Enjoy a fantastic camping safari in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, one of Africa's best game viewing destinations. This safari will start off with a journey to the beautiful Masai Mara via the Great Rift Valley which offers spectacular views. The Masai Mara is especially famous for its large cat population and also the fact that it plays an integral role in the wildebeest migration, a wildlife spectacular like none other on earth.
Accommodation on this tour is at one of two safari camps located in natural settings near the Masai Mara Game Reserve. You will stay in permanent tents with either twin or double beds. All tents feature en-suite bathroom areas with flush toilets and hot showers and are fitted with mosquito nets.
Departing from the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, you will be driven down the escarpment via the floor of the scenic Great Rift Valley. You will arrive at your overnight camp in time for lunch in the afternoon. Located near the Masai Mara Game Park, this safari camp is tucked away in the cool shade of indigenous trees, offering an escape from the African heat. You will stay in permanent tents that are self-contained and fitted with feature beds and en-suite bathroom areas.
In the afternoon, you will take your first thrilling game drive in the Masai Mara game reserve, one of East Africa's top safari destinations. In the night, you can hear a chorus of different animal sounds as they communicate with each other in the darkness - more than enough reason to visit.
The next day is spent game viewing in Kenya's finest wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The morning and afternoon game drives will take you in search of Africa's Big five and the plethora of other wildlife inhabiting this vast Kenyan game reserve. On clear days, the Mara offers fantastic orange tinged sunsets well-worth capturing on camera.
The ultimate action here is without a doubt the annual wildebeest exodus, the great migration which happens in July and August when millions of these grass eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October.
You will depart from your safari camp and take a morning game drive through the Masai Mara Reserve. Then you will return to bustling Nairobi, arriving at about 03:00 in the afternoon. This unforgettable safari ends upon arrival back in Nairobi
The daytime temperatures in Kenya are normally in the high 70's to mid 80's degrees Fahrenheit and from the mid 50's to low 60's degrees Fahrenheit in the evenings and mornings. Southern and coastal Kenya tend to get much warmer and can be very humid depending on the season.
Kenya's past has left it with several different international standards of delivering power. Electricity is delivered at 230 volts, but varies on the connections, so be sure to bring a universal adapter. Also, if outlets are not available in your permanent tented camp, the main building or bar area will have outlets so you can recharge your camera. You can also bring a cigarette lighter adapter to charge your camera while traveling in your vehicle.
Food and sanitary conditions while on safari are of the highest standard, however some precautions are recommended. No inoculations are required to visit Kenya at this time. Previously, a Yellow fever vaccine was required to enter Kenya, but now that is only required by visitors coming from other countries where the disease is endemic.
Safari camps and lodges are not located in any densely populated areas, and many are at high altitude. This greatly reduces the risk of becoming infected. Consult your physician for recommended malaria prophylactics. Remember to bring supplies of prescription medicines, spare glasses, contact lenses, and sunscreen.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is 1510 square kilometers of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodland following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers in Kenya. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is typical open savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.
Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara, you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as the Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, and wildebeest. Elephants, buffaloes, zebras, and hippos are also found in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot, but reasonably common.
You will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and one liter of bottled water whilst on safari. The food on safari is delicious and ranges from simple to gourmet. You can expect lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and wonderful homemade soups. Chicken, lamb, beef, or pork are usually served at lunch and dinner as well fish and vegetarian dishes.
Breakfast is buffet with lots of tropical fruits, hot and cold cereals, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, breads and pastries, and eggs to order. Lunch can be either buffet or served at the table and always starts with soup. Dinner is usually a four or five course sit-down affair, although there is no need to dress up. Often your safari guide will join you at meals as you recall your day's events.
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.