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The tour takes you to experience wildlife in Masai Mara Game Reserve for 2 nights; Masai Mara extends southwards to the Great Serengeti National Park in Tanzania where thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate around the two park for green pasture and water.
You will enjoy and experience nature, wildlife, habit and habitat of the fauna and flora in the natural areas, also peoples and culture. Availability 90%
Minimum Rate Per Adult: US$
Departing From: Nairobi
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights Masai Mara Budget camping Safari
Departure Time: 0800 Hrs (possible to leave earlier than)
Minimum Persons Required: 2Accommodations: Budget Camp
Best Time: All round the year
Masai Mara Budget Camping Safari Kenya (3 Days, 2 Nights)
Day 1. Nairobi - Mara
Depart from Nairobi in the morning and drive along the floor of the Rift Valley to Maasai Mara arriving at the camp in the afternoon for lunch. Afternoon game drives followed by dinner and overnight stay at mara sidai camp
Day 2. Masai Mara
Full day spent exploring the park in search of the big 5.Morning and afternoon game drives are offered. Optional hot air balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 450 per person. Dinner and overnight stay at a Campsite
The Mara offers wildlife in such variety and abundance that it is difficult to believe: over 450 species of animals have been recorded here. You will easily see lions, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, wildebeests, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, hyenas, jackals, wild dogs, buffalo, leopard, many kinds of antelopes and elephant. It is in the Mara that perhaps the most spectacular event of the natural world takes place. This is the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti (Tanzania) in search of water and pasture. Following on their heels are the predators of the savanna- lion, cheetah, wild dog, jackal, hyena and vultures
Day 3. Mara - Nairobi
Morning game drives then proceed to Nairobi to arrive by 1600 hrs where the safari ends.
-Transport in a 9 seater custom made Tour van with a pop up roof -
- Services of a professional English speaking guides
- Game drives as per the itinerary
- Game parks or national parks entry fees;
- Accommodations in self contained Tents fitted with camp beds/Linen is provided
- Three meals per day whilst on safari, prepared by our cook
- 1 litre Mineral water per person per day
- Cultural visits to Maasai villages – costs US$ 25
- Personal effects
- Kenya Visas
- Hotel accommodation in Nairobi before and after the safari
Masai Mara is the most famous wildlife conservation area in Kenya and indeed the world. This game reserve is home to an amazing variety of wildlife in a natural and untouched state.
Masai Mara has a rolling savannah landscape dotted with patchy shrubs and bush thickets,and is the Kenyan part of the large ecosystem stretching south to Serengeti in Tanzania.
The wildlife in Masai Mara is varied, ranging from the big cats to elephant, rhino and vast herds of herbivores such as wildebeest. A true animal kingdom if there ever was one.
Masai Mara Safari
There are several safari options by road to the Masai Mara. Usually, these start from Nairobi, and include a scenic 5 to 6 hour drive down to the Sekenani gate or to the North West part of the reserve.
Accommodation is in lodges which offer quality service, rooms, and usually excellent buffet meals on a full board basis. Safaris are usually for a minimum of 2 nights and 3 days, although it is possible to have a quick one night safari here as well, although this is too short to really sample the magic of the Masai Mara. Flying Safaris to Mara are also available.
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Maasai children - behind them is a mud hut known as a "manyatta"The Maasai Tribe
This warrior tribe of nomadic pastoralists are descendants of Nilotic and Cushitic people originally from north of Lake Turkana over 10 centuries ago. Their life is dominated by their herds of their cattle and livestock.
They often move hundreds of kilometers with large herds of livestock in search of water and rich pastures. The Masai diet is based on fresh curdled milk and meat from their livestock.
Centuries ago the Maasai were feared as ruthless conquerors and cattle rustlers who invaded other tribal areas in search of bigger grazing land and more cattle. The Maasai are also famous for drinking a mixture of cattle blood and milk during ceremonial rites. An arrow is shot at close range to punture the jugular vein of the cow...More...
Cheetahs spot prey on a mound - Conservation in the Masai Mara
The Masai Mara has a strong but vulnerable eco system with thousands of tourists annually visiting the reserve , putting huge pressure on the environment. Conservation in the Mara is of paramount importance, and has been targetted at preservation of the wildlife and environment.
