Masai Mara & Lake Naivasha
|Trip Length||6||Trip Code||AF - FDA - 1|
|Tour Group||2 - 8||Age Range||open age|
Masai Mara & Lake Naivasha: Tour Information
We have made a short note of the campsites we use at the end of each day. Those that are more basic tend to be more scenic; that is especially in the game parks where basic toilets and cold showers are the norm. After a night at such camps we do our best to follow with a hot shower bar campsite. Although in the Masai Mara are two basic nights, but the wild beauty and the animals in the park more than makes up for this.
You should be aware that things change frequently in Africa; camps open and close, as do the roads. So there is a chance that the itinerary may have to be changed due to unforeseen circumstances.
Start & before the trip:
We leave the camp at 8am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Nairobi the day before, however if you're there with a few days to spare there's lots to see and do around the city. Close to the camp is Karen Blixen's, Langata Giraffe Centre or even Nairobi National Park for a first glimpse of African wildlife.
KENYA We transfer up to Lake Naivasha: here hippos come to graze in the evenings. The more energetic can spend the morning cycling through lion-free Hell's Gate National Park or bird watching on the lakeshore. We spend the afternoon visiting Elsemere, the home of Born Free.
In the morning you can visit Crescent Island the film location of 'Out of Africa' where you can wander with a guide amongst African wildlife in predator-free surroundings.
You have the chance to go bird watching on the lake shores, or to climb Mount Longonot, an extinct volcano. Or you can take a boat out on the Green Crater Lake.
We climb the Mau escarpment and pass through the Masai capital of Narok. The evening is spent in a tented camp on the edge of the Masai Mara reserve.
Game driving at its best, in the vast grassland plains, the untouched habitat of the Masai Mara.
We return to Nairobi and spend the evening feasting in the famous Carnivores Restaurant.
Day 1 Nairobi to Lake Nakuru
We leave our camp in Nairobi at 7 am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Nairobi the day before the trip departs. If you're there with a few days to spare there's lots to see and do around the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Close to the camp are; Karen Blixen's house, Langata Giraffe Centre, Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage and Nairobi National Park for a first glimpse of African wildlife.
Leaving Nairobi we head to Lake Nakuru.
Day 2 day trip to Lake Nakuru
150 Km, 6 hours - You can take the side trip for the day to Lake Nakuru, viewing game in a park; famous for its soda lake surrounded by thousands, sometimes millions of pink flamingos. The park is home to over 400 species of bird, and we should spot leopard or black and white rhino among the zebra, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and tree climbing lions. Leaving the park we cross the Rift Valley to camp on Lake Naivasha.
Day 3 Masai Mara
205 Km, 4 hours - We head south to Narok and on to Masai Mara National Reserve; camping on the edge of the park. The sweeping plains evoke a picture of East Africa that most people hold in their minds and are rarely disappointed when confronted with the real thing. Great game viewing is assured all year round. The Mara offers us everything, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife including the big five.
Day 4 Lake Naivasha
205 Km, 4 hours - Returning to Naivasha we camp beside the lake. Close by is Hell's Gate National Park where you can hire bikes to take you around the park and see the herds of zebra, buffalo and antelope. You can also wander in the predator free reserve amongst African game. There is spectacular scenery here; red cliffs, grassy plains and rock towers made of hardened lava and the remains of ancient volcanoes. Also on the lake is Elsamere; once the home of Joy Adamson and Elsa the lion of 'Born Free' fame. Elsamere is now the centre of the Born Free Foundation and you can find out more about their work and take afternoon tea in the gardens.
Day 5 free day at Lake Naivasha
0 Km, 0 hours - Lake Naivasha, camping under the fever trees on the shore of Lake Naivasha, with hippos grazing on the shore in the evening
Day 6 Return to Nairobi
90 Km, 2 hours - We return to Nairobi for a chance to explore the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Close to the camp are; Karen Blixen's house, Langata Giraffe Centre; a day at the races or a round of golf.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS: You will NOT pay a 'single supplement' (extra fee) on this tour. You'll be sharing with a fellow traveller of the same gender. LOCAL TOUR PAYMENT (LTP), is paid direct to your crew on day 1 of tour.
Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.
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