2009 African Chapter Tours & Travel

 

 
Safari Itenerary:

4 Days Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Safari













Day 01: Nairobi - Lake Naivasha

Pick up from your hotel at 9am and drive via the Rift Valley escarpment with breathtaking views of the world's greatest land rift to papyrus fringed Lake Naivasha. Sunset boat ride to see the hippos. Dinner and overnight accommodation at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge

Day 2: Lake Naivasha - Masai Mara

Morning drive West past extinct Mt Longonot to Masai Mara Game Reserve with it high concentration of wildlife and outstanding scenic views.arive time for lunch  Afternoon game viewing drive. , dinner and overnight at Mara simba Lodge,

Day 3: Masai Mara

Full day game viewing in this typical savannah country a well-known site for various wildlife movies. Drive up to mara river to see the hippos and crocodile back to the lodge around 5pm Full board accommodation at Mara simba  Lodge

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara (Maasai Mara) is a large park reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania. Named for the Maasai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and the Mara River which divides it, it is famous for its exceptional population of game and the annual migration of the wildebeest every July and August, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration.

Geography

With an area of 1510 km2 the Masai Mara is not the largest game park in Kenya, but it is probably the most famous. The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to South Africa. The terrain of the reserve is primarily open grassland,  in the south-east region. The western border is the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment of the Rift Valley, and wildlife tends to be most concentrated here, as the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and tourist disruption is minimal. The easternmost border is 224 km from Nairobi, and hence it is the eastern regions which are most visited by tourists.

Masai Mara Wildlife

The Masai Mara is perhaps most famous for its lions. All other members of the "Big Five" are to be found in the Masai Mara, although the population of black rhinoceros is severely threatened, with a population of only 37 recorded in 2000. Hippopotami are found in large groups in the Masai Mara and Talek Rivers. Cheetah are also to be found, although their numbers are also threatened, chiefly due to tourist disruption of their day-time hunting. As mentioned above, the plains between the Mara river and the Esoit Oloololo Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah.

Like in the Serengeti, the wildebeest are the dominant inhabitant of the Masai Mara, and their numbers are estimated in the millions. Around July of each year these ungainly animals migrate in a vast ensemble north from the Serengeti plains in search of fresh pasture, and return to the south around October. The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving an immensity of hervibores: some 1,300,000 Wildebeest,  and 191,000 Zebra. These numerous migrants are followed along their annual, circular route by a block of hungry predators, most notably lions and hyena.

Numerous other antelope can be found, including Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, impala, topi and Coke's hartebeest. Large herds of zebra are found through the reserve. The plains are also home to the distinctive Masai giraffe as well as the common giraffe. The large Roan antelope and the nocturnal bat-eared fox, rarely present elsewhere in Kenya, can be seen within the reserve borders. The Masai Mara is a major research centre for the spotted hyena. Additionally, over 450 species of birdlife have been identified in the park, including vulture, marabou, secretary bird, hornbill, crowned crane, ostrich, long-crested eagle, and pygmy falcon.

Day 4: Masai Mara - Nairobi

Early morning safari back for breakfast at 9am After breakfast, Drive through the bigest masaai city call narok stop for lunch afterr lunch proceed to nairobi arrivr at 4pm.

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