3 Days Classic Wildlife Safari in Kenya

  • Nairobi - Maasai Mara National Reserve

Overview

The Mighty Maasai Mara Kenyan Safaris

This tour will take you to the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, which is famously known for the Big Five, the great wildebeest migration, the Mara River, and an extension of the great Serengeti National Park. You will spend your time in the wild including a visit to one of the Maasai villages to enable you to understand more about its culture. Experience the wonders of nature while gaining memories that you will surely treasure for a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Waking up in the wild
  • Cultural tour to a Maasai village
  • Chance to spot Africa's Big Five game
  • Game drives in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • 2 dinners, two lunches, and one brunch
  • English speaking driver-guide
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 7.

  • 3 activity days
  • English
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You can choose between a variety of accommodation options. Budget stays include the Crocodile Camp Masai Mara and Wajee Mara Camp. The comfort level features the Osero Enarau, Mara River Lodge, and Masai Mara Sopa Lodge. Luxury stays include the Loyk Mara Luxury Camp, Basecamp Masai Mara, and Ilkeliani Camp. The luxury plus level features the Saruni Mara and Offbeat Mara.

Basecamp Masai Mara

Fittingly referred to as the ‘mother of all camps’ and lovingly run by its staff, this camp is as much a home as it is a tourism destination. Its guests become more than visitors as they become part of the Maasai community. Join the team around the fireplace, for story sharing, and star gazing. Not far from the camp you will find the thriving village of Talek, whose community has been a close partner of the camp since its beginning.

In and around Talek, you will encounter authentic rural life with all its mesmerizing vibrancy and cultural components. In the surrounding areas, the camp has initiated several community programs with the aim of empowering local people through capacity building, awareness raising, and vocational training. While staying at Basecamp, guests are encouraged to visit the BMB handicraft center located next to the reception, and to plant a tree in the tree plantation.

The camp offers twelve double riverside tents, all built along the banks of the Talek river, the natural border to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. With more than 286 identified bird species, you are certain to wake to a symphony of birdsong while staying at Basecamp. All tents are fitted with bio-flush toilets, solar-heated safari showers, and a private balcony where you can have a direct view of the reserve.

Crocodile Camp Masai Mara

Very near to the Talek Gate at the Maasai Mara National Reserve, you can find this small and uniquely-situated camp. It is the only camp with access to the open view of the vastness of the Maasai Mara savanna and its herds of animals. In this camp, you can watch, from a safe distance, the unique wildlife of East Africa directly out of your tent. At the time of the Great Wildebeest Migration from July to September, the last migrant herds of wildebeest and zebra can also be observed directly.

There are crocodiles in the nearby Talek river which can also be observed from an absolutely safe distance, which is also unique to this place. The camp is equipped with clean restrooms, hot showers, a kitchen, and a small bar and restaurant. You can bring your own tent or rent one, or use the fully-equipped permanent tents with private shower and bathroom. In the evening, a bonfire will be lit and you can listen to the African animal noises or enjoy a traditional Masai dance.

Ilkeliani Camp

Nestled in a river glade in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the area is a favorite for elephants coming to drink from the Talek river. The camp has been designed to combine the old traditional safari style with a modern and fresh feel. Ilkeliani Camp offers only 17 tents and each has commanding views of the plains and wildlife action throughout the day. It is a permanent camp designed along eco-friendly principles. The ethos is to leave minimum footprint on nature.

Its well-equipped tents are stylish with en-suite bathrooms. They are situated under the camp's own cluster of shady indigenous trees, where you can truly feel that you are out in the wilderness. The interiors are spacious and comfortable, featuring a front veranda with a day bed and canvas safari chairs. Home-cooked meals, combined with personal service, contribute to an unforgettable safari experience.

Loyk Mara Luxury Camp

This rare eco-savanna gem is situated on secluded acreage in the most scenic site of the Olare Orok Conservancy in the greater Maasai Mara National Reserve playing host to the variety of wildlife, birds, and habitats which only the Maasai Mara can offer. This area is an astounding pastiche of open floodplains, marshlands, dry acacia, reverie forest, and open grasslands - truly a magical place for nature lovers.

Loyk Mara Luxury Camp captures the essence of modernized African design, culture, and tradition in combination with a stylish and exclusive atmosphere, excellent food, and personalized services. It gives you the opportunity to let go and dive in with nature. Open yourself to exploring, to being an adventurer, and to relaxing, and delight in the desires that come with staying at a luxury camp. Come visit this unique place and share an intimate experience with the Maasai people.

