This 3 Days Safari Savannah Discovery is ideal safari for guests having a short free time in Nairobi. The program gives you a chance to discover the treasures of the renowned Maasai Mara national reserve where the greatest nature spectacle -the Annual Wildebeests migration(the 7the new Wonder of the World) takes place between July and October!
Maasai Mara National Reserve, located in southwestern Kenya, is a captivating wildlife haven that spans over 1,500 square kilometers. Renowned as one of Africa’s most spectacular safari destinations, the reserve offers an awe-inspiring experience of the African wilderness.
Named after the Maasai people and the Mara River that meanders through the reserve, Maasai Mara is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife. The vast grassy plains, dotted with acacia trees and occasional rocky outcrops, create an ideal habitat for a diverse range of animal species.
The Maasai Mara is best known for the Great Migration, an annual natural spectacle where millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti in search of fresh grazing. This incredible event attracts nature enthusiasts and photographers from around the globe, who witness the dramatic river crossings and predator-prey interactions.
Beyond the Great Migration, the reserve boasts an impressive array of wildlife year-round. Visitors can spot Africa’s iconic “Big Five” – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, and rhinos – along with cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles, and a multitude of bird species. Guided game drives, hot air balloon safaris, and walking tours provide unforgettable opportunities to explore the reserve’s beauty up close.
Apart from its wildlife, the Maasai Mara is steeped in cultural significance. The Maasai people, renowned for their vibrant red robes, maintain a traditional way of life in harmony with the natural environment. Visitors have the chance to interact with the Maasai, learn about their customs, and witness their traditional dances and ceremonies.
In conclusion, Maasai Mara National Reserve is a treasure trove of wildlife and cultural wonders. Its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage make it an unrivaled destination for those seeking an authentic African safari experience.
This program can commence at the airport or from any city hotel as per your wish.
Pick up is usually early in the morning. You will have a brief stopover at the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint to have a breath taking panoramic view of this magnificent valley that can be seen From the Moon!
The Rift Valley begins in Northern Syria, eventually crosses the Dead Sea and the Red sea into Ethiopia running all the way to Mozambique, covering around 9600 kms. As you drive down into the valley below you will see
Mt. Longonot 2600m -an extinct volcano at the floor of the Rift! From this point you may start looking for some gazelle species, zebras, as well as giraffes as they roam in the acacia drepanolobium bushes commonly known as the Whistling acacia!
Your next stop will be at Narok -the last town before turning off to the Mara ecosystem.
Masai mara arrival
You will arrive in time for lunch. Check-in at your chosen accomodation for lunch. After lunch its time to relax from the drive until 15:30 hours when you will embark on your first safari in the reserve till sunset.
Animals expected to be spotted include; The Big Five; Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo and the Leopard. Other big mammal species represented in the ecosystem are herds of Wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, impalas, Masai giraffes and other kinds of African wildlife. At sunset drive back to the camp for Dinner and overnight stay.
Premium accommodations: Mara Serena Lodge or Mara Ashnil Lodge or Keekorok lodge
With a supplement on premium stay at premium small Luxury Sentinel camp at the banks of Mara river.
Basic accommodations:Sentrim Mara
With a little supplement on Basic accomdation cost choose Osero Mara or Kilima Mara or Mara Fig tree camp
Early breakfast at the camp. Depart for a full day tour of the reserve with picnic lunch.
This game drive will take you to the most interesting parts of the reserve including hippo pools in the Mara river.
Animals expected to be spotted
You will have a chance of spotting the super predators; families of lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyaenas, as well as their prey! If you are a little luckier you may witness them hunting.
You will have picnic lunch within the reserve before proceeding with your game drive arriving back to the camp in the late afternoon to relax. Dinner and overnight will be at the camp or lodge of your choice.
Maasai Mara National reserve
Maasai Mara is a Maasai word meaning ‘spotted’, this is because when you take a panoramic view what you see is a mass of endless savannah grasslands spotted by scanty bushes of croton dichogamous!
The reserve happens to be the Northern continuation of Tanzania’s Serengeti national park from where the animals roam freely in search of greener pastures.
Each year between July and October the Greatest animal spectacle -the Wildebeeste migration takes place in this reseve.
During this time close to 2 million wildebeests, followed by around half a million zebras and around 250,ooo gazelles arrive in the reserve, crossing the Mara river where crocodiles often lie waiting to pounce on them!
Early breakfast at the camp. Depart for your long drive back to Nairobi arriving at around 1400hrs.