4 Day Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara National Reserve

4 Day Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara National Reserve

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A 4-day trip from Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara National Reserve is a fantastic safari experience in Kenya, offering the opportunity to witness diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. Both Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara are renowned for their wildlife, making this itinerary an excellent choice for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Below is a suggested 4-day itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Lake Nakuru

  • Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
  • Meet your tour guide/driver and proceed to Lake Nakuru National Park.
  • After checking in at your lodge or camp, enjoy a game drive in the park.
  • Lake Nakuru is famous for its flamingos, as well as other bird species and wildlife like rhinos, lions, and buffaloes.

Day 2: Full day in Lake Nakuru National Park

  • Spend the entire day exploring Lake Nakuru National Park.
  • Embark on morning and afternoon game drives to maximize wildlife sightings.
  • Visit viewpoints around the lake and enjoy the picturesque scenery.

Day 3: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara National Reserve

  • After breakfast, depart from Lake Nakuru and drive towards the legendary Masai Mara National Reserve.
  • Arrive in Masai Mara and enjoy an evening game drive.
  • The Masai Mara is known for its abundant wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros).

Day 4: Full day in Masai Mara National Reserve

  • Experience a full day of game drives in the Masai Mara.
  • Take in the vast savannahs and witness the annual wildebeest migration (if you're visiting during the migration season).
  • Visit a local Maasai village to learn about their traditional culture and way of life (optional, as this may require additional time).



Day 5: Departure

  • Enjoy an early morning game drive in the Masai Mara to catch any final glimpses of wildlife.
  • After breakfast, check out from your lodge/camp and depart for Nairobi.
  • You'll have the option to stop at a souvenir shop or craft market for some last-minute shopping before being dropped off at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure.


  1. Accommodation: Typically, your tour package will cover the cost of accommodation in selected hotels, lodges, or camps.
  2. Transportation: package include transportation to and from Nairobi or your starting point.
  3. Park Entry Fees: Entrance fees to national parks and attractions like Masai Mara National Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park included.
  4. Game Drives: Guided game drives in the national parks and reserves to spot wildlife.
  5. Meals: Full or partial board options, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  6. Bottled Water: Some package provide bottled water during your tour.
  7. Local Guides: Guided tours within the parks and attractions by experienced local guides.
  8. Activities: activities like boat rides included.
  9. Park Permits: Permits for activities like hiking.
  10. Cultural Visits: Some packages may include visits to cultural experiences.
  11. Park and Conservation Fees: Fees that contribute to wildlife and environmental conservation.
  12. Airport Transfers: Transfers to and from the airport in Nairobi.
  13. Taxes: Any applicable taxes, such as VAT, may be included.
  14. Travel Insurance: Some packages include basic travel insurance coverage.
  15. Snacks: Snacks and refreshments during activities or drives.
  16. Park Ranger Fees: Fees for park rangers accompanying you on hikes or walks.
  17. Safari Vehicle: Use of a safari vehicle for game drives.
  18. Camping Equipment: If your tour includes camping, equipment may be provided.
  19. Driver/Guide: Services of a driver/guide.
  20. Emergency Support: Access to emergency support and assistance.
  21. Itinerary Planning: Tour operators typically plan the itinerary for you.
  22. All Meals: Some packages include all meals, including packed lunches during game drives.
  23. 24/7 Assistance: Access to customer service or support around the clock.
  24. Park Regulations: Ensuring compliance with park rules and regulations.
  25. Accommodation Upgrades: Options for upgrading to higher-end accommodations at reasonable cost.
  26. Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari: Some packages may offer hot air balloon safaris as an add-on.
  27. Evening Entertainment: Cultural performances or entertainment at the lodges or camps.




  1. International Flights: Typically, international flights to and from Kenya are not included.
  2. Personal Expenses: Expenses like souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, and personal items are usually not covered.
  3. Visa Fees: Fees for obtaining a Kenyan visa, if required.
  4. Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance may not be included in basic packages.
  5. Vaccinations and Medications: Any required vaccinations or medications are usually not covered.
  6. Optional Activities: Any optional activities outside the planned itinerary may be at an additional cost.
  7. Laundry Services: Laundry services at the accommodation are typically not included.
  8. Gratuities: Tips for guides, drivers, and staff are usually not included.
  9. Excess Baggage Fees: Fees for excess baggage on flights.
  10. Personal Health Expenses: Medical expenses incurred during the trip.
  11. Additional Meals: Meals outside of what is specified in the package.
  12. Airport Departure Taxes: Any applicable departure taxes.
  13. Personal Travel Documentation: Costs associated with obtaining passports or other travel documents.
  14. Travel Gear: Personal travel gear, such as clothing and accessories.
  15. Wi-Fi and Internet Access: Costs for accessing the internet at accommodations.
  16. Phone Calls: Charges for international or local phone calls.
  17. Single Supplement: Additional cost for travelers who want their own room in case of group tours.
  18. Alcoholic Drinks: Alcoholic beverages are usually not included in the package.
  19. Additional Transport: Transport outside the planned itinerary.
  20. Emergency Evacuation: Costs related to emergency medical evacuation.
  21. Extra Nights: If you want to extend your stay beyond the package.
  22. Travel Medications: Medications like malaria prophylaxis.
  23. Travel Gear Rental: Rental of items like binoculars or camping gear.
  24. Early Check-In/Late Check-Out: Fees for early check-in or late check-out.
  25. Changes in Itinerary: Costs associated with changing the tour itinerary.
  26. Travel Locks: Locks and security accessories for your luggage.
  27. Airfare within Kenya: Domestic flights within Kenya, if not included in the package.

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