The camp has 10 spacious, contemporary-styled, en-suite tents built on elevated wooden decks among trees to provide you with optimum privacy and views of wildlife from the comfort of your own terrace. Construction was done with close attention to impact on the environment and in support to the community, and all construction materials were obtained locally. The rooms are simple, elegant, and decorated in a classic safari style, and fitted with comfortable king-sized beds.

The interior is simple but with a warm heart and authentic African soul. The beautiful en-suite bathrooms are equipped with a flushing toilet, solar-powered hot water shower, shaving socket, and hair dryers. All rooms are also equipped with tea and coffeemakers and, upon request, a personal butler, wake up calls, in-room dining, and private barbecues can be arranged.

Mara River Lodge

This lodge lies on the Mara River at the edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and overlooks deep pools where crocodiles and hippos bask all day. Painted in traditional Maasai red ochre and lit by hundreds of lanterns, the lodge gives an immediate impression of the local surroundings. Guests are met by Maasai warriors in full regalia.

The lodge is surrounded by indigenous trees and plants and blends with the environment. This place combines the best of nature and unexpected wilderness comfort with some of the finest views in Mara.

After a hot day’s safari, your cozy room awaits, providing you with a hot shower and comfortable bed. The lodge has 78 rooms and two deluxe suites with two bedrooms each, providing views of the Mara River from a private veranda. The rooms are decorated in vibrant Maasai colors using bright fabrics and rugs. Timber beams support the thatched roof that keeps the rooms warm in the cool Mara evenings.

Masai Mara Sopa Lodge

Located high on the slopes of the Oloolaimutia hills, this lodge was one of the first safari lodges to be built in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a reason why its gardens and trees are so lush and mature. All the buildings follow the design of traditional African round houses with conical roofs, and these stretch along the line of hills with impressively large public area buildings and a swimming pool at its center.

The lodge has 50 guest cottages divided into two wings to either side of the main public areas. Each of these house two spacious guest rooms with queen and king-sized beds, mosquito nets, electronic safes, dressing tables, en-suite bathrooms, and sheltered verandas that all have views over the gardens and the game reserve beyond. Six of the cottages each contain two suites with larger bedrooms and bathrooms, and both indoor and outdoor seating areas.

Offbeat Mara

This is a small, traditional safari camp situated within the 74,000-acre Mara North Conservancy. The area is full of wildlife yet far from any other camp or lodge. Mara North Conservancy is only open to member camps and has a strict policy on game viewing etiquette. For these reasons, the camp's guests get a wholly-exclusive experience that is otherwise becoming hard to find.

Offbeat Mara maintains its private homely feel by consisting of only seven tents. There are four double/twin tents and three family tents. The heart of the camp is the main "mess" tent which has a sitting room, dining room, and bar-library area. All the accommodation tents are en-suite, with flush loos and traditional hot safari showers. Each tent has its own veranda and is carefully positioned to offer wonderful views as well as privacy.

Osero Enarau

This is a tented camp located at the western edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Imagine being on safari in the African wilderness, with lands of history and culture, and log fires after an intoxicating sunset. Osero Enarau is immersed in all of this and is set among bush land rich with wild and resilient animals, interesting flora, and colorful bird life. Guests can enjoy an inclusive experience of high-quality accommodation and service, with meticulous attention from the staff.

The guest rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished, which retains the authenticity of being under canvas. The bedrooms have polished wood floors and either king-sized or twin beds. The bathrooms are large and modern, with showers or baths, toilets, and complimentary toiletries. Outside the entrance of every room is a wooden terrace from which guests can privately take in the surrounding wilderness, while relaxing or recounting the day's adventures with friends and family.

Saruni Mara

This is the only small, boutique lodge in Mara with five elegant cottages, one family villa, and one private villa. The lodge is nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of the most exciting wilderness in Africa, Mara North Conservancy, which is an exclusive, private wildlife concession bordering the world-renowned Maasai Mara National Reserve. Maasai warriors guide you throughout, sharing their ancient wisdom of the area and animals, and their fascinating way of life.

Wajee Mara Camp

This place features open camping grounds where you can pitch your own tent. The area is large enough to be zoned into individual private areas with cooking and dining sections. In addition, the camp has strategically-located convenience facilities, such as bathrooms and shower block, at close quarters.The camping grounds are famous with backpackers and other budget outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

Meals for campers can be organized from the main kitchen for a fee. The camping grounds are spacious and in a cool, shaded area. Litter bins are placed around the camping grounds for your convenience.

