After breakfast our driver will pick you from your hotel / residence and drive south west to Maasai mara game reserve distance of 275 kms from Nairobi, however after about 60kms the tour arrives at the Mau escarpment, There is a ‘look out’ from where one can view this natural wonder of the Great Rift Valley. Lunch will be taken at Narok town, then climbing the western wall entering Hemmingway’s country Serengeti plains arriving late in the afternoon, embark on an afternoon game drive till dust where you return to the tented camp for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, a full day game viewing in this reserve which actually forms the northern part of The serengeti plains, in Tanzania where the great wildebeest migration takes place at the beginning of August. Months before the actual migration the herds ‘assemble’ in Serengeti in readiness for the crossing into Masai Mara. The plain is literally covered with these animals. Grunts and other animal sounds are heard, and territorial fights are commonplace. The migration, now declared the Seventh Wonder of the World takes place from end July to September.
The afternoon is spent on a game drive in search of the black manned lions which the park is famous. Lion making a kill can be witnessed in the late afternoon or a leopard in a tree enjoying the meal he has dragged up to avoid disturbance and detection. This reserve has hilly savanna, rolling grasslands, gallery forest on the Mara River and its tributaries.
The ‘big five’ are positively represented here. The large predators are the lion, leopard and cheetah. The smaller predators are the hyena and jackal. The large herbivores are the elephant, rhino, Burchell’s zebra, hippo, buffalo and giraffe. The smaller herbivores are the antelope and bucks. The Maasai ostrich, the world’s largest bird is found in the park.
Alternatively afternoon optional visit the maasai villages to get to know more about the Maasai people ways of life, being the only community with diverse cultural activities in Africa.
After breakfast our last day morning game drive in Maasai mara before departing for Lake Nakuru national park. You will have a spectacular view from the top of the escarpment, this time with more familiar memories of the landscape, small Italian style chapel. It was built by the Italian prisoners of war, who constructed this fine road, the Great Rift Valley escarpment and then Nairobi- Naivasha road, There is a ‘look out’ from where one can view this natural wonder. Here the road descends into the Great Rift Valley. On the descent one is surprised to see just off the road, a panaromic view of Lake Elementaita. It should be mentioned here that this road from Nairobi to Nakuru was the first overland road to be surfaced with tarmac in Kenya. This park was famous only as a bird sanctuary especially the lesser and greater flamingos. However, now it is home to the white rhino and Rothschild giraffe, besides the herbivores like buck and antelope. Leopard can also be seen in this park. The vegetation is of the drier type. The flat-topped acacia and the candelabra cactus are a feature of the landscape. Lake Nakuru is reached in time for lunch at the hotel.
Afternoon game viewing in this park that has been famous only as a bird sanctuary especially the lesser and greater flamingos. However, now it is home to the white rhino and many other wild species. Rothschild giraffe, besides the herbivores like buck and antelope. Leopard can also be seen in this park. The vegetation is of the drier type. The flat-topped acacia and the candelabra cactus are a feature of the landscape. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, morning game drive in Lake Nakuru , at around 10:00 hrs the safari returns to Nairobi arriving in the afternoon, driver to drop you at the place of your choice or transfer to the Airport for your home bound flight.
Ms Naomi C. Kemboi