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7 Day Rift Valley Lakes and Masai Mara Safari in Kenya

Nakuru Sopa Lodge, Nakuru, Kenya

Guided Safari in Kenya

This safari tour visits two of the Rift Valley lakes and the classic Masai Mara. Activities include game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park and the Masai Mara National Reserve and also a boat safari on Lake Naivasha. There will be plenty of opportunities to track down all the Big Five, see Big Five in their natural environment, spot hundreds of species of bird, and watch big cats patrol the savannah plains!

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group size: minimum 2, maximum 6 persons in a 4x4 safari minivan with a pop-up roof for game viewing
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 6 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting and ending point: Nairobi
  • Languages: English-speaking guides
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Daily game drive
  • Boat trip on Lake Naivasha
  • Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve
  • Visit Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha National Parks
  • Opportunity to see Big Five, giraffe, rhino, zebra, wildebeest, and more
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari minivan with a pop-up roof
  • Daily meals and drinking water during the safari
  • 6 nights accommodation

Styles


7 activity days
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
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Accommodation

  • Day 1 - 2: Nakuru Sopa Lodge
  • Day 3: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
  • Day 4 - 6: Sarova Mara Game Camp

Program

Day 1: Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park

You will depart Nairobi early morning for Lake Nakuru national park (2.5 hours) where you could see over 400 different species of birds, good numbers of white rhinos, the rare Rothschild giraffe and other plains mammals such as lion, zebra, and buffalo.

Upon entering the park, you will take a game drive en route to your accommodation at Sopa Lodge, located at the top of a ridge with great views over the lake and park. After lunch, you’ll head out into the park for a game drive before returning to the lodge for dinner.

  • Main destination: Lake Nakuru National park
  • Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: Lunch & dinner (breakfast not included, drinks not included)

Day 2: Lake Nakuru National Park

Today, you will spend the day on game drives exploring the lakeshore with all meals at the lodge.

  • Main destination: Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 3: Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, you will head down the Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha and the Sopa Resort (1.5 hours). The lodge is located by the lake and has beautiful grounds with huge cactus and many acacia trees and there is often wildlife wandering around such as bushbuck, zebra, and giraffe.

The main building has an interior garden, fireplaces, and low comfy leather sofas. The rooms themselves are spacious, Swahili style chalets either with a balcony or a glass-fronted lounge area for relaxing and wildlife viewing.

After lunch, you’ll take a boat safari across the lake where you may see hippos and many species of birds including fish eagles, pelicans, and sometimes flamingoes. Towards the end of your boat safari, you will stop at Crescent Island for a guided nature walk.

You’ll then retire to the lodge for the evening where you can take a swim, have dinner and watch the hippos come up from the Lake to graze in Sopa’s grounds.

  • Main destination: Lake Naivasha
  • Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 4: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara

An early morning drive to Masai Mara National Reserve. It holds on as one of the few places left on earth where wildlife still lives comparatively undisturbed, in the numbers that once roamed the plains and forests of Africa.

As the northern tip of the vast Serengeti Ecosystem, the Mara hosts the spectacular seasonal migration of many thousands of wildebeest, zebras, and attendant predators. Have lunch en-route, the evening is spent at leisure. Dinner and overnight at camp.

  • Main destination: Masai Mara
  • Accommodation: Sarova Mara Game camp
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 5 - 6: Masai Mara full-day game drive

Spend the days on game drives exploring the Masai Mara. The open grasslands are home to incredibly rich and varied wildlife. The awesome annual migration of millions of wildebeest and antelope is the highlight of any visitor to Africa from July to September.

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is arguably Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary. It is the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. The film "Out of Africa" was made to a great extent in this reserve.

Virtually every type of wildlife can be seen in the Mara due to the migration across the Kenya / Tanzania border which is a spectacle worth seeing as millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle from Serengeti Plains cross the Tanzania border at the Mara River to into Maasai Mara grazing fields from late June.

The dramatic crossing of the river and the predators who prey on the herds can be viewed from early July to August. The reserve abounds with birdlife since close to about 452 species have been recorded.

  • Main destination: Masai Mara
  • Accommodation: Sarova Mara Game Camp
  • Meals & drinks: All meals included, drinking water (other drinks not included)

Day 7: Masai Mara - Nairobi

You wake up at 6 a.m. for a sunrise game drive. At 9 a.m., you drive back to accommodation for brunch then depart for Nairobi. Lunch en-route and arrival in Nairobi in the late afternoon.

  • Main destination: Masai Mara - Nairobi
  • Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
  • Meals & drinks: Breakfast and lunch, drinking water (dinner, other drinks not included)

Location

This safari takes place in Kenya. You will visit Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha National Park, and Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Transport whilst on safari in 4×4 safari minivan with pop up roof for game viewing
  • Full board accommodation whilst on safari as in the itinerary
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Transfer upon arrival and departure
  • All national park fees and government taxes
  • Service of an English speaking professional driver / guide
  • All game drives as detailed in the itinerary
  • Complimentary drinking water while on the safari

What's not included

  • International or local flights
  • Tips and gratuities to driver / guide, hotel / camp and restaurant staff, room service
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Accommodation before and after the safari
  • Change in itinerary
  • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Pricing information

Rate excludes Easter, Christmas and New year supplements.

Prices may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond Leadwood Expeditions’ control and any increase levied will be passed to you for park fees and government taxes.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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