Like most third world countries, Kenya has growing land pressure issues, with the increasing population ever searching for more land to live and cultivate on. The Mara has it's share of land-animal-population conflict.
This is an issue being taken up by government, conservation bodies and NGO's. Funds are a major problem when it comes to conservation and often, organizations involved in conservation bodies.
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THE MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
The Masai Mara is one of the best known and most popular reserves in the whole of Africa. At times and in certain places it can get a little overrun with tourist minibuses, but there is something so special about it that it tempts you back time and again.
Seasoned safari travelers, travel writers, documentary makers and researchers often admit that the Masai Mara is one of their favourite places. So why is that? Perhaps it is because of the 'big skies', the open savannahs, the romance of films like 'Out of Africa' and certainly because of the annual wildebeest migration, the density of game, the variety of birdlife and the chance of a hot air balloon ride.
Also because of the tall red-robed Masai people whose lifestyle is completely at odds with western practices, and from whom one learns to question certain western values.
A combination of all these things plus something to do with the spirit of the place - which is hard to put into words - is what attracts people to the Mara over and over.
The Masai Mara lies in the Great Rift Valley, which is a fault line some 3,500 miles (5,600km) long, from Ethiopia's Red Sea through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and into Mozambique. Here the valley is wide and a towering escarpment can be seen in the hazy distance. Most of the game viewing activities occur on the valley floor, but some lodges conduct walking tours outside the park boundaries in the hills of the Oloololo Escarpment. The animals are also at liberty to move outside the park into huge areas known as 'dispersal areas'. There can be as much wildlife roaming outside the park as inside. Many Masai villages are located in the 'dispersal areas' and they have, over centuries, developed a synergetic relationship with the wildlife.
There are four main types of topography in the Mara: Ngama Hills to the east with sandy soil and leafy bushes liked by black rhino; Oloololo Escarpment forming the western boundary and rising to a magnificent plateau; Mara Triangle bordering the Mara River with lush grassland and acacia woodlands supporting masses of game especially migrating wildebeest; Central Plains forming the largest part of the reserve, with scattered bushes and boulders on rolling grasslands favoured by the plains game.
ANIMALS & BIRDS
In a short stay during the wildebeest migration you could see thousands of animals, at other times there are still hundreds. The plains are full of wildebeest, zebra, impala, topi, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle. Also regularly seen are leopards, lions, hyenas, cheetah, jackal and bat-eared foxes. Black rhino are a little shy and hard to spot but are often seen at a distance.
Hippos are abundant in the Mara River as are very large Nile crocodiles, who lay in wait for a meal as the wildebeest cross on their annual quest to find new pastures.
Cheetah on 4x4 vehicle. Pic: David Anderson.
Every July (or sometimes August), the wildebeest travel over 600 miles (960km) from Tanzania's Serengeti plains, northwards to the Masai Mara and the Mara River is the final obstacle. In October or November, once they have feasted and the grass has all but gone, they turn around and go back the other way.
The Mara birds come in every size and colour including common but beautiful ones like the lilac breasted roller and plenty of large species like eagles, vultures and storks. There are 53 different birds of prey.
Wildebeest Migration River Crossing. Pic: David Anderson. SEASONS
Altitude is 4,875-7,052 feet (1,500-2,170 metres) above sea level, which yields a climate somewhat milder and damper than other regions. The daytime rarely exceeds 85?F (30?C) during the day and hardly ever drops below 60?F (15?C) at night.
Rainy Season: It rains in April and May and again November and this can cause some areas of the Mara to be inaccessible due to the sticky 'black cotton' mud.
Dry Season: July to October is dry and the grass is long and lush after the rains. This is a good time to come and see the huge herds of migratory herbivores.
Hottest time: The warmest time of year is December and January.
Coldest Time: June and July are the coldest months.
MASAI MARA SPECIALTIES
? Wildebeest Migration Masai Mara
? Hot Air Ballooning Maasai Mara
? Huge savannahs of golden grasslands
? Big skies
? Rift Valley escarpment
? Lion sightings
This is a malarial area
The reserve covers an area of m? (1,510 km?)
There is no night driving and vehicles must be back at the lodge by 6pm.
Several lodges are located outside the park's boundaries, but as there are few fences you may not be aware of this.
This is a Reserve rather than a National Park and it belongs to the Masai people.