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Masai Mara Reserve Conservation Safari

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Overview

Enjoy superlative wildlife viewing in Kenya’s wonderfully rewarding Maasai Mara National Park, secure in the knowledge that you will be leaving the smallest possible footprint on this pristine landscape.  

We have partnered with Africa Point, Kenya’s principal on-line Safari Tour Operator, to bring you a sensational wildlife experience at an award-winning Eco-tourism Lodge, where a percentage of the cost of your safari will go directly towards supporting several essential Conservation projects!

Major Highlights

  • A very special game viewing experience in Kenya’s premier wildlife destination, where fewer vehicles means that you see more animals and fewer other people!
  • The Eco-friendly Camp we have chosen for you uses solar power, grows their own vegetables and has received several awards for responsible eco-tourism in Kenya.
  • See exactly how your safari dollar will be used as you visit neighbouring conservancies to learn about their projects.

Key Info

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Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara

Its day one, and time for your Kenyan Safari adventure to begin! You will be met at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, (or your Nairobi hotel if you are already in the City) by our representative and guide, who will give you a warm welcome to Kenya and a short introduction to your Mara safari as he drives you to Wilson Airport for your domestic scheduled flight, which departs at approximately 1000hrs.

The scenic flight to the Maasai Mara takes about 45 minutes. On arrival in this magnificent wilderness your guide will be there to welcome you to the land of the proud Maasai tribe. Your drive to the Camp is an adventure in its own and will give you your first introduction to the marvels of this iconic wildlife sanctuary. Be sure to have your cameras ready!

At the Camp you will meet your hosts and be given a briefing before settling into your tent and freshen up before lunch.

Your Eco-friendly Camp for the next three nights is set in the remote Mara North Conservancy, in a particularly game-rich part of the Reserve. The Conservancy represents a partnership between eleven Camps and over 800 Maasai landowners, whose aim is to create the best possible wildlife experience for visitors, without in any way compromising the environment, wildlife and local communities.

A very low vehicle-density in the Conservancy ensures the best possible exclusive game-viewing opportunities, and Kicheche Camp strives to reduce the impact of tourism on the environment by attention to the four “R's” – Reduce, Reuse, Repair and Recycle. The Camp utilizes solar energy wherever possible, and they even grow their own organic vegetables and herbs, which feature prominently on the menu! Kicheche Camp has been awarded the coveted Gold certification by Eco-tourism Kenya for the strides they have made in the adoption of “best practices” when it comes to reducing their footprint on the environment.

Here you will be able to experience the adventure of a classic “under canvas” safari, without having to give up life’s little luxuries. Each of the eight exclusive safari tents has an en-suite bathroom with hot water and flushing toilet with a private verandah over-looking a seasonal stream, frequented by an assortment of wildlife and many birds. 

After lunch there will be a little time to relax and explore your surroundings before setting off for your first afternoon game drive in the Conservancy. After your game drive you can look forward to sundowners and a delicious dinner before falling asleep to the marvelous night sounds of the African bush.

Dinner and overnight at Kicheche Mara Camp. 

Day 2: Maasai Mara

We suggest an early wake-up call today so that you don’t miss a minute of Mara Magic! After enjoying tea or coffee in your tent your can set off for your morning game drive, as the first tendrils of dawn peep over the horizon and the wildlife become active. The verdant plains of the Mara Eco-system host a fabulous array of plains game such as gazelles, Buffalo, Zebra, and Wildebeest, in addition to many other animals.

Never far away are the predators such as Lion, Cheetah, Leopard and Hyena which our guides are finely tuned to finding; they know the area like the back of their hands and can take you right to the heart of the action.

Enjoy a picnic breakfast in the most magnificent outdoor setting on the plains before winding your way back to Camp.

