4 Days & 3 Nights – Lake Nakuru & Maasai Mara Private Lodge Safari

(Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve)

 Trip Highlights: This is an exciting 4 days lake Nakuru, Masai Mara private lodge safari into the best wildlife sanctuaries in Kenya. This trip will start upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, taking you through to lake Nakuru National park and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, scene of the greatest spectacle of the animal kingdom and the annual migration of thousands of wildebeest. You will be able to see plenty of wildlife varying from Kenya’s big five; the lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, and the leopard amongst a host of other different animal species. You will travel in a private minivan Safari vehicle and stay in the best lodge while on this safari on full board basis.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Tour Manager, who will brief you on your Safari and escort you to your vehicle for departure to Lake Nakuru National Park for a memorable game viewing drive and bird watching experience. You will arrive in good time for lunch at your lodge. In the afternoon, enjoy your game viewing drive till dust, then after return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Lake Nakuru is one of the Rift Valley soda lakes. It lies to the south of Nakuru, in central Kenya and is protected by a small Lake Nakuru National Park. The lake’s abundance of algae attracts a vast quantity of flamingos that famously lines the shore. Other birds also flourish in the area, as do warthogs, baboons and other large mammals. Black and White rhinos have also been introduced.

 

Dinner and overnight will be at Lake Nakuru Lodge or similar

Day 2: Lake Nakuru – Maasai Mara Game Reserve

After morning breakfast, you will check out to depart to Maasai Mara Game Reserve via Narok arriving in time for check in at Mara Simba lodge and lunch. In afternoon, you will proceed for Game drive till dust. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

The Maasai Mara, now The New 7th wonder of the world and 4th preferred tourist destination in the world is a home to wildlife in such abundance and variety that it is difficult to imagine. The most spectacular event of the natural world takes place here; The annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture while being followed on their heels by the predators of the savanna; lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vulture. It hosts over 450 species of animals which include lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephants.

Dinner and overnight will be at Mara Simba Lodge or similar

IMGP2881Day 3:  Maasai Mara Game Reserve (Full day)

Spend a full day within exploring the magical Maasai Mara; you will also have a morning and an afternoon Game viewing drive, taking your packed lunch during your drive. You will also opt on taking a pre-breakfast balloon flight safari, at an extra cost, which will give you an unforgettable experience as you view animals very early in the morning from a birds’ eye view.

The wildebeests are the most dominant inhabitants of the Maasai Mara. Their numbers are estimated in millions. The great migration starts in July each year when well over one million wildebeest along with large numbers of Thompson’s gazelles, zebra and other herbivores migrate from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to fresh pastures in the north and then back south again in October.

Optional Balloon Flight

You can opt to carry out your game viewing activity on an adventurous and unforgettable balloon flight over the spectacular Mara at an extra cost. This package includes a bush breakfast in the wild.

Dinner and overnight will be at Mara Simba lodge or similar

Day 4:  Maasai Mara Game Reserve – Nairobi – Departure

A pre-breakfast morning game drives within Maasai Mara Reserve for a chance to spot more wildlife species.  After morning breakfast depart to Nairobi, upon arrival you will be taken for farewell lunch at carnivore restaurant before being transferred to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to board your international flight to your next destination.

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Cost Includes:

-Transport in a private minivan Safari vehicle with pop up roof

-Services of an English speaking tour driver/guide

-Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as per itinerary

-All Government taxes and levies

– Full board accommodation in lodges with all meals as stipulated in the itinerary

Cost excludes:

-Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara

(Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking)

-All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc.

-Tips and gratuities to lodge staff and driver/guide

-Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

-Any local or international flight and departure taxes

-Laundry services

-Any other item not included in our itinerary

 

2 Days and 1 Night, Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru National Park Private Safari

Safari highlights: This is an exciting 2 days adventure which will give you an exhilarating experience within the Rift Valley region of Kenya.  The safari starts in Nairobi, taking you through to the Great Rift into Lake Naivasha, which is a well known bird sanctuary as well as a hiking, boating and trekking spot for many visitors. Afterwards you will head into Hell’s Gate National Park where you will also enjoy walking, hiking in geological formations, raptor viewing, biking and horse riding.  Afterwards, you will head to Lake Nakuru for a fantastic bird watching adventure. During your visit to the Rift region, you will visit numerous attractions such as the volcanoes, Geo thermal stations, swamps, beautiful cliffs and natural streams, as well as spot a variety of plains game such as the giraffe, impala, gazelle, zebra and Colobus monkey. You will travel privately with your tour guide/driver, who is very competent with the geology of the area, in a private safari minibus and spend the nights in lodges.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Nairobi – Lake Naivasha & Hell’s Gate

