Essential Kenya: Safaris in Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru

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Total Trip:

8 Days

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Places Visited:

Nairobi, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park

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Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
Explore Kenya’s most famed national parks on this essential 8-day Kenya safari through the African wilderness. Beginning in the Masai Mara, you will be exposed to unbelievable sightings of lion, leopard, elephant rhinoceros and buffalo – but will also be exposed to the fascinating Masai culture. Moving through the Great Rift Valley, the tour features the sublime Lake Nakuru and its flamingo filled shores from game drives to perfect


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Day 1

Nairobi to Masai Mara – Welcome to Kenya! Arrive in Nairobi and Drive to the Masai Mara National Reserve

Arriving today at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will connect with your representative in the arrivals terminal. Without wasting a minute, you will load your baggage into the truck and drive towards the famed Masai Mara National Park. Over this six-hour drive, the landscapes will transform dramatically, as you move through the Great Rift Valley and into the heart of the Masai Warrior homeland. The town of Narok will be the final city before you enter into the farmland that surrounds the Mara. Shortly after, you will pass through the park gates and drive towards the Mara Fig Tree Camp, located on the banks of the Talek River.

The final two and a half hours of the drive is on a rough bush track through the park. Driving this road is often a game drive in and of itself, with zebra, impala and wildebeest dotting the roadside.  The expansive camp offers a variety of accommodations, with options to stay in anything from a tented camp overlooking the hippo-filled river, to a private cottage in a quiet forest. Monkeys frequently scamper around the property, with a few bold individuals sneaking into the spacious dining area at mealtime. Arriving late in the afternoon after a long day of travel, you will spend the remainder of the day unwinding at your leisure. We would recommend strolling along the edge of Talek River in hopes of spotting some of the resident crocodile. Return to the dining area for a buffet dinner and drinks, before heading back to your tent or cabin. Tonight you will fall asleep to the grunts of hippos and buffalo grazing on the shores of the river. A lucky few may even hear the cackle of a hyena or the roar of a lion off in the distance, welcoming you into the bush.

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Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast


Day 2

Masai Mara – Overnight Detour to the Maji Moto Hot Springs Absorbing Masai Culture

Day 3 - 4

Masai Mara – Game Drives Across the Masai Mara, in Search of the Big Five and the Great Wildebeest Migration

Day 5 - 6

Masai Mara – Spend Additional Time in the Mara on a Hot Air Balloon Safari Over the Savanna

Day 7

Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru – Drive from the Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park, Arriving in Time For an Afternoon Game Drive

Day 8

Lake Nakuru to Nairobi – Return to Nairobi From Lake Nakuru, Arriving in Time for Lunch at Carnivore
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