KENYA LODGE SAFARIS
– Lake Nakuru & Maasai Mara Lodge Safari:
MKCL 405: 4 Days
Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari Trip
Day 1: Nairobi -
Lake Nakuru, Kenya
Pick up from your Nairobi hotel. Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park to
arrive in time for lunch at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge or Flamingo Hill Camp. Set on a plateau in
an elevation above Lake Nakuru, Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge has 67
chalets all overlooking the lake, within the Lake Nakuru National Park .
It is the perfect place to experience one of the world's largest
ornithological spectacles, The Pink Flamingo, or a rich concentration of
wildlife including black and white colobus monkey and is also a famed
Rhino Sanctuary. In the afternoon proceed on a game drive in this famous
ornithological spectacle for flamingoes. Dinner and overnight at Sarova
Lion Hill Lodge or Flamingo Hill Camp, B,L,D.
Day 2: Lake Nakuru -
Drive through the Great Rift Valley past the spectacular Volcano Mount
Longonot and head towards the rolling plains of the Masai Mara. The last
one and a half-hours of the journey find us on bumpy, dusty, dirt road
as we drive across the Loita Plains taking in the scenery. Before
entering into the Game Reserve there is a visit to a Masai village. Not
only can you see inside a traditional Masai hut, and learn about Masai
tradition and lifestyle, but you can also try your hand at the age-old
tradition of bartering for souvenirs. The village is slightly
commercialised but still gives a good idea of how the Masai live. Dinner
and overnight at Mara Simba Lodge, B,L,D.
Day 5: Maasai Mara
The Masai Mara is the most famous and prolific game park in Kenya
covering an area of 1672 square kilometres. It is classified as a
Reserve as opposed to a National Park to allow the Masai people to use
the area to graze their cattle. A highlight of the Mara is no doubt the
annual wildebeest migration, when literally millions of these beasts
stray north from the Serengeti in search of grass for food, before
turning south again.
The Masai Mara has one of the highest concentrations of lion in Africa
and is a good place to try and spot the elusive leopard. In most
National Parks it is forbidden to drive at night so all game viewing is
done as early and as late as possible to get the best conditions. The
best time of the day to spot the hunting cats is just before sunrise and
just after sunset so we are up and away early. During the heat of the
day we return to the lodge for huge buffet breakfasts and a chance to
enjoy your superb hotel facilities, including a chance to relax by the
Game Parks are places where the enthusiastic use a lot of film so it’s
advisable to have some extra. Hopefully we should be able to spot prides
of lions, elephants, buffaloes, zebra and hippo and other more common
animals such as wart hog, giraffe, and baboon - almost every conceivable
species of East African wildlife can be spotted here.
At our lodge in the reserve there are many optional activities to enjoy.
In the evening there is the opportunity to learn more about the Masai
and their way of life with a talk about their rich culture and an option
to join them in traditional dancing. Early the next morning hot air
ballooning is on offer. It is an amazing experience, as you take off
with the sunrise and float above the Game Reserve, viewing the wildlife
for approximately an hour before landing in the reserve to enjoy a full
breakfast with champagne under the shade of a tree on the plains. The
wildlife looks on while you partake in this luxurious fare. There are
two opportunities for a balloon safari on this tour, your tour leader
will advise you whether the Masai Mara or Serengeti ballooning option is
the best choice depending on the location of the migration. Dinner and
overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
-Hot air balloon ride: US$ 425 per person
-Visit to a Maasai village for a cultural tour: US$ 25 per person
Day 4: Masai Mara -
Early morning game drive.
Today, drive back to Nairobi after breakfast, end of the tour in the
early afternoon, B.
US$ 1,050 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 259
Tour price includes:
-Guarantee price/guarantee safari on confirmation
-All ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable safari vehicle
equipped for game viewing, photography and touring
-Full board accommodation whilst on safari
-Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
-Accommodation in double/twin/triple room
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
-All game drives as detailed in the itinerary
-Bottled water whilst on safari
-Start and end in Nairobi.
Tour price excludes:
-Items of a personal nature
-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary