Travel to Kenya and experience a walk through the Masai Mara.

Travel to Kenya and explore the Masai Mara with an expert guide. Take a guided walk to visit a Maasai homestead, and spot Africa's famed wildlife from safari vehicles through the reserve. Camp in a tented lodge and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of Africa. This is a great short break for those with limited time, looking for a real African experience.


Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Country
Kenya
Style
Original
Theme
Short Breaks, Wildlife
Code
YGAE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Stay in a tented lodge on the edge of the Masai Mara Game Reserve

  • Take game drives through the Masai Mara to search out the Big Five

  • Travel across the Great Rift Valley

  • Meet Kenya's Maasai people tending their herds on a guided walk

Is this trip right for you?

  • This itinerary starts and finishes in Nairobi and includes two long drives.

  • This is one of our Short Breaks and is slightly different to our group tours. There is no group leader but rather a local guide with the idea being that you maintain a level of independence during down time. You'll most likely travel on a join-in basis, which means you may or may not be joined by others for activities and transportation, depending on demand.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Jambo! Welcome to Kenya.
You are required to be at the reception of the Kenya Comfort Hotel Suites by 7:30am for a brief pre-departure meeting. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information.
Nairobi - which takes its name from a Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi meaning 'place of cool waters' - has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are plenty of good bars and restaurants, while markets and shops have most things you could want or need, as well as various arts and crafts from the region.
Travel west, crossing the floor of the Great Rift Valley and traversing the escarpment before reaching the town of Narok in the land of the Masai. As we near this area we are likely to see many colourfully dressed Masai tribes people tending to their herds of cattle. We should arrive in time for lunch at our lodge, which is located across the river from the masai Mara Park (250 km, approx 8 hours).
Take a guided 2 hour walk around the area visiting a Maasai homestead along the way. Wild animals are sometimes sighted on this walk.
Our accommodation is at Mara Springs Tented Camp or similar, a simple tented camp located in a prime game viewing area just 15minutes away from the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Each tent has beds with linen, simple furnishings and en suite bathrooms.

While brazen crime is thankfully fairly uncommon in Nairobi, petty theft unfortunately is not and recently arrived visitors to the capital can often make for tempting targets. Your trip leader will verse you in a few worthwhile precautions at the welcome meeting, but if you are arriving early please heed a few simple safeguards.

As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt, though your hotel room or reception may have safes in which it would be advisable to store things if you're wanting to head out. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn't safe to walk - particularly when it's getting on in the day. Thieves and pickpockets have also been known to operate in bars and restaurants, so don't let up keeping your wits about you once you're inside somewhere. Don't leave day packs or handbags unattended on chairs or the floor. There's no need to be paranoid, but appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Finally, make colour scans of any important travel documents before you leave and email them to yourself: in the event that you are the unlucky victim of a theft, this will save you hours of police, embassy and travel insurance hassles.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara Walk
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After an early breakfast, and armed with packed lunch, we drive to the Mara ( approx. 15mins ).
A huge area of woodlands and open plains backed by the striking Esoit Oloololo Escarpment, the Masai Mara is home to all of the Big Five. Keep an eye out for prides of lions, herds of elephants and, if you are lucky, a stealthy cheetah or leopard. In the rainy season this area is flooded by over a million wildebeest on their annual migration.
Explore this diverse environment and view a multitude of wildlife. Spend an entire day on a wildlife spotting quest in the reserve.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Game drive
Optional Activities
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Leave the magnificent Mara area behind and drive back to Nairobi (250 km, approx 8 hours) where the safari ends on arrival - usually around 3pm.

If you require post-trip accommodation in Nairobi, please enquire at the time of booking.
If you're staying on, why not head out to explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa), or Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed in an outdoor village.
Optional Activities
  • Nairobi - Bomas of Kenya - USD12
  • Nairobi - Carnivore Restaurant - KES3600
  • Nairobi - Karen Blixen museum - USD14
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Transport

Minibus, 4x4

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Masai Mara Walk
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Game drive

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Important notes

1. This trip finishes upon arrival at our finish point hotel in Nairobi on Day 3. Please do not book any flights until after 4pm this afternoon.

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