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Have an opportunity to experience enjoyable game viewing activities in some of the most famous national parks of Kenya. The game viewings will take place in the exceptionally beautiful Maasai Mara National Reserve, Hell's Gate National Park, and Lake Nakuru. With your accommodation, daily meals, and service of professional guide / driver included in the price, this budget safari will be your experience of a lifetime.
During this safari, you will spend your nights at Miti Mingi Eco Camp in Maasai Mara, at Citymax Hotel in Lake Nakuru, and at Taphe Guest Resort in Lake Naivasha. The accommodations are based on two persons sharing a double occupancy room or tent. Where possible, rooms with private baths are provided. Single rooms, which are available at an additional cost, cannot be guaranteed.
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You will be picked up from your hotel / airport and be transferred to the office to meet the group members and depart for the Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will travel via the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley and Narok town for lunch and refueling. After lunch, you will leave Narok and drive to the reserve. After arriving at the camp, you will check in and relax for a few minutes. You will proceed for an afternoon game drive, tracking various animal species and birds with your driver / guide. Dinner and overnight will be at the camp.
After breakfast, you will have a full day of game drive 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. Break for your picnic lunch at the hippo pool, looking out for hippos and crocodile. You will continue with game drive till 17:00 for visit to the Maasai village which is optional. Dinner and overnight will be at the camp.
You will enjoy an early morning game drive. After breakfast, you will depart the Mara region for Nakuru and enjoy lunch en route, with scenic views of Mount Longmont, Lake Naivasha, and Lake Elementaita from afar on the main highway. You will arrive in Nakuru town in the evening. Dinner and overnight are at a budget hotel.
After breakfast, you proceed on a game drive in Lake Nakuru, it's known for its prolific bird-life including flamingos. The park contains a sanctuary for the conservation of the white rhino while species like cape buffalo and waterbuck can be seen near the shoreline - enjoy a hot lunch and drive to Naivasha - you have an option to take a boat ride in this freshwater lake to go and see hippos and fish eagles at extra cost. Dinner and overnight will be at a budget hotel.
After breakfast, you will have a nature walk in the Hell's Gate National Park. You may hire bicycles to cycle in this only. There are over 100 species of birds in the park, including vultures, Verreaux's Eagles, Augur Buzzard, and Swifts. African Buffalo, Zebra, Eland, Hartebeest, Thomson's Gazelle, and Baboons are also common. The park is also home to Klipspringer Antelope and Chanler's Mountain Reedbuck - enjoy hot or picnic lunches and later drive back to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon. Drop back to Nairobi hotel (end of the safari).
The safari will take place in Maasai Mara National Reserve, Lake Nakuru, Hell's Gate National Park, and Lake Naivasha in Kenya.
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.
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 freshwater 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.
The Maasai 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 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: 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. 53 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 Reserve is best known as 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 Maasai 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.
During this safari, your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price.
On your free time, you can have the option to go on a balloon safari, have a boat rode, or visit the Maasai Village for an extra fee.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Papio Africa Holidays will pick you up from the airport.
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