The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. Nowhere in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya from July through to October.
The migration has to cross the Mara River in the Maasai Mara where crocodiles will prey on them. This is one of the highlights as the animals try and cross the Mara River alive. In the Maasai Mara, they will be hunted, stalked, and run down by the larger carnivores.
The Maasai Mara also has one of the largest densities of lion in the world and is no wonder this is the home of the BBC wildlife channels Big Cat Diary.
Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara
Day 2 & 3: Masai Mara
Day 4: Masai Mara - Nakuru
Day 5: Nakuru – Nairobi
DAY 1: NAIROBI MASAI MARA
A representative from Orogu Tours and Travel will meet you on arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After a short briefing on your safari, you will then depart Nairobi for Masai Mara. You will drive towards the Great Rift Valley with a brief stop at the Great Rift Valley viewpoint for great picture opportunities.
The Great Rift Valley is a geologic phenomenon, which divides Kenya neatly down the length of the country essentially separating east from west. Today's Rift Valley is characterized by uninhabitable desert and fertile farmland, flat arid plains, steep escarpments and 07 lakes in Kenya.
Descend to the floor of the Rift Valley and drive across it to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, picnic lunch at Narok town then proceed to Masai Mara.
Check into the lodge to have a Short siesta and at 1600 hrs, enjoy your first game drive in the sprawling Masai Mara Game reserve.
Dinner and overnight at your Camp/Lodge.
Day 2 & 3: Masai Mara National Reserve.
Full days in the reserve with both morning and afternoon game drives at 0630 hrs and 1600 hrs respectively.
Considered by many to be Kenya's finest game reserve, the 650sq miles of the Masai Mara adjoining Tanzania's well-known Serengeti, forming one ecosystem. The open rolling savannah grassland of the Mara is the home of numerous wildlife species including elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, jackal, bu¬alo, eland, topi, impala, gazelle, warthog, and zebra.
From June to September, the annual Wildebeest migration takes place when thousands of these animals sweep across the plains and seek out new grazing areas.
All meals and overnight at your Camp/Lodge.
Day 4: Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru National Park (265km, 05hrs)
After breakfast, drive to Lake Nakuru National Park with picnic lunches at Narok town. Short siesta and at 1600 hrs, enjoy an afternoon game drive that takes you to the shores of Lake Nakuru.
Lake Nakuru is famous for Flamingos, Pelicans, and other birds. The animals found here include Rhinos, buffalos, giraffes, antelopes, waterbucks, lions, and leopards.
Dinner and overnight at your Camp/Lodge.
Day 5: Lake Nakuru National Park - Nairobi (170km, 2.5hrs)
Depart Lake Nakuru National Park after breakfast with an en-route game drive to Nairobi. Lunch at own arrangements.
You will later be dropped off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward fight back home.
- Park entrance fees at the National Reserves and National Park.
- Accommodation while on Safari on Full board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
- Experienced English speaking driver guides.
- Meals per the itinerary.
- 01 Litre of bottled water per day while on safari.
- Airport transfers in Nairobi.
- All road transportation and Game drives using a custom made safari Landcruiser, complete with a pop-up roof for enhanced game viewing and photography.
- Services of a professional English driver-guide throughout the safari
- All other flights.
- Additional sightseeing or deviation from the itinerary.
- All items of a personal nature such as tobacco; laundry; phone calls, etc.
- Tips and drinks/beverages.
- Any Other Items not mentioned above.
- Medical/Travel Insurance
- Hot Air Balloon Safari.
- Boat Ride to Crescent Island in Lake Naivasha.
- Masai Village Cultural Visit.
In between game drives, visit the ‘Ekang’ - mostly referred to as Manyatta (Masai Village) - and experience their tradition and culture. “The Masai are members of the Nilotic tribal group along with the Samburu.
The Masai are well-known colourful people who are mainly cattle and goat herders. They like to adorn themselves with colorful cloth and beads. Wealth is measured in cattle. The traditional villages surround a central area.
The young males go through a period of warriorhood before they marry. Men generally make tribal decisions and care for the cattle. The women build the houses and take care of the home. More and more villages are becoming less traditional. This can be seen by metal roofs instead of thatching, all wooden houses, and even farm plots. Growing food is frowned upon by traditional Masai.
There are even some homes with satellite dishes. In villages near lodges, income is supplemented by posing for photos, selling used spears, or performing traditional dances.”