Masai Mara Lodge Safari 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. This kenya holiday safari package begins in Nairobi and ends in Nairobi.
We organize pick ups any where within the city centre or the suburbs. We organize this trip from the month of july - octomber. We recommend an early booking since accommodation is normaly on high demand.
Four Days Masai Mara Wilderbeast Migration Safari
Day One: Nairobi - Masai Mara
A representative from goshawk tours will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will introduce you to your safari guide. You will be driven north, a brief stopover at the Great Rift Valley view point where by we get to see part of the valley and take some photos. The valley runs from Jordan in israel to Mozambique a distance of 8,000 miles. Proceed on arriving Masai Mara in time for lunch.
On arrival you will be assisted to check into your respective rooms. Spend the afternoon at leisure or take a dip in the pool; later 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 & Three: Masai Mara
After an early breakfast, go for the morning game drive and proceed to the view point where you can see the heards of wildebeest crossing the mara river. This is a first class seat and centre stage to one of Afrca's most dramatic wildlife spectacle that is the masai mara wilderbeast migration.
Lunch at the lodge; spend the afternoon at leisure. Later head out for the evening game drive. You have an option of going to the mara river to view wildebeest crossing the Mara river or a game drive to the rest of the park. You can opt to carry picnic lunches and spend the whole day viewing the wildebeest migration spectacle.
Masai Mara has a variety of wildlife like lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, antelopes and elephant. Bird life is also abundant.
Other options include a visit to the masai village or a baloon safari at an extra cost. All meals at the Masai Mara Serena lodge.
Day Four: Masai Mara - Nairobi
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. You will be driven to Nairobi; lunch en route arriving late afternoon. Drop off at the airport or hotel.
End of Services
Safari Pricing Includes:
- 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 Lodge 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.
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.