 In the morning, you will be met at your residence within Nairobi and will be warmly received by the Tour Manager who will brief you on your safari before escorting you to your vehicle for departure to Lake Naivasha. This is a one hour drive from Nairobi City, so you will arrive before lunch when you can take some photographs of birds as you enjoy a walking or cycling safari to visit the lake. After lunch, you will depart Lake Naivasha for Hell’s Gate National Park where you will enjoy game viewing either on foot or on bikes around the park. You will visit the raptor hide spot where you will be able to view and photograph birds of prey at a close range then afterwards visit some hiking spots where you can enjoy rock climbing. In the evening you will be transferred back to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

107Lake Naivasha is the highest and purest of all the Rift Valley Lakes at 1880 m above sea level. This area is a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 450 species of recorded birds in the area. A small islet on the lake is home to a number of wildlife. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride safari as they view wildlife and birds from the tranquil lake. A private ranch (Kongoni Game Sanctuary) is located in the area which is a home to lions, leopards, cheetah and some translocated Gravy’s zebras.

 

Hell’s Gate National Park provides a truly panoramic picnic site, camping stop over and is also an endless biodiversity which allows walking or cycling without an official KWS escort.  It has spectacular scenery, despite its rather alarming name, including the towering cliffs, water gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub-clad volcanoes and belching plumes of a natural geothermal steam.  It is a relatively small park cleft deep in the floor of the Rift Valley.  In the undulating grasslands, you can walk alongside herds of buffalo, zebra, giraffe, eland and hartebeest and Thompson’s Gazelle. The park has a unique bird viewing hide which allows visitors to view and photograph the birds of prey at a close range. The hide is booked as a small fee via the warden of the park. The Fischer’s Tower is a high jagged volcanic plug that remained of an ancient volcano and is named after the German explorer, Gustav Fischer.  According to the local Maasai tradition, the rock is the petrified figure of a chief’s daughter who turned around, against the dictates of tradition to take one last look of her village before leaving to be married.  The Ol Karia Geothermal Station also lies in this park, being one of the hottest sources of natural

 Lunch, dinner and overnight at Fish Eagle Inn or similar

 030 Day 2: Hell’s Gate National Park – Lake Nakuru National Park – Nairobi

 After breakfast check out of your lodge and proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park. Upon arrival you will immediately venture into the park for game viewing and bird watching. You will have a picnic lunch at either lion hill or Baboon Cliff, which are two famous picnic spots within the park. After lunch depart for afternoon game viewing where you stand a chance to see some of the most endangered species like white rhino and Rothschild giraffe among others. In the evening at around 4.30pm, you will be transferred back to Nairobi arriving after 2 hours. You will then be transferred back to your residence from where you were picked from.

Lake Nakuru is a shallow strongly alkaline lake set in a picturesque landscape of surrounding woodland and grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, stretches of acacia woodland and rocky hillsides covered with a Euphorbia forest. The lakes catchment is bounded by the Menengai crater to the North, the Bahati hills to the north east, the lion hill ranges to the east, Eburu crater to the south and the Mau escarpment to the west. Three rivers, the Njoro, Makalia and the Enderit drain into the lake. Some wildlife species that may interest you include the buffaloes, Thompson’s and Grant’s Gazelles, the rare long-eared leaf-nosed bats, Colubus monkeys, rock hyraxes, hippos, leopards, lions, rhino, waterbuck, impala, striped hyena, wild cat and the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. Lake Nakuru National Park also has a large population of lion, buffalo and hundreds of plains game which graze the shoreline throughout the year.

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 Cost: Inquire at @niceafricaholidays.com

 Package Includes:

 – All park entrance fees

– Full board accommodation and meals while on safari

– Service of an English speaking driver/guide

– Transport in a private safari minivan with pop up roof for game viewing

– Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver

– Game drives

– Government taxes

 Package Excludes:

 – Extras at the lodges i.e. alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks, telephone, laundry etc.

– International or local flight fees and departure taxes

– Nature walks, boat rides and cycling safaris

– Tips to driver/guide or lodge staff

– Items of personal nature e.g. tissues and other toiletries

– Personal travel insurance

– Any other item not included in itinerary