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The word "safari" means "travel." Let Kenya show you what it means to travel under its glorious sunshine. View diverse game and explore the magnificent Maasai Mara National Reserve and its wilderness that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Go on a trip to Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its pink flamingoes and the endangered white rhino. Set out for your exciting adventure and Okoa Africa Tours will guarantee you an experience of a lifetime.
Accommodation level: Budget
On the first and second night of your safari, you will be staying at Miti Mingi Eco Tented Camp.
The third night will be spent at Hotel City Max.
An Okoa Africa Tours safari-guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will depart by road, driving through the rich Kikuyu farmlands to the edge of the Rift Valley. You will descend the escarpment and drive via Narok to Maasai Mara National Reserve with picnic lunch served en-route. Maasai Mara is a classic African savanna and the sheer density of wildlife is amazing.
The Mara is famous for its black manned lion and yearly migrations of wildebeests and zebras. Elephants, buffalos, rhinos, gazelles, leopards, and giraffes are also found there. You will have an afternoon game drive. Dinner and the overnight stay will be available at Miti Mingi Eco Tented Camp.
After breakfast, you will go for a full-day viewing and you will explore the spectacular park. Wherever you go in the Mara, you will see an astonishing amount of wildlife. Of the big cats, lions are found in large prides everywhere. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but are still fairly common. After the game drive, you will return to Miti Mingi Eco Tented Camp and then have dinner.
After breakfast, you will depart Maasai Mara for Lake Nakuru with picnic lunch en-route. On arrival, you will check in at the Hotel Citymax and have lunch. A short nap will be followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at Hotel Citymax.
After breakfast, you will spend the morning watching and photographing the birds and wild animals in Lake Nakuru National Park. You will depart the hotel after lunch and leave for Nairobi, stopping for panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley en-route. You will arrive in Nairobi in the afternoon.
This safari will take place in Maasai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya.
Maasai Mara is one of the best known and most popular reserves in the whole of Africa. At times and in certain places, it can get a little overrun with tourist minibusses, but there is something so special about it that it tempts you back time and again. Seasoned safari travelers, travel writers, documentary makers, and researchers often admit that the Maasai Mara is one of their favorite places. So why is that?
Perhaps it is because of the big skies, open savannas, the romance of films like Out of Africa, and certainly because of the annual wildebeest migration, the density of game, the variety of birdlife, and the chance of a hot air balloon ride. It is also because of the tall red-robed Maasai people whose lifestyle is completely at odds with western practices and from whom one learns to question certain western values.
A combination of all those things plus something to do with the spirit of the place, which is hard to put into words, is what attracts people to the Mara over and over.
The Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley, which is a fault line some 3,500 miles long, from Ethiopia's Red Sea through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and into Mozambique. There, the valley is wide and a towering escarpment can be seen in the hazy distance.
Most of the game viewing activities occur on the valley floor, but some lodges conduct walking tours outside the park boundaries in the hills of the Oloololo Escarpment. The animals are also at liberty to move outside the park into huge areas known as dispersal areas. There can be as much wildlife roaming outside the park as inside.
Many Maasai villages are located in the dispersal areas and they have, over centuries, developed a synergetic relationship with the wildlife. There are four main types of topography in the Mara. You will find the Ngama Hills to the east with sandy soil and leafy bushes liked by the black rhino and Oloololo Escarpment, forming the western boundary and rising to a magnificent plateau.
The Mara Triangle borders the Mara River with lush grasslands and acacia woodlands supporting masses of game, especially migrating wildebeest, and the Central Plains forming the largest part of the reserve with scattered bushes and boulders on rolling grasslands favored by plains game.
The miracle of the migration of the wildebeest known as the greatest show on earth, the annual migration of up to one and a half million animals between the dry plains of Tanzania and the lush grasslands of Kenya, and back again, has been featured as an annual event on the earth’s calendar for the past two million years. It is still as extraordinary, enlightening, and exciting an event as ever.
Taking place around the months of August and September, the migration is a spectacle, both comic and tragic that features the epic journey of vast herds of wildebeest between the grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania, flanked by a carnival of other herbivores and stalked by a ruthless pack of predators. As a vivid portrayal of the violence of the concept, survival of the fittest, it is a spectacle, not always for the faint-hearted that goes beyond memorable and into momentous.
In a short stay during the wildebeest migration, you could see thousands of animals. At other times, there are still hundreds. The plains are full of wildebeests, zebras, impalas, topis, giraffes, and Thomson's gazelles. Also regularly seen are leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, and bat-eared foxes.
The black rhino are a little shy and hard to spot but are often seen at a distance.Hippos are abundant in the Mara River as are very large Nile crocodiles who lay in wait for a meal as the wildebeests cross on pastures.
Lake Nakuru is a very shallow, strongly alkaline lake, 62 square kilometers in extent. It is set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grassland next to Nakuru town. The landscape includes areas of marsh and grassland alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest on the eastern perimeter.
It is located in Central Kenya, 140 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, in Nakuru District of the Rift Valley Province. The lake catchment is bounded by Menengai Crater to the north, the Bahati Hills to the northeast, the Lion Hill ranges to the east, Eburu Crater to the south, and the Mau escarpment to the west. Three major rivers, Njoro, Makalia, and Enderit drain into the lake, together with treated water from the town's sewage works and the outflow from several springs along the shore.
Lake Nakuru was first gazetted as a bird sanctuary in 1960 and upgraded to a national park status in 1968. A northern extension was added to the park in 1974 and the lake was designated as a Ramsar site in 1990. The foundation of the park’s food chain is the Cyanophyte Spirulina Platensis which can support huge numbers of the lesser flamingo.
During this safari, you will be provided with your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as mineral water.
To fully enjoy your safari, you may want to try a fun hot air balloon ride or visit a local Maasai village.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$20 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. There are several airlines which fly to Kenya. It includes Kenya Airways, KLM, British Airways, Qatar, Emirates, Air India, and South African Airways to name a few.
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