KENYA FAMILY SAFARI HOLIDAY
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Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, met and transfer to The Fairview Hotel or Nairobi Safari Club for overnight stay on bed and breakfast.
Day 2: Nairobi – Amboseli National Park
Pick up from the hotel at 8.30am soon after break fast and drive south through Maasai country to the plains below Mt. Kilimanjaro where Amboseli is situated. After a stopover lunch at the lodge we proceed into the scenic Amboseli National Park for a game drive returning to the lodge in the evening for a sun downer. Dinner and overnight stay at Amboseli Serena Lodge, B,L,D.
Day 3: Amboseli National Park
After a leisurely breakfast, we explore the park through morning and afternoon game drives. We have sufficient time for relaxation at the lodge, complete with the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background. A visit to the Maasai villages in between the game drives can be arranged with our guide. Dinner and overnight stay at Amboseli Serena Lodge, B,L,D.
Amboseli means ‘the place of water’ in Maasai language. The park has an endless supply of water which is filtered through thousands of meters of volcanic rock from Mount Kilimanjaro. Animal species seen include elephant, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala and leopard. The birdlife seen here includes pelican, bee eater, kingfisher, African fish eagle and pygmy falcon. Amboseli is one of the most popular parks and offers excellent accommodation facilities.
Day 4: Amboseli - Mount Kenya National Park
After an early breakfast, depart Amboseli to Mount Kenya via Nairobi for lunch. Continue towards Central Kenya highlands arriving at Mountain Lodge in time for lunch. The only 'tree hotel' ever to be built on the slopes of Kenya's legendary Mount Kenya, Mountain Lodge offers a matchless game viewing opportunity whilst combining a glorious panorama of mountain vistas with the primordial splendors of an ancient rainforest. Floating 2,195 m high on the flanks of Kenya's highest mountain and secreted deep within her largest forest reserve, the lodge offers not only the champagne-clarity of mountain air, the tranquility of the forest and a colorful cavalcade of wildlife but also the chance of scaling the icy peaks of Africa's second-highest mountain. Afternoon leisure and overnight floodlit game viewing. Optional nature walk can be arranged at USD 30 per person. Dinner and overnight stay at Mountain Lodge Serena, B,L,D.
Those with kids older than 7yrs can overnight at the Treetops Lodge in the heartland of Aberdare on request. Over 40 species of wildlife inhabit the Aberdare mountain ranges, hiding in the heavily forested slopes and in the upper moor lands. The Aberdare is noted as a rhino sanctuary but keep an eye out for the elusive rare bongo, which is best, spotted in the upper bamboo zone and hypericum scrub.
Day 5: Mount Kenya – Samburu National Reserve
After breakfast we proceed further north across the Equator to the edge of the Northern Frontier. Arrival will be in time for lunch and leisure. There is an afternoon game drive returning in time for a sun downer and dinner at the Sarova Shaba Lodge, B,L,D.
Samburu is part of a lava plain that includes a diverse landscape of thorn scrub, red dirt, dried river beds, broken volcanic rock, steep hills, and rocky outcroppings. This reserve is becoming one of Kenya's most admired stops after the Mara. Sights of the peculiarly branched doum palms and thorn trees give an unusual look to the region.
Day 6: Samburu National Reserve
The whole day will be spent relaxing and leisurely exploring the Samburu National Reserve through morning and afternoon game drives. You may opt to do some of the activities offered at the lodges and a visit to Samburu Villages. The light and vast openness creates a lonesome panoramic beauty and the permanent water supply acts like a lure for the abundant species found here. The region is home to the uncommon Grevy’s zebra with huge fury ears, gerenuk antelope standing on hind legs to feed, Somali ostriches with distinct blue legs and the shy Oryx. Elephant and crocodile are guaranteed sightings, excellent bird watching with numerous varieties of weaverbirds and the martial eagle. Leopard sighting is also a special feature here. Dinner and overnight stay at Sarova Shaba Lodge, B,L,D.
Day 7: Samburu -Sweet Waters.
We enjoy a final early morning game drive in the Samburu reserve then depart for the Mt. Kenya region. Arrival at the lodge in time for you to enjoy the facilities of the lodge, explore the Mount Kenya National Park or take an optional tour to the nearby Sweetwaters Reserve which is home to Chimpanzees. Dinner and overnight stay at Sweetwater’s Tented camp, B,L,D.
Day 8: Sweetwaters – Lake Nakuru
Depart the lodge soon after breakfast and drive to Lake Nakuru National park via Nyahururu Falls. Lunch at a lodge followed by a full afternoon game drives at the Kenya's Park famed by its numerous species of birdlife. Lake Nakuru's claim to fame is anchored on its flamingo's and the over 400 species of birds found here. The lake itself is a soda lake on the floor of the rift valley. The sight of the at times millions of flamingos is quite spectacular. From a distance the lake appears ringed in pink. The Lake has also earned a reputation as an important haven for endangered species- particularly the Rothschild Giraffe and the black and white rhino. Lions, waterbuck, buffalo and baboons are all residents here. Dinner and overnight stay at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge, B,L,D.
