Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Masai Mara Safari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
11 days
From: $ 7,900 $ 718 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to Mara and observe the abundant wildlife
  • Ride across rolling open plains and visit Mara ecosystem
  • Ride to Mara Triangle
  • Visit to beautiful Mrs Ross’ and Schalows Turaco
  • Visit Lake Nakuru or Bogoria famous for their flamingoes

Short Description

This is the land which was so loved by Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen. How fortunate for us that it remains much as it was in their day. The Masai are still there, herding their cattle, and living as they did in past centuries. Their fierce pride and strong culture survive. So do the wild animals in almost the same abundance as amazed the early explorers.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Lodging Level Camping
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Nairobi
End City Nairobi

Trip Includes

  • Meals
  • Accommodation

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Itinerary

Day 1

You will be collected from your hotel in Nairobi, or directly from the international airport. Transfer to Wilson Airport (the domestic airport in Nairobi) to catch the 10.00am flight to the Mara. Upon arrival at the airstrip in the Mara, you will be met by landrovers. Drive through the Mara, observing the abundant wildlife. The first camp is located in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick). There may be time for an evening ride. Overnight Olare Lamun.

Day 2

A full day to explore this remote area with abundant game. Drives, rides and walks may be taken from camp. Overnight Olare Lamun.

Day 3

Our first moving day and we break camp in good time as it is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. We ride across rolling open plains and the game generally becomes more plentiful as we approach the Mara ecosystem. We should see herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well. We reach our camp on the edge of the Masai Game Reserve on the Olare Orok lugga late afternoon. From camp we are likely to hear lion and hyena at night and the abundance of game is apparent everywhere. Overnight Olare Orok.

Day 4

Days 4 and 5: Two full days of morning and evening rides from camp with the option of driving into the game park for some good photographic opportunities. From the landrovers we can get much closer to lion, elephant and buffalo than we are able to do from the horses. Overnight Olare Orok.

Day 6

Another moving day. We head west across the Mara plains and reach the Mara River on the park boundary. We hopefully ford the river (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head southwest across the Mara Triangle where we have our picnic lunch before ascending the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach our camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. Overnight Soit Olololol.

Day 7

We ride southwest along the top of the escarpment enjoying glorious views to the east on excellent going for the horses. We hopefully see the beautiful Mrs Ross’ and Schalows Turaco as well as much plains game. We descend the escarpment on foot along a rocky cattle track and have a picnic lunch under some acacias at the foot of the escarpment.

After lunch we ride back through the Mara Triangle at the foot of the escarpment before ascending on a game trail. Many bachelor buffalo herds are a feature of the afternoon. Overnight Soit Olololol.

Day 8

We descend the escarpment again and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river. We head in a northwestern direction and after lunch, find our final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by are some hippo pools and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp. Overnight Mara River.

Day 9

Leaving camp after breakfast with a picnic lunch, we go by road through the Mara to Deloraine (a charter flight is available in lieu of vehicle transfer at your own expense). Arrive at Deloraine in time for tea and an evening walk around the beautiful garden. Overnight Deloraine.

Day 10

An early morning ride before breakfast is optional. Day trips to either Lake Nakuru or Bogoria famous for their flamingoes can be arranged with a picnic lunch. Overnight Deloraine.

Day 11

Optional morning ride. Transfer to Nairobi. If departing by plane, do not book a flight departing prior to 7.00pm.

The shorter 7 night safari is the same itinerary offering the three best campsites: Olare Lamun, Olare Orok and Soit Ololol.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 12

4 – 12 Guests per group

Accomodations

Accommodations & Food

Comfortable camps are set up each night by an extremely capable and amenable staff. When you reach camp at the end of the day, the showers are hot, the beer is cold and a delicious dinner is being prepared over wood fires.

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Ride & Horse Details

Horse Breeds: Somali/Thoroughbred Cross

Trip Pace: Moderate to fast with opportunities for lengthy canters and gallops

Tack: English

Weight limit: 200 lbs

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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