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From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

1. From Nairobi: 3-Day/2-Night Maasai Mara Group Safari

Take a 3-day tour to discover the Masai Mara Reserve, the most popular tourist destination in Kenya. Located in the Great Rift Valley, the reserve is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration, involving over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November, is a phenomenal spectacle that can only be seen in the Maasai Mara. Most visitors will have the opportunity to spot one of the Big 5—lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhinos. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Nairobi city center at 8 AM, then drive to Maasai Mara Nature Reserve. Pass the great Rift Valley viewpoint for breathtaking views and stop for lunch on the way. After check-in at your hotel, depart for a game viewing drive in the Mara Reserve. Return back to the camp for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Stay overnight in a big tent that has a bed, linen, shower, and toilet inside. Mosquito nets and a hot shower in the evening are provided. Day 2: Spend the full day exploring Masai Mara in search of the Big Five. Enjoy picnic lunches in the Reserve as you discover the beautiful banks of the Mara River. After the game drive, you will return back to the camp for dinner and an overnight. Day 3: Enjoy the last early morning game drive in Mara Reserve followed by breakfast. Then, drive back to Nairobi where upon arrival you will be dropped back at your city center accommodation. Upgrade your tour to include a hot air balloon ride. Get picked up by the balloon safari vehicle and drive to the launching area. Drift over the park as you view the animals, take in the amazing sunrise with a buffet breakfast and champagne. Alternatively, include an evening visit to the local Masai village for a cultural tour. Learn about the Masai community and interact with the local people.

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Nairobi: 4-Day Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Camping Safari

2. Nairobi: 4-Day Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Camping Safari

Day one begins with pickup from Nairobi and travels along the Great Rift Valley towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Stop along the way to soak up the view from a magnificent lookout, then arrive at the park just in time for lunch. Later, set out on an epic evening game drive across the rich, tree-studded grasslands and rolling hills. The famous Maasai Mara is renowned for its great herds of black-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, and virtually every type of Kenyan wildlife. After a restful night’s sleep at your camp, enjoy a picnic style breakfast to set you up for day two. Head out on a full-day game drive, with a visit to the Mara River which is home to a large concentration animals. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, have lunch at a viewpoint overlooking the crocodiles and hippos lazing in the river. Afterwards, you have the option to visit a Maasai cultural village to gain insight into the homes and social structure of the Maasai people as well as how they live in harmony with the environment and the animals. Wake up early on day three with another fantastic game drive, then re-energize with a late breakfast before departing to Nakuru National Park. Stopover for a picnic lunch along the way and soak up views of the magnificent Kenyan landscape that surrounds you. Arrive in Nakuru and, if time allows, pass by Naivasha for a boat ride to Crescent Island. Day four begins with a hearty, early morning breakfast followed by a tour through Nakuru Park, which is home to over 350 species of bird including colorful flamingos. The park is also home to black and white rhinoceroses, and has been established for the protection of endangered species such as this. After an unforgettable four-day experience, relax and reflect on the return journey to your hotel or airport in Nairobi.

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Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

3. Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

Day 1: Start with pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi at 6:00 AM and travel through the Great Rift Valley valley towards the town of Narok. After a short break to stretch and get some fresh air, enter the Masai Mara National Park by 12:00 PM, where you’ll proceed to the lodge for lunch and check-in. After lunch, relax in the camp until 2:30 PM, at which point you’ll head out on your first safari drive. Drive across the spotted plains, searching for the massive herds of wildebeest who migrate across the national park. With your expert guide, you’ll have the best chance of seeing the exceptionally large population of lions, leopards, and cheetahs that call the vast national park home. After your thrilling exploration of the park, head back to your campsite (one of the following accommodation depending on availability Lenchada camp /Goshen Mara Camp/Miti Mingi Camp) for dinner, and to settle in for a night's rest. Day 2: After an early-morning departure at 6:00 AM,check out of your room and head out on another game drive in time to avoid the midday heat. Gaze out across the savanna which is covered in the vibrant colors of the sunrise. Keep a lookout over the landscape to catch a glimpse of a big cat. On your way back to Nairobi, visit a Masai village to learn about their complex and historic culture. Watch a traditional Masai dance that has been practised for centuries, and learn about the lifestyle of a group who are very much connected to the lands around them. Afterwards, stop in Narok for lunch, before heading back to your accommodation in Nairobi.

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Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Safari

4. Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Safari

The tour starts with departure from Nairobi in the early morning as you head to the Maasai Mara. Admire the stunning landscapes along the way, and stop at a local viewing point to capture some breathtaking photos across the region. Arrive at your camp or hotel in time for lunch and enjoy some afternoon relaxation after the drive. In the late afternoon, it’s time to head out for a game drive and catch your first glimpse of Africa’s native wildlife. On day 2, get up close and personal with nature as you travel into the heart of the Maasai Mara. Marvel at the wonders of the animal kingdom as you watch lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, gazelles, elands and many more animals in their natural habitat. Enjoy a packed lunch next to the Mara river and listen to the sounds of the singing birds all around you. On the final day of the safari, depart for another game drive to immerse yourself in a truly unique African adventure and admire the wonders of the world. As you leave the park, take some time to relax and eat lunch, sharing your tales of the trip with your tour leader before returning to Nairobi.

