Masai Mara National Reserve
This tour starts from $680.00
Day 1: Mount Longonot
Your exciting experience begins with your driver briefing you about the engrossing 3 day trip to Masai Mara National Reserve. At 8:30 am, you will embark on a comfortable and expeditious 2 hour journey to the dormant Mount Longonot National Park where you will have a mildly strenuous 2 hours’ hike on the great Mount Longonot. You will come back in time for a quick but satisfying lunch in one of the lodges around the Park. Thereafter, you will leave for the untamed Mara River in Masai Mara National Reserve – and arrive at about 5:30 pm. You will check in at your lodging and have a relaxed evening as you enjoy the brilliantly reddish-orange sunset in preparation for a bewildering safari adventure the day after.
Luxury: Keekorok Lodge
Midrange: Jambo Mara Safari Lodge
Budget: Mara Springs Safari Camp
Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve
You will have an early morning breakfast at 7:00 am followed by a thrilling game drive at the Masai Mara National Reserve. This is a 1 hour’s drive from the lodge to Oloololo Gate, the entrance to the Masai Mara National Reserve. You will spot all the wild animals around, with your guide coming in handy to give you all the details of the fauna you will have spotted plus their ways of life. You will go through the Mara Triangle, which is at the foot of the Siria, also called the Oloololo Escarpment. This is the most preserved and unspoiled part of Masai Mara with very few camps and lodges, resulting in the lowest density of visitors and cars in the greater Masai Mara.
The 3 hour game drive will enable you to explore other areas of the Masai Mara Game Reserve and the Mara Triangle up to the Mara Bridge, which is at the border of Tanzania, just next to the famous Serengeti National Park. The driver will make a few stops along the banks of the scenic Mara River as to allow you to stretch your legs during your game drive. At about midday, you will have a 1 hour’s snug picnic lunch break. Thereafter, you will be driven back to your lodge as you behold the untamed wild. You will have a 1 hour’s rest and then a daring physical guided nature walk in the reserve.
The nature walk takes place in a more exclusive concession area for even more intimacy. Since you will stroll about, it will not only offer you the unique opportunity to observe the thrilling big game animals and wildlife, but also to discover the smaller African species present in the Masai Mara area as well as the prolific bird life, and to learn a lot about the way of life of the local Masai people. You will learn the use of the traditional Masai antique and archaic weapons such as the spear, the Masai bow and arrows. You will then head back to the lodge in time for dinner.
Luxury: Keekorok Lodge
Midrange: Jambo Mara Safari Lodge
Budget: Mara Springs Safari Camp
Day 3: Mara to Nairobi
This being your last day, you will have the liberty to take your breakfast leisurely and then ready yourself to leave the park at 8:30 am. On your way, you will stop at the Masai village and experience the stable pastoral culture of the oldest inhabitants of East Africa, the Masai. You will be fascinated by the men who stand tall and proud with their spears. The Masai women are bejeweled with bright beaded earrings and adorned with the brilliant red, blue and purple patterns of the shukas and scarves they wear. This will all be a 1 hour’s activity. Thereafter, you will head over to Narok Town for lunch and also buy African crafts, get financial assistance plus refreshment. You will then carry on with your journey to Nairobi where you will be dropped off at your hotel or at the airport for your flight back home.
Located southeast of Lake Naivasha on the floor of the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Mount Longonot is a stratovolcano. Its name is derived from the Maasai word oloonong'ot, meaning "mountains of many spurs" or “steep ridges.” Its unique feature is the thick forest that is encompassed within its crater. The crater rim also provides great scenic views across the beautiful Rift Valley, all the way to Lake Naivasha. It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s.
A visit to Longonot gives you the chance to take part in hiking, which is the major activity that take place there. The 3.1 km trail on this mountain runs from the park entrance up to the crater rim and continues in a 7.2 km loop that encircles the crater. The whole tour from the gate, around the rim and back is 13.5 km. It and takes about 4 to 5 hours, thus allowing for necessary rests. Other activities include nature walks and bike riding around the park, both of which bring you eye to eye with the wildlife that has made the great mountain home.
