6 Days Maasai Mara & the Great Rift
Nairobi | Maasai Mara | Lake Nakuru | Lake Bogoria | Lake Baringo | Depart
6 Days Maasai Mara & the Great Rift
6 Days Maasai Mara & the Great Rift takes you to maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria and Lake Baringo. The safari takes us south through the Rift Valley to Masai Mara where we shall witness the largest concentration of game in Kenya. Then back North to the remote rift valley lakes Bogoria and Baringo a bird watchers and naturalists paradise.
Days 1-3: Pick Up Nairobi, Transfer Maasai Mara Game Reserve
We pick-you-up and drive you from your hotel to Masaai Mara via the Great Rift Valley where you’ll stop for panoramic and breathtaking-views. Descend the escarpment to arrive at Narok-town for lunch. After lunch, proceed to Masaai Mara arrive for late afternoon/early evening game drive in the park until sunset. Spend two nights here to explore, discover and experience the magic of Masaai Mara, a spectacular watch of the Famous Great Migration of millions of wildebeest’s migration for many millennia that has put Masaai Mara the world’s 7th wonder! Dinner & overnight at Mara Explorer Camp.
Mara Explorer Camp is located where four of the Masai Mara’s prime safari areas converge. The camp offers some of Kenya’s best wildebeest migration viewing. This exclusive tented camp occupies the southern banks of the Talek River, where four of the Masai Mara’s prime gameviewing areas converge. There are just 10 luxurious river-facing tents in total at Mara Explorer Camp, each furnished with four-poster beds, antique storage chests and open-air claw-footed bathtubs with views over the African bush. Dining at Mara Explorer Camp takes place in an atmospheric riverside dining area, which adjoins a plush lounge and well-stocked library. Guests are also able to use the freeform swimming pool or purchase souvenirs and other essentials at neighbouring sister camp Mara Intrepids.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park
Pre-breakfast game drive from 06:30-am to 09:30-am, see leopards, cheetahs, lioness hunting. This has been considered the best time to see the cats as they go on a hunting spree before sun-rises on the horizon. Back to your camp for a full breakfast, then visit the Maasai village [manyatta] and later depart for Lake Nakuru National Park. lunch served on the way arriving at Lake Nakuru hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight-stay at the Sarova Lionhill Game Lodge.
Scenic Lake Nakuru is Kenya’s most popular national park. The park’s main feature is a large, shallow lake supporting great birdlife, including big flocks of pelicans and variable flocks of flamingos. The lake was once famous for its flamingos, however, since 2012, conditions have become unfavorable for these birds and most have moved to other Rift Valley lakes.
Day 5: Lake Bogoria
After breakfast, leave in the mid-morning head towards Lake Bogoria. Lake Bogoria in Kenya is one of the lesser celebrated of the Rift Valley lakes but it provides as much beauty and inspiration as any of the other dramatic lakes in the region. Such is the importance of Lake Bogoria that it has been declared a Ramsar Site and the Lake Bogoria National Reserve has been a protected area since the early 1970's. With a depth of about 10 meters the lake is relatively shallow and is approximately 34 km long by 3.5 km wide.
With it’s ideal conditions it is home to one of the world's largest populations of lesser flamingoes. Due to the lake’s alkalinity, blue green algae grows well, this in turn feeds the flamingoes. At times the number of flamingoes feeding in the lake may be as many as two million - creating a wonderful undulating blaze of pink as the flamingoes go about their feeding. This scene of brilliant pink flamingoes by the millions is only found in the Rift Valley Lakes of Kenya, and so is not replicated anywhere else in the world, due to the very specific environment needed by the birds. Aside from the flamingoes there are many other birds and animals to see at Lake Bogoria such as buffalo, zebra, baboon, warthog, caracal, spotted hyena, impala and dik dik.
You will check in at the Lake Bogoria Spa Resort.
Day 6: Lake Baringo, Departure for Nairobi
After breakfast, head out to lake Baringo - a fascinating place for geologists and nature lovers' alike, with outlandish landscapes and prolific birdlife. Part of the East African Rift Valley, Lake Baringo is one of only two freshwater Rift Valley lakes, together with Lake Naivasha, in Kenya. It is in the remote west-central region of Kenya, with only Lake Turkana being further north. Lake Baringo is fed by a number of rivers, but has no visible outlet. It is assumed that the water seeps away into the faults in the bedrock. The water level of Lake Baringo dropped to some of the lowest levels recorded due to drought and agricultural irrigation but the floods in Northern Kenya in recent years pushed the level up alarmingly.
Explore on foot this nature lake and view the flamingoes in their thousands. Caution must be taken while walking near the hot springs as these are super hot. You will have your Picnic lunch at Lake Baringo, after which you proceed to Nairobi via Nakuru.
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
- Meet on arrival at point of entry/exit, Transfer to/ from the hotel
- Accommodation as stipulated in respective itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- Transport in a 4x4 Safari Cruisers / Safari-mini-vans with pop-up-roof
- Park Entry fees to the National Parks & National Game Reserves
- Professional safari guide
- All the game drives as per the safari programme above
- Bottled drinking-mineral water throughout the safari
- Flying Doctor service -Africa Air Rescue for emergencies
- All airport taxes, International airfares and Visas
- Insurance (trip cancellation medical insurances are recommended)
- Premium Drinks
- Tips and Gratuities to driver and hotels staff
- Any excursions not mentioned in itinerary
- Tips and gratuities
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