Kenya's Wild Heart: 6-Day Masai Mara & Lakes Safari
Full Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi
Upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, our friendly representative will be there to warmly welcome you to Kenya. They will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to your hotel in Nairobi. Take some time to relax and unwind after your journey and perhaps explore the vibrant city at your leisure. Enjoy the comfortable amenities of your hotel and prepare for the exciting adventure that awaits you.
BUDGET: La Maison Royale Westlands
LOWER MID-RANGE: Ibis Styles Westlands
MID-RANGE: Prideinn Azure Hotel Nairobi
SEMI-LUXURY: Panafric Hotel
LUXURY: Hamingways Nairobi
Day 2: Masai Mara National Reserve - Game Drives and Cultural Immersion
After a delicious breakfast at your Nairobi hotel, we embark on a scenic drive to the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Located in southwestern Kenya, the Masai Mara is one of Africa's most iconic safari destinations, known for its vast savannahs, abundant wildlife, and the annual Great Migration.
Upon arrival at your lodge or tented camp, settle in and savor a mouthwatering lunch. In the afternoon, set out on your first thrilling game drive in the Masai Mara. Accompanied by an experienced safari guide, venture into the heart of the reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for the "Big Five" - lions, elephants, leopards, buffalos, and rhinos. Marvel at the sheer diversity of wildlife as you encounter herds of zebras, giraffes gracefully striding across the plains, and wildebeest traversing the open grasslands.
As the sun begins to set, witness the magical African sunset and capture stunning photographs of this breathtaking landscape. Return to your lodge or camp for a delectable dinner, where you can recount the day's adventures and share stories with fellow travelers.
BUDGET: Sentrim Mara Camp
LOWER MID-RANGE: Zebra Plains Camp
MID-RANGE: Mara Maisha Camp
SEMI-LUXURY: Sarova Mara Camp
LUXURY: Elewana Sand River Camp
Day 3: Masai Mara National Reserve - Full-Day Game Drives
Wake up to the melodious songs of birds and the promise of another extraordinary day in the Masai Mara. After a refreshing breakfast, embark on a full-day game drive, exploring different regions of the reserve. The Masai Mara offers a wealth of wildlife experiences, and each game drive presents a unique opportunity to witness nature's wonders up close.
Follow the tracks of the mighty lions as they roam the plains, observe graceful cheetahs in pursuit of their prey, and witness the dramatic encounters between predators and their prey. The Masai Mara is also home to an incredible array of bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. Your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the wildlife behaviors and the delicate balance of this remarkable ecosystem.
During your game drive, you'll have a break for a picnic lunch in the heart of the reserve, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African wilderness. Take this opportunity to relax, soak in the awe-inspiring surroundings, and reflect on your extraordinary encounters with nature.
As the sun begins to descend, marking the end of another exhilarating day, return to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest. Indulge in a sumptuous dinner, relishing the flavors of locally-inspired cuisine, and perhaps share stories around a campfire under the starry African sky.
Following an exciting day of game drives, your driver will drop you off safely at your Masai Mara accommodation for another restful night (see above). Enjoy a drink, unwind, eat, and sleep while in the Masai Mara wildness. How could it get any better?
Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park - Flamingos and Wildlife Encounters
After a delightful breakfast, we bid farewell to the captivating Masai Mara and embark on a scenic drive to Lake Nakuru National Park. Known as the "Birdwatcher's Paradise," Lake Nakuru is a haven for bird enthusiasts, boasting a large population of vibrant pink flamingos that gracefully adorn the lake's shores.
Upon arrival at the park, embark on a game drive, led by your experienced guide who will share their knowledge about the park's rich biodiversity. Keep your binoculars handy as you navigate through the park's diverse habitats, including woodland, grassland, and the picturesque Lake Nakuru itself.
As you explore, you'll be astounded by the sheer variety of bird species that call this park home. Apart from the iconic flamingos, Lake Nakuru is also home to pelicans, cormorants, herons, and many other waterbirds. Marvel at the sight of these elegant creatures as they go about their daily routines, creating a vibrant tapestry of colors against the backdrop of the lake.
While the park is renowned for its avian inhabitants, it is also home to a wide array of land animals. Keep a lookout for buffalos, zebras, giraffes, and antelopes as they graze peacefully on the park's grassy plains. With a bit of luck, you may even spot a rhinoceros or a leopard lurking in the dense thickets.
Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the scenic beauty of Lake Nakuru, savoring the flavors of a freshly prepared meal while surrounded by nature's tranquility. Afterward, continue your exploration of the park, capturing photographs and memories that will last a lifetime.