Day 1 - Nairobi and Maasai Mara National Reserve

You will be picked up in Nairobi at 7:30 a.m. then drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve. You will arrive in time for lunch then go for an afternoon game drive. Maasai Mara is situated in southwest Kenya and is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves.

Together with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, it forms Africa’s most diverse, incredible, and spectacular ecosystem, and possibly provides the world’s top big game viewing safaris. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at the lodge of your booking.

Day 2 - Maasai Mara National Reserve

For this day, you will have a packed lunch and a full day of game driving. The Maasai Mara National Reserve stretches for 1,510 square kilometers (580 square miles) and rises between 1,500 to 2,170 meters above sea level. Add the conservancies in the area and the reserve is at least twice the mentioned size. It hosts over 95 species of mammals and over 570 recorded species of birds.

You can consider this reserve the world cup of wildlife and, together with the Serengeti National Park, there is no better place to witness the best wildlife viewing in the world than in Maasai Mara. There will also be a trip to one of the villages where you can witness the Maasai people and their culture. Dinner and an overnight stay will be at the lodge of your booking.

Day 3 - Maasai Mara National Reserve and Nairobi

You will wake up at 6 a.m. for a sunrise game drive, and then drive back to the accommodation for breakfast. Afterwards, you will head back to Nairobi and have lunch en-route. You will then be dropped off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).

The Maasai village tour is included in the price of this retreat.

Maasai Mara National Reserve

At the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, in the rolling plains and lush savanna, lies the majestic Maasai Mara National Reserve in its entire splendor. Perhaps Africa’s most diverse ecosystem, the reserve is home to all the Big Five animals (lion, leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo, and black rhinoceros). It also boasts the annual great wildebeest migration, generally referred to as the “World Cup of the Wild”.

Other animals in attendance to this wondrous natural display include the zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, and the main antagonist, the Nile crocodile. This breathtaking spectacle occurs every year from July to October as the animals cross the Mara River into the neighboring Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Maasai Mara National Reserve and its environs are home to the Maasai people, one of Africa’s most renowned cultures with preserved heritage.

There are two dinners, two lunches, and one brunch included in the price of this retreat. The lunches will be packed and brought with you to the game drives. The dinners will be served at the accommodating campsites or lodges. The brunch will be served on the third day before heading back to Nairobi.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements 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)
  • Capture photos of the wildlife and sceneries
  • Enjoy the game drives
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views
  • 2 dinners, two lunches, and one brunch
  • 2 nights accommodation in mid-range lodges
  • 24-hour standby hotline
  • All government taxes and levies
  • Complimentary 2 liters of mineral water per person per game drive
  • Game viewing drives in Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Meet and greet services
  • On-board first-aid kit, wildlife books, a pair of binoculars, cool box, and fire extinguisher
  • Park entrance fees
  • Private ground transportation on a four-by-four safari van with a pop-up roof
  • Services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • Transfer from and to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO)
  • Two-way, long-range, and high-frequency radio communication in each vehicle
  • Airfare costs
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Departure taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel and health insurances
  • Visa costs

Arrival by airplane

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

Testimonials

  • Review by Charles Kramer from Pala, Karnataka, India

    "Travel For Change Africa provided our family of four with the best possible tour of Kenya that anyone can hope for! Our driver and guide, Patrick, was exceptional with our four- and seven-year old kids, and everyone at the company is forthright and super nice. We traveled on a super low budget and they even granted our request for some home stays where we really got to experience local life there. We explored little-known areas and got discounted admission into Masaai Mara and other parks, which is unheard of in Kenya. Patrick was a safe and friendly guy who knew so much, we barely needed another guide. But they provided specialty guides in areas that needed special focus like Kisumu, Hell's Gate, and the Kakamega forest. This was especially nice because we learned so much about each individual area. One of our local guides even arranged for us to meet Mama Sara Obama, Barrack Obama's grandmother. We love everyone at the company and have so many videos and pictures to post. Thanks again for an amazing trip!"

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  • Review by Aled Jones

    "Thank you for a superb safari. You looked after us from the moment you picked us up from the airport to the minute you dropped us back off there. David, our guide, was superb. He is a true gentleman and knew his stuff. He went out of his way to find things we'd not seen and we managed to see the "Big 5"! The rhino was a challenge. We wouldn't hesitate to use your company again. Hopefully, you'll enjoy viewing my photographs."

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  • Review by Jesse Ondoro from Nairobi, Kenya

    "Travel For Change Africa is the best traveling agent across East Africa."

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  • Review by Silas Mabeta

    "What a wonderful experience. It was a long trip to the Mara but I enjoyed the whole experience."

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