6 Day Kenya Safari Lake Nakuru Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara

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Masai Mara Balloon Safari

A wonderful 6-day trip that will take in Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha and, of course, the fabled Masai Mara in Kenya.

Beginning and ending in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, your tour travels to Lake Nakuru National Park which surrounds the lake and was first gazetted to protect the rich bird life, later becoming a sanctuary for endangered species such as the rhino.

There are about 25 white and black rhinos, one of the largest concentrations in the country. Predators are also residents of this park while Rothschild’s giraffes have been translocated into the park for safety. Lake Nakuru has retained its reputation as an ornithologist’s delight, with more than 400 species of bird found here.

Bird species include the Great White Pelican, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, and Long-crested Eagle. The small park (180 sq km) is also home to warthogs, waterbuck, buffaloes, reedbucks, and the occasional leopard.

After a night in Lake Nakuru, we journey towards Lake Naivasha.  We visit Crescent Island Conservancy for a foot safari. There is a lot of easy-to-see game e.g., giraffes, waterbucks, elands, wildebeests, buffalo, zebras, hyenas and impalas.

It is also a heaven for birds with +200 species recorded. The lake has a lot of hippos, which you can easily spot on the island. We also visit other Lake Naivasha attractions such as Mount Longonot National Park for hiking and Elsamere Conservation Centre once home to Joy Adamson of ‘Born Free’ fame.

Our next destination is the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Masai Mara shares its southern boundary with the Serengeti of Tanzania, and the herbivores cross over the Mara river from July onwards into Kenya in search of better grazing.

Followed by lions, hyenas and other predators, the vast herds of migrating herbivores cross southwards again from around late October. You may be lucky enough to see a river crossing as hundreds of wildebeest, zebra, topis and gazelles brave the waters filled with waiting crocodiles during your Masai Mara safari.

The Mara is also home to the richest concentration of wildlife, including the “Big Five” (elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and buffalo), zebras, antelope, gnus, Oribis, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, hartebeests, hippos, crocodiles and others.

The reserve has the largest concentration of African lions, including the black-maned lion. Bird-life is as plentiful as wildlife at the Masai Mara, which boasts over 400 different bird’s species.

Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park
Day 2: Drive to Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha
Day 3: Explore Lake Naivasha, visit Mt Longonot & Elsamere Conservation centre
Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve
Day 5: Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve
Day 6: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Drive to Nairobi

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Drive to Lake Nakuru National Park

Depart Nairobi with picnic lunch boxes for Lake Nakuru National Park with a brief stopover at the Rift Valley viewpoint for a morning view of the Majestic Mt. Longonot and the breathtaking view of the Rift Valley.

Arrive in Lake Nakuru National Park and proceed directly on a game drive. Enjoy your picnic lunch at the Baboon cliff viewpoint.

After lunch proceeds on another game drive. Lake Nakuru birdlife is world-renowned and offers over 400 species of both aquatic and terrestrial birds.

Lake Nakuru animals include Black and White Rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion, Rothschild’s giraffe, White and Black Colobus monkey, eland, steenbok, impala, Chandlers Reedbuck, dik-dik, rock hyrax, klipspringer, hippo, and clawless otter.

Overnight Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Lodge or Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
Meal Plan: {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: Lake Nakuru  – Drive to Lake Naivasha

Next, we overland to papyrus-fringed Lake Naivasha. With over 400 species of birds, this freshwater lake is a birding Paradise.

Along the lake’s fabled waters, we are bound to see some of the area’s more intriguing species—hippos, giraffes, buffalo, and even the arboreal colobus monkey.

Lake Naivasha lies in the Great Rift Valley and the name derives from the local Masai name Nai’posha, meaning “rough water” because of the sudden storms which can arise.

After lunch, we visit Crescent island- a private sanctuary, where you can walk beneath yellow-barked acacias (yellow fever trees) in search of giraffes, wildebeest, impala, dik-diks, Thompson’s and grant’s gazelles, elands, waterbucks, and countless bird species.

Oh, and there are some rather gigantic pythons too! We are allowed to walk with the animals since all were introduced during the filming of Out of Africa.

An optional boat ride on the lake reveals many waterbird species and schools of Hippos.

Overnight Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or  Naivasha Simba Lodge
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 3: Explore Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, visit Hells gate National Reserve, the only reserve in Kenya where you can enjoy game viewing while on a bicycle.

Other activities to participate in include horse riding and hiking at Mt. Longonot National Park. Elsamere Conservation Centre is located on the southern shores of beautiful Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley.

Visitors can see many of Joy’s paintings in the house and explore the museum which features memorabilia from the lives of the Adamsons

Overnight Accommodation: Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge or  Naivasha Simba Lodge or similar
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 4: Lake Naivasha – Drive to Masai Mara Game Reserve

Depart Lake Naivasha for Masai Mara Game Reserve-jewel of Kenya’s Game Park. This enormous Reserve actually part of the vast Serengeti plains is famously known for its spectacular great wildebeest migration and is a true home of the big five-Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, and Cape Buffalo.

Upon arrival, lunch will follow. After lunch, explore the reserve on a late evening ‘Spice’ game drive. In the evening, we relax around the camp/ Lodge fire before an excellent dinner.

Overnight Accommodation: Keekorok Lodge or Mara Serena
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 5: Explore Masai Mara Game Reserve

The Masai Mara is one of the greatest wildernesses in the world. Morning and afternoon ‘Spice’ game drives are planned. Large mammals are varied, abundant, and easy to see.

Residents among the Parks mammals are; Masai Giraffe, Buffalo, Impala, Zebra, Topi, and both the Thomson’s and Grant’s Gazelles. The best Hot Air Balloon rides are available on this day at an additional cost.

Overnight Accommodation: Keekorok Lodge or Mara Serena or Similar
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

Day 6: Masai Mara – Drive to Nairobi

Begin today with a complete English breakfast at your lodge, followed by a ‘Spice’ game drive en-route to Nairobi.

The balance of the day is at leisurely for last-minute assisted shopping and sightseeing.

Meal Plan {Breakfast}

6 Day Kenya Safari Lake Nakuru Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Prices

6-Day Kenya Safari Lake Nakuru Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Prices Include;

Game drives + All meals included while on safari + All applicable Game Park entrance fees + Safari vehicles carry cold drinks and mineral water + Guaranteed window seating with open top for easy photography + Guaranteed departures for two or more passengers booking this safari + Finest accommodations in Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara National Reserve + Round trip transport from Nairobi to Lake Nakuru, Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Game Reserve & Professional Safari Guide/ Driver

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6-Day Kenya Safari Lake Nakuru Lake Naivasha & Masai Mara Prices Exclude;

* International Airfare
* A visit to a Masai Village
* Accommodations in Nairobi
* Cost of obtaining passport and visas
* Gratuity for your professional driver-guide
* Sundowner bush cocktails and bush dinner
* Christmas, New Year, and Easter Supplement
* Nature walks, Night game drives, Camel rides, etc
* Gratuity for Porterage/ waiters at hotels, camps, and airports
* Membership in Flying Doctors Society – Emergency air rescue
* Optional Hot Air Ballooning (cost per person is 500 US Dollars)
* Personal expenses such travelling insurance, excess baggage fee, communication charges that include, laundry, emails, faxes, and phone calls beverages including luxury champagne, luxury spirits, beer, and wines during meals or meals not indicated in the itinerary

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