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3 Days Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Safari

NAS 014: 3 Days Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Safari

Highlights: Nairobi | Lake Nakuru | Masai Mara Game Reserve | Nairobi

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights

Trip starts: Nairobi, Kenya

Trip ends: Nairobi, Kenya

Attractions

Accompanied by private guide travel through the Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru National Park - home to thousands of pink flamingos, monkeys, baboons and famed rhino sanctuary, the legendary savannah of the Masai Mara famed for its 7th wonder of the world the annual wildebeest migration.  Featuring very different game experiences, thousands of animals and incredible family adventure, this cost effective private guided safari should be carefully considered by those who want the classic 'out of Africa' experience!

DayDescriptionAccommodation
Day 01:

Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park [approximately 2.5 hours drive]

Visit lake Nakuru national park with enroute game drive. Lunch followed by afternoon game drive till dusk. Major attractions: flamingoes Black and white Rhinos, birds and the baboon cliff Top

*Optional Lake Naivasha - boat ride, for Bird and game viewing or on foot to crescent Island.
Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 02:

Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara Game Reserve  [approximately 6 hours drive] 

Breakfast drive to Masai Mara via Narok the capital of Masai People. Lunch and afternoon game drive till dusk - major attraction The Big 5.

*Optional - balloon safari and a visit to the Masai villages.
Lodge / Tented Camp. Meal plan FB
Day 03:

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Optional morning game drive. Drive back to Nairobi. Optional Dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. Airport Transfer.

Depart, end of itinerary

Day1: Lake Nakuru National Park [Bird and Rhino Sanctuary]

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will complete the customs and immigrations formalities then met and assisted by Nitarudi Afrika Representative, a short Safari brief then commence drive down to Lake Nakuru National Park, famed for being home to thousands of lesser and greater flamingoes. This park also provides sanctuary of Rothschild giraffe, black and white rhino and the elusive leopard. Arrive in time for lunch, after refreshing up and a short rest have an afternoon game drive returning to the lodge in the evening.

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes. The lake's abundance of algae attracts the vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons, Lions, Leopards, Giraffes, Hippos and other large mammals. Black and White rhinos have also been introduced. Lake Nakuru National Park was created in 1968 to protect the huge flocks of over a million the lesser flamingo that breed and nest at the edge of Lake Nakuru, giving it the characteristic pink rim. Nakuru is the provincial capital of Kenya's Rift Valley province, and is the fourth largest urban centre in the country. Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes and provides the visitors with one of Kenya’s best known images, thousands of flamingos joined into a massive flock. A pulsing pink swathe of life that carpets the water, the flamingos are a breathtaking sight. The lake forms part of the Lake Nakuru National Park which has good game viewing for a day safari. All meals and overnight at Lake Nakuru Lodge / similar. Meal plan full board.

Day 2: Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara is named after the traditional inhabitants (Maasai) and the Mara River. At some point during your stay in the Mara, you'll drive by the river which is a great place to spot wildlife. This area is a photographer's delight where with any luck you'll be able to take amazing pictures of the hippos and elephants in the water. Full day at the reserve with morning and afternoon game drives in search of the ‘big 5’. Masai Mara is at the northern most extension of the Serengeti Plains and one of the richest wildlife game reserves. Its home to the splendid black –manned lion, the elusive leopard, stately giraffe, vast bulk of elephants, rhino, thundering herds of zebra, migrating wildebeest and numerous other plains game. The small size funnels animals into a tight space, and park rules allow for off-road driving which means that guests can venture into plains covered with hundreds or even thousands of animals. Take an optional hot air balloon ride over the plains, with the opportunity for amazing pictures of the animal herds below. Thereafter return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge / similar. Meal plan (FB).

Masai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers, full of crocodiles and hippos. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuation of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa. There is a particularly dramatic “spectacle” from July to November, the annual migration of huge herds of Gnus and zebras. Predators such as Hyenas, Jackals, Leopards and Lions of course, closely follow these herds. Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for elephants, giraffes, and the many species of antelopes.  Soak in the abundance of untamed wilderness, fresh and natural scenery, filled with exotic wildlife during our expertly guided game drives, enjoyed in open vehicles. For those interested in a more intimate encounter, we conduct a safe and exciting walking safari where you have the chance to come face to face with nature's beauty both in flora and fauna.

OPTIONAL: (A visit to the Masai villages and hot air balloon taking off in the beautiful early morning, you drift above the browsing game and have tremendous opportunities for unusual photographs. What could be more uplifting than an early morning safari in a hot air balloon flying over the vast plains of Africa? Witness an African sunrise as a plethora of wildlife roam the land beneath you. At the end of the flight you land on the plains, in the midst of this enchanting savannah a champagne breakfast is laid out with the mouth watering aroma of sausages, eggs, and bacon, sizzling over a charcoal fire. Drive in a leisurely fashion with game viewing on your way back to your camp).
Day 3: Nairobi - Depart

After breakfast at your lodge you commence drive back to Nairobi, drop off at the airport. Nairobi is the least expensive arrival city for flights with a full range of hotels and local attractions. Dubbed the “Safari Capital of the World” cool, clear and cosmopolitan Nairobi is the natural departure point for most safari itineraries. A city of contrasts, it is simultaneously the largest, the youngest, the most modern, the highest (1700m) and the fastest growing city in East Africa. High-altitude Nairobi enjoys a pleasant tropical climate all year round. There are ATMs and banks to stock up on cash, great restaurants, and malls where you can purchase any forgotten items. Depart from Nairobi international airport - end of itinerary.

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Safari Options

We may customize any of our itineraries to suit you. You are at liberty to reduce or add a number of nights, change a hotel (upgrade/downgrade), add local flights, change a given routing, proceed to Kenya etc. Please contact our expert consultants for your preferred trip plan.

Beach Extensions: Note that you may connect a flight to one of the Indian Ocean Islands of Mombasa, Lamu, Malindi or Zanzibar to unwind by the pristine beach. Please contact our expert consultant for your preferred trip plan.

 

Includes / Excludes

Includes:

  • Arrival and departure transfers.
  • Ground transport in a custom made tour van with pop up roof for game drive and photography.
  • [a custom made 4x4 safari land cruiser is also available on request]
  • Game drives with a qualified private English speaking driver guide while on safari.
  • Your park entrance fees
  • Drivers and vehicle park entrance fees.
  • Drivers allowance
  • 1 litre of bottled drinking water per person per day
  • Specialised and personalised services

Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional visit to Masai village $50 per prson
  • Optional Masai Mara hot air balloon safari $480
  • International flights.
  • Tips/gratuities.
  • Entry visas and fees.
  • Items of a personal nature and any other not mentioned above.
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