3 days Masai Mara Kenya safari to Maasai Mara National Reserve (Budget, Midrange, and Luxury) Kenya Tour
During the 3 days Masai Mara Kenya safari to Maasai Mara national reserve, you will see mount Longonot which is 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 Masai word Oloong’ot, meaning ‘mountains of many spurs’ or ‘steep ridges’.
Its unique features are 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 takes place there. The 3.1 km trail on this mountain runs from the park entrance up to the crater rim and continues in 7.2km loop that encircles the crater.
The whole tour from the gate, around the rim and back is 13.5km. it takes about 4 to 5 hours, thus allowing for necessary rests. Other activities include nature and bike riding around the park, both of which bring you eye to eye with the wildlife.
The other feature worth noting here is the alkaline lake of Oloiden, majorly known for its concentration of Flamingoes. These provides 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
Trip Highlights of this 3 days Masai Mara Kenya safari
- Day 1: Transfer to Maasai Mara national reserve for an afternoon drive
- Day 2: Full day game Drive in Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Day 3: Maasai Village and Transfer back to Nairobi
Detailed Itinerary of the 3 days Masai Mara Kenya safari
DAY 1: Transfer to Masai Mara and Afternoon Game Drive
This exciting 3 days Masai Mara Kenya Safari begins with a briefing by our tour guide about the three days’ Kenya tour then embark on the journey making the first stop at the great Rift for Memory pictures and great views. The rift valley spreads from the north to the south of Kenya.
You will then proceed on a drive to your booked accommodation, the drive to the park will welcome you with wildlife views like zebras, warthogs, wild beests, monkeys and baboons and Giraffes.
Check in at the hotel, have lunch and drive for to your first game drive. This game drive will give you a chance to see the elephants, lions, Giraffes, Zebras, kobs, among many others
Later after this adventure in Masai Mara you will drive back to the hotel/lodge for relaxation, dinner and overnight
Accommodation in Masai Mara
- Luxury: Keekorok lodge
- Midrange: Jambo Mara Safari Lodge
- Budget: Mara Springs Safari camp
DAY 2: Maasai Mara Morning Game Drive and Mara River
You will have an Early Morning breakfast followed by a thrilling full day game drive at the Masai Mara National Reserve on a day two of the 3 days Masai Mara wildlife adventures, drive from the lodge to Oloololo Gate, the entrance to the Masai Mara national reserve.
Here you will have a chance to view more animals count around the park including lions, elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, leopard, cheetahs, zebras, hippos, Thompson’s gazelle among many others with our guide coming in hand 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 this 3 Days Masai Mara Kenya safari with very few camps and lodges, resulting in the lowest density of the visitors and cars in the greater Masai Mara. Thereafter, you will leave for the untamed Mara river in Masai Mara National reserve.
The full day game drive in Masai Mara will enable you to explore other areas of the Masai Mara national reserve and the Mara triangle up to the Mara bridge, which is at the boarder 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. With your packed lunch you will have a 1-hour snug picnic lunch break as you enjoy more of this park. Later you will drive back to your lodge for relaxation
At this point you may have an optional guided nature walk which will offer you the unique opportunity to observe and discover the smaller African species present in the Masai Mara area as well as the prolific bird life, and 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 for dinner and overnight
Accommodation in Masai Mara
- Luxury: Keekorok lodge
- Midrange: Jambo Mara Safari Lodge
- Budget: Mara Springs Safari camp
DAYS 3: Masai Mara to Nairobi
This being your last day of this 3 days Masai Mara Kenya Safari, you will have to wake up on a leisurely breakfast 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 be all be a 1-hour activity full of with traditional songs, dances and cultural practices.
Thereafter, you will proceed with your drive back to Nairobi with a stop to the crafts Centre to buy African crafts, refreshment. You will then carry on with your journey back Nairobi where you will have a second stop for lunch and then transfer to your booked hotel or at the airport for your flight back home
Activities to do on the 3 days Masai Mara Kenya safari
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 the 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 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 river, which may lead to a shortage of food for the predators that cannot cross to hunt
You will have a chance to visit the Mara river while on the 3 days Masai Mara Kenya safari and the best time to witness the world known wildebeest migration in the month of July to October in Masai Mara national park.
One particular scenario can go as follows: the wildebeest 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 of no apparent hint of danger, a few animals rush towards the water, with thousands following close behind along with zebras, elands and gazelles.
Your excitement at beholding this may however quickly fade away you will be taken 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 3 days Masai Mara safari will give you a chance to visit some of the oldest inhabitants of East Africa, live in villages made up of small grass-thatched mud and structures. They are surrounded by their cattle, which are their prestigious possession.
Their cows are regarded with an outstanding reverence. Besides this, they also own other smaller livestock like goats. The noble tribe is one of the very few tribes who have retained most of their traditions, lifestyle and lore. The Masai people speak “Maa”
What you notice as soon as you enter the village, are the many visible colors of Masai garments. The men poised with their spears, stand tall and proud.
The women, on other hand are bejeweled with bright beaded earrings and scarves, both adorned with the brilliant red, blue and purple patterns of the shukas they wear. The bright shukas contrast strongly and vividly with the greens and brown of the landscape.
The appealing beadwork of neckless, bracelets and amulets has just 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 colorful villagers are the brown and grey of the Masai’s houses called Boma. These are small structures with thatched roofs. As a tradition, it is the duty of the Masai women to build 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 Masai village gives you an opportunity to join in their graceful ever-changing rhythmic call-and -response singing, and perhaps their most widely known dance in the Adumu or ‘jumping dance”. You also get to acquire a handmade souvenir, specially crafted to remind of your thrilling visit to Masai 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 the honor of Maasai 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 wildebeests’ immigration to and from 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 great venture to undertake for cultural tour of one of the oldest inhabitants of East Africa, the Maasai. This noble tribe is one of the very few tribes we have retained most of their traditions.
It has a team of traditional dancers who dance o their call-and -dance response singing and perhaps their most widely known dance is the damu or rather jumping dance.
You can get to join the dancing as these flexible male dancers jump higher and higher to the rhythms of the enchanting music accompanying to their dance stroke
Masai Mara has several tourism activities. Among others, these are the hot air balloons over the reserve, safari drives, nature walk, bird watching, site seeing, guided bush walk and hiking
Safari Inclusions of this 3 Days Masai Mara Kenya Safari
- Transportation in a tour van/Landcruiser
- Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary
- Park admissions
- Accommodation on full board
- Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
- Transfer to and from the airport
Safari exclusions of the 3 days Masai Mara Kenya safari
- All activities not mentioned in the program
- Phone calls bills
- International transfers
- Gratitude to tour guides
- Personal insurance
- Personal effects of any nature
- Hotel fees before and after the safari
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