@ Nairobi, Kenya. Established since 1961. Famous for – The Great migration, African lions, Cheetah, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Leopards, Hippopotamus, Hyenas, Snake eagles, Flamingos, Crocodiles, Boat safari, Night Animal Sighting etc
About Kenya-Masai Mara Game Reserve :
Africa is of one greatest biodiversity destination on the planet. The second largest continent in the world is endowed with rich biodiversity. With incredibly varied wildlife and landscapes, travelers seek to book Kenya Masai Mara safari packages that leave them mesmerized. People travel from all over the world to this southern tip of Africa for a wildlife getaway.
The Reserve covers 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and raises 1,500-2,170 meters above sea level. The terrain of the reserve is primarily grassland and riverine forest with clumps of distinctive acacia trees. The Masai Mara ecosystem holds one of the highest lion densities in the world and this is where over two million wildebeest, zebra and Thompson gazelle migrate annually.
Once you book Kenya Masai Mara safari packages, you definitely will witness more than 95 species of mammals and 570 recorded species of birds. The wildlife of the Masai Mara is world-renowned, with the so-called “Big Five”- buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros – evident throughout the year. The “Big Nine” – including cheetah, zebra, giraffe and hippo – extends this experience. The Masai Mara also plays host to the ‘Annual Migration’ but whatever the time of year the resident wildlife will surely entertain all who book Kenya Masai Mara safari packages & visits this wondrous Park.
Closest Airport : Nairobi
One has to fly from the home city to Nairobi and then use private vehicle to travel to the game reserves.
KENYA-MASAI MARA TOUR PACKAGE
Day 1 : Welcome to Kenya – Lake Nakuru
On arrival in Jomo Kenyatta Airport (Nairobi International Airport), you will be met by our representatives, Drive to Lake Nakuru, reach camp site for late lunch. Settle in Resort. Post Lunch gear up for your evening game drive.
Return to camp for a shower, dinner, discussions on game drive and overnight stay
– Inclusions for Day 1 – Dinner, Hotel Stay, Local Transfers, Game Drive
Day 2 : Lake Naivasha
Rise & Shine, Enjoy some delicious breakfast meal. It’s time to begin our day, after a quick briefing about your day plan; we meet our game drive guide. Drive to Lake Naivasha. Settle in camp, enjoy some wholesome meal. Post Lunch, gear up for boat safari in Lake Naivasha. Keep any eye for Hippos and African Fishing Eagle, as fishing eagles are busy with fishing in lake. Try and capture this magnificent moments in your camera.
Driving Time : From Nakuru to Naivasha – 2 hrs (Approximately)
– Inclusions for Day 2 – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel Stay, Local Transfers, Game Drive
Day 3 : Masai Mara Game Reserve
Early morning Check out and depart to Masai Mara, reach camp site for late lunch. Post Lunch gear up for your first game drive in Masai Mara. Return to camp for a shower, dinner, discussions on game drive and overnight stay.
Driving Time : From Naivasha to Masai Mara – 7 hrs (Approximately)
– Inclusions for Day 3 – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel Stay, Local Transfers, Game Drive
Day 4 – 5 : Masai Mara Game Reserve
Spend the whole day in Masai Mara Game Reserve with morning and afternoon game drives with Picnic Lunch. OR Return back to camp for Lunch. Post lunch we shall proceed for our evening game drive in national park. Try your luck with Big 5’s of Masai Mara. Return to camp where your delightful dinner awaits in the charming mess tent.
– Inclusions for Day 4 & 5 – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Hotel Stay, Local Transfers, Game Drive
Day 6 : Good Bye Kenya
Rise n Shine, Pack up, Breakfast, post Breakfast drive back to Jomo Kenyatta Airport (Nairobi International Airport) to flight to India.