The other feature worth noting is the alkaline Lake Oloiden, majorly known for its concentration of flamingoes. These provide a considerable dose of optical nutrition to those viewing them, owing to their mesmerizing looks. A boat ride in the lake is also a worthwhile venture to undertake.
The Mara River is located in Narok County (Kenya) and in the Mara Region (Tanzania). It lies across the migration path of ungulates in the Maasai Mara and Serengeti game reserves. The river basin covers a surface of 13,504 square kilometers, of which approximately 65% is located in Kenya and 35% in Tanzania. From its sources in the Kenyan highlands, the river flows for about 395 km. It originates from the Mau Escarpment and drains into Lake Victoria.
This river is a vital source of water to the grazing animals within the reserve. During the dry season it may often appear shallow, but it may also swell to up to twice its normal size after a heavy downpour. This can create rapids in the river, which may lead to a shortage of food for the predators that cannot cross it to hunt.
A visit to the river in the late July to October gives you a chance to witness the world known wildebeest migration. One particular scenario can go as follows: The wildebeests stand above the river with their eyes wide open, nervously watching the water for any crocodiles. Their breath is labored and each animal vies for a position that gives it the safest and surest path through the wild waters to the opposite bank. Finally, assured that there is no apparent hint of danger, a few animals rush toward the water, with thousands following close behind along with zebras, elands and gazelles. Your excitement at beholding this may however quickly fade away and you will be taken on by a sudden grip of fear as you watch crocodiles approach the slower and smaller wildebeests. Snapping jaws are not the only threat, though, as the current of the Mara River acts with greater unrelenting ferocity, often ending more lives than the predators would.
The Masai Village
The Maasai, some of the oldest inhabitants of East Africa, live in villages made up of small grass-thatched mud structures. They are surrounded by their cattle, which are their prestigious possession. Their cows are regarded with an astounding reverence. Besides this, they also own other smaller livestock like goats. This noble tribe is one of the very few tribes who have retained most of their traditions, lifestyle and lore. The Maasai people speak Maa.
What you will notice as soon as you enter the village are the many vivid colours of the Masai’s garments. The men, poised with their spears, stand tall and proud. The women, on the other hand, are bejewelled with bright beaded earrings and scarves, both adorned with the brilliant red, blue and purple patterns of the shukas they wear. These bright shukas contrast strongly and vivdly with the greens and browns of the landscape. Their appealing beadwork of necklaces, bracelets and amulets has more than just an ornamental value. The women create these meticulously handcrafted pieces to express their identity and social status.
Standing in muted contrast to the colourful villagers are the browns and greys of the Maasai’s houses called bomas. These are small structures with thatched roofs. As a tradition, it is the duty of the Maasai women to build these sturdy dwellings. They begin with a framework of timber poles into which they interweave smaller branches to form a structure. These are then covered with a mixture of mud, grass, cow dung, urine and ash. Their men build the protective fencing around the village to ward off lions and other predators from their livestock.
A visit to the Maasai village gives you an opportunity to join in their graceful ever-changing rhythmic call-and-response singing, and perhaps their most widely known dance is the adumu or “jumping dance.” You also get to acquire a handmade souvenir, specially crafted to remind you of your thrilling visit to Maasai Mara.
Maasai (Masai) Mara National Reserve
This is a vast game reserve in the semi-arid Narok County in Kenya. It is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in the Mara region of Tanzania. It is named in honour of the Masai people who are the ancestral inhabitants of the area. Mara means “spotted” in Maa, a Masai language. Maasai Mara is globally famous for its exceptional population in wildlife and wildebeest immigration to and from the Serengeti every year during the dry season from July to October. This is commonly known as the Great Migration.
A visit to the reserve is a great venture to undertake for a cultural tour of one of the oldest inhabitants of East Africa, the Maasai. This noble tribe is one of the very few tribes who have retained most of their traditions. It has a team of traditional dancers who dance to their call-and-response singing and perhaps their most widely known dance is the adumu or rather “jumping dance.” You can get to join in the dancing as these flexible male dancers jump higher and higher to the rhythms of the enchanting music accompanying their dance strokea.
Masai Mara has several intriguing as well as engaging tourism activities. Among others, these are the hot air balloons over the reserve, safari drives, nature walks, bird watching, site seeing, guided bush walks and hiking.
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