Masai Mara Air Package Over View
The world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve is the best game-viewing park in Kenya. It has been voted two years consecutively as the best game reserve in Africa at the world travel awards. This reserve offers you the best chance to view the big five.The "Big Five" (lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos) may be spotted here, and more than a million wildebeests and zebras migrate annually to Masai Mara from the parched Serengeti plains of neighboring Tanzania (The Great Migration). They camp at the river bank for weeks just waiting for one of them to have the courage to jump into the river and cross over and they all follow suit. The river is infested with crocodiles where many wildebeest perish and also big cats place themselves strategically so that they can pounce on young and weak wildebeest and make a kill. You can also opt to visit a Masai village, where you can interact with local cattle-herders. We organize flying safaris to Masai Mara staying in the most serene lodges and tented camp, there are seven airstrips where light aircraft land namely Olkiombo, Ngerende, Kichwa Tembo, Keekorok, Shikar, Musiara and Serena. The Major airlines we use are Air Kenya, Flight 540 & Safari Link. The airlines fly twice a day to and fro Masai Mara and the flight is only one hour.
Three Days Masai Mara Air Package safari
Day One: Nairobi [Wilson Airport] - Masai Mara G/R
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you will be transfered to Wilson Airport, fly to Samburu National Reserve. On arrival at the airstrip you will be met and transferred to a lodge or tented camp of choice; short game drive en route. You will be assisted to check into your respective rooms and after lunch you can spend the afternoon at leisure or take a dip in the pool. Later on head out for the evening game drive. The world re known Masai Mara is famed for the millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras that cross the Mara river forming the wildebeest migration spectacle. Dinner and overnight at Mara Serena lodge.
Day Two: Masai Mara G/R
Today we will have a morning and evening game drive. After breakfast head out in search of game. Masai Mara has an exceptional population of big cats, herds of elephants, zebras, resident wildebeest, antelopes and gazelles can be encountered among others, bird life is also plenty. Masai Mara game reserve offers a very high chance of spotting all the big five. We will include a visit to the Mara river where you will find crocodiles lazing around as part of the game drive. One has the option to visit the Masai village or go for an early balloon ride at an extra cost. After lunch you will relax in the lodge and later have an evening game drive. Dinner and over night Mara Serena lodge.
Day Three: Masai Mara G/R - Nairobi [Wilson Airport]
Pre breakfast game drive; depart the lodge by 6:30 A.M and this will give you the opportunity to view the African sun rise and you will also get the chance to spot any game species you might have missed on our previous game drives. Return to the lodge around mid morning; your full breakfast will be served and afterwards bid farewell to the lodge staff and any friends you might have made. Transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi. On arrival at the Wilson airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel or connect another flight to your next destination.
Safari Pricing Includes:
- Regional return flights.
- Complimentary airport transfers.
- Transport in a custom safari minibus with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Fullboard Accommodation.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary
- Services of an English speaking driver guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
Safari Pricing Excludes:
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Masai Mara Air Package Safari offers accommodation in form of Lodges which are built in different styles and have different level of comfort due to the amenities of each lodge. The lodges are rated differently and are also priced different and this affects the price of the safari. Amenities in the lodges include swimming pools, Conference centre, WiFi, Satellite TV and Gift shops. Luxury tented camps also lie in this category. The Camps are furnished and offer all or more amenities than the lodges. The Lodges include Mara Sarova Lodge, Mara Serena Lodge, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Keekorok Lodge, Mara Intrepids, Governors Camp, Little Governors Camp, Bateleur Camp, Kichwa Tembo, Mpata Safari Club, Elephant Pepper, Tipilikwani, Leisure Camp And Fig Tree Camp.
Air Kenya Flight Schedule
|Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||Maasai Mara game Reserve||0915hrs|
|Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||Maasai Mara game Reserve||1215hrs|
|Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||Maasai Mara game Reserve||1515hrs|
|Maasai Mara game Reserve||Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||1000hrs|
|Maasai Mara game Reserve||Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||1145hrs|
|Maasai Mara game Reserve||Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||1445hrs|
Safari Link Flight Schedule
|Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||Maasai Mara game Reserve||1000hrs|
|Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||Maasai Mara game Reserve||1500hrs|
|Maasai Mara game Reserve||Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||1100hrs|
|Maasai Mara game Reserve||Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||1600hrs|
Fly 540 Flight Schedule
|Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||Maasai Mara game Reserve||1000hrs|
|Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||Maasai Mara game Reserve||1600hrs|
|Maasai Mara game Reserve||Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||1130hrs|
|Maasai Mara game Reserve||Nairobi(Wilson Airport)||1730hrs|
Masai Mara Game Reserve
The world re known masai mara game reserve is a northern extension of the serengeti national park which is located in Tanzania. Masai mara covers an area of 1510km². The masai mara ecosystem is composed of rivers i.e talek river and mara river which are the main water supply for the ecosystem. The mara river is a huddle to the wildebeest migration as the wildebeests have to cross the river from serengeti most of them perishing in the jaws of crocodiles and big cats. The western part of masai mara lies the siria escarpment, loita plains and the rest is the masai pastoral land.
The masai mara game reserve is owned and run by the county council of Narok which is the richest county council in Kenya due to the revenue collected as park entrance fee. Part of the masai mara which is called the mara triangle is contracted out and privately run. Park fees are paid by the number of nights one spends in the mara conservancy.
The masai mara lies at an altitude of 1500 meters to 2100 meters. It rains twice a year in the game reserve that is during the long rains that fall between the month of March and May and during the short rains that fall on the month of October, November and part of December. June and July are the coldest months and January and February the hottest months. Temperatures during the day rarely exceed 85°F (30°C) and during the night it hardly drops below 60°F (15°C). Masai mara is a mosquito prone area but camp site are sprayed with mosquito repellants and the tents have treated mosquito nets.
Masai mara has a big population of wildlife. All members of the big five can be seen in this reserve, a large number of ungulates are also easily visible they include the wildebeest , thomson gazelles, grant gazelles, buffalos, rhinos, impalas, topis, elands, zebras, giraffes and duikers. The common predators include the lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals and foxes. Masai mara has over 450 identified species. Some common birds include the common ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, hornbills, storks, eagles and vultures.
The wildebeest migration happens annually, this spectacle is considered as one of the 7th wonder of the world. More than a million wildebeest, accompanied by topis, zebras, gazelles and elands make their journey from serengeti national park to masai mara game reserve. Many of them perish while crossing the mara river where crocodiles and big cats make a kill on the vulnerable ungulates. The migration happens every year during the month of July after the long rains. The grass is big and plenty and for the next three months the wildebeests clear the lush grass of the masai mara. The migration varies annually due to the climate change. If the climate changes and it doesn't rain as usual the wildebeest may delay to cross over or cross over and go back since there isn't grass to feed on.
The masai people whom by definition speak the maa language hence the name masai have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A masai's home is called a manyatta where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood boys are obligated to look after their fathers cows while girls are obligated to doing house chores, fetching water and milking the cows. After every fifteen years there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The masai enjoy eating meat, milk mixed with blood during rituals such initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine. Their culture is still embedded in their day to day life. The masai are a big attraction in Kenya.
Do's And Don'ts In The Game Reserves & National Park.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.