Enjoy a one-week trip to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, home to untold numbers of wildlife. This suggested itinerary offers the ultimate short, sharp intake of wildlife!
Spending a few days in perhaps the world's finest wildlfe sanctuary, you will head out each day and evening on game drives to see the areas's prolific wildlife, which includes huge elephant herds, Grant's and Thomson's gazelle, topi and eland, along with their accompanying predators - lion, leopard and cheetah.
We work with a variety of safari camps in the Masai Mara, all of which are hand picked and have superb guides, great food and wonderful views,
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Nairobi & fly to the Masai Mara
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to Wilson Domestic Airport and assisted to check in for the domestic flight to the Masai Mara.
Once you have settled in at your chosen camp, the remainder of the day is free to relax and recover after your journey until a late afternoon game drive.
Days3-4: Safaris by vehicle and on foot
Over the next two days the daily rhythm is the same: you rise just after dawn to head out into the Masai Mara on an early morning game drive in a custom-built four-wheel-drive vehicle - this is a good time to see both animals and birds before the heat becomes too intense. Like most of the wildlife, you too will avoid the heat of the day, returning to camp when it gets hot for an ample brunch. You then have some down time, before getting ready to head out again.
Afternoon tea is the prelude to setting off for a late afternoon game drive - animals and birds become more active once the bush cools down, and the warm, soft light of the setting sun brings out all the colour and contrast, so it's an ideal time for photography. By the time you get back after sundowners it will be dark, so you may have a chance to see some nocturnal species as they emerge for a night of activity. Back in camp there's time to relax for a while before dinner.
Depending on the location of wildlife at any particular time, you may stay out all day on your game drive - in which case you'll take a picnic lunch and drinks in a coolbox.
Day5: Early morning game drive, fly to Nairobi
This morning you have a final early morning game drive before lunch back in camp. After some time to relax, you will be driven to Musiara Airstrip in time for the afternoon flight back to Nairobi.
Accommodation: Hotel or tented camp in Nairobi, 1-night
Day6: Fly back to the UK
This morning transfer to Nairobi International Airport to check in for a daytime flight back to London.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 6 daysfrom £2,395 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 5 daysfrom £1,595 pp
When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily, throughout the year
Kenya’s finest wildlife sanctuary, the Masai Mara is a paradise of gently rolling grasslands studded with acacia trees. Remaining as the ancestral homelands of the Masai, a curious harmony between man and wildlife exists that allows a route for the large migrations and a home for predators and plains wildlife.
Where: Rift Valley Province
Ideal for viewing: cheetah, Grant’s gazelle, leopard, lion, Thompson’s gazelle
Kenya’s bustling capital is more than just a starting point for your wildlife safari. Places to visit in the city include the Karen Blixen Museum, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Giraffe Centre. For those staying longer, nearby Nairobi National Park has a wide diversity of wildlife.
Where: Nairobi Province
Excellent for: City stopover
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Governors’ Camp has a magical setting, nestling in the forest along the banks of the meandering Mara River, its waters teeming with crocodile and hippo. Exclusively reserved for Kenya’s colonial governor and his royal visitors in days gone by, the camp today is still considered one of Africa’s best.
Kicheche Valley is a small luxury camp with six tents, sited on platforms amidst acacia trees and rocky outcrops. Set on the eastern side of the Mara Naboisho Conservancy - home to impressive numbers of big cats, elephant, giraffe and wildebeest - the camp has a beautiful yet secluded location.
Porini Mara is the only safari camp in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy, and offers traditional game drives, comfortable accommodation and a wonderful safari experience at an affordable price. It has some of the best safari guides in the Mara, and with just six spacious tents, the camp has an exclusive feel.