suite tents. Each tent has a private bathroom with water closet and an outdoor shower with a view of the sky. The water is heated by a generator and there is 24-hour electricity in all tents provided by generators.

Mara Serena Lodge

Mara Serena Lodge is perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful plains of the Mara. It encompasses the unique heritage and diversity of the Masai community. Its strategic location offers unrivaled game viewing. It has 74 luxury rooms and suites which are all air conditioned and with separate bath and shower, telephone, private balcony, satellite television, minibars, and in-room safety locks.

Facilities include a swimming pool, two restaurants serving local delights and international dishes, bars, Masai dances, laundry services, modern fitness center featuring aerobics and gym, flood lit tennis courts, and a large pool in front of the lodge for game viewing.

Mara Sidai Camp

Mara Sidai camp is a budget safari camp located 800 meters from Olaimutiek gate and 250 kilometers from Nairobi. The camp has permanent self-contained tents with four poster twin beds and flush toilets. The camp area is divided into two areas, one for the campers to pitch their tents and the other one with the tented rooms. With prior request, meals are also available and menus can be tailor made to suit clients with various budgets and tastes.

Mara Simba lodge

Mara Simba lodge is the ultimate lodge in the Masai Mara national reserve in Kenya. The emphasis is on exclusivity and comfort, the ambiance is Masai, and the decor incorporates ethnic design elements from the local tribes. The Mara Simba Lodge grounds extend almost a kilometer along the Talek River with the beautiful riverbank left in its virgin state. Further back, lush landscaped gardens of indigenous plants and trees attract colorful birds and butterflies.

The lodge overlooks a dramatic bend in the river and is designed to complement its natural setting. It has 84 guest rooms arranged in clusters of six and fitted in natural wood tones and stone banda. Guest rooms have en-suite showers and tiled bathrooms with natural granite.

Each room accommodates an extra bed and opens to its own private veranda with uninterrupted views across the river. In addition to the lodge, Mara Simba has a few luxury tents if you choose to be accommodated in one.

Masai Mara Manyatta Camp

On the eastern edge of the Maasai Mara National reserve at the Olalomutiak gate stands the Mara Manyatta Tented Camp. The camp is a new concept in that booking can either be on bed only or on full board basis. Guests on the bed only basis can bring their own food to be prepared by the resident chef at no additional cost.

The accommodation consists of spacious tents erected on a hard surface and covered with “Makuti” to mitigate on harsh weather conditions like heat and rain.

Offbeat Mara Camp

Offbeat Mara Camp is a private and small traditional Safari Camp that offers excellent game viewing in Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Offbeat Mara Camp is located on the Olare Orok, a meandering tributary of the Mara River.

The Olare Orok cuts through the center of the Mara North Conservancy, a vivid swath of green that allows an unrivaled habitat for Game. Offbeat Mara Camp is nestled in a valley in the middle of this wilderness, a doubly protected area that provides guests with unparalleled game viewing.

Ol Moran Tented Camp

Ol Moran Tented Camp is an exclusive tented camp for those who want a wild experience. The camp is situated within the Masai Mara Eco-system and on the banks of Oloolaimutia River which is a watering point for most of the wild animals especially elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and others.

It is 20 kilometers from Keekorok Air Strip, 15 kilometers from Sekenani Gate, two kilometers from Oloolaimutia Gate, and 230 kilometers from Nairobi. Masai Mara, the new seventh wonder of the modern world, is famous for the migration of wilder beasts

Ol Seki Mara Camp

Ol Seki Mara Camp enjoys panoramic views in a gorgeous wilderness area teeming with game. Eastern Koiyaki, north of the Masai Mara, provides a rare opportunity to enjoy wildlife viewing in a pristine setting. The Ol Seki Camp has six round tents, each with a double and a single bed, a large en-suite bathroom with flush toilet, and hot shower.

While staying at the Ol Seki Mara Camp, you will enjoy big five game viewing in the pristine surroundings of the Koiyaki conservancy. Away from the hustle of mass tourism, guests can enjoy a truly isolated Safari experience that winds back to the gone days' safari.

Porini Lion Camp, Ole Orok Conservancy

Porini Lion Camp is located in the exclusive 20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy which borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve, home to an abundance of animals including the big cats for which the Mara is famous. The camp is situated on the banks of the NtiakatiakRiver, a seasonal river with some permanent hippo pools near the camp. With six luxury guest tents, the camp is very exclusive and gives a real safari in the bush experience.

The tents are very spacious and have private verandahs along the length of the tent. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers. Food is excellent with fresh baked bread and high-quality meals are prepared by the camp chef.

Richard’s Camp, Masai Mara

Richard’s Camp is a small, private and exclusive safari camp in the Masai Mara, it was originally built as a family home in the Masai Mara in the 1980s. At Richard’s Camp guests have the opportunity to experience the real Africa; days of heart-stopping game viewing, evenings enjoying cocktails by a cozy campfire and delicious three-course meals under an awe-inspiring canopy of stars.

Richard’s Camp is owned and operated by Richard Roberts and Liz Fusco. Richard was raised in the Masai Mara and his parents were instrumental in bringing together the Masai communities that form the wildlife conservation association that exists in this area today.