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Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara Private 4 Day Safari

5. Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara Private 4 Day Safari

This tour give you an experience of Lake Nakuru, a well known bird watchers paradise as well as Maasai Mara, which is the most famous National Reserve in Kenya. The massive population of Flamingos is the main drawcard, but there is also an abundance of other wildlife waiting to be discovered. Lying in the volcano-strewn Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru is one of a chain of 8 lakes which stretch the length of Kenya from Tanzania to Ethiopia. Maasai Mara with its abundance of wildlife is renowned for its good game viewing. It sustains all of the “Big Five” – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard as well an astonishing wealth of other game. Often a whole range of different species is in view at one time. Each year, usually in July/August the Mara is host to millions of wildebeest who migrate north from Serengeti. The marvelous wide open views and interplay of light and shadow are themselves worth a visit to the Mara. Spend two nights in the famous reserve allowing you plenty of time to start ticking off the "Big Five" (Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhinoceros) or even the "Big Nine" (Cheetah, Zebra, Giraffe and Hippo). If wildlife is what you came to Kenya for, look no further. Itinerary: • Day 1: Depart from your Nairobi hotel or airport for the Rift Valley, arriving on time for lunch at your lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight stay at Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar. • Day 2: After breakfast drive to Maasai Mara National Reserve to arrive in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at AA Mara Lodge or similar. • Day 3: Early morning and late afternoon game drives. All meals and overnight accommodation is at AA Mara Lodge or similar. • Day 4: After breakfast, return to Nairobi and get dropped off at your Nairobi hotel or the airport

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Kenya: 4-Day Safari to Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara

6. Kenya: 4-Day Safari to Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara

Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara Game ReserveGet picked up from your hotel and drive to the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint to take some pictures of the beautiful panoramic views. Then proceed to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Upon arrival at your lodge accomodation, enjoy some free time to settle in and relax. In the afternoon, experience your first game drive, your first up-close experience with African wildlife. Day 2: Masai Mara Game ReserveSpend the entire day game viewing and exploring the park’s high concentration of wild animals. Get up close and personal with cheetahs and leopards hiding amidst the acacia. In the afternoon, visit a traditional Masai village if you wish (additional fee of 15 USD). Be welcomed by a song and dance from the locals, a sacred ritual that forms part of their rich tradition. Get a glimpse into their local homes and way of life. Day 3: Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru National ParkStart the day with an early morning game drive. Afterward, depart for Lake Nakuru National park located in the Great Rift Valley. See the flocks of lesser and greater flamingos that turn the lake shores into a magnificent pink stretch. Watch out for over 400 native bird species such as white pelicans, plovers, egrets, and Marabou Storks. Here you can also see the white and black rhino and rare Rothschild’s giraffe. Day 4: Lake Nakuru – NairobiStart the day with an early morning game drive in Lake Nakuru before heading back to Nairobi. Get dropped off at your hotel or at the airport.

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Maasai Mara 3-Day Budget Safari

7. Maasai Mara 3-Day Budget Safari

Depart Nairobi in the morning and drive to the floor of the Rift Valley to Maasai Mara Game Reserve with lunch. Then proceed to Masai Mara for your afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight in a tent camp.  The next day explore Maasai Mara, Kenya's most popular game sanctuary where you will have the best chances of spotting the Big Five: lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos and elephants. Game drives are flexible, with the option of going out with picnic lunch boxes to spend the entire day in the park. You will also have the option of visiting a local Masai village (price is not included).  On your last day, enjoy another early morning game drive in Mara, then depart after breakfast and drive back to Nairobi arriving at approximately 5:00 PM.

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From Nairobi: Private 3-Day Safari to Masai Mara

8. From Nairobi: Private 3-Day Safari to Masai Mara

Masai Mara is the most famous National Reserve in Kenya, with its open rolling grasslands and abundance of wildlife renowned for its good game viewing. It sustains all of the “Big Five” – elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard as well as an astonishing wealth of other game. Often a whole range of different species is in view at one time. Each year, usually in July/August the Mara is host to millions of wildebeest who migrate north from Serengeti. The marvelous wide open views and interplay of light and shadow are themselves worth a visit to the Mara. Itinerary: Day 1 - Nairobi - Masai Mara Depart from your Nairobi hotel or airport for Masai Mara National Reserve to arrive in time for lunch at the lodge, followed by an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight accommodation is at AA Mara Lodge or similar. Day 2 - Masai Mara Early morning and late afternoon game drives. All meals and overnight accommodation is at a lodge or luxury camp in mara. Day 3 - Masai Mara – Nairobi After breakfast, return to Nairobi and dropped off at your Nairobi hotel or Airport.

