Masai Mara N.P. Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF AFRICA 745

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Nairobi city view

Day 1: Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi and the start of your African Adventure! Upon arrival you will be met by our representative, given a short safari briefing before being transferred to your hotel.

Reaching for the best leaves

Day 2: Nairobi - Samburu N.R.

This morning you will be transferred to Wilson airport for your short flight to Samburu National Reserve. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Elephant Bedroom Camp with the opportunity of animal viewing enroute. This afternoon enjoy your first game drive. All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalos and hippos. Also frequently seen in the park are gerenuk, gazelle, dik-dik, waterbuck, Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. Overnight Elephant Bedroom Camp

Reaching for leaves

Day 3: Samburu N.R.

Today you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives. Samburu National Reserve straddles the muddy Uaso Nyiro River and is one of the most picturesque parks of northern Kenya. Clusters of doum palms and acacia crowd the banks of the river and dry river beds that carve through the reserve. As the main source of sustenance, the river is a focal point for wildlife and birds, both of which are plentiful. The park is hot and so activities are normally concentrated in the early morning and late afternoon. In between game drives you can enjoy the facilities at the camp. Overnight Elephant Bedroom Camp

Sitting relaxing in the sun

Day 4: Samburu N.R. - Amboseli

After breakfast at the camp, transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi with picnic lunches. Remain in transit for your onward flight to Amboseli National Reserve at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro. You will be met by a 4x4 land cruiser and immediately commnece on a game drive in the park, before checking in at your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Amboseli

An early start to the day as you wake up at sunrise to make the most of the early morning games drives. This time of day is also the best chance you may have of seeing Mt Kilimanjaro in all its glory. Amboseli is one of the smaller reserves but it has a wide range of wildlife, even the endangered black rhino. The park is known for its large herds of free-ranging African elephants and old bull elephants here can have some of the largest tusks in Africa. There are over 900 African elephants in Amboseli, as well as huge herds of wildebeests and many other animals including giraffes, African lions, monkeys, zebras, hyenas and antelope.

Zebra in Samburu

Day 6: Amboseli - Ngorongoro Crater

Today you will be transferred to Arusha for lunch, after lunch drive to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge where the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater

Imagine a giant bowl teeming with wildlife, in the middle of the African bush and you are close to an idea of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, which is a vast and unbroken volcanic crater ring known as a caldera. Thanks to a permanent water and pasture source, the crater floor plays host to nearly every species of African animal. Zebra, buffalo, black rhino and wildebeest graze amongst the predatory lion, cheetah and hyena. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the last remaining areas in Tanzania where you can see the endangered Black Rhino. Depart today with a picnic lunch and descend down in to the crater floor for a full day of game driving.

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti N.P.

This morning we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive. Lake Manyara is a scenic park which is only 330 square kilometres in area, of which about 230 square kilometres are lake. The park contains a large variety of habitats: the rift wall, the ground water forest, acacia woodland, areas of open grassland, the lake shore, swamp, and the lake itself. After your game drive you will be taken to Kogatende airstrip where you will fly to Olakira Camp.

Days 9-10: Serengeti N.P.

Over the next two days you will enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of the ‘Big 5’ in the Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world-wide wonder. There will be some great photo opportunities so have your camera ready.

Lion in the Masai Mara

Day 11: Serengeti N.P. - Masai Mara N.P.

After breakfast depart for the airstrip for a fight to Tarime airstrip, you will be transferred to Migori airstrip for your onward flight to the Maasai Mara. Upon arrival you will be taken to the Little Governors Camp. Tucked away around its own private watering hole, Little Governors' Camp is accessible only by a boat ride across the Mara River followed by a short walk through the forest. All vehicles are left on the far river bank leaving the camp quiet and peaceful at all times. The camp is unfenced, there is a resident family of warthogs who wander freely around the grounds and guests may at times need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time.

Day 12: Masai Mara N.P.

Rise early and take an optional balloon safari across the Masai Mara (additional cost). Take off in the crisp morning air to experience a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective as you silently float across the plains, forest and rivers for approximately an hour. The day sees more game viewing both in the morning and late afternoon. For the bird lovers there are over 450 species that have been identified in the Masai Mara Ecosystem.

Days 13-14: Masai Mara N.P.

Morning and afternoon game drives in the Mara Reserve over the next two days. The Masai Mara forms part of the huge Serengeti ecosystem and spreads over 1510 square kilometres of rolling plains, sudden rocky outcrops and green winding rivers. Not only is the Mara blessed with this stunning landscape, but its animal diversity is one of the greatest in Africa. Surrounded by the grazing lands of the Masai people, it is a sanctuary for lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.

Masai Mara giraffe

Day 15: Masai Mara N.P.

After breakfast, if time permits, enjoy a game drive on route to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi. You will be met and transferred to the international airport in time for your onward flight.

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