4 days (not including travel)

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Encounter some of Kenya’s most attractive and popular wildlife sights at Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Lake Nakuru National Park is a unique wilderness pearl surrounding Lake Nakuru, famed for its spectacular bird-life, including vibrant flocks of flamingos. Masai Mara National Reserve, located in the southwestern region, enjoys unrivalled fame as the final destination of the dramatic annual wildebeest migration, including their precarious and dramatic crossing of the crocodile-infested Mara River.

Day 1: Nairobi-Lake Nakuru

Depart Nairobi at 0700 for a 3 hour drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, where we will spend the day game watching. In this small but scenic park, expect to see abundant wildlife, including flamingoes and rhinos (both black and white), lions, leopards, hyenas and an array of antelopes such as impalas, gazelles, waterbucks and dik-diks. The park also hosts a sizeable population of the Rothschild’s giraffe, a rare species indigenous to Western Kenya. The major highlight is the amazing population of flamingos, attracted by the abundant supply of green algae in the soda-rich Lake Nakuru.

Accommodation: Maili Saba Camp, located outside the park in a tranquil environment within the vicinity of the Menengai Crater. The camp is an income-generating venture for the Ujima Foundation, a community project that supports the education of orphaned children.

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Masai Mara

Leave after breakfast for a 5 hour drive through the Great Rift Valley created by the natural shifting of the earth’s tectonic plates. We will arrive at Masai Mara in time for lunch and our much-anticipated date with the gem of African wilderness. Afternoon game-drive through the rolling hills and the open plains of the park will allow us the opportunity to capture the sights of the spectacular wildlife here in their natural habitats.

Accommodation: Ol Moran Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Masai Mara

A full day exclusively devoted to game drives in the reserve, with time to explore more of Masai Mara’s scenery and invariably see the “The Big Five”: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. In addition, the Mara teems with other fascinating animal species: giraffes, zebras, hippos, baboons, wildebeests, warthogs, gazelles, crocodiles and numerous bird species.

Each year, the Masai Mara plays host to one of the most spectacular dramas anywhere in the wild: Between July to October, more than one million wildebeests and zebras make the northward journey from the Serengeti to the Maasai Mara. The journey, part of their annual migrations, is not without dangers and hazards from predators, namely, crossing the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River.

Accommodation: Ol Moran Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Nairobi

Early morning game drive for an opportunity to spy the activity of the nocturnal and semi-nocturnal animals rarely active during the heat of the day. We return to our camp for breakfast and preparation for return to Nairobi, which we will reach by late afternoon. An optional excursion during our trip is to spend some time visiting a Maasai Village, engaging with the community members and learning dances and the culture of the Maasai community.

Meals: Breakfast

Please Note: Accommodation is in mid-range safari camps with en suite bathroom facilities. The camps mentioned in this itinerary are only indicative and can be substituted with your preferred accommodations.

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