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Masai Mara Safari

5 Days Safaris

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An excellent introduction to the safari world, this 5-day itinerary takes in Lakes Nakuru and Naivasha en route to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.

Itinerary

Day 1: Tuesday

Jumbo and warm welcome to Kenya! This morning you will be met at Nairobi airport on arrival by our uniformed staff from Rhino Safaris and transferred to the Jacaranda Hotel or similar for an overnight stay. Spend the day at leisure, or we highly recommend the optional excursion to the Rothschild Giraffe Centre or the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage with a delicious lunch at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden.

Day 2: Wednesday

Pick up from the hotel in your 4x4 safari vehicle with open top roof for game viewing and head north into the Rift Valley and Lake Nakuru (approximately 3 hours), where you may spot flamingos and pelicans depending on their migratory patterns. Enjoy a game-drive in Nakuru National Park, home to rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo and numerous species of plain game. Lunch will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge. Then continue on to Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge or similar for dinner and overnight. (B/D)

Day 3: Thursday

After breakfast, head for the Masai Mara (approximately 4-5 hours), Kenya’s premier wildlife reserve. The Masai Mara is picture book Africa; endless plains punctuated by flat-top acacia trees and home to an array of wildlife. Every year the reserve plays host to one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles, the annual wildebeest migration. Over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain-ripened grass. After lunch, relax before embarking on an afternoon game-drive. Stay for 2 nights in the Mara Simba Lodge or similar. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Friday

Today, enjoy a morning and afternoon game-drive and the opportunity to spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’ - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Saturday

Alas, your adventures are over and it is time to head back to Nairobi arriving around lunch time (approximately 4-5 hours) for your onward flight arrangements or we highly recommend extending your stay with a few nights on the beautiful island of Zanzibar. (B) Please note: if you needed to leave any luggage in Nairobi your driver will stop and collect it today from the Jacaranda Hotel.

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Dates & prices

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the tour itinerary and additional tour notes.

Pre/Post Tour Options

The first day of the tour is at leisure but if you wanted to arrive earlier extra nights are available at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. We recommend a beach stay in Zanzibar or Mombasa after this safari.

Time difference

GMT +2 hours (summer) +3 hours (winter).

Tour inclusions

  • Shared vehicle transport for the group in a 7 seat safari Land Cruiser with an excellent local driver/guide
  • Sightseeing as detailed including entrance fees, park fees and game-drives
  • Road taxes, parking fees and fuel surcharges.

Tour exclusions

  • International flight with Kenya Airways in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry or tips and gratuities
  • The required Kenyan visa
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary.

Dining inclusions

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.

Included activities

Tours and game-drives listed in the itinerary.

Optional activities (not included and bookable locally)

  • Rothschild Giraffe Centre
  • Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage

Accommodation

Occasionally we may need to substitute one or more of the lodges with that of a similar standard, also adverse weather conditions could mean a lodge or itinerary needs to be altered.

Transportation

We use specially designed and strengthened, modern 4x4 safari Land Cruisers which have large pop-up roofs for extended wildlife viewing and photography. Safari vehicles have 7 seats, all of which are window seats, so you are guaranteed a great view.

Journey times

Kenya in a vast country and hence journey times between resorts/towns can at times be long. Journey times are listed in the itinerary and are approximate.

Luggage

We recommend taking soft sided holdalls as this can be transported more easily in the 4x4 vehicles. Excess luggage can be left in Nairobi (a local nominal charge may apply). We recommend packing one bag between you for the safari and a second for your beach stay which can remain in Nairobi to be collected on return.

Group size

There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 7 people per vehicle.