As the day draws to a close, we make our way to a handpicked lodge or camp near the park, where you can relax and unwind in comfort. Indulge in a delectable dinner, sharing tales of the day's wildlife encounters with fellow travelers and relishing the anticipation of the adventures yet to come.
BUDGET: Lake Nakuru Lodge
LOWER MID-RANGE: Flamingo Hill Camp
MID-RANGE: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge
SEMI-LUXURY: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge
LUXURY: The Cliff
Day 5: Lake Naivasha - Serenity and Wildlife
After a scrumptious breakfast, we set off for the next stop on our journey - Lake Naivasha. This freshwater lake, nestled in the Great Rift Valley, is renowned for its serene beauty and abundant wildlife. As we arrive at the lake's shores, you'll be captivated by its tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking surroundings.
Choose from a variety of activities to make the most of your time at Lake Naivasha. Embark on a boat tour, gently gliding across the calm waters as you observe the resident hippos wallowing in the shallows and listen to the symphony of bird calls echoing through the air. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive African fish eagle, known for its distinctive call and impressive hunting skills.
Alternatively, you may opt to explore the nearby Crescent Island Game Sanctuary, a haven for a variety of wildlife including zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, and gazelles. Take a guided walking safari, allowing you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures while immersing yourself in the untouched beauty of the island.
For bird enthusiasts, a visit to the nearby Hell's Gate National Park is a must. Famous for its towering cliffs, scenic gorges, and geothermal activity, this park offers an exhilarating experience. Embark on a nature walk or a cycling safari through the park, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will point out the diverse bird species that inhabit the area, including vultures, eagles, and the rare lammergeier.
After a day filled with exploration and wildlife encounters, we make our way to our carefully selected accommodation near Lake Naivasha. Relax and unwind in the comfort of your lodge or camp, taking in the peaceful ambiance and reflecting on the natural wonders you've experienced.
Indulge in a delicious dinner, featuring a fusion of local and international flavors, and savor each bite as you recount the highlights of your day with your fellow adventurers. As the evening unfolds, you may choose to take a leisurely stroll along the lake's edge, basking in the serenity of the surroundings and perhaps catching a glimpse of nocturnal animals that come alive under the cover of darkness.
BUDGET: Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp
LOWER MID-RANGE: Muthu Naivasha Country Club
MID-RANGE: Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort & Spa
SEMI-LUXURY: Enashipai Resort & Spa
LUXURY: Chui Lodge
Day 6: Departure - Farewell to Kenya's Wonders
On the final day of your Kenya's Wild Heart: 6-Day Masai Mara & Lakes Safari, wake up to the gentle sounds of nature and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Take a moment to soak in the last views of Lake Naivasha before we begin our journey back to Nairobi.
As we drive back to the bustling city, you'll have the opportunity to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you've made throughout this unforgettable safari. Arriving in Nairobi, you'll have some time for last-minute shopping, allowing you to bring a piece of Kenya's vibrant culture and craftsmanship back home with you.
In the late afternoon, our representative will transfer you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward journey. As you bid farewell to Kenya, carry with you the cherished memories of the magnificent wildlife, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality that defined your Kenya's Wild Heart: 6-Day Masai Mara & Lakes Safari.
- All accommodation as detailed in a double occupancy room, with private facilities.
- All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, prepared by expert chefs.
- Park fees and conservation charges for all national parks and reserves visited.
- Expert safari drivers/guides who will accompany you throughout your journey.
- Game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles, offering optimal wildlife viewing opportunities.
- The Flying Doctors emergency evacuation cover.
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure.
- International flights and visas.
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended).
- Optional activities or experiences not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara with a bush breakfast experience.
- Beverages, laundry, items of a personal nature.
- Tips and gratuities for safari guide and camp staff.
Important to Know:
- Children aged between 0-2 years are free of charge.
- Children aged 3-12 years pays 50% of the adult rate when sharing the same room with adults
- Children between 3-12 years pays 75% of the adult rate when staying in their separate room from adults
- Children 13 years and above are recognized as adults
- Passengers should bring soft-sided bags on safaris as our vehicles have limited luggage space.
- All the passengers must have an Identification Card/Passport for any internal flights.
- Baggage on internal flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess baggage will be charged by the airline at check-in.
- Passengers arriving in KENYA will be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.
- This tour is offered by Pita Safaris.
- In the event of non-availability, we might have to change the itinerary, put you in a similar camp or lodge, or upgrade you for an additional fee.
- Prices may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you for park fees and government taxes.
- This tour is subject to the terms and conditions of Pita Safaris.
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