Masai Mara Explorer
5 Day Safari, Accommodated
Number of Participants: 2-6
Tour Price: from 1,160 USD
Single Supplement: from 220 USD
This 5 day lodge safari takes you to the two most famous reserves in Kenya. The Masai Mara Game Reserve is one of the reserves in East Africa with the highest abundance of animals, while the Lake Nakuru is a paradise for countless water birds. The lake is home to thousands of flamingos, which give the lake its pink appearance. In addition to unique game viewing opportunities, you also have time to relax and get to know the country and its people. You will overnight in selected safari lodges and tented camps with a Hemingway flair and upmarket interior. Specially trained guides will accompany you on your trip and they will give you an insight into Kenya’s fauna and the ecological system of East Africa.
Day 1-5; Kenya
- Masai Mara Game Reserve: Game drives, trip to Mara River
- Lake Nakuru National Park: Game drives
Day 1 Nairobi, Kenya
After your arrival in Nairobi, you are picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. You will overnight at the Sarova Panafric Hotel or similar.
Day 2 Nairobi, Kenya - Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 4-5h
After breakfast you begin your safari and you head in the direction of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. On your way into the vast steppe landscape of the Masai, you pass the two dormant volcanoes Mount Longonot and Suswa. You arrive at the Masai Mara Game Reserve around lunchtime and in the afternoon enough time has been set aside for your first game drive. The reserve is well-known for its high animal population. Together with the southerly situated Serengeti, the region is famous for the biggest migration on earth (ca. 2 million animals). Hundreds of thousands wildebeest and zebras form part of this long marsh. However other animals like lions, elephants, buffalos and giraffes can also be spotted. You will overnight at the Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Distance depends upon chosen route
The entire day is dedicated to extensive game viewing with your experienced guide. Among that, a trip to the Mara River is on todays agenda. The river is one of the biggest hurdles for the wildebeest and zebras on their yearly trek. Unbelievable scenes can be witnessed at the end of October and beginning of November when tens of thousands of animals have to cross the river that has risen after all the rainfall and is full of crocodiles. However, even during other seasons, hippos, crocodiles and other animals can be spotted here. You will spend another night at the Sarova Mara Game Camp or similar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Masai Mara Game Reserve; Kenya - Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5h
After one last game drive in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, you have breakfast at the Mara Sarova Camp before you travel to the Lake Nakuru National Park. The national park is well-known for the massive population of flamingos and countless other water birds. Along the river bank, buffaloes, hippos and maybe even rhinos can be spotted. With a little luck you might even be able to see lions, leopards and the rather rare Rothschild giraffes in the acacia forest and the southerly situated tree savannah region. You will overnight at the Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge or similar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya - Nairobi, Kenya
Distance approx. 160 km; driving time approx. 2-3h
After breakfast and another game drive you make your way back to Nairobi, where you will have lunch at the famous Carnivore Restaurant (optional). This is where your safari comes to an end and you either make your way back home or continue your journey through East Africa.
We will gladly prepare an individual itinerary based on your wishes and request, to follow the above safari. Why not take part in another interesting safari or just relax on one of the white sandy beaches on board the Indian Ocean, before you head back home.
- Safari according to the itinerary
- 4 nights accommodation in hotels, camps or lodges
as indicated in the itinerary
- Transport in a minibus or similar safari vehicle
- Professional English speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- National Parks fees
- Flights (international & domestic)
- Meals not indicated in the itinerary
- Beverages (alcohol and soft drinks)
- Optional activities
- Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?
- Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 travellers per group.
- Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.
Is there an age limit on tour?
- Generally there is no age limit on small group safaris. Due to the long driving distances we however don’t recommend small group safaris for children under the age of 6 years. But if you as a parent are confident that the long driving distances and the many hours spent in the car won’t bother your child/children, they are welcome to join this safari. Please note that parents are responsible for children at all times.
Where does the group overnight while on tour?
- You will overnight in hotels, safari lodges or in permanent tented camps (with en-suite bathrooms). While the safari lodges are solid structures, the tented camps are permanently fixed walk-in safari style tents, offering the same service as hotels and lodges.
What vehicle is used on tour?
- We make use of 4x4 mini buses that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Each guest is guaranteed a window seat and during game drives, the roof can be opened.
What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are not included and are for your own account.
- Meals are enjoyed at the accommodations. Breakfast is buffet and for lunch and dinner you are usually offered a three course menu or a buffet. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements you may have.
- Lunch can also be en route at a designated picnic spot in form of a lunch box, which can contain sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs for example.
What do I need to bring with me?
- Good, suitable clothing (long trousers and sleeves are recommended for protection against mosquitoes)
- A detailed list of what to bring will be provided after booking.
- Please remember that there is limited space available in the vehicle and that you should restrict yourself to one large piece of luggage or a rucksack, weighing no more than 15 kg and one small piece of hand luggage. If possible, please do not bring a suitcase with you. Please also take note of the luggage regulations of the different airlines.
Do I need visa for this safari?
- Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
- In general European citizens can apply for a Kenyan Visa upon arrival at the respective airport or border post
- It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.
Do I need vaccinations for this safari?
- The safari starts and ends in Kenya, a yellow fever region, which is why we recommend a yellow fever vaccination.
- Kenya is also situated within a malaria area, wherefore we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
- Although Kenya does not require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.