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5-Days Masai Mara | L. Nakuru | L. Naivasha | Hell’s Gate Safari.

The Amazing Great Lakes To Veld Safari

Masai Mara National Reserve- Lake Nakuru- Lake Naivasha Safari

The world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve is the crown jewel of Kenya’s tourist attractions, providing visitors with a kaleidoscope of rugged untouched landscapes and all manner of wildlife, big and small. Lake Nakuru is one of the renowned East African Rift Valley lakes, with its alkaline shallow waters attracting over 400 species of birds including African Fish Eagles, Pelicans, and Pied Kingfishers. Located within the greater Lake Nakuru National Park, it serves as a sanctuary for Eastern black rhinos, Southern white rhinos, and the endangered Rothschild giraffes among other members of the Big 5. Lake Naivasha, on the other hand, is a freshwater lake that features a huge number of hippos and birdlife and is home to the famous Crescent Island, which was featured in movies like Tomb Raider, Out of Africa, and many more. The island is also home to the Kongoni, elands, zebras, and giraffes among other animals, and with the absence of predators, it’s possible to walk around and get up close to the animals.

5 Days & 4 Nights

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Pick up from Nairobi to the legendary Masai Mara (approximately 5-6 hours drive).
  • The journey will take you along the scenic Mai Mahiu- Narok route that meanders its way through the Great Rift Valley.
  • A brief stop at the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley to take photos/ buy handmade souvenirs from local artisans as they regale you with myths and legends about how the Rift Valley came to be.
  • Proceed to Masai Mara arriving in time for lunch at the camp/lodge.
  • Set off on an afternoon game drive for an unforgettable experience. Get a chance to spot the Big Five; lions, African elephants, leopards, Cape buffaloes, and rhino.
  • Watch the golden sun as it sets over the Mara before having dinner and resting up for the night at your camp/lodge.
Kairi Tours and Safaris owns Rhino Tourist Camp, an amazing yet affordable budget-tented camp near the Oloolaimutia gate of the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Day 2: Masai Mara Full-Day Game Drive
  • Rise up for a delectable breakfast, head out to watch the sunrise as animals wake up and forage for food while some retire to their dens at dawn from their nocturnal activities.
  • Head to the Mara River where Wildebeest Migration takes center stage (it usually takes place between July and October). Watch the drama that is survival at the Maasai Mara National Reserve, as predators hunt and prey flee, determined to stay alive.
  • Have a delicious packed picnic lunch in the savannah, surrounded by rolling savannah plains stretching out to the horizon as wildlife thrives around you.
  • Return to your camp/lodge for dinner and wind down after a day full of adventure.
Day 3: Maasai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park.
  • After a wonderful night’s sleep, wake up to an amazing breakfast spread before and check out of your camp/lodge.
  • An option of visiting Maasai Cultural Village (at the guest’s expense) to see how the Maasai live in harmony with wildlife and learn more about their culture firsthand, before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park.
  • Arrive and check in at the lodge/budget hotel and enjoy a delicious lunch.
  • Refresh and enjoy your hotel/lodge amenities.
  • Settle in for the night in anticipation of an early morning game drive the following day.
Day 4: Lake Nakuru to Lake Naivasha.
  • Rise up for an early scrumptious breakfast and check out of your lodge/hotel.
  • Head out for a morning game drive at Lake Nakuru National Park to witness the mesmerizing sight of thousands of pink flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, ostriches, kingfishers, storks, herons and eagles along the lake's shores. Spot Wildlife like the black and white rhinos, Rothschild giraffes, lions, Cape buffaloes, and many more.
  • After this magical experience, proceed to Lake Naivasha (which is approximately a one-and-a-half-hour drive).
  • Check in to your lodge/hotel upon arrival and have a delicious lunch.
  • In the afternoon, set off on a guided boat ride in the lake, capping it off with a nature walk on the Crescent Island Game Sanctuary.
  • Expect to see a diverse array of birdlife, hippos, giraffes, hartebeests, buffaloes, and more. Walk among the animals on the island and have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be so close to them.
  • Return to your lodge/hotel and watch the sunset over the lake’s blue waters as the hippos leave the safety of the lake to graze at its shores. Enjoy your dinner then retire for the night.
 Day 5: Lake Naivasha to Hell’s Gate National Park, then to Nairobi
  • Rise up early for an amazing breakfast at your lodge/hotel and check
  • Journey to the nearby Hell’s Gate National Park, which is known for its beautiful scenery that features towering cliffs, water-gouged gorges, stark rock towers, scrub-clad volcanoes, and hot springs. The park has a lot of wildlife including the Klipspringer antelope and Chandler’s mountain reedbuck, as well as activities such as nature trails, bike riding, and hiking.
  • Head back to Nairobi, stopping over on the way to have lunch at a tastefully selected restaurant and to buy souvenirs.
  • Drop off at your hotel/airport.
Inclusions
  • Meet, Greet and Assist services.
  • Full board meals while on Safari.
  • 4 nights accommodation at the respective lodge/camp or budget hotel.
  • Game drives in the parks and game reserves visited.
  • A professional driver/guide.
  • Transport in a comfortable safari vehicle with a pop-up roof for game viewing.
  • Drinking water while on safari.
  • Two airport transfers in a comfortable vehicle.
Exclusions
  • Park fees to the parks and game reserves visited unless otherwise stated.
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks.
  • Maasai cultural village visit and other optional activities.
  • Laundry and telephone expenses.
  • Tips to service providers.
  • Any activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Essential Travel Tips for Your East African Adventure

Clothing On Safari

Make sure you pack different layers of clothes. During the day temperatures may vary and wearing different layers makes it easy to quickly adapt to weather changes. Pack protective clothing against the sun and mosquitoes. Also don’t forget your swimming clothes and a poncho and/or a raincoat to stay dry during unexpected rain showers.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are another essential item to pack for a safari in Kenya. The sun can be pretty harsh, so protecting your eyes from the glare is necessary. We recommend packing a pair of polarized sunglasses that will reduce glare and provide 100% UV protection.

Hat

A hat is a must-have item when going on a safari in East Africa. Not only will it protect you from the harsh sun, but it will also keep your head cool and prevent mosquito bites. We recommend packing a wide-brimmed hat to provide maximum protection against the sun. A baseball cap or visor will do the trick if you don’t have a wide-brimmed hat.

Insect Repellent

Remember to pack insect repellent! Mosquitoes are everywhere in Kenya, so protecting yourself from bites is essential. Pack a strong insect repellent that contains at least 30% DEET. Apply the repellent liberally all over your body, especially in areas where mosquitoes are known to bite, such as the ankles, wrists, and neck.

Single Use Plastic

The import of plastic is banned in several countries in East Africa. When traveling, ensure you don’t carry plastic bags or other disposable plastic items. We fully support this change and recommend you bring your drinking bottle to refill with the water we provide on your safari. If you have any questions about which items are allowed in the country of arrival, do not hesitate to ask us!

Tipping on safari

Although not mandatory, tipping is an expression of your gratitude and appreciation for your guide and other staff making your safari more memorable.

Book your Safari today!

We offer safaris ranging from Budget safaris, Mid-Range & Luxury Safaris, Wildlife Photographic Safaris, Beach Vacations, as well as Mountain Climbing adventures. We also offer city excursions, hotel bookings & airport transfers. We customize itineraries to meet all the client’s requests and interests. Kairi Tours & Safaris additionally offers daily group joining safaris that can be booked by solo travelers. The company has its own fleet of safari vehicles and a budget tented camp, Rhino Tourist Camp, located in the world-famous Masai Mara National Reserve.
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