Described as the newest seventh wonder of the world, the Maasai Mara meaning “dotted plain” is a natural enigma with its vastness a charging landscape as you drive by the hills wooded areas and the savannah intertwined together with the backdrop of mountains is in complete harmony is a sight to behold.
The Mara has an amazing concentration of wildlife in their undiluted natural habitat which is a sight to behold particularly with the 2million migratory wildebeest between June and October accompanied by half a million common zebras and gazelles; followed by the 3big cats, the lion, leopard and cheetah. In style, who are predators following their food and the accompanying scavengers. I would call this; “the theatre of the wild,” not to mention the crocodiles of the Mara floating in the river waiting for early Christmas.
The Mara is replete with all kinds of animals and birds and this is the place where you will spot the big five easily. Big herds of African plain elephants, the shy black rhino, the sly leopard, the superfast cheetah and ultimately the king of the jungle will be spotted here.
Many game lodges and luxury camps are available for your extra comfortable stay; this includes:-
SAROVA MARA GAME CAMP
Situated on a hill surrounded by the wide canopy of different trees and shrubs of the Mara i this luxury tented camp is surrounded by two streams and is in a dispersal area of the annual wildebeest migration.
Provides for instant access to the best game viewing in this gem of Africa.
The restaurant with an al fresco and indoor dining area and cuisines to suit everyone, a bar you can relax in and have cocktails or a beer and watch the traditional Maasai dancing in the evening, leisure activities include swimming in the huge pool, nature walks and visits to the Maasai cultural village and hot air balloon rides in addition to the main attraction of game viewing.
There are 75 tents with en suite shower that can accommodate 2adults and 1 child, standard tents and family units.
You can also enhance to club tents which has a check for private dining. They offer breathtaking views of the Mara plains.
MARA SOPA LODGE
Build in a traditional, Maasai style perched on a hill overlooking the Ololaimutia valley Mara Sopa Lodge provides you with an ample opportunity to view game in the park.
Situated next is the Ololaimutia gate; it is easily accessible from three different direction depending on where you are driving from.
Offers a restaurant where a wide variety of cuisine is served, bush breakfast and sundowners are served on request. There is also a lounge and bar for refreshments and drinks. During the day, you can dip in the swimming pool to cool off activities which include the main thing, game viewing drives, walking safaris, cultural visits to the Maasai Village and balloon safaris.
99 spacious cottages style rooms with en suite bathrooms and verandah positioned on the side of the hill overlooking the valley.
Build in the 60s’ as the first lodge off its kind in the Maasai Mara. This lodge built at the cross roads of the Mara, and is deep inside this vast park. Its build on a huge area covering 80 acres around a natural waterhole It retains its intrinsic character beauty and years of tradition and history. It is also next to a near permanent migration route of the annual wildebeest migration.
Offers a main restaurant serving local and international cuisine, 3bars, a café and TV lounge; a swimming pool and natural walks in the hippo pool, hot air ballooning are some of the leisure activities from here with game viewing arrives as the main thing.
87 rooms, 10chalets and 2 suites with ensuite baths and private balconies.
ASHNIL MARA CAMP
Sitting at the convergence of the Mara and Olkeju rivers of the Maasai Mara. It is this luxury camp which offers the traveler the best comforter and sevenity with 44 superb tents build along the riverbank offering luxurious accommodation. This camp is ideal for game viewing and in a very good position for the annual wildebeest migration.
A restaurant offering a wide variety of cuisine and an open oar bar serving a wide variety of drinks. This is a great place from which to view game in the vast Mara and pastime and relax in the evening.
Activities include game viewing drives, throughout the Mara, swimming and hot air ballooning.
There are 44 double/ living tents facing the river , designed and beautifully pitched with an en suite shower.
Pick up from Nairobi at 7.00 am for onward travel to the maasai mara, so as to arrive in time for lunch at 1 to 2 p.m.Check in and rest for the afternoon up to 4.00 pm in time for a late afternoon/sunset game drive. Sample the beauty of the maasai mara ecosystem, spotting various game while enjoying the flowing flora and fauna in the scenic maasai mara. Return to the hotel at 6.30 pm for dinner and overnight stay.
Wake up and have breakfast, set off for the day in the vast maasai mara for most part of the day to discover the secrets of the mara wilderness, while spotting the African big game, the lion king of the jungle,The big elephant, lots of herbivores that include the graceful tommy and the menacing African buffalo among others. Have a picnic in the midst of nature deep in the wild with a canopy of the open African sky. Get back to the hotel at 3.30 pm for rest and enjoy the evening.
Wake up early for breakfast and check out. Leave for the sunrise game drive in the mara enjoying the golden magical sunrise as the African sun rises from the horizon. Exit the park for Naivasha.
Arrive at Naivasha and check in to camp for rest(there is a possibility of a boat ride through lake Naivasha which is optional)
Wake up and have breakfast and check out from camp. Head to Hells gate national park for bicycle ride hike through the park viewing the beautiful handiwork of nature, ride past the fishers tower and 8 KM to the ranger’s post. Hike down the gorge into the devils bedroom and shower and out of the gorge. Ride back to the gate and head out for lunch.
After lunch drive to Nakuru to be in time for sunset game drive at the lake Nakuru National park and check in at the guest house.
Wake up early and leave for the sunrise game drive around the lake, while viewing the serene beauty around this volcanic lake. Experience the vast wildlife and birdlife in this park(450 species of birds have been sighted here) With a high possibility of spotting the second biggest but rare mammal on land, the rhino.
Breakfast will be served in the park possibly at the baboon cliff viewpoint or out of Africa view point with a splendid view of the lake and most of the park.Exit the park in time for lunch and departure for the next destination.
An extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti, Maasai Mara is a country of breath taking beauty, a panorama of rolling plains where the maasai derive the name Mara meaning spotted plains .Rounded hills intermittent groves of acacia woodlands and thickets of shrubs. The mara river with its luxuriant riverine forest, bisecting the whole mara with its tributaries. Endowed with an endless animal life with its vast herds of herbivores, the migrating Gnu, the accompanying Zebra, Topi, impala The Tommy Gazelle, the hartebeest, `the biggest antelope’ the Eland.The big and mighty herds of African elephant, the amphibious Hippo in the hippo pools along the river, rare black rhino, the stately maasai giraffe. The king of the jungle reigns in the plains with abandon, with many prides of lions roaming the plains and lying in the grooves. The very swift cheetah and the sly leopard not forgetting the long African crocodile in the mara river.