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African safaris are incomplete without the inclusion of Masai Mara. This beautiful destination is named after its ancestral habitat, the Maasai warriors. The word ‘Mara’ means ‘spotted’ in the local language, referring to short bushy trees dotting the landscape. This national reserve is distinguished by its rolling savannahs and spectacular wildlife diversity. A Masai Mara luxury Safari is one of the best ways to experience the undisturbed African wilderness.
Maasai Mara is not only visited by environmental enthusiasts but by all kinds of travel buffs. It leaves an unforgettable impression due to its dynamic biodiversity. Tourists from all over the world tend to pick this tour to enjoy the reserve’s untouched nature.
Whether it is your first time seeing the Mara or the fifth, this reserve stuns the visitors every time. A Kenya Masai Mara tour provides an exclusive experience to this premier destination in East Africa. Spotting wildlife, game action, diverse birds, and local interaction are all included in it. From sophisticated accommodations to delicious cuisines, a safari to Masai Mara is highly recommended.
There are endless reasons why travelers should opt for a Masai Mara luxury safari. Escaping into this wilderness may pose a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Being one of the most popular safari destinations in the world, there is no doubt to add it to your bucket list. Here are some top reasons why one should consider this vacation:
Wildlife – Masai Mara National Reserve is home to abundant wildlife species. Here, visitors can easily see the famous African big five animals. These include elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and African buffalo. During game drives in the Mara, animals such as wildebeest and gazelles are also spotted.
Birdlife - Over 400 vibrant bird species are found in the reserve. These include Kori Bustard, Ross Turaco, Secretary bird, Wary Guinea Fowl, and many more. The reserve offers excellent birdwatching opportunities for fellow birders.
Wildebeest Migration - The annual wildebeest migration is one of the grand spectacles of the reserve. The phenomena include two million wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and other herbivore animals. They travel together from Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park to the Mara. This migration is known as the seventh wonder of the world. It is also an iconic sight to see during a Kenya Masai Mara tour.
Big Cats – The reserve has a healthy population of the big cat species. This national reserve is the iconic place where the famous BBC series, Big Cat Diaries, was also filmed. During a Kenya Masai Mara tour, it is enchanting to see lion prides residing under a tree shade or a cheetah skilfully hunting down its prey.
Wildlife conservation – This park is important for wildlife conservation as well as a wilderness area in Africa. It accounts for approximately 25 percent of Kenya’s wildlife. Several conservancies border the main reserve such as Koiyaki, Olkinyei, Naikara, and Ol Choro Oirowua. They are well established and protect the wildlife habitat from threats. A Masai Mara luxury safari supports and contributes to local communities’ economic benefit.
Activities to enjoy on a Masai Mara luxury safari
Game viewing – Game drives or game viewing is one the most popular activities during a Kenya Masai Mara tour. An adventure through the park on an open-roof jeep or land cruiser provides close interaction with animals on Mara plains. Usually, travelers can choose between morning and evening game drives. A night game drive is limited but offers a chance to see nocturnal animals.
Nature walks – Nature or guided walks are usually included in a Masai Mara luxury safari. Leisure and educational walks are typically accompanied by guides. It offers a new way of exploring the reserve. This activity also provides a closer view of elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and other grazers around the park.
Horseback safaris – Horse riding safaris offer the perfect opportunity to ditch typical jeeps and vehicles. Instead, one can explore the Mara and its expansive savannahs through horse rides. This form of safari is much more adventurous as you can go places where jeeps cannot navigate. During a horseback safari, you can find yourselves riding alongside herds of wildebeests, zebras, elephants, and even big cats like the lion. Travelers are accompanied by expert guides and mobile tented camps.
Bush meals and sundowners – Eating a meal amidst the raw savannahs is one of the most sought activities. Bush meals and sundowners are backed by the reserve’s stunning landscapes. Guests can take breaks between multiple game drives. In the meantime, they can enjoy bush breakfasts, lunch, and dinners. The meals are arranged near designated sites within the park.
Hot air balloon rides – Soaring over the park’s gentle savannahs is only possible in a balloon ride. A Masai Mara luxury safari includes hot air balloon rides, offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ride provides a panoramic view of the scenic park at an aerial point.
Cultural interaction – A special activity covered in the Kenya Masai Mara tour is cultural interactions with local communities. The Maasai Mara warriors showcase their rich culture which becomes a highlight of the trip. They have numerous community projects that help sustain their lifestyles. It also helps in creating employment opportunities for the local Maasai people.
The Great Migration – Travellers can witness the wildebeest journey near the Mara triangle, a lesser-known area in the reserve. It has a fairly good concentration of wildlife and serves as a prime location for seeing the wildlife spectacle. To experience the best of the Mara, travelers can head towards the Mara River. The survival of the fittest is best seen here as wildebeests cross the huge crocodile-infested river. The predator-prey action is breathtaking yet terrifying to witness near the river.
A Masai Mara luxury safari also involves staying in the top accommodations. Although the park is covered by wilderness, a variety of luxurious tents and lodges are available. Each differs with its location and budget. These unique properties are dispersed in various areas of the reserve. Many of them offer the highest comfort in the middle of African savannahs.
Wild Voyager works with various properties to provide quality safari experiences. Some of them include:
Olgatuni Camp – This camp is situated right in the middle of the national reserve. It offers one of the most authentic and experiential stays in the reserve. The camp is run by local Maasais and provides the best services.
