Maasai Mara National Reserve is an area of preserved savannah wilderness in southwestern Kenya, along the Tanzanian border. Its animals include lions, cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos. Wildebeest traverse its plains during their annual migration. The landscape has grassy plains and rolling hills, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers. The area nearby is dotted with villages (enkangs) of Maasai people.
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport, you will be met by our customer care representative who will transfer you to the Ole -Sereni Hotel for check in and overnight stay. Booking is on bed and breakfast basis. This hotel is located right at the edge of the Nairobi National Park. During the day, you can actually see some wild animals roam the park, at the comfort of your rooms! Situated 160 km south of the equator, Nairobi is the capital of Kenya and boasts one of the finest climates in the world. This modern, cosmopolitan city is the regional headquarters for many African and Indian Ocean businesses. With delegates attracted here from around the world, they come for the friendliness of the people, the modern hotel facilities and the vast array of fascinating options available throughout the city. Although the ‘City in the sun’ is relatively young by global standards, it has fascinating history capturing explorers, missionaries, wars, cultural diversity and politics etc, each leaving their mark on the city center in some way
Nairobi – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
0700hrs. After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be met again by our customer care representative at the hotel lobby who will give you a brief overview of your safari program before handing you over to your driver-guide with whom you will depart to the privately-owned 24,000-acre reserve, Ol Pejeta Conservancy where your drive ends and another adventure begins at your luxurious tented camp with magnificent views of Mt. Kenya. Arrive in time for check in and lunch at the Sweetwaters Serena Camp followed by afternoon an afternoon at leisure before going for an evening game viewing drive.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy – Lake Nakuru National Park
Following breakfast, depart for Lake Nakuru National Park which is one of the most famous of the Great Rift Valley lakes and home to a shifting population of over one million flamingos. You arrive in time for check in and lunch at The Cliff, Lake Nakuru. You will then spend the afternoon at leisure before proceeding for the evening game drive till dusk when you return to your tented camp. Lake Nakuru National Park is a shallow alkaline lake that is world-renowned for its huge concentration of flamingos; at times, hundreds of thousands of these birds give the lake a pink shimmering glow. The park boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, white rhino and the rare black rhino which is protected and guarded here.
Lake Nakuru National Park – Masai Mara National Game Reserve
0800 hrs - After breakfast drive to Masai Mara via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Masai Mara in time for check in and lunch at Kandili Camp. You will then spend the afternoon at leisure before going for an evening game drive till dusk when you return to your camp. Kandili Camp is an intimate tented camp and has been designed to provide total comfort and the incredible sensation of being a part of the great African wilderness – open sky and views, sounds and smells of the bush and its wildlife. The Masai Mara National Reserve is in the south western part of Kenya and forms part of the greater eco-system that encompasses the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most visited reserves in Africa. The park is surrounded by concession areas and tribal lands of the Masai tribes people. These are unfenced from the Mara and act as a buffer zone for the National Park and form part of the migration area. The Masai Mara consists of open savannah, rolling grasslands and undulating hills. July to September sees the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle coming from the plains of the Serengeti. Driven by dry conditions in the Serengeti and led by the lightning and thunder to the north, huge herds of mammals cross the Tanzanian border and rivers to reach the Mara's grasslands.
Masai Mara National Game Reserve
You will not want to miss a single moment of your day in the Masai Mara, so we suggest an early wake-up call this morning. The early morning game drive often offers you the very best chance to see an excellent variety of wildlife on the move in the cool of the dawn. The Mara offers such an abundance and variety of wildlife that you will be surprised and thrilled around just about every corner! The reserve is particularly known for its Big Cats, and Lion in particular are commonly sighted. The rest of the Big Five are also in attendance and you have a good chance of seeing Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and even the elusive Leopard. Birders will enjoy the large numbers of raptors, including several species of Vulture. If your budget will permit, you can opt to swop the early morning game drive for a Hot-air Balloon excursion, a really unforgettable hour spent drifting over the plains of the Mara just as the sun tentatively peeks over the horizon. Your flight will be followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush on touch-down.
After your game drive or balloon safari you will return to the camp where you have the rest of the day to relax and prepare for your afternoon game drive. Perhaps you can go for a guided Nature Walk or just relax as you enjoy the facilities at the camp. Another alternative to this would be to spend the whole day with a game drive with picnic lunches being served in the wild and return to your camp later in the evening.
After breakfast, you will at 0900 hrs depart for Nairobi with an early game drive enroute to arrive in time for a farewell lunch at the renowned Carnivore Restaurant.
The Carnivore is the ultimate 'Beast of a Feast’ A variety of meat including ostrich, crocodile and camel, t is roasted over charcoal and carved at your table. Delicious side dishes and an exceptional array of sauces complement this fixed price feast that also includes soup, a selection of desserts and Kenyan coffee. Set in attractive tropical gardens, the service and the décor are outstanding. The Carnivore since its inception has played host to over 2 million customers from across the globe including numerous celebrities. In fact the Carnivore visitors book read like a global who is who! Whole joints of meat - legs of lamb and pork, ostrich, rumps of beef, sirloins, racks of lamb, spare ribs, sausages, chicken wings, skewered kidneys, even crocodile, and other tasty morsels - are roasted on traditional Masai swords over a huge, spectacular charcoal pit that dominates the entrance of the restaurant.
Later in the evening, you will be transferred back to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in time for your departure flight for an onward travel.