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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.

Maasai Mara: Hot Air Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast

2. 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.

Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

3. Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Group Camping or Lodge Safari

Day 1: Nairobi to Maasai 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: Maasai 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.

Maasai Mara National Reserve: 1 Night Shared Camping Safari

4. 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.

From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

5. From Nairobi: Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha National Park Day Tour

Your adventure begins at 6:00 AM with pickup in Nairobi. From there you'll head straight to Lake Nakuru National Park. The Lake is renowned as a bird sanctuary with over 400 bird species at times. There can be up to two million greater and lesser flamingoes and tens of thousands of other birds at Lake Nakuru. As a result the park is referred to as the "Birds' Paradise". The National Park is also a rhino sanctuary with excellent wildlife viewing. You'll enjoy wildlife viewing as soon as you enter the park gates, and when it's time for lunch, you'll stop at the lodge where you can purchase a meal at a local restaurant.  After lunch, continue to enjoy wildlife viewing on the drive out of the park. You'll leave the park at approximately 3:00 PM and head to Lake Naivasha for an optional 1-hour boat ride. If you'd like to include the boat ride, be sure to select the correct option when making your booking. On the boat ride, enjoy bird watching, eagle feeding, and hippo viewing. At the end of the boat ride, you'll head back to Nairobi for a 6:00 PM arrival.

Nairobi: 3-Day Maasai Mara Safari

6. 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.

From Nairobi: 2-Day Masai Mara with Cultural Visit & Safari

7. From Nairobi: 2-Day Masai Mara with Cultural Visit & Safari

Day 1 After pickup from your accommodation in Nairobi at 6:00 AM, you’ll head straight through the rift valley towards Narok Town. After a short break to stretch your legs, you’ll 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, you’ll head back to Goshen Mara Camp for dinner, and to settle in for a night's rest. Day 2 After an early-morning departure at 6:00 AM, you’ll check out of your room and head out on another game drive — perfectly in time to avoid the midday heat. Gaze out across the savanna as it is bathed in the colors of the sunrise, peering across the flat lands to catch a glimpse of a big cat. On your way back to Nairobi, you’ll visit a Masai village to learn about the complex and historic culture. Watch a traditional Masai dance that has been practiced for centuries, and learn about the lifestyle of a group so connected to the lands around them. Afterwards, you’ll stop in Narok Town for lunch, before heading back to your accommodation in Nairobi.

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

8. 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.

From Nairobi: Lake Nakuru National Park Full-Day Safari

9. From Nairobi: Lake Nakuru National Park Full-Day Safari

To begin your tour, you will picked up from your Nairobi hotel and set off on a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. Arrive in the Park and start a game drive around the lake to see pelicans, flamingos, ibis, plovers, storks, herons, and many others. Go to the baboon cliff to have a bird’s eye view of the Lake. The animals that you can see during a full day Nakuru National Park game drive include: rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos, gazelles, hyenas, giraffes, buffaloes, zebra, cheetahs, baboons, elands, impalas, water bucks, and many others. You will return to Nairobi in the late evening.

Maasai Mara 3-Day Budget Safari

10. 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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What people are saying about Nakuru County

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 discovery of Masai Mara was exceptional. Get ready for a long 6-hour journey from Nairobi with a journey full of twists and turns, but it's clearly worth it for the spectacle that awaits you on arrival. Possession of the places in our camp with buffet before leaving to hunt wild animals. Our guide Joseph allowed us to see almost all the animals of the reserve, and this very closely. In permanent radio contact with his colleagues, we go deep into the reserve to come across the lion, elephants, giraffes, leopards and other breathtaking animals. The stay ends with a visit to a Masai village, a little touristy side that lacks authenticity but nevertheless we learn about their rites and way of life. The meals taken in the camp are generous (buffet) and sleeping surrounded by elephants and hyenas is really exotic. I recommend this safari 100%, if possible with Joseph who is a top guide.

We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Lake Nakuru was beautiful and the flamingos and pelicans were impressive, in terms of their numbers and just watching their entertaining behaviours. The other animals in the reserve were an absolute bonus. tue boat ride on Lake Navaisha did not disappoint - we saw 2 different families of hippos, lots of bird life and other wildlife. Steven was an excellent driver and guide and we would love to travel with him again. I would just recommend to take snacks/food and water for the day - we chose to skip a formal lunch break so that we had more time to spend watching the wildlife - so glad that we did!

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.

Great experience, Nakuru is close to Nairobi and I saw so many animals. I went there for flamingos and I was not disappointed! Also the route is very scenic, so worth the 3 hours driving. Stephen was a great driver and guide and Gracepatt a very flexible and responsible agency. Fully recommended!