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Nairobi: 4-Day Lake Mara and Nakuru Safari

1. Nairobi: 4-Day Lake Mara and Nakuru Safari

Day 1: Your tour begins as you are picked up from your accommodation in Nairobi. From there, drive to Masai Mara with a stopover at the Great Rift Valley, before continuing through Longonot and Suswa, making another stopover at Narok to refuel. Arrive to Mara in time for lunch, following which you proceed for an evening game drive. The park is popular for the Big Five: lions, elephant, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. At the conclusion of your safari, return to camp just in time for dinner. Day 2: Your day begins with an early morning game drive in the grasslands, followed by breakfast back at the camp. Following breakfast, head out for a game drive in the park in search of its popular resident predators, as well as prey such as zebra, wildebeest, and giraffes. A packed lunch is consumed while you are on the safari, which is followed by a visit to the Mara River - well known for its dangerous crocodiles that provide ample kill-viewing experiences. Your day later comes to an end with a delicious dinner and overnight rest at your camp. Day 3: The destination for your third day is the famous Lake Nakuru. Start your day early with a quick breakfast, before beginning the 6-hour journey covering a distance of about 340 kilometers to Lake Nakuru. Upon reaching Lake Nakuru in the afternoon, take a break for a scrumptious lunch followed by a few hours to rest after checking in to your lodge. Early in the evening, head out on your game drive to see one of the world’s largest ornithological sites. The Lake Nakuru region is extremely famous for its flamingo and diverse wildlife, but what adds even more awe to the area is the black and white rhinos. Your eventful day later comes to an end with a freshly prepared dinner and overnight rest at the camp. Day 4: Following another early morning breakfast, take a game drive en-route to Nairobi City. Stop-overs will be made in some towns, providing you with the chance to buy souvenirs. Your arrival to Nairobi takes place late in the afternoon, at which point you are transferred to either the airport or your accommodation.

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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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Nairobi: Private 5-Day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Naivasha Tour

3. Nairobi: Private 5-Day Masai Mara, Nakuru, and Naivasha Tour

Discover Kenya's premiere wildlife destinations on a 5-day tour from Nairobi and have the chance to see the famous Big 5 animals. Take several guided game drives around Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru, cycle around Hell's Gate, and spot hippos on Lake Naivasha. Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara After pickup at your accommodation in Nairobi, commence your drive to Masai Mara via the Great Rift Valley viewpoint and marvel at the breathtaking panorama of the valley. Arrive in time for lunch, then depart on a game viewing drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve after check-in. Return back to camp for a delicious buffet dinner. Day 2: Masai Mara Spend a day exploring the Masai Mara National Reserve in search of the Big 5 game animals. Between July and November, catch sight of the great migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from Tanzania, a spectacular annual event only seen in Masai Mara. Keep an eye out for the predators of the savanna — lions, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, and vultures. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the beautiful surroundings. Day 3: Maasai Mara to Nakuru Enjoy one final early morning game drive in the reserve. Have breakfast before beginning the drive to Nakuru, where you'll arrive in the afternoon. Day 4: Nakuru to Lake Naivasha/Hell’s Gate After an early breakfast, head to Lake Nakuru National Park for a 3-hour game drive. Look out for the rare white rhinos — one of the Big 5 — and have the chance to see pink flamingos. Continue to Naivasha, where you'll arrive in time for lunch. Visit Hell's Gate National Park for a biking safari, then enjoy a 1-hour boat ride on Lake Naivasha for birdwatching and hippo viewing. If your energy levels aren't up to cycling, you can take a driving tour of the park instead. Day 5: Naivasha to Nairobi After breakfast at your accommodation, begin your return journey to Nairobi. Enjoy lunch along the way and conclude your tour with drop-off back at your hotel or at the airport.

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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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Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

5. Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

The first pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-colored canopy, you will experience a wildlife viewing adventure from an entirely different perspective. Your hot air balloon flight lasts approximately one hour and 10 minutes, drifting wherever the air currents take you, with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. When your Kenyan hot air balloon safari finishes you will toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. Your hour hot air balloon safari ends with a transfer back to your accommodation at in an open Jeep for easier game viewing.

