The Masai Mara is known for its abundant wildlife including the famous “Big Five” game animals: lions leopards elephants rhinoceros and buffalo. It is also home to numerous other species of animals such as wildebeest zebras giraffes hyenas cheetahs and many species of birds.
One of the most spectacular events that takes place in the Masai Mara is the annual migration of wildebeest zebras and gazelles which occurs from July to October. During this time millions of animals move from Tanzania’s Serengeti to the Mara in search of food and water creating an incredible spectacle that is a must-see for many visitors.
The Masai Mara is also home to the Maasai people who have a distinctive culture and way of life that has been preserved for centuries. Visitors to the reserve can learn about the Maasai’s traditional practices such as their pastoral lifestyle and unique dress and even visit some of their villages to experience their way of life firsthand.
Day 1: Nairobi- Masai Mara National Reserve
Early morning pick up from your hotel and depart for Masai Mara National Reserve with a drive through the Great Rift Valley. Pass by Narok town to arrive at the campsite/lodge for lunch.
Check in, have your lunch served at the camp/lodge and rest a bit before progressing for evening game drives. Masai Mara Reserve is one of the greatest wilderness in the world. Residents in the park are zebra, topi, eland, buffalo, giraffe, Thompson’s and grant gazelle. In addition, the large mammals are easy to see.
Drive back to the camp/lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve full day Game Drives
Have your early morning breakfast served and proceed for a full day game drive at the park.
Our full Day game drives take us 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.
Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, 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.
The ultimate action here is without doubt the annual wildebeest exodus, the Great Migration, in July and August when millions of these grass eaters move north from the Serengeti in search of greener grass before turning south again in October.
Hot-air balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains teeming with wildlife. These Masai Mara balloon trips can be arranged at an extra cost (USD 450 PER PERSON).
Dinner and overnight in your camp/lodge.
Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve- Nairobi
Depart for an early morning game drive. Return back to the camp/lodge for late breakfast and checkout. Drive back to Nairobi for drop off at your hotel or airport.
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