Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa

Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

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Highlights

This trip is specially curated to feature among the most attractive Kenya’s parks and reserves. Starting from Amboseli National Park known for its great view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and large herds of elephants, to Nakuru National Park one of the greatest ornithological sites in the world and a great rhino sanctuary in Kenya, to the Masai Mara Game Reserve the arena to one of greatest spectacle on earth, the great migration.

The world’s greatest show‚ set on stage in the Masai Mara great migration.  The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson's gazelles, 97,000 Topi, 18,000 elands, and 200,000 zebras. These migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by predators such as leopard, cheetah and most notably lions and hyena.

 Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Wildebeest (also known Gnu) at the background and zebra migration in Masai Mara. Photo credit to Wikipedia contributor Key45

 

Let us experience it first hand as seen on National Geographic.  The adventure of the lifetime.  This happens every year between July to October, the animals will migrate from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in search of food and water.  However, for the animals to get to Masai Mara, they will have to cross the dangerous Mara River. That is filled with hundreds of crocodiles and fat pods of hippo waiting for them.  The dramatic contrast between life and death to be witnessed during the Great Migration. 

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaThe Beginning of the Great Migration. Photo by James H licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaThe Great Migration - Wildebeests crossing the dangerous Mara River. Photo by James H licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 


Despite comprising only 0.01% of Africa’s total landmass, more than 40% of Africa’s larger mammals can be found here in Masai Mara.
Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaLarge numbers of migrating wildebeest, after having crossed the river Mara from Serengeti to the Mara


We will visit a Masai Mara village, the Maasai tribe is a unique tribe and well-known for its high jump dance.

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaHigh jump dance to impress the girls

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaSunrise at Masai Mara

There are many national game viewing parks in Kenya that one must visit when in the country. Our itinerary covers those that are strongly recommended and well known.
Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaSome of the big mammals found in Amboseli National Park, Masai Mara National Park, and Lake Naivasha area

Amboseli National Park provides the classic Hollywood image of Africa. It is one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops, and 47 types of raptors.

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaGrey Crowned Crane and Superb Starling in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. Photo credit to Atul Nulkar @ flickr.com


Set in rolling savannah scenery it is dwarfed by the presence of the pink-tinged, snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro which, at 5,896 meters, is the tallest mountain on the African continent and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Set against this amazing and magnificent backdrop roam vast herds of elephant accompanied by the lions, buffalos, cheetahs, giraffes, baboons, gazelles, hippos, and wildebeest.  

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaAmboseli National Park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants, with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background. Photo credits to amboseli.com

 

Discover Lake Nakuru National Park 

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s two Premium Parks, and is a bird lover’s paradise. The park has a reputation as an ornithologists’ delight with more than 400 species of bird found here. It also boasts a huge variety of animals, including leopard which is often found snoozing on the branches of the magnificent yellow-barked acacias, lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe only found in this park in Kenya, southern white rhinos and the rare eastern black rhino is protected and guarded here too.

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Rothschild's is one of the most endangered distinct populations of giraffe, with 1671 individuals estimated in the wild in 2016. Photo credit: By The Lilac Breasted Roller from Sullivan's Island, United States @ Wikimedia Commons 

 

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya Black Rhino at Lake Nakuru. Photo credit to Bernard DUPONT @ flickr.com

 

We may have a chance to be up close and near the wild animals (no predators) by walking at Crescent Island Game Park which is located on Lake Naivasha, It is one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya and is Lake Naivasha’s best kept secret. You have the opportunity to see zebras, giraffes, hippos, buffalo and a wide variety of birdlife as we walk through the park.

Some of the wild animals in Lake Naivasha

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Zebras at Crescent Island. Photo credit to Son of Groucho @ flickr.com

 
Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, KenyaHippos at Lake Naivasha Photo credit to Николай Максимович, source https://www.panoramio.com/photo/47575131

 Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Cormorants on Lake Naivasha. Photo credit to McKay Savage @ flickr.com 


Great Rift Valley

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Mount Longonot. Photo credit to Valerius Tygart @ Wikimedia Commons

 

Below are some pictures of the mid-range (semi-luxury) accommodation for reference only. The actual accommodation may not be exactly the same hotel, it is depending on when the trip is confirmed but it would be of a similar standard.



Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Masai Mara - Experience the greatest wildlife show and migration in Africa starting at Nairobi City County, Nairobi, Kenya

Additional Info

- Price is based on USD currency rate exchange at USD 1 = SGD 1.37. If USD appreciates, then would have to top up the difference and if it depreciates, then the balance will be refunded
- Price is based on 2019 rate and may subject to change in 2021 according to operators. Will update in early 2021.
- Due to the advocation of environment friendly, no plastic bag usage is allowed in Kenya

Important notes:
- We aren’t visiting zoos nor bird parks, as such there is no guarantee that wildlife will appear as in the past during our trip duration
- We have picked the usual and the best animals migration seasons and therefore we stand a very high chance of witnessing one of the world’s most spectacular sight

Things to bring:
1) Head Lamp
2) Outdoor Attire (long pant recommended)
3) Shoes recommended for walking trekking Shoe. NO Slipper
4) Clothes for changing
5) Warm clothing when the weather is cold especially in the night
6) Insect Repellent
7) Room slippers
8) Binoculars
9) Personal Toiletries
10) Personal medication (if necessary)
11) Neck rest for long journey ride
12) Sleeping bag lining
13) Yellow fever vaccination papers

