Masai Mara National Reserve , located towards the southwest of Kenya is the land of ultimate experiences and exotic wildlife species. It’s the place where photographers wait for days and months under the thick forest canopy only to get one precious shot of the exotic wildlife! Encompassing the best of Savanna wilderness, Masai Mara is a dream destination for every bucket list.
It is one of the 8 wonders of the world and it’s the arena for the Olympic of wild animals; the great wildebeest migration. Masai Mara National reserve is perched peacefully in the Great Rift Valley about 6-hour drive from Nairobi.
It houses more than 95 species of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and slightly more than 400 bird species. The Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration is one of the most magnificent natural events in the world, and its an absolute delight to be part of this wonder.
More than 1.5 million wildebeest, different species of antelopes, and over 200,000 zebras migrate cross-country between Kenya and Tanzania, crossing the crocodile infested Mara river. It is rated as the largest overland migration in the world.
The dry season in the Masai Mara starts from late June to October and makes for the perfect time to go to Masai Mara. July to October is the season for wildebeest migration when one can catch this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. By October end the wildebeest move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Apart from the famed wildlife, the national park is also graced with ridiculously amazing landscapes, Masai village that still thrives amidst century-old tradition, and the most romantic and quaint safari lodges and unparalleled experiences that account for a wholesome trip to Kenya.
A 3-days Maasai Mara safari package gives you enough time to experience the full grandeur that saw Masai Mara National Reserve declared Africa’s leading National Park of 2017 (World Travel Awards)!
A flight safari can be the perfect solution for those who don’t have the extra time of an overland trip. In under an hour you’ll travel from Nairobi, enjoying the golden vistas of Kenya from the air and settle at a convenient airstrip in the Masai Mara closer to your accommodation.
There you’ll be welcomed and ushered in a private customized pop up top Land Cruiser Jeep to your lodge or tented camp. Then get ready for 3 days of unlimited animal viewing throughout the vast stretches of the Mara.
When one is for the option of the road safari, using a 4 X 4 Land Cruiser Jeep, you’ll leave Nairobi and ease into the Nairobi- Nakuru highway making a stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint where you will have your first encounter with Kenya’s beauty.
The Great Rift Valley spreads from the north to the south of Kenya and is a must-see panorama for those traveling to the Masai Mara by road. There are also curio shops located strategically at the viewpoint where you can buy some items such as a wide-brimmed hat or shawl.
After leaving the viewpoint, your driver will head towards Masai Mara driving past Mt. Longonot, and Suswa ranges among other remarkable places, all viable at a fair distance.
The trip to Masai Mara takes 5-6 hours with a stop at Narok town for fueling and last-minute shopping for any personal items you might need. Narok town is the last stop in ‘civilization,’ so make good use of it! After the brief stop, we will head to Masai Mara National Reserve, spending a few minutes at the gate paying entry fees. We will then drive and arrive at the Masai Mara safari lodge of your choice in time for lunch.
You will then relax in your room as you rejuvenate for the real adventure which begins with the evening game drive at 4 PM. If lucky, you might witness a predator on the hunt or spot a rare animal such as a leopard. It is not uncommon to spot some of the big 5 [Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino] on your very first outing! Masai Mara National Reserve is truly the ultimate Kenya safari destination. After the game drive, we will return to camp for dinner.
Day two at the Masai Mara affords you two options: (i) you can opt for an all-day game drive with picnic lunch or (ii) shorter game drives with returns to the hotel. For the elderly or families traveling with children, the 2nd option is better. If you book your trip between July and November, during the wildebeest migration, it is advisable to have an all-day game drive with picnic lunch. After watching more of the spectacle that never gets dull, you will drive back to your camp in time for dinner.
the last day of your Masai Mara 3 days safari. By now you have probably seen much of what makes the Masai Mara a world winning game reserve.
So, we will leave your camp after breakfast with bags packed as you will not be returning after your morning game drive. The drive will take you around the park perhaps to an area you hadn’t visited before as you slowly makes your way outside the park.
You will then get on the road back to Nairobi. Depending on the time you might have a lunch stop in Narok town or get some snacks to keep you until you arrive at your hotel in Nairobi. For more details on booking a trip to the mara, contact us at Pallid Safaris.