5 Day Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Safari
Quick Itinerary Overview
Departing from Nairobi this 5 Day Budget Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Safari takes you on a scenic journey through the beautiful Great Rift Valley of Kenya.
Explore two of Kenya's top game parks - Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru National Parks - on thrilling game viewing drives over five adventure-filled days.
This Exclusive Budget Safari includes two full days of game viewing drives in the world-famous Masai Mara, home to the spectacular Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra and other grazers. Explore Lake Nakuru National Park, an important wildlife sanctuary, hosting an abundance of birds and varied wildlife, including both white and black rhinos.
A scenic and wildlife epic in Africa's safari gem - Kenya!
Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Nakuru – Kenya
This Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Budget Safari leaves from Nairobi in the morning, travelling north via the Great Rift Valley. We pass through beautiful scenery in the Rift Valley, as we make our way to Lake Nakuru National Park.
After lunch, we embark on an afternoon game viewing drive in Lake Nakuru Park, in search of its diverse wildlife and birds.
This great rift valley lake attracts over 400 different bird species, including many water birds. This birding haven hosts species such as the great white pelican, African spoonbill, yellow-billed stork, lesser and greater flamingo, and long-crested eagle. The Lake Nakuru National Park is known as an important wildlife sanctuary for some of Africa's endangered species, especially black and white rhinos, and Rothschild's giraffes. The game reserve is home to lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons, which we keep an eye out for on our game drive.
We have dinner and soak up the scenery from our comfortable lodge inside Lake Nakuru Park.
Day 2: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara – Kenya
Day two of the Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari starts with breakfast at our overnight accommodation beside the lake. Then it's back on the road, as we make our way to our next game viewing destination in Kenya, the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
We travel via the floor of the scenic Great Rift Valley, arriving at the safari camp near Masai Mara in time for lunch. Then we venture into the Masai Mara Reserve on a thrilling afternoon to evening game drive.
After our game drive, we return to the luxury tented camp in a private conservancy near Masai Mara Game Reserve for dinner and relaxation.
Day 3 & 4: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Kenya
The next two days are set aside for game viewing in Kenya's finest wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Our morning and afternoon game drives take us in search of Africa's Big Five and the plethora of other wildlife inhabiting this vast Kenyan game reserve. On clear days, the Mara offers fantastic orange-tinged sunsets that make for spectacular photos.
The Mara Reserve covers 1510km² of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodlands, following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers in southwest Kenya. One glimpse is enough to explain its appeal; it is typical open savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.
Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara Park you will see a frequent amount of wildlife such as Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, wildebeest. Elephants, buffalos, zebras and hippos are also found in great numbers. It is also common to see lions either basking after a heavy meal or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are harder to spot but reasonably common.
The ultimate action here is without a doubt the annual wildebeest exodus, the Great Migration, in July and August when millions of these grazers move north from the Serengeti in search of lusher grass before turning south again in October.
Hot-air balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains teeming with wildlife. These Masai Mara balloon trips can be arranged at extra cost.
We overnight at the same tented safari camp on the banks of a river near Masai Mara on both nights.
Day 5: Masai Mara to Nairobi – Kenya
We head off into the bush on an early morning game drive in Masai Mara Reserve, before enjoying breakfast back at camp.
Then we return to bustling Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, arriving in the afternoon.
This Budget Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Safari ends upon arrival in Nairobi.
Masai Mara Tour Accommodation
Accommodation is at a luxury tented camp located in a 30-acre private conservancy close to the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Lake Nakuru Tour Accommodation
We stay at a comfortable lodge in the southeastern part of Lake Nakuru National Park. Facilities include two bars, a restaurant and a swimming pool. Accommodation is in en-suite rooms with views of the national park and lodge gardens.
A custom-made minibus with a pop-up roof is used on this tour. The maximum group size is six people, to guarantee each person a window seat on game drives.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS AND EXCURSIONS
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• Cultural Maasai tours
• Masai Mara hot-air balloon trips
Included in the tour price:
• Transport in a custom-made minibus with a pop-up roof (guaranteed window seat per person)
• Services of a professional English speaking guide
• Game drives as per the itinerary
• Game park entry fees
• Accommodation at tented camp in Masai Mara (4 nights)
• One night at a hotel in Nakuru
• Three meals per day on safari
• 1 litre of Mineral water per person per day
Not included in the tour price:
• Drinks and tips
• Cultural visits to Maasai villages
• Personal items
• Kenya Visas
• International flights
• Accommodation in Nairobi (pre- & post-tour)
• Airport transfers