Day 9: Lake Nakuru National Park – Lake Naivasha
Early morning game drive in Nakuru. Breakfast at leisure before driving to Lake Naivasha for lunch. Enjoy sunset boat ride to the Crescent Island which can be explored on foot .Dinner and overnight at Naivasha Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
Day 10: Lake Naivasha – Maasai Mara
Drive to via the Great Rift Valley to arrive at Maasai Mara in time for lunch and leisure. Later enjoy an afternoon game drive at 4pm till 6.30pm. Return for dinner and overnight at Mara Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
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 11 & 12: Masai Mara National Reserve
Full day spent exploring the park with morning and and afternoon game drives in search of the big 5. Optional balloon safari can be arranged at an extra cost of US$ 425 per person. 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. You may also opt to do some of the activities offered by the lodge. On clear days, the Masai Mara offers fantastic orange tinted sunsets and you will definitely want to capture this moment while sipping on a sun downer back at the lodge. Hot air balloon trips are an entirely outstanding way of seeing the savannah plains and the wildlife after which you come back down for a beautiful champagne breakfast. These trips can be arranged at our office upon booking.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Mara Sopa Lodge, B,L,D.
Day 13: Maasai Mara – Nairobi - Departure
After breakfast, drive back to Nairobi to arrive in good time for lunch at The Carnivore then proceed to the Giraffe Centre where children get an opportunity to hand feed the endangered species of Rothschild giraffe and visit Karen Blixen Museum as seen in the movie 'Out of Africa'. Dinner at The Pampa Restaurant (Brazilian Restaurant). Later transfer to the airport to board your overnight home bound flight, B,L,D. Optional beach extension to Mombasa or Zanzibar.
-Per adult sharing: US$ 3,298
-Per children sharing with adults (2-12yrs): US$ 1,690
The above family safari price is inclusive of:
-Guarantee price/guarantee safari
-Private trip per family, no joining with others
-Ground transport whilst on safari in a comfortable safari van.
-Full board accommodation whilst on safari and at The Norfolk on bed and breakfast basis.
-Meal plan as described, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner.
-Accommodation in family rooms
-All park entrance fees to include government taxes
-Service of an English speaking professional driver/guide
-Game drives as detailed in the itinerary
-Guided forest walk at Mountain Lodge Serena
-Visit to Chimpanzee Sanctuary and tame rhino at Sweetwaters Tented Camp
-Entrance charges to Giraffe Center and Karen Blixen House
-Specialized and personal services all through the trip and children activities
-Arrival and departure transfers
-Bottled water whilst on safari
-Boat ride at Lake Naivasha-Flying Doctors Service
Excluded in family trip price:
-Items of personal nature
-Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
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Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Masai Mara Safari Tour and Holiday is an unforgettable experience. Welcome to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, an undisputed paradise for the sheer quantity safari and variety of wildlife. Renowned for its lions, elephant and for the annual Great Wildebeest Migration, Kenya's greatest reserve is as magical as your wildest safari dream The Masai Mara is located in South Western Kenya. Together with Tanzania’s Serengeti it forms one of the worlds most diverse and spectacular eco-systems.
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is administered by local country councils. It is probably the most famous and most visited game reserve in Kenya. It offers breathtaking views (as seen in the film Out of Africa, much of which was filmed here) an extraordinary density of animals including the "Big Five" and many varieties of plains game. Masai Mara Safaris information: the official Guide for Masai Mara safari is the right website for tourists organizing their Masai Mara tour and Vacation. Kenya budget or luxury holiday is the perfect vacation for the discerning traveler who enjoys all the comforts in Africa. A Masai Mara safari is the ultimate vacation experience combining the finest in accommodations in Masai Mara lodge, tented camps and lodge experiences. Masai Mara safaris are full of safe, fun-filled safari adventures and almost year-round sunshine: the perfect family holiday and Honeymoon destination.
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Masai Mara Migration Safari
Welcome to the Masai Mara, Kenya (alternatively spelled "Maasai Mara"), recently designated as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The Masai Mara animal Migration Safari promises you a ringside seat for what is indisputably the greatest wildlife show on earth - the crossing to Serengeti plains of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, with accompanying plains game such as zebra and other varieties, plus predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard in attendance. Join us to experience this migration tour of a lifetime.
