Christmas in the Wild: Just Mara (Road Safari)
The Maasai Mara National Reserve (also known as Maasai Mara and by the locals as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya; contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara," which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.
It is globally famous for its exceptional population of Masai lions, African leopards, and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is only a fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which includes the following Group Ranches: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.
Day 1: NAIROBI-MAASAI MARA
From Nairobi, depart immediately after an early breakfast and take a scenic drive westwards through the smallholder tea and horticultural plantations of Limuru and along the escarpment on the edge of the Rift valley, with a brief photo- stop at the picturesque Viewpoint. From this vantage point, you can look at the panoramic view of the floor of the Rift valley below, dominated by the two dormant volcanic peaks of Suswa and Longonot.
At the busy roadside market center of Maai Mahiu, you take a turn left and drive south-westwards through the wheat farms of Narok and the volcanic mountains around Longonot to the world-famous Maasai Mara which will be your game viewing base for the next three days. You arrive at your Luxury Tented camp where you check-in for lunch. Lunch will be followed by a game drive which will go late into the afternoon. Return to the camp for a wash and sundowners before dinner. Dinner and overnight at the Camp. (LUNCH &DINNER)
Day 2: MAASAI MARA
Wake up at dawn for an early morning game drive, returning to the Camp for breakfast. Thereafter take the rest of the morning on a game drive stopping at a suitable place in the vast park to enjoy your packed lunch. Continue after lunch with an afternoon game drive which will go late into the evening. During your game drive, look out for the “Big Five” for which this park is famous. Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, or occasionally the elusive Leopard, as well as many herds of plains - game, abound in this park. After what should be a very rewarding day you return to the camp late in the evening for your well-deserved rest and dinner. Overnight at the Tented Camp/lodge. (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
Day 3: MAASAI MARA
Take a leisurely breakfast at the camp. Thereafter you are taken on a visit to a Maasai Village in the vicinity of the camp to learn about their culture and see many of their traditions in a natural setting. After the visit, you return to the Camp where you can relax by the pool before lunch. In the afternoon you take your last game drive in the Mara driving first to the river to see the hippos and then driving into the park for the last chance to spot any of the big five that may not have been seen earlier. Return to the camp for your last evening in Maasai Mara and enjoy a sundowner and dinner with entertainment, and an alfresco, before an early night. (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER)
Day 4: MAASAI MARA-NAIROBI
Return to Nairobi after breakfast where your tour ends at around lunchtime.
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Cost of Package Tour
Package rates include:
- Return road transfers to Masai Mara
- Accommodation in a standard room for two nights on a FULL BOARD basis at your Lodge in Maasai Mara
- Park entrance fee in Mara
- All Drinks in Masai Mara
- Visit a Maasai village (if desired)
- Tips (optional), laundry, and any item of a personal nature
- Excursions in Masai Mara
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