MASAI MARA AND RIFT VALLEY LAKES
This short expedition packs in striking scenery and a variety of animal encounters
You’ll search for the ‘big five’ in the Mara, look for white and black rhino in Nakuru and view tens of thousands of flamingos on Rift Valley
$1650 US pps
From the quintessentially African vistas of Maasai Mara to the shores of beautiful Lake Nakuru, this expedition offers a little of everything and promises outstanding wildlife encounters. Along with the internationally acclaimed game viewing you can expect in the Mara, you’ll also get the opportunity to view huge flocks of flamingo and have your best ever opportunity to see both white and black rhino.
Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve
Your driver/guide will meet you at your Nairobi hotel at 7am for a trip briefing before heading to the Maasai Mara; arriving in time for lunch. Along the way you’ll drive through the striking western walls of the Great Rift Valley. Your first Mara experience will take place with an afternoon game drive through this special place. World-renowned for being home to the seasonal Great Migration when the plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra; there are also thousands resident wildlife year round, including the ‘big five’ animals of buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard and elephant.
Day 2: On safari in the Mara
A full day of game viewing awaits in the stunning Maasai Mara grasslands, providing a uniquely African panorama to compliment the many photographs you’ll no doubt be taking of animal encounters. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at a hippo pool in the bush and afterwards you’ll have the option of continuing with your safari or visiting a traditional Maasai village.
Day 3 Maasai Mara to Naivasha
After breakfast you’ll depart for lovely Lake Naivasha, a fresh water lake brimming with flamingos, hippos and hundreds of other species of bird. You’ll stop for lunch on the way and that afternoon there are plenty of ways you can enjoy the lake from a boat trip to see the hippos up close, cycling, fishing or bird watching.
Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Nakuru National Park
Shortly after breakfast you’ll depart for Nakuru National Park, a Rift Valley soda lake made famous for its huge population of pink flamingos that line the shores of Nakuru in their thousands, sometimes millions. That afternoon you’ll have your best chance of seeing both black and white rhino during your game drive. Both species are protected by a sanctuary so the park enjoys high concentrations of these rare animals. Lion, leopard, cheetah, giraffe and waterbuck are also abundant.
Day 5: Nakuru-Nairobi
Once you’ve finished breakfast you will take one last safari in this incredible park before heading back to Nairobi with a stop for lunch along the way. Here your African expedition concludes.
Your African expedition includes…
Four nights accommodation based on two people sharing a room. Single and multi-occupancy rates are available on request.
All meals as follows: breakfast every day, except the first day, with tea & coffee included; daily lunch, either a picnic lunch or at your accommodation; dinner every night except the final night. Please note that any additional snacks or beverages should be settled directly with your accommodation provider.
A fully trained English-speaking driver/guide with extensive African tour guiding and safari experience.
Transport in a specially converted 4×4 safari jeep with a pop-up roof for enhanced game viewing. Single seating on either side of an aisle ensures that all guests get a window seat.
All entrance fees to the parks and reserves detailed in the itinerary.
Pick up or drop off at Nairobi airport if required.
Please note that personal expenses such as laundry costs, telephone calls and beverages are not included along with any additional optional tours and tips.
Duration: 4-nights/5-days, starting and ending in Nairobi.
Game Drives: One full day, three half-days plus a hippo boat safari option.
Trip Highlights: Maasai Mara Reserve (home of the ‘Big Five’ | Great Migration (seasonal) | Lake Naivasha | Optional hippo boat trip | Lake Nakuru | Rhino Sanctuary | Flamingos
All our stays are with three of the most respected accommodation providers in Africa. Sarova, Sopa and Serena hotels, lodges and resorts. They have all been chosen for their African sympathies; connection to the local people; support for local enterprise and suppliers; as well as their knowledge of local customs.
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