Royal Mara Safari Lodge and Camp

Royal Mara Safari Lodge and Camp is a luxury lodge and camp in the Masai Mara of Kenya. It is situated directly on the wildebeest "Great Migration" points on the route, near the two world famous wildebeest migration Mara River points on the popular Hippo Bend Lagoon of the Mara River. Accommodations are a blend of the classic tented safari camp with the amenities of a lodging facility.

All suites are equipped with four-poster super king and double size beds, elegantly hand-carved solid wood furnishings, and full en-suite bathrooms. Activities to engage in while staying at the Royal Mara lodge and camp include game drive, game walks with Masai Warriors and armed guards, and visits to the nearby Masai villages to learn their culture and hot air balloon safaris.

Sarova Mara Tented Lodge

Situated inside Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve, the camp is set on an elevation surrounded by two streams and hidden among wide gardens with manicured lawns and exotic flowers. Facilities include a dining area that has internal and external seating and two bars, one internal with a fireplace and the other near the poolside. There are a swimming pool and curio shop.

There are three tents which can be used to sit up to 300 conference delegates. The camp consists of 75 tents three of which are permanent triple rooms. All rooms have 24-hour electricity and a private en suite bathroom with a shower and hot and cold running water. Facilities include game drives, ballooning, walking, culture, conference facility, photography, and birding.

Sentrim Mara Safari Camp

Nestled in a valley between two hills in the Masai Mara, Sentrim Mara is a deluxe intimate design camp located right on the North Eastern edge of this famous game reserve. This is a home away from home for those who enjoy a personalized experience. This luxury safari camp offers a new concept in the African safari and the thrill of an adventure lived with our tradition coupled with the high standard of service and cuisine.

The Safari Holidays Camp is simply the best choice among the best in the wild. Ngama Hills, where the camp is situated and after which this Africa safari Camp is named, is a prominent land mark in the reserve.

This is one of the main features that break the monotony of the flat savannah plains. The hills are also the source of a few streams that run down across the plains below and quench the thirst of the reserves' numerous herds of animals.

The Ashnil Mara Camp

The Ashnil Mara Camp is located at the confluence of the Mara and Olkeju Rivers in the Masai Mara National Reserve. It offers 30 luxury tents which sit alongside the riverbank and offer luxurious accommodation. It is a good position for wildlife spotting and is close to the action during the annual wildebeest migration.

TheAshnil Mara Camp's restaurant serves buffet meals while the open-air bar serves a wide selection of beers, cocktails, and liqueurs. Nearby is a modern lounge, a great place to pass time and relax. In the evenings, enjoy the breathtaking sunset and discuss the day's wildlife sightings. There are also a beautiful, inviting swimming pool and a souvenir shop.

The Mara River Camp

The Mara River Camp, one of Kenya's smallest and most charming tented lodge, nestles at the foot of the Oloololo Escarpment and on the northwest boundary of Kenya's famous Maasai Mara National Reserve, on a beautiful forested bend of the majestic Mara River. It offers 16 permanent en-suite tented camps with accommodations in savannah style.

All Mara river camps tents are specially enlarged to take families with a maximum of four beds. The lodge has a 240-volt electricity, en-suite flush toilet, and hot and cold running water. Activities include game drives in 4 x 4 Land cruisers, hot air balloon over the Mara, and fishing trips to Lake Victoria.

Program

Day 1: Nairobi - Maasai Mara

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel at 8:00 a.m. and driven west for Maasai Mara Game Reserve with lunch en route arriving in time for an evening game drive. Masai Mara game reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife sanctuary. Its animal population includes migrants and over 450 species of animals.

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. Dinner and overnight are at the camp with hot showers and flush toilets.

Day 2: Maasai Mara

After breakfast, experience a full day of game viewing within the reserve. The landscape 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 where you may look out for hippos and crocodile. Dinner and overnight are at the camp.

Day 3: Maasai Mara - Lake Nakuru

Rise early morning for a pre-breakfast game drive. After breakfast, you'll leave the Mara region for Nakuru, lunch en route, with scenic views of Mount Longmont and Lake Naivasha from afar on the main highway. Dinner and overnight at a budget hotel.

Day 4: Lake Nakuru - Nairobi

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

Included excursions

  • Game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve

Location

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

Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park 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. They 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.

Recently enlarged to provide a sanctuary for black rhino, it has one of the largest concentrations of rhinoceros in the country, both black rhino and white rhino, so the chances of spotting them are very good. There is also a number of Rothschild’s giraffe which was 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, they are quite often seen in the acacia trees. Leopards are also frequently sighted. 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, while rock hyraxes and klipspringers occupy the cliffs and escarpment.

Maasai Mara National Park

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 there. It has an extraordinary density of animals including "the big five" - lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, rhinoceros, and may 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: lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas and circled by vultures.

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. Fifty-three of the 452 species 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, topsis, 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

All meals are included during this vacation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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)

On your free time, you have the option to go on a balloon safari or visit the Maasai Village for an extra fee.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All game drives
  • All meals
  • All park entrance fees
  • Services of a professional driver-guide
  • Statutory taxes
  • Transfers from and to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Transport in a safari van with hatch roof

What's not included

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Balloon safari
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips
  • Visit to the Maasai Village

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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

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 16% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 10 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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