Or

At an extra cost, opt for a Hot air balloon excursion high above the plains as you enjoy a bird’s eye view of the wilderness coming to life as the sun peeps over the Eastern escarpment. Your excursion will last for about an hour and on landing you can enjoy a wonderful Champagne bush breakfast. This is a truly memorable add-on excursion – subject to weather conditions.

Back at Camp, you can relax, read, watch the resident bird life or perhaps go on an escorted Nature walk, where you can enjoy getting acquainted with some of the smaller creatures and plants that are often overlooked on game drives. Afternoon tea is followed by another game drive in another area of the conservancy where you may see Jackals roaming, Warthog bathing or Impala jousting. Sundowner drinks are served in a picturesque spot as you watch the sun paint the sky a million shades of pink and purple as it sinks below the horizon. Return to Camp to exchange stories around the campfire with the other guests before your mouth-watering three course evening meal.

Dinner and overnight at Kicheche Mara Camp.

Day 3: Maasai Mara

Today you once again have the whole day to enjoy exploring the further reaches of the Conservancy or visiting the Mara Reserve, which is particularly rewarding if your visit coincides with the amazing annual Wildebeest migration.

Breakfast will be served in Camp before setting off into new terrain. You never know what lies around the next corner, and you may encounter a Cheetah on the hunt (Cheetah are generally more active in the daytime, unlike the other Big Cats), watch Hippo wallowing alongside Crocodiles in the river, or watch a territorial Wildebeest chase off his rivals.

Pull up at a scenic shaded spot to enjoy your picnic lunch as you watch the passing parade of wildlife. In the afternoon continue traversing the magnificent terrain and witness the never ending interactions on the plains. If you are lucky you may end the day by getting an insider look at the very social family interactions of one of the resident Lion prides before returning to Camp for sundowners.

If you prefer, you could spend the day visiting the nearby Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which borders the Mara North Conservancy and forms an important buffer zone protecting ancient wildlife migration corridors. This Conservancy is doing sterling work with several research foundations such as Living with Lions who monitor Lion population across the region and are collared to learn more about their migratory habits. A percentage of all their income goes into providing a regular and dependable income for their Maasai landlords, from whom the land is leased.

Yet another option would be to visit The Mara Triangle Conservancy who are actively involved in several conservation programs including Anti poaching and de-snaring patrols, Education and Awareness programs for responsible tourism, Tracker and detection dog units and the Mara dog vaccination project, which aims to vaccinate an estimated 10,000 dogs belonging to the Maasai pastoralists. If you are interested in visiting either of these two Conservancies please let us know when you make your booking as visits need to be pre-arranged.

Dinner and overnight at Kicheche Mara Camp.

Day 4: Maasai Mara – Nairobi

Today you will still have time for an early escorted game walk from camp; our interpretive guides will point out the spoor of a Leopard, the nest of a rare bird or signs of recent migration activity that would pass unnoticed by the eyes of the un-initiated.

After breakfast back at Camp, it is time to bid farewell to your hosts as we transfer you to the airstrip for your scheduled flight back to Nairobi Wilson Airport departing at approximately 1030hrs to arrive  1110hrs.

On arrival in Nairobi you will be transferred to the airport for your home bound flight or at your hotel if you are staying in the city.


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The Maasai Mara National Reserve (also known as Masai Mara and by the locals as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya; contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is globally famous for its exceptional population of Masai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.

Includes

  • Nairobi transfers
  • Scheduled AM flight to Mara and return
  • Mara airstrip transfers
  • Full board accommodation including all drinks
  • Conservation fees
  • Laundry
  • Escorted bush walks
  • Shared unlimited safari game drives
  • Emergency Medical evacuation cover

Excludes

  • Champagne
  • Escorted bush walks
  • Night drives and Bush breakfasts
  • Maasai cultural village visits
  • Hot air balloon excursions
  • Holiday supplements
  • Late check-out and extra lunch on Day 4
  • Any other extras payable direct

Price on request, please enquire about this conservation safari in Kenya.

Contact Project: Masai Mara Reserve Conservation Safari

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