A special 5 nights/6 days safari to Masai Mara, most suitable during the wildebeest migration season. With a five nights stay in a luxury safari camp located in a strategic position along the Mara river, the safari is ideal for photographers who want to capture the most magical moments of the wildebeest migration.
We will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning, and brief you about the safari. (Note: We can also pick you up at the airport – JKIA – if your international flight to Nairobi arrives in the morning).
After the tour briefing, our driver will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Maasai Mara National Reserve. You can opt for the morning flight, or the afternoon flight, depending on your preference and time schedule. The flight takes approximately 45 minutes.
Your safari guide will be waiting for you at the airstrip in Masai Mara. Upon your arrival, he will transfer you to the luxury safari camp where you will be staying for the next five nights.
After checking in, enjoy lunch at the camp, then later in the afternoon go for your first game drive in the Mara, using a 4x4 safari vehicle.
Overnight at Entim Mara, on full board basis.
You will have four full days to explore the Masai Mara. This also means plenty of photographic opportunities, especially during the wildebeest migration season. If you are lucky, you may even witness the popular river crossings – the magical and dramatic moments when the migrating herds cross the crocodile infested rivers of Masai Mara.
The range of activities you can undertake during these four days include: game drives in the 4x4 safari vehicles, early morning balloon safari over the rolling plains of the Mara, cultural visits to authentic Masai traditional villages/manyatta, sun downers, nature walks, and bush breakfast and/or lunch (depending on the weather). On some days, you can go for morning and evening game drives with breaks for meals at the camp. On other days you go for full day game drives, leaving the camp after breakfast, carrying packed lunches, and returning to the camp after sunset.
Some activities (such as the balloon safaris) are optional and are provided at an extra cost. The balloon ride starts very early in the morning, giving you the unique and unforgettable experience of aerial game viewing.
Overnight at Entim Mara, on full board basis.
Just like every good thing, your stay in the Masai Mara has to come to an end.
You will enjoy breakfast at the camp, then your safari guide will take you to the airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi. On arrival at Wilson airport, we will pick you up and take you to the famous Carnivore restaurant for a farewell lunch or dinner. Thereafter, the driver can transfer you to your hotel in Nairobi, or to the airport (JKIA) for your flight back home.
Most safari connoisseurs rate the Masai Mara as one of the best wildlife destinations in Africa. The reserve is most renowned for the annual wildebeest migration, which some pundits have termed as the 8th natural wonder of the world. The Mara's diverse ecosystem and wildlife variety makes it a great wildlife safari destination all year round. All the African big five animals and big cats are present in the Mara, as well as a host of other big game. And that is one of the reasons why the reserve is popular for game viewing, photography, documentary filming, research, and cultural tours. The Mara is home to about 95 species of mammals and about 570 bird species. Its residents include: lions, zebras, wildebeests (both migrants and residents), elephants, jackals, impala, topi, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, Thomson's gazelles, hyenas and many more. There are also plenty of hippos and crocodiles along the major rivers of Masai Mara (Mara river, Talek River, and Sand river).
You can visit the Masai Mara any time of the year and still have a great safari experience because of the wide variety of wildlife all the time. The low season (the rainy season – April to June) is the best time to visit if you want more exclusivity and privacy and also to enjoy the hotels' special offers. This is because of the low occupancy levels at most lodges at this time. The dryer months (January to mid March) are considered mid season. It is a good time to see the big cats (lions, leopards, and cheetahs) and other predators (hyenas, jackals, etc). If, however, your plan is to witness the wildebeest migration, the best period is between July to September, which is also peak season.
The river crossings are the most exciting moments of the wildebeest migration. Most of the crossing points are located along the Mara River, which is why it would be ideal to stay in lodges or camps that are as close as possible to this area. Entim Mara, is one such camp, situated in a strategic location overlooking the Mara river. Which is why it is our first choice for this itinerary, for travellers coming specifically for the wildebeest migration. However, since the accommodation facilities in this area are few and get fully booked well in advance, you may also stay at any other camp or lodge within the reserve and opt for full day game drives in order to spend most of the time at the crossing points.
Witnessing the river crossing depends on unpredictable factors, and can thus not be guaranteed. The longer your stay in the Masai Mara during the migration period, the higher your chances of catching the action. But with or without the river crossing, our safari guides are well experienced and able to guide you through the reserve to ensure you see as much as possible during your entire stay.