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Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari

Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari

GREAT RIFT VALLEY AND MASAI MARA SAFARI

Trip duration

7 days/ 6 nights

The Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari can be combined with our Watamu and Malindi Beach Holidays.

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL – NAIROBI, THE AFRICAN SAFARI CAPITAL

Our Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari will start in Kenya’s tourism capital, Nairobi. We shall arrive via the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where our Tour Leader will be ready to receive us and kick start our journey. We shall then head to our hotel in Nairobi, where we shall check in.

On this day, if we have an early arrival, we may explore local attractions around Nairobi. The city has a national park at its edge, making it one of the special conservation cities globally. Indeed Nairobi is the best place to start your Kenya safaris. Otherwise, we can relax and enjoy the nice Nairobi weather from our lodge; preparing for the Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari.

Night in Nairobi.

DAY 2 AND 3: LAKE ELMENTEITA AND LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK

We shall continue on our Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari to the beautiful Lake Elmenteita; where we enjoy local wildlife and birds. Views of the lake are phenomenal and we shall hopefully see lots of flamingos on the lake shores.

The next day will be spent exploring Lake Nakuru National Park. The park is known for the mighty Lake Nakuru, a soda lake at the heart of the Great Rift Valley. This park is also a great sanctuary for rhinos and these may be encountered on our game drives. The local birds make the park special too, and it is often referred as the birdwatcher’s paradise. Enjoy the large herds of herbivores, especially the local Cape Buffaloes among many other spectacular wildlife species e.g. Thompson’s Gazelle, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Common Impala, Leopard, African Lion and Rock Hyrax. The landscapes here are very rewarding as well.

Nights in Nakuru or Elmenteita.

DAY 4, 5 AND 6: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

Renowned for the annual wildebeest migration, which is often regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, Masai Mara National Reserve is the crown of our Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari experience. Considered the ultimate wildlife haven in Kenya, Masai Mara has a lot to offer.

We shall spend the next days of the Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari learning about this magical destination with our safari guide. Enjoy interesting game drives as you track the Big 5, the Big Cats- Lion, Cheetah and Leopard and much more.

There will be an optional Maasai Village visit on one morning- this is one of Africa’s best preserved cultures and you will have a chance to learn about their way of life. Here you can also take part in an optional balloon ride across the beautiful Masai Mara plains. This is followed by a scrumptious breakfast and cocktail party; all set up in the bush, with great views of the Masai Mara. This experience is a popular highlight on our Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safaris.

Nights in Mara.

DAY 7: MASAI MARA TO NAIROBI

On this day, we shall enjoy an early morning game drive in the Mara. We shall then head to Nairobi, cruising across the Great Rift Valley.

Later, we head to the airport; marking the end to our lovely Great Rift Valley and Masai Mara Safari.

 

 

Highlight mammals and others

Leopard, Cheetah, African Lion, Cape Buffalo, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Savannah Elephant, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Nile Crocodile, Nile Hippo

Habitats covered

Savannah, Wetlands

Photographic opportunities

Excellent

Special moments

Aberdare Ranges views, African Big 5, Masai Mara, the Great Rift Valley, Wildebeest Herds, optional visit to the Maasai Village, optional Balloon Ride