This post was most recently updated on May 28th, 2018
The Maasai Mara also is known as ‘the Mara’ is a magnificent reserve located in the south-western part of Kenya which effectively is north of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Maasai Mara is named after the Maasai people who are the traditional occupants of the area and who possess a unique culture that has been preserved for centuries.
Every year between July and October, close to 1.6 million wildebeest and zebras cross the Mara River to the lush grasslands of the Mara Game Reserve.
This awesome spectacle is truly spellbinding as the roar of the herd can be heard from kilometers away, inspiring fear and a chill to even the bravest. The three days Masai Mara camping is about having a close encounter with the wildlife population in the region while relaxing and having the best time away from home. Game drives, game viewing, and photograph taking are the main activities in the park.
Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara
After you check out from your hotel in Nairobi you drive through the northern part of the reserve viewing game as you reach the main Narok road. On reaching Narok, you will stop for some time to buy Maasai clothes, ornaments, or have a chat with people from various tribes.
By the time you arrive at the Game reserve, it will be lunchtime. You can check in one of the luxurious hotels in the park and enjoy your lunch from a choice of game and Kenyan dishes. You can spend your afternoon enjoying the best that nature can provide in this game reserve.
Masai Mara is beautiful scenery with the highest lion population and other various types of wild animals. Supersize your game experience with a night game drive. Using a spotlight and an expert from Maasai Mara park, you may stand a chance of spotting some of Kenya’s unique wild animals.
It is advisable to spend the night in permanent tents which are self-contained and fitted with feature bed and bathrooms. From your tent, you will hear a chorus of various animals which will be your main lullaby.
Day 2: Masai Mara
After you are done with breakfast, leave for a full day game drive with picnic lunch in luxury hotels in the park. You should spend this day viewing wildlife in the park. Make sure you have seen Africa’s Big five and lots of other wildlife that occupy this park. You can also plan for hot air balloon to have a better view of the game park.
Through the Reserve, you will see lots of wildlife like warthogs, baboons, bat-eared foxes, spotted hyena, grey jackals, hartebeests, impala, wildebeest, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, and zebras. You will rarely spot cheetahs and leopards, but with the help of an experienced tour guide, you can sometimes see them.
You can end your adventurous day with a bush dinner and later retiring to your semi-luxury tents.
Day 3: Masai Mara to Nairobi
The days start with an early morning game drive from 6.30am to 9.00am you might be lucky to witness hunting. You can also arrange for a bush breakfast. After breakfast, you can visit Mara River which is the home to hippo and crocodiles, acacia woodlands and riverine forests where elephants and leopards reside. Also, hundreds of elephants and countless other animals take their pride of place in this vast terrain.
An afternoon game drive in the Reserve is the ideal time to see some of this wildlife.
Later you will have an afternoon game drive which will be followed by late lunch.
After lunch, you should leave for Nairobi stopping periodically for the breathtaking panoramic views of the rift valley and landforms. The Maasai Mara three Day tour ends in Nairobi later in the afternoon. You may choose to party with your friends and enjoy Nairobi’s nightlife or enjoy Kenyan beer and alcohol at your hotel.
Day 4 Visit to Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park is 140 KM West of Nairobi, Kenya. The park measures at 188 KM2 and is centered on a huge lake, which is surrounded by grassy plains. The park has three entrances: the main gate – which connects the main Nairobi and Nakuru, the Lancet gate and the Nderit gate.
A large selection of bird life occupies the park, most famously the flock of over one million flamingos that feed on the algae within the lake to create the famous ‘sea of pink.’ There are also many other varieties of aquatic birds that live on or near the 3.5 KM deep lake including goliath heron, spoonbills, pied kingfisher, marabou stalk, hamerkop and fish eagle.
Walking around the park is not permitted unless you are at one of the spectacular viewpoints which enable you to see the whole of the National Park from a great height.