DAY 1: Start of Your Safari from Nairobi
Pick up from Nairobi. Depart for Maasai mara national reserve, on your way have a stop over at the great rift valley to enjoy the amazing views of the largest Valley in the world, said to be visible from outer space for photos and souvenirs. Arrive in time at the Maasai mara national reserve which was discovered in the 1961 and is also spelled as Masai mara and locally known as the mara, MARA meaning spotted in the local Maasai language due to the many short bushy trees which dot the landscape. The mara is located in Narok Kenya and it is contiguous with the Serengeti national park in Tanzania. It’s named in honor of the Maasai people since the reserve is in their ancestral home. Maasai mara is also the most famous and important wildlife conservation and wilderness areas in Africa, world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lion, African leopard, cheetah and African bush elephant. It also hosts the Great Migration, which secured it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and as one of the ten Wonders of the World. The Greater Mara ecosystem encompasses areas known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle, and several Maasai Conservancies, including Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Mara North, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.
Here you will check in and have a relaxed lunch, afterwards head for your first game drive during the safari which will take place in the afternoon between 1600hrs to 1830hrs, on this game drive you will get the final catch of animals while they are out of their hides to get their last meal of the day and sun bathing especially the reptiles. Kobs and other animals that graze will be assembling for their resting.
In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night in your lodge/ camp.
DAY 2 : Full Day Game Drive in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
This being a full day at the reserve it will be a busy day since You will have an early morning game drive between 0600hrs to 0900hrs to catch up with the African sunrise, this will always be the most rewarding game drive time since you will find that majority of the animals are very active and fresh looking for food of the day in the open savannah grassland. go back to your lodge/camp and have a quick breakfast. Head for a days game with packed picnic lunch. During the day when the sun gets hot majority of the animals will go near the river banks to quench their thirst and cool themselves while others like the big cats hide hence rarely spotted at this time, but when the sun goes down some animals will show up. The Maasai mara has all members of the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, black and white rhinos) which are found here all year round. The plains between the Mara River and the Esoit Siria Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah. Its also a home to spotted hyenas, giraffes, wild dogs, impala, duikers and coke’s hartebeests, African golden wolves, black-backed jackals, African striped weasels, caracals, servals, honey badgers, aardwolves, African wildcats, side-striped jackals, bat-eared foxes, zorillas, African civets, genets, several mongoose species, and otters The reserve also two rivers in it the telek river and the mara river, the two rivers happens to be a home for hippos and crocodiles. The reserve also happens to hold a variety of wildlife which includes. Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle that migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south and Loita Plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. Herds of all three species are also resident in the reserve. The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving some 1,300,000 blue wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson’s gazelles, 97,000 topi, 18,000 common elands, and 200,000 Grant’s zebras. Antelopes can be found, including Grant’s gazelles, impalas, duikers and Coke’s hartebeests. The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe. The large roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders The reserve also has a variety of bird species with 470 species recorded many of which are migrants, with almost 60 species being raptors. Birds that call this area home for at least part of the year include: vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons and the lilac-breasted roller, which is the national bird of Kenya.
In the evening you will have dinner and spend the night.