With an average of 3 lions per square kilometer and the annual migration of over a million wildebeest – the game viewing in the Masai Mara is outstanding. Added to this are all the ‘big 5’ animals of Africa, spectacular balloon safaris, some excellent lodges and a landscape that is quintessential east Africa: flat savannah grassland stretching as far as the eye can see. Tourist to Masai Mara should bear in mind that even though the migration safaris are one of East Africa’s most remarkable Vacations, the Masai Mara is one ofKenya best wildlife location year round. Even if your visit falls outside of the peak migration times, it doesn't mean you won't enjoy what the Mara is renowned for: an incredible amount of wildlife. The Masai Mara is a reserve about a third of the size of the Serengeti National Park which also makes it a more manageable area for game viewing safaris.
Masai Mara Lodge Hotel Accommodation
The Masai Mara offers excellent hotel accommodation with luxury to budget tented safari camps, Lodge and budget camping safaris being assembled in prime wildlife viewing areas. A Masai Mara Safari involves being accommodated in lodge of hotels whilst observing the “great circle of life” that performs daily on the vast Masai Mara Plains.
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Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya:
The Masai Mara National Reserve is Kenya's finest wildlife reserve. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. The wildlife is abundant and the gentle rolling grasslands ensure that animals are never out of sight. Birds, too, are prolific. Including migrants, well over 450 species have been recorded, among them, 57 species of birds of prey. The climate is gentle, rarely too hot and well-spread rainfall year round. Rain, when it falls almost always chooses the late afternoon or night. Between July and October, when the great wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara National Reserve, the sensation is unparalleled. Masai Mara is one of the best plains' game reserve where you can actually encounter a live Discovery Channel, a haven for viewing a congregation of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius: A pride of lions can be spotted ready to make a run for a gazelle, a cheetah and its cub taking a nap on a rock, a pair of ostriches walking the open stretches of the savannah or a gazelle giving birth.
The Masai Mara National Reserve lies about 270 kilometers from Nairobi, and takes about 4 to 5 hours by road. There are scheduled flights, twice daily from Wilson Airport Nairobi, which take about 40 - 45 minutes. The reserve is about 1510 square kilometers having been reduced from 1672 square kilometers in 1984. However, the wildlife is far from being confined within the reserve boundaries, and an even larger area, generally referred to as the "dispersal area" extends north and east of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Maasai communities live within the dispersal area with their stock but a century of close association with the wildlife has resulted in an almost symbiotic relationship where wildlife and people live in peace with one another. The first sight of this natural wonderland is breathtaking. Here the great herds of shuffling elephants browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands with an occasional sighting of a solitary and ill-tempered rhino.
Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, Topi and Eland and many more species of plains' game offer a rich choice of food for the dominant predators; lion, leopard and cheetah which hunt in this pristine wilderness. In the Mara River, hippo submerges at the approach of a vehicle only to surface seconds later to snort and grumble their displeasure. Seemingly, the drowsy crocodile sunbathe on the riverbanks, mouth agape, waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning swiftness. But this richness of fauna, this profusion of winged beauty and the untouched fragility of the landscape, are all subordinate to the Mara's foremost attraction, the march of the wildebeest.
Each year, far south in the great vastness of the Serengeti, the wildebeest raise their dignified but quaint heads, sniff the air and, as if by one accord, start the long trek to the Kenya border and the Masai Mara National Reserve. After exhausting the grazing in Tanzania's northern Serengeti, a large number of wildebeest and zebra enter the Masai Mara National Reserve around the end of June drawn by the sweet grass raised by the long rains of April and May. It is estimated that more than half a million wildebeest enter the Masai Mara National Reserve and are joined by another 100,000 from the Loita Hills east of the Masai Mara. Driving in the midst of these great herds is an unimaginable experience. Whilst the eyes feast on the spectacle, the air carries the smells, the dust and the sounds of hundreds of thousands of animals. There is nowhere else on earth to compare with this wildlife marvel. But the trek is costly. The herds' draw ravening packs of predators, especially hyenas and lions, and thousands of the lame, laggard and sick never complete the cycle. More die, by drowning or by the teeth of the cunning crocodile, while trying to cross the swirling muddy waters of the Mara and Talek rivers. Once the Masai Mara National Reserve's grass has been devoured and when fresh rain in Tanzania has brought forth a new flush there, the herds turn south, heading hundreds of kilometers back to Serengeti and the Ngorongoro plains. There the young are dropped in time to grow sufficiently strong to undertake the long march north six months later.
Although July, August and September are the months when the Masai Mara plains are filled with migrating wildebeest and zebra, there is much resident wildlife year round. Apart from the better-known species there are numerous opportunities to add some of the rare and less frequently seen animals to the visitor's checklist. In the southwestern sector, you may be lucky enough to see roan antelope, a handsome creature regrettably rare countrywide. Bat-eared foxes peer from their burrows and there are thousands of topi, an antelope not found in other major parks save Tsavo National Park. The combination of a gentle climate, scenic splendor and untold numbers of wildlife makes the Masai Mara Kenya's most popular inland destination park.