Driving Time : From Masai Mara to Nairobi – 6 hrs (Approximately)
– Inclusions for Day 6 – Breakfast & Local Transfers
Rate Chart (for 05 Nights / 06 Days Package considering 6 people per Safari Van)
|Resort Type||Pricing per head (06 people per Safari Van)|
|Economy Hotel||$1440 onwards|
|Deluxe Resort||$1460 onwards|
|Luxury Resort||$1850 onwards|
1. All meals as per mentioned in itinerary
2. Full Board accommodation on safari
3. Transport and game drives in specially designed safari minivans with a pop-up roof for maximum game viewing.
4. Park entry fees
5. Services of a professional English Speaking Driver cum Guide.
6. 1 Litre water per person per day
7. Pre-departure briefing before tour.
1. International flight
2. Visa application fees
3. Any beverages
4. Tips and gratuities
5. Remittance Fees
6. Other expenses of purely personal nature like laundry, telephone bills
7. Land Cruiser on special request with supplementary charges.
8. 5% GST
BIODIVERSITY OF KENYA MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
The vegetation of Kenya is diverse and changes according to the topography and climate. The coasts have mangrove swamps and rain forest. The northern region is full of grasses, scrubs with typical savanna ecosystem with open grasses dotted with thorny trees. The highlands and peaks are full of bamboo and timber trees like African camphor, African Olive, Pencil cedar and so on. About 550 different species are found here. The yellow bark acacia woodlands form a beautiful landscape.
East Africa is hotspot for wildlife in the world. African elephants, Black and White Rhinos, African lions, Cheetahs, African leopard, Burchell’s and rare Grey Zebra, Masai giraffe and Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape buffaloes, Hippopotamus, Wildebeest, and Thompson’s and Grants Gazelles are some on the top sighted mammals. Impalas. Topi, Fox, Jackals are also seen. Vervet monkeys, De Brazza monkey, Baboons are some of the primates found here.
More than 1000 species of birds have been recorded all over the region. Vultures, Marabou storks, Secretary birds, Hornbills, Crowned cranes, Ostriches, Long crested Eagles, Falcons etc are some of the birds seen. Liliac breasted Roller is the National Bird of Kenya.
Reptile biodiversity in Kenya are varied. Some of these are leopard tortoise, chameleon, black mambas, spitting cobra and scorpions. Other reptiles include Nile crocodile, Monitor lizard, Terrapin and so on.
Marine life is also diverse. Biggest fresh water fish found is Nile Perch. Other species include Lungfish, tuna, marlin, sailfish, kingfish and various shark species.
FAMOUS THE BIG FIVE ANIMALS OF KENYA MASAI MARA
The Big Five and Africa is a synonymous when it comes to going on a safari in the World. The Big Five consist of – The African Lion, African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, African Leopard and Rhinoceros. The term big five was coined by Big – Game hunters referring to the five most difficult mammals that could be hunted on foot. These animals are chosen as Big Five depending on the difficulty level in hunting them and the subsequent danger involved. All the Five mammals in the Big Five category are listed as either ENDANGERED or NEAR THREATENED by IUCN. Extensive conservation efforts are been carried out to save the above mentioned species.
MUST VISIT PLACES IN KENYA
1. Masai Mara Game Reserve :
About 270 kms from Nairobi, The Masai Mara National Reserve also called as Masai Mara or just Mara by the locals stretches over the area of 1510 sq. kms. The name is derived from the Maasai tribes and to honor them. The Masai Mara is a small part of the Greater Mara Ecosystem which also includes Serengeti and areas. It was established in 1961.
The Mara topography can be divided into 4 types: Ngama Hills lying in the east with sandy soil and leafy bushes liked by black rhino; Oloololo forms the western boundary and forma a magnificent plateau; Mara Triangle bordering the Mara River with lush grassland and acacia woodlands supporting varied wildlife especially migrating wildebeest; Central Plains forms the largest part of the reserve, with scattered bushes and boulders.
It is home to over 95 species of mammals and 570 species of birds have been recorded.
2. Aberdare National Park :
The Aberdare National Park called as the Majestic Moorlands due to the vast ravines and open moorlands found here. It covers the higher region of Aberdare Mountain Ranges in the Central Kenya.Located about 100 kms from Nairobi; it was established as a National Park in 1950. The total area of Aberdare is 766 sq.km.
