Get ready for a trip of a lifetime on this amazing wildlife safari at the Masai Mara National Reserve. Located in southwestern African country, bordering the Serengeti Park on the United Republic of Tanzania border, this is Kenya’s finest life sanctuary. Everything regarding this reserve is outstanding.
We will begin our three-hour drive to the reserve early in the morning. Various points mid-year see the wildebeest leave the Western passageway for the northern Serengeti plains and its woodlands. The fresh pastures are irresistible for the animals to invade the Kenyan reserve, an occurrence that typically starts in late Gregorian calendar month to early July.
Throughout the month of July, the herds cross the Sand stream, a largely dry tributary of the Mara. The trek follows westward, leading the herds to face the main challenge on their quest of crossing the Mara stream and regularly conjointly its tributary, the Talek River. By then, rains in the Mau Escarpment have fed the stream to its highest levels.
The steep banks are inhabited with basking crocodiles and crossing the stream is that the most delicate on the migration. The animals walk on the eastern bank of the Mara yearning for an appropriate purpose to cross. You will see the most popular crossings on the course are identified by the shortage of vegetation, the depressed slopes and the deep grooves graven by the animals’ hooves. The herds sometimes opt for places wherever the banks are too steep and lots of the animals break their legs down the geological formation or go wrong into the waters. The herds gather at the acceptable points and wander around nervously, their grunts sounding loud within the air. Eventually, one animal takes the lead and approaches the rim, scanning the other edge to investigate if any danger awaits once the crossing. The rest of the animals follow in a single line across the stream, whereas the lagged ones throw themselves towards the stream till the detachment pushes the troops to a frantic race that finally ends up with some animals trodden to death, lying aside the course.
The crossings repeat over and over again and the survivors graze peacefully on the Mara Triangle grasslands unless disturbed by the hunts of the lion and big cat, the latter preying on the calves. By October, the herd hunt for the southern grasslands. The ceremony of crossing the stream is once more attempted.
Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Game Reserve
The tour begins with a pick up from your hotel in Nairobi at 7.30am. You are driven 285 kms (5 hrs) through the Great Rift Valley and the countryside to arrive in Masai Mara in time for lunch and siesta at your lodge. At 1500hrs, your first safari drive begins through the great plains to spot the big five, birds and other animals. Before nightfall, return to your lodge for the night to be spent at Mara Sopa Lodge, L,D.
Day 2 & 3: Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Wake up to an early morning game viewing drive with return for breakfast and leisure by the poolside. There is an afternoon game spotting drive in this incomparable game reserve in Kenya, celebrated for its high wildlife numbers especially the big five, wildebeest migration, over 450 identified bird species among other animals including its unparalled scenic beauty. Spend the night Mara Sopa Lodge, offering comfortable cottage accommodation, B, L,D.
Optional excursions available during Masai Mara safari tour:
-Hot air balloon safari to include Champagne breakfast in the Masai Mara bush: US$ 450 per person
-Local Maasai village for a cultural display: US$ 25 per person
Day 4: Maasai Mara – Nairobi
There will be a pre-dawn game viewing session with a return for breakfast and check out. The return journey back to Nairobi begins and there will be stopovers for souvenir shopping and Great Rift Valley View Point. The tour ends with a drop off back to your city hotel, approximately 2-3pm, B