5 Day Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari

5 Day Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari

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A 5-day Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari is an exciting adventure that takes you to two iconic wildlife destinations in Kenya. Both Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve offer incredible opportunities to witness diverse wildlife, stunning landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. Here's a rough itinerary for such a safari:

Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Nakuru

  • Depart from Nairobi in the morning and drive to Lake Nakuru National Park, located approximately 160 kilometers northwest of Nairobi.
  • Arrive at the park in time for a game drive.
  • Lake Nakuru is known for its abundant birdlife, including thousands of flamingos, as well as rhinos, giraffes, zebras, and other wildlife.
  • Overnight stay at a lodge or camp near Lake Nakuru.

Day 2: Lake Nakuru to Masai Mara

  • After breakfast, leave Lake Nakuru and drive to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, situated about 270 kilometers southwest of Lake Nakuru.
  • Arrive in Masai Mara in time for lunch.
  • Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the vast savannah plains of Masai Mara, which is renowned for its high concentration of wildlife, including the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino).
  • Overnight stay at a lodge or camp in Masai Mara.

Day 3 & 4: Masai Mara

  • Spend the next two full days exploring Masai Mara.
  • Embark on early morning and late afternoon game drives to maximize your chances of spotting the abundant wildlife, including the annual wildebeest migration if your safari coincides with this natural spectacle (usually between July and October).
  • The Maasai people, semi-nomadic pastoralists, also inhabit the reserve, and you may have the opportunity to learn about their unique culture and traditions through guided village visits (optional activity).
  • Overnight stays at the same lodge or camp in Masai Mara.

 

 

 

Day 5: Masai Mara to Nairobi

  • After a final morning game drive and breakfast, depart from Masai Mara and drive back to Nairobi.
  • The journey back may take around 5-6 hours.
  • Arrive in Nairobi by early afternoon.
  • The safari concludes in Nairobi, but you can choose to extend your trip to other destinations in Kenya or depart for your next destination.

Included:

  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 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.

Excluded:

 

 

  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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