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Lake Naivasha & Maasai Mara Safari

5 Days/ 4 Nights Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Safari is a journey that takes you to the Masai Mara, home to the greatest concentration and diversity of wildlife in Kenya and Lake Naivasha great for Water sport Activities, Walk amongst wildlife at Crescent Island, Unique Water bird Viewing and possibility to go for Walk, Bike and Horse Riding etc

5 Days/ 4 Nights Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Safari is a journey that takes you to the Masai Mara, home to the greatest concentration and diversity of wildlife in Kenya and Lake Naivasha great for Water sport Activities, Walk amongst wildlife at Crescent Island, Unique Waterbird Viewing and possibility to go for Walk, Bike and Horse Riding etc. 

Our 5 Days African   Safaris begins with a drive to Lake Naivasha. The lake and its surrounds are rich in natural bounty, and the fertile soils and water supply have made this one of Kenya’s prime agricultural regions. Much of the lake is surrounded by forests of the yellow barked Acacia Xanthophlea, known as the yellow fever tree. 

These forests abound with bird life, and Naivasha is known as a world class birding destination. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores.  

Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo populations sleep the day out in the shallows. 

Our next destination is to the Masai Mara Game Reserve; the site of one of the most spectacular phenomenon of the natural world -The Great Annual Wildebeest Migration. Fêted as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”, this cross border event, is one of the last great migrations, and a unique world heritage.  

The Mara is Kenya’s most famous and finest game sanctuary. In the months of June and July each year, the wildebeests in their troops arrive at the Kenyan border, ready to cross the steep banks of the broad and fast flowing Mara River.  

This crossing is truly the greatest episode of the entire migration. Hot on their heels are the predators of the savannah –lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures. The banks of the Mara River provide one of the best vantage points to witness the drama.

The Mara also offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will most likely see the Big Five- lion, rhino, buffalo, leopard, and elephant. Not to mention numerous plain animals.  

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Lake Naivasha

Our 5 Days African   Safaris begins with a drive to papyrus-fringed Lake Naivasha, a cool and peaceful escape from Nairobi’s big-city bustle.  

With over 400 species of bird, this freshwater lake is a birding Paradise. Along the lake’s fabled waters, we are bound to see some of the area’s more intriguing species—hippos, giraffes, buffalo and even the arboreal colobus monkey.  

Lake Naivasha lies in the Great Rift Valley and the name derives from the local Masai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which can arise.

After lunch we visit Crescent island — a private sanctuary, where you can walk beneath yellow-barked acacias (yellow fever trees) in search of giraffes, wildebeest , impala , dikdiks, thompson’s and grant’s gazelles, elands, waterbucks and countless bird species.  

Oh, and there are some rather gigantic pythons too! We are allowed to walk with the animals since all were introduced during the filming of Out of Africa. An optional boat ride on the lake reveals many water bird species and schools of Hippos.

Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or Similar

 

Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}

 

Day 2: Lake Naivasha – Day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Naivasha

After a delicious breakfast, we travel overland to Lake Nakuru National Park for a full day game viewing experience. The spectacular alkaline Lake is famously known as the feeding ground of both lesser and greater flamingos. 

This National park, which is fenced all round is a sanctuary for birds, Rothschild giraffes and both black and white-rhinos. Other mammals in abundance include Waterbucks, Buffalos, Gazelles, Lions, Baboons and the elusive Leopards sometimes seen sleeping on the horizontal branches of the “Fever trees”. 

Lunch will be served at one of the lodges located in the game park, offering its own local specialties, served with fresh produce from the region.

Overnight at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

Day 3: Lake Naivasha – Drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve

After a leisure breakfast at Naivasha Sopa Lodge, depart overland to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve-jewel of Kenya’s Game Park. The Maasai Mara is Kenya’s finest and most outstanding wildlife sanctuary where gentle rolling grassland ensures animals are never out of sight.  

The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well spread rainfall year round. The sensation of the great wildebeest migration between July and October is unparalleled. The wildlife is far from being confined within the Reserve boundaries and an even larger area extends beyond the game Reserve.  

Centuries of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and Maasai people live in peace with one another.  

After lunch, explore the Reserve on a late evening game drive. No matter how much you have thought about Africa, this is more than you expected—the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino and Cape buffalo are in abundance.

Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or similar

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

Day 4: Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve

Today we will be spending in the vast eco-system of the Mara searching for the big five and much more. You also have an optional balloon safari — Many call it a once in a life time experience, once you are up, you won’t want to come down, and once you land, champagne breakfast awaits you.  

Game viewing is great from the air with the opportunity for beautiful pictures. The annual wildebeest migration is expected in the Maasai Mara between July and early November. Millions of animals migrate to the Mara from Serengeti in search for fresh green pastures and water.  

It’s worth noting that every game drive is different from the other, and missing one is missing out on the fun.

Overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge or Similar

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

Day 5 : Masai Mara Game Reserve – Drive to Nairobi

We enjoy an early breakfast and then we drive to Nairobi. We have lunch at the InterContinental Hotel. The rest of your afternoon is at leisure.  

You might take this opportunity to visit our local stores in down town Nairobi. The store displays items pertaining to Kenya cultural heritage, and offers unique carvings, artifacts, clothing and gem stones to augment and expand the experiences you’ve had on your visit.

If you are returning home today, you have a day room available for the afternoon and dinner at the Hotel is included. Early in the evening, depart for home. As we leave Africa we know that the old adage is true: you may leave Africa, but Africa will never leave you.

Dayrooms at the InterContinental Hotel or Similar

Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

 5 Days/ 4 Nights Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Safari Road Safari Rates Include:

* Extensive Game drives

* Pre–tour itinerary document

* All meals included while on safari

* All applicable Game Park entrance fees

* Guaranteed window seating with open top

* Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water

* Accommodations in Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara

* Guaranteed departures for One or more passengers booking this safari

* Round trip transport from Nairobi to Lake Naivasha, Nakuru Day trip & Masai Mara

 5 Days/ 4 Nights Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Safari Road Safari Rates Excludes:

* International Airfare

* Crescent Island visit

* A visit to a Masai Village

* Accommodations in Nairobi

* Cost of obtaining passport and visas

* Gratuity for your professional driver guide

* Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner

* Christmas, New Year and Easter Supplement

* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps and airports

* Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue

* Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 470 US Dollars), Nature walks etc

* Personal expenses such traveling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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