Sanctuary Olonana – Sanctuary Olonana offers a dramatic view of the Mara River. The glass-sided suites are elegantly and comfortably furnished.
Mahali Mzuri – This tented camp is located in the Motorogi Conservancy of the reserve. It offers the best view to witness the abundant game of the park.
Governors’ camp – Nestled in the riverine forest, the Governors’ Camp is entirely under the canvas. The tents are lined up next to the riverbank and provide sweeping views of the reserve.
Wild Voyager specializes in offering guests an incredible Masai Mara luxury safari. We take care of various aspects needed for a relaxing vacation, from budget to minute details. Contact us today to plan out your very own Kenya Masai Mara tour!
Escaping into this exotic wilderness is going to make you celebrate your reunion with nature.
Arrival at Nairobi
After the arrival, you will be received by our representative and taken to the hotel. The first day will allow you to wind down from the journey. You will get a chance to go around this metropolitan city popularly known as "Green city in the sun." Depending upon your time of arrival, you may like to explore the city. We recommend not to step out on your own post sunset and better still to take a guided short tour, time permitting.
Enroute to Masai Mara
Wake up early next morning for the most awaited part of the trip, 'Masai Mara.' Post an early breakfast, set out for a 6-7 hours long journey as you drive through the Rift Valley and stop for some breathtaking views of nature. Your camp is located bang in the middle of the park and your Masai Mara safari starts as soon as you enter the park. You will first check into your camp and have lunch. Post lunch leave for your first game drive. The national park draws its name after the local inhabitants, the Maasai tribe, and "Mara" refers to spotted trees on the landscape. The champagne-colored savannah opens up for you to see the wild mammals: lions, leopards, elephants, spotted hyenas and many more, lurking around. If you are lucky enough, you can witness the rare Black Rhinos which are an endangered species.
What makes a Masai Mara safari more interesting is that you may see the glimpses of the fastest mammal on land, Cheetah, chasing down its prey. You may witness other live hunts and chases as well...be that of a lion or a leopard. At Masai Mara, one can also visit conservancies like Naboisho, Mara North and Olare Orok. The areas around the Sand, Mara and Talek rivers are also very scenic, with many animals walking along the riverbed or wading through the river to cross over to greener pastures. With a 4x4 Landcruiser, you can drive into the heart of Masai Mara to not only see a plethora of wild animals closely but also sight different species of birds too through the pockets of Acacia woodlands. As the day comes to an end, get ready to experience the most beautiful sunset radiating final rays over these golden grasses.
|Days 3 - 5||
Explore Masai Mara
Over these three days, explore Masai Mara and the richness of its wild landscape. One of these days, you can also visit a Maasai village to interact with the local people and know their culture. Interacting with the village Chief would give you rare insights into the life of the Maasais as well as their contribution to the conservation of one of the precious hubs of wildlife in its natural habitat. Another key attraction that you can opt for is a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful terrains of Masa Mara during sunrise. You can get a bird's eye view of the majestic Masai Mara while you literally float in the sky. This is typically followed by a sit down champagne breakfast amidst the wildernesses. This apart, you can also enjoy an exotic breakfast in the vast savannahs. You are going to enjoy each bite of your food amidst nature at its best. On the last evening at Mara you will experience a traditional bush dinner with Maasai dances.
Adieu to Nairobi
Today will be your final day at Mara, so it is time to enjoy one last game drive in Masai Mara till about 10 am. Thereafter proceed for breakfast at the resort post which our representative will drive you back to Nairob with an enroute lunch. You will be transferred to the international airport for your flight back home or to the next destination. You are definitely going to carry a lot of beautiful memories and stories to share with your friends and family.
|NAIROBI||IBIS STYLES HOTEL|
|MASAI MARA||OLGATUNI CAMP|
|DEPARTURE MONTH/YEAR||TOUR START DATE||TOUR END DATE||PER PERSON ON TWIN/DOUBLE||SINGLE OCCUPANCY|
|MAY 2022||Saturday, May 23, 2022||Thursday, May 28, 2022||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
|JUNE 2022||Saturday, June 6, 2022||Thursday, June 11, 2022||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
|JUNE 2022||Saturday, June 20, 2022||Thursday, June 25, 2022||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
|OCT 2022||Saturday, October 10, 2022||Thursday, October 15, 2022||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
|OCT 2022||Saturday, October 24, 2022||Thursday, October 29, 2022||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
|NOV 2022||Saturday, November 7, 2022||Thursday, November 12, 2022||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
|NOV 2022||Saturday, November 21, 2022||Thursday, November 26, 2022||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
|DEC 2022||Monday, December 21, 2022||Saturday, December 26, 2022||$2,050.00||$2,625.00|
|DEC 2022||Monday, December 28, 2022||Saturday, January 2, 2022||$2,050.00||$2,625.00|
|JAN 2023||Monday, January 25, 2023||Saturday, January 30, 2023||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
|FEB 2023||Monday, February 15, 2023||Saturday, February 20, 2023||$1,845.00||$2,285.00|
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NOTE: FOR DECEMBER DEPARTURES; CHRISTMAS EVE AND NEW YEAR EVE SURCHARGE IS INCLUDED IN THE COST.