Itinerary

(The local operators will do their best to adhere to the route, time and schedule as described below but certain amount of flexibility is necessary to build into the trip as on occasions it may be desirable or necessary to make alterations or changes to the intended itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances)

Day 1, 7 Aug 2020: Friday: SG - Nairobi
- Depart SG and arrive Nairobo


Day 2, 8 Aug 2020: Saturday: Nairobi - Amboseli
Enjoy the land of gentle giants and Kilimanjaro ~ Amboseli National Park

0700 hrs: Breakfast
0800 hrs: leave for Amboseli National Park
1200 hrs: Reach Amboseli National Park and have lunch
1400 hrs: Afternoon game viewing drive in Amboseli National Park
1900 hrs: Dinner, overnight at Amboseli
The highlights are Mt Kilimanjaro and wildlife in Amboseli National Park


Day 3, 9 Aug 2020: Sunday: Full day Amboseli National Park

0730 hrs: Breakfast, leave for Amboseli National Park
0900 hrs: Morning game drive in Amboseli National Park
1300 hrs: Lunch
1500 hrs: Afternoon game drive in Amboseli National Park
1900 hrs: Dinner, overnight at Amboseli


Day 4, 10 Aug 2020: Monday: Amboseli - Lake Naivasha

0700 hrs: Breakfast
0800 hrs: Leave for Lake Naivasha
1400 hrs: Lunch
1600 hrs: Enjoy sunset boat ride and walk Crescent Island
1900 hrs: Dinner, overnight at Lake Naivasha


Day 5, 11 Aug 2020: Tuesday: Lake Naivasha - The Great Masai Mara National Reserve
This is the day to drive to the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve, backdrop to the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth', the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.

0700 hrs: Breakfast
0800 hrs: Leave for Masai Mara
1300 hrs: Lunch
1500 hrs: Afternoon Game Drive
1900 hrs: Dinner and overnight at Masai Mara.


Day 6, 12 Aug 2020: Wednesday: Full day discovering the great game of Masai Mara National Reserve

0700 hrs: Breakfast
0800 hrs: Morning game drive in Masai Mara and visit Masai Village
1300 hrs: Lunch
1500 hrs: Afternoon game drive in Masai Mara
1900 hrs: Dinner and overnight at Masai Mara
The highlights are the countless wildebeest, zebras, and the wildlife such as big 5 and Mara river crossing and Masai Village


Day 7, 13 Aug 2020: Thursday: Masai Mara - Lake Nakuru
Discover Lake Nakuru National Park

0730 hrs: Breakfast, leave for Lake Nakuru National Park
1300 hrs: Lunch
1500 hrs: Afternoon game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park
1900 hrs: Dinner, overnight at Lake Nakuru


Day 8, 14 Aug 2020: Friday: Lake Nakuru - Nairobi
Drive to Nairobi enjoying sightseeing along Great Rift Valley

After breakfast, we are set to heading back to Nairobi via Great Rift Valley. The journey will pass by the dormant volcano and Mount Longonot. We will also take a walk in lakes Elementeita to watch pink flamingo safari. Keep an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelle and head up the escarpment. We will arrive in Kenya's bustling capital city Nairobi in the early afternoon. Free and easy the rest of the day. Stay overnight in Nairobi.


Day 9, 15 Aug 2020: Saturday: Nairobi – Singapore
After breakfast, Free & Easy time
After lunch, heading to Nairobi Jomo International Airport


Day 10, 16 Aug 2020: Sunday: Home Sweet Home

Reviews

  • I had a amazing trip with a group of friendly and warm tour mates. Carly was such an assuring tour leader. Excellent and safe Vietnamese driver, Jerry. well spoken English Vietnamese guide Tommy. I enjoyed myself very much and look forward for another trip!

  • Excellent short trip with beautiful verdant countryside and charming local tribal people not corrupted by tourism yet . Be prepared for long drive on narrow winding mountain roads.

  • Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with... Read more Best trip ever ! Everyone laughed and enjoyed the hols as if we have known each other all our lives instead of meeting for the first time ! Everyone kept their cool when faced with an unforseen delay . The scenery at Ha Giang is simply superb . There are so many small towns within the mountains with so many minority races living together . Their costumes are so colourful and the ladies' headgears are so lovely to gawk at . If I could , I would love to go again . Highly recommended for gungho people with "throw everything to the wind" attitude . Fantastic local guide and driver (Tom & Jerry) and pats on the back for Carly (Singapore guide) too . Thanks .........rosse and raymond . Read less

  • Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. ... Read more Georgina was great in: 1) giving reminders so that people can un-RSVP for others on wait list to get a spot. 2) giving clear instructions, photos, links on how to get to the meeting point, 3)explaining why everyone had to be on time and what the program is expected to be and when it might end. Late evening slot was a good idea as we got to see the night installations at The PathFinder portion, but food stalls already closed upon exit. There are toilets inside the exhibit in Fort Canning Center itself. Cleaner than the mobile toilets outside. Thank you for helping to get us tickets when it is so difficult to do so. Read less

  • My wife, son and I never regret of signing up this trip. My 8 year old son enjoyed the walk on the rocky beach. Best moment of the walk was that we came closed to the corals, crabs ???? and ???? shrimps. Thank you threeplaygrounds!