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From Nairobi: 2-Day Masai Mara Safari with Flight

9. From Nairobi: 2-Day Masai Mara Safari with Flight

• Day one: Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve Get picked up from any address in Nairobi and transfer to Wilson Airport for your flight to Masai Mara. Fly over the beautiful Great Rift Valley for between 45 minutes and one hour. On arrival to Masai Mara, you will be met on the airstrip and driven the short distance to the camp. Settle in for lunch in the camp, then head out for an afternoon game drive, returning later for drinks around the campfire, dinner, and an overnight. Lunch and dinner are included. The flight leaves at 8:00 AM or 10:30 AM. Overnight will be at an available Masai Mara accommodation, either Base Camp Masai Mara Tented Camp or Ashnil Mara Tented Camp.  • Day two: Masai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi City Wake early for a morning game drive at sunrise and then return to the camp for a full breakfast. Check out by 10:00 AM for your flight at 11:15 AM, having you back in Nairobi at 12:15 PM. Transfer back to your hotel to conclude the tour.

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Nairobi: 3-Day Masai Mara Camping or Lodge Safari

10. Nairobi: 3-Day Masai Mara Camping or Lodge Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara Your tour will begin as you depart from Nairobi towards the Maasai Mara Reserve via the Great Valley Viewpoint, where you will have a stopover for sightseeing (weather permitting). From there you will arrive in a tented camp in time for lunch and will later enjoy a game drive in this breathtaking land to truly enter the wild. You can hunt for the "big five", as well as the plain game such as the gnus (which are are abundant in this area). Day 2: Masai Mara On your second day you will enjoy a full day of game viewing through the rolling grass of the Mara, which consists of endless plains where more than 2 million wild beast gnu's migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania with their calves. You will then visit the banks of the Mara River to try and spot hippos, before having the option to visit a Maasai village to learn of their unchanged traditional culture. Day 3: Masai Mara to Nairobi Your day will begin with a morning drive to try and search for what you have not spotted so far, before you return to the camp for lunch and checkout. It will then be time to say "kwaheri", a Swahili word for good-bye, to the pastoral Maasai as you depart for your return trip to Nairobi.

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What people are saying about Maasai Mara National Reserve

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

I had a great trip to Masai Mara in June 2021. I opted for the Toyota LandCruiser Jeep and was not disappointed. Some other cars got stuck in the mud in the reserve and we helped them out (but we did not have rain the entire trip). The driver and guide Leonard was very knowledgeable and helped us to have a memorable experience. In the first day we had lunch on the way to Masai Mara at a restaurant, followed by an afternoon game drive. The people from the group were split to 3 different camps and I landed at Linciada Camp, the same as in my previous trip. The staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. Sleeping in the tent was very comfortable. There were Maasai people in the camp among the staff, which added to the experience. The second day we had a full day of game drives, with so many sightings, such as lions, cheetahs with their prey, elephants, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles at the Mara river. I warmly recommend this safari also in 2021, since it never disappoints!

Hello, everyone ! I found it very annoying that there was no reasonable rating before my trip and no one knew which safari is the best. In addition, I called several safari in Germany and the prices were about 2000 euros for 5 nights. I am a regular at Getyourguide and so far I have never been disappointed. I can recommend this safari to you. We saw everything and of course the camp was completely normal, but it's ok. It is not worth taking something expensive. The safari is important and the safari was beautiful. You can write to the company and you can also do Amboseli for 2 nights. I've only done Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru; you also go to Naivascha See and you can have lunchtime with hippos;)) in Naivascha Resort. Fantastic !!! Everything fantastically beautiful, really gorgeous. As always, 5 stars for Getyourguide. You can also book a safari from the town, but for foreigners the prices are really high and that is really the best alternative. Really gorgeous.

The 3 day safari through the Masai Mara was just perfect! We had the chance to see several lions, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, antelopes and gazelles of all kinds, and a very rare rhinoceros, cheetah and leopard. We stayed at the Manyatta Lodge in comfortable although modest tents which made the experience even more authentic. Provide a flashlight as power cuts may occur. The staff are welcoming and friendly. The buffet meals are good. Georges our guide gave us precise explanations and answered all our questions. He was warm and fun. We did not choose the option of visiting the Masai village.

It was great from start to finish. Well organized and Robert (our guide) was available for any questions. He fulfilled all our wishes and tried to make sure we took home the best memories from these four days. Thanks for that.

We had a great experience with Paul as a guide. We saw many animals and beautiful landscapes. Paul is a very good guide, an experienced driver and gives good explainations on the context.