The Budget Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Camping Safari offers you world-class game viewing in two of the best Kenyan game parks.
Starting and ending in Nairobi, this Budget Kenya Safari travels north to Lake Nakuru, via the beautiful Great Rift Valley.
- Go game viewing in Lake Nakuru National Park, famous for its rich birdlife and diverse wildlife, including black and white rhinos.
- Explore Kenya’s top wildlife park, the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve on thrilling game drives. See some of the abundant wildlife that inhabits Kenya’s best game park and witness the vast open grasslands of the Masai Mara.
Discover the unforgettable Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru on a spectacular scenic and wildlife exploration of Kenya, over just four days!
Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Nakuru – Kenya
This affordable Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Camping 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 hosts over 400 different bird species, including the Great White Pelican, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork and Long-crested Eagle. Lake Nakuru is sometimes visited by flocks of migratory pink flamingos – an amazing sight when the birds gather.
The Lake Nakuru National Park is an important wildlife sanctuary for some of Africa’s endangered species, especially black and white rhinos, and Rothschild Giraffes. The game reserve is also home to lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons, which we keep an eye out for on our game drive.
We have dinner and overnight in en-suite rooms at a comfortable lodge in Lake Nakuru Park.
Day 2: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara – Kenya
Day two of the Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Camping Safari starts with breakfast at our overnight lodge near 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. Later, we venture into the Masai Mara Reserve on a thrilling afternoon to evening game drive.
Then we return to the tented camp near Masai Mara Game Reserve for dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Kenya
Today is 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 quintessential open savannah, with a mass of amazing wildlife.
Wherever you go in the vast Masai Mara Park you will see an abundance 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.
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 safari camp in a private conservancy near Masai Mara tonight.
Day 4: 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 inside a private conservancy near the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
The camp overlooks the Oloolotikoshi Hills and Oloirigynyisho River where various wild animals are regularly spotted. The closest entrance to Masai Mara is the Ololaimutia gate, only 2.5 kms from the camp. We stay in spacious tents with beds, linen included, and en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, washbasins and hot showers. These permanent tents are fitted with mosquito nets and have private verandas for relaxing in the bush.
Facilities include bar and lounge areas, a shop selling locally-made goods and a spacious restaurant designed to resemble a traditional African hut.
Lake Nakuru Tour Accommodation
Stay at a comfortable lodge inside Lake Nakuru National Park. Accommodation is in en-suite rooms with views of the national park and lodge gardens. Facilities include two bars, a restaurant and a pool.
Custom-made minibuses with pop-up roofs are used on this tour. The maximum group size is six people, to guarantee each person a window seat on game drives.