The landscape is varied with mountain peaks, deep valleys, rivers and waterfalls whereas the lower altitudes moorlands, bamboo forest and rainforests are seen. The park is home to endangered Aberdare cisticola, Jackson’s francolin, sparry hawks, goshawks, eagles etc. 250 bird species have been recorded here. Mammas include African Elephants, Black Rhino, Leopards, Spotted Hyenas, Zebras, Olive baboons and so on.
One can watch wildlife day and night coming to waterholes and salt licks from the viewing decks. Aberdare is famous for Treetops hotels and the ARK. Modeled after the Noah’s Ark, the ark has 4 viewing decks to watch animals.
3. Lake Nakuru :
Two hours drive i.e approximately 170 kms from Nairobi located around Nakuru lake in the Nakuru town is a bird paradise. Lake Nakuru National park stretches over the area of 188 sq.km and lies 1756 meters above the sea level. Earlier it was a Bird Sanctuary which then in 1968 was declared as National Park.
The climate is typical African Savannah. One can see patch forest, acacia woodlands in the park. The park is open all year round. More than 500 bird species have been observed in the area. The most striking one are the The Flamingos that form a pink carpet on the lake. Other birds include Pelicans, Plovers, Marabou Storks and so on.
Numerous rare mammals have made the Nakuru region their home. Rothchild’s giraffe, Endangered Black and White Rhino, Cape Buffalos, Thomson’s gazelle, lions, cheetahs, leopards, baboons and the list goes on are seen.
Some of the must visit places/viewpoints in and around Lake Nakuru are Baboon cliff, Lion hill, Flamingo hill and Makolia Camp.
4. Lake Naivasha :
The freshwater lake located in the outskirts of Naivasha town in Nakuru . It is a part of Great Rift Valley. Lake Naivasha has its name derived from local Masaai name (Nai’posha) which means rough water. The lake stretches over 13kms and is about 991 sq km in area. The thick papyrus trees surround the lake along with yellow barked Acacia. About 400 species of birds are recorded in the area along with mammals like giraffes, zebras, lions, baboons and so on.
HOTELS AND RESORTS IN KENYA-MASAI MARA
Kenya is place with plenty of options for accommodations across various categories. However to experience the Kenya at its best it is advisable to stay at specialty lodges and jungle camps where you can live the real side of Africa. Some of the most recommended resorts and camps in our tours are –
NAIROBI: Intercontinental Hotel 5*
ABERDARES: The Ark 5*
LAKE NAKURU / NAIVASHA: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge 4*
MASAI MARA: Mara Sopa Lodge/ Keekorok Lodge 4*
WEATHER & GEOLOGY IN KENYA-MASAI MARA
The geography of Kenya is very diverse. Kenyan Rift Valley occupies the Central and Western Kenya whereas as Indian Ocean to its coastline. The Kakamega forest in Kenya is rain-forest.The weather/climate varies by location. The coastal areas experience tropical climate. The climate is more arid towards the central Kenya. One can experience clear climate from January and it gets warmer from February. End of March is the start of rains and April is much cooler. The rains continue till June and the winter sets in from July in Kenya. August is the start of Migration. The Great Migration fills the Mara plains. The temperature rises and September-October is hot and dry. The region experiences rains again in November and December.
ABOUT MASAI TRIBE
Masai are the local and nomadic tribe settled in Kenya and Northen Tanzania. Due to their old traditions of hunting wild animals now they are all settled near the national parks and
are now surviving on farming and income from tourism. The current Masaai population is estimated to around 700000 to 900000. During wildlife tour to Kenya you get an opportunity to visit the
village of Masaai tribes. One can enjoy their cultural tour where they show you how they live and survive in wild conditions, you also get to shop souvenirs made by the tribal communities.
It is one of the interesting theme of a wildlife tour to Kenya and Tanzania which one should definitely taste.