LAKE NAKURU & MASAI MARA
DAY 1: NAIROBI TO LAKE NAKURU
This affordable Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Camping Safari leaves from Nairobi in the morning, travelling north via the Great Rift Valley. We pass through beautiful scenery in the Rift Valley, as we make our way to Lake Nakuru National Park.
After lunch, we embark on an afternoon game viewing drive in Lake Nakuru Park, in search of its diverse wildlife and birds.
This Great Rift Valley lake hosts over 400 different bird species, including the Great White Pelican, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork and Long-crested Eagle. Lake Nakuru is sometimes visited by flocks of migratory pink flamingos – an amazing sight when the birds gather.
The Lake Nakuru National Park is an important wildlife sanctuary for some of Africa’s endangered species, especially black and white rhinos, and Rothschild Giraffes. The game reserve is also home to lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons, which we keep an eye out for on our game drive.
We have dinner and overnight in en-suite rooms at a comfortable lodge in Lake Nakuru Park.
DAY 2: LAKE NAKURU TO MASAI MARA
Day two of the Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Camping Safari starts with breakfast at our overnight lodge near the lake. Then it’s back on the road, as we make our way to our next game viewing destination in Kenya, the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
We travel via the floor of the scenic Great Rift Valley, arriving at the safari camp near Masai Mara in time for lunch. Later, we venture into the Masai Mara Reserve on a thrilling afternoon to evening game drive.
Then we return to the tented camp near Masai Mara Game Reserve for dinner and our overnight stay.
DAY 3: MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE – FULL DAY
Today is set aside for game viewing in Kenya’s finest wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Our morning and afternoon 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 that make for spectacular photos. The Mara Reserve covers 1510km² of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodlands, following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers in southwest Kenya. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is quintessential open savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.
Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara Park you will see an abundance of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffalos, 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 a doubt the annual wildebeest exodus, the Great Migration, in July and August when millions of these grazers move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October.
Balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains teeming with wildlife. These Masai Mara balloon trips can be arranged at extra cost.
We overnight at the same safari camp in a private conservancy near Masai Mara tonight.
DAY 4: MASAI MARA TO NAIROBI
We head off into the bush on an early morning game drive in Masai Mara Reserve, before enjoying breakfast back at camp.
Then we return to bustling Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, arriving in the afternoon. This Budget Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Safari ends upon arrival in Nairobi.
LAKE NAKURU / MARA
|DAY||ITINERARY||HOTEL / LODGE|
|1||Nairobi to Lake Nakuru||Lake Nakuru Lodge|
|2||Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara||Mara AA Lodge|
|3||Masai Mara Full Day||Mara AA Lodge|
|4||Masai Mara to Nairobi||Nairobi|
- Lake Nakuru National Park
– Hundreds of bird species including few flamingos, pelicans and others
– Rhino sanctuary
– The Great Rift valley escarpment – Awesome scenery
– View point of Lion hill, Baboon cliff and out of Africa
- Lake Naivasha
– Boat ride
– Guided walking safari at Crescent Island
– Bird watching (A few flamingoes, pelicans and other bird species -season permitting)
- Nature trails & circuits
- Buffet Lunch