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3-Day Maasai Mara Luxury Safari - Experience Kenya by Air

6. 3-Day Maasai Mara Luxury Safari - Experience Kenya by Air

Come to the incredible country of Kenya and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Maasai Mara National Reserve from both land and air. The Maasai Mara is a huge game reserve in southwestern Kenya, basically the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania with an area of 1,510km. Your 3-day adventure begins and ends in Nairobi. The park is named after the Maasai people, the native inhabitants of the area, and their description of the area as viewed from afar: Mara, which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted." This is an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that dot the area. Detailed Itinerary • Day 1: Enjoy a pickup from your hotel and head to Wilson Airport for your flight to the Maasai Mara. The flight takes about 1 hour (there may be stops along the way). After arrival in Maasai Mara, continue to your camp/lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch after check-in. Following lunch, visitors go on a game viewing drive. In the evening, return to the lodge for dinner and your overnight stay. • Day 2: A full day in the Maasai Mara with morning and afternoon game drives. See zebras, gazelles, wildebeests, and many other animals. • Day 3: Day 3 begins with an early start and a game drive before breakfast. Then, transfer to the airstrip for your approximately 1-hour flight back to Nairobi. During the flight, there may be stops along on the way.

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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: 2-Day Masai Mara Safari with Flight

8. 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

9. 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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Nairobi: 8-Day Best-of-Kenya Wildlife Safari

10. Nairobi: 8-Day Best-of-Kenya Wildlife Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Amboseli National Park You will be collected from your Nairobi hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) at 7:00AM, from where you will travel via the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Your scenic drive will be through the expansive savannah plains, dotted with local homesteads and colorful Maasai tribesmen and their cattle. In the afternoon, a game drive is scheduled, and that evening your accommodation will be in the Amboseli Kibo Safari Camp or similar. Day 2: Full Day at Amboseli National Park Your second day will be a day of game viewing drives, scenery viewing, and relaxation. Throughout the day, your time will be spent at Amboseli with maximum game viewing drives, spotting game and taking in the scenery as you travel. Your accommodation that evening will once more be at the Amboseli Kibo Safari Camp or similar. Day 3: Amboseli to Lake Naivasha National Park In the early morning, you will go on a game viewing drive as you exit the Amboseli National Park. From there, proceed to Lake Naivasha at the floor of the Great Rift Valley. In the afternoon you will go on a boat ride, viewing exotic bird life and hippos amid the serenity of this freshwater Rift Valley Lake. Your accommodation that evening will be at the Lake Naivasha Sopa resort or similar. Day 4: Lake Naivasha to Lake Nakuru National Park Your day starts with a nature bird walk in a scenic setting at the lake shores. You will take a bicycle and cycle to the nearby Hell’s Gate National Park, where you will explore the canyon on foot whilst spotting small game. Later, a short one-hour drive will take you to the Lake Nakuru National Park, where you will stay in the Lake Nakuru lodge/Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge or similar. Day 5: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara National Reserve Enjoy an early bird game viewing drive as you exit the Lake Nakuru National Park. You will proceed to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, where you will arrive in the mid afternoon. Afterwards, make your way on an afternoon game viewing drive, before spending the evening at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge or similar. Day 6: Full Day at Maasai Mara National Reserve Day 6 will be a game viewing extravaganza. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve remains one of the most exciting wildlife eco-systems in Africa, and at the day's conclusion you will spend the evening at the Maasai Mara Sopa Lodge or similar. Day 7: Full Day at Masai Mara National Park On day 7 you will spend an extra day at the Maasai Mara, with scheduled game viewing drives. Your accommodation for the evening will be at the Masai Mara Sopa Lodge or similar. Day 8: Maasai Mara to Nairobi You will start your final day with an early pre-breakfast game viewing drive, before departing to Nairobi.

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What people are saying about Maasai Mara National Reserve

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.

It was an unforgettable trip. The travel company is very professional and caters to the wishes of the travelers (the wishes are always preferred even if it is not on schedule) We had George as our tour guide and he was the best. We never had a tour guide with whom you felt so safe and had so much fun.

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.

Magical ! Very smoothly above the Massai Mara, very very good organization of the service provider, from the reservation, to the big day. A very careful team. Great breakfast.

Everything is excellent. Hotel, foods , guide, game drives. I love everything.