A well worth it and recommended activity in the Masai Mara National Reserve is the hot air balloon safari. Early in the morning, you will be woken and driven to the departure site. Once in the air, the view of the surrounding landscape, the rising of the sun between the mountains and the congregation of the animals at the river is beautiful. This all concludes with a champagne breakfast and memories of a lifetime.
Maasai Mara Safari Lodges & Camps in Kenya, Africa:
Basecamp Masai Mara, Bateleur Tented Camp, Cottars 1920s Safari Camp, David Livingstone Safari Resort, Elephant Pepper Camp, Entim Camp, Fig Tree Camp, Governors Camp, Governors Bush Camp, Governors IL Moran Camp, Governors Private Camp, Ilkeliani Camp, Karen Blixen Camp, Keekorok Lodge, Kicheche Camp, Kicheche Bush Camp, Kichwa Tembo, Leleshwa Camp, Little Governors Camp, Mara Bushtops Camp, Mara Explorer Camp, Mara Intrepids Club, Mara Leisure Camp, Mara Porini Camp, Mara River Camp, Mara Safari Club (Fairmont), Mara Serena Lodge, Mara Simba Lodge, Mara Sopa Lodge, Mpata Safari Club, Offbeat Mara Camp, Ol Seki Mara Camp, Olonana, Porini Lion Camp, Rekero Tented Camp & Cottages, Richard's Camp, Royal Mara Safari Lodge, Sala's Camp, Sarova Mara Camp, Saruni Lodge, Sekenani Camp, Serian Camp, Shompole Naibor Mara Camp, Siana Springs Intrepids Camp, Tipilikwani Camp among others.
Masai Mara National Reserve: Masai Mara Lodges & Camps Reviews: Masai Mara Balloon Safaris.
Masai Mara Balloon Safari, Kenya
Close your eyes, and for a moment feel your body lift up, with you having no control over it, and there is a certain part of you, inside you, saying to yourself, I am crazy for taking this balloon safari. This is what most people feel, when the excitement of a Masai Mara hot air balloon safari crosses one's emotion of self-control and independence.
More about Masai Mara Balloon Safari in Kenya:
The feeling is indescribable, crispness of the African air, chill in the wind that hits your face as your Mara hot air balloon gradually rises, smoothness in the exhale of your breath, and the excitement to see and learn more. One's physical presence can be felt on the plains of the Masai Mara when reading this.
You trip begins when you get your wake up call at your safari lodge or tented camp in the early hours of the morning, as you yawn away, and thoughts about your wildlife viewing from an elevated position begins to stir your mind. The fresh Kenyan traditional hot tea and coffee quickly awaken you, in fact preparing you for a "mission".
By 6.00 a.m. you are almost arriving at the hot air balloon site in the Masai Mara. As you approach the site, the balloon seems bigger than you expected, the experience is one that has never been visited, and you are about to have a trip of a lifetime.
Liftoff! Up and away we go! At 6.15 a.m., the hot air balloon safari starts. The captain asks you to relax and experience the wonders under the African sky. As you finally start to get a grip on the elevation, an inner smile that resonates on one's face does not need an explanation. The wildebeest moving in large numbers across the Masai Mara plains, the beauty of the landscape when the rising sun's bright orange colors are displayed, the elephants at the water pool, and the gazelles and zebras scampering away, just if it was their first time to witness an alien object in the sky.
By 7.15 a.m., one is very content with balloon safari, and it is almost touch down time. There is a celebration, and for those who prefer a toast, champagne is served, as hot breakfast in the bush is being prepared. You ask yourself, is this true? I am really doing this trip of a lifetime in Kenya? In the Masai Mara? As the sweetness and aroma of the African coffee surrounds you, with fresh eggs being served as you like it, you hope for another ride, and wish that such luxury never ended. By the time you finish your breakfast, you have made up your decision to immigrate to Kenya because such life is only found here. You begin to question yourself, and you feel an urgency to seek, live and enjoy this pristine beauty, a once in a lifetime "thing".
By 9.00 a.m., you have been declared a champion, a mighty certificate of completion handed out to you which you hope to display in your home country, to family, friends, coworkers. Clapping and participation by everyone present makes you proud to have achieved a trip as wonderful as this. By then you hear a blaring sound of music or even an annoying buzz, you turn around and switch of the alarm clock. Your eyes wide open, you know that you have to get back to Kenya, to Masai Mara, again otherwise the recurring dreams will drive you mad.
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Activities : Cultural interaction for the family with Maasai and Samburu people ,Cultural lectures for the Children, fire lighting, Optional balloon safaris , Traditional dances /Scenery, Game Watching, Ethnic, Culture, Traditional Dances (Optional), Photography