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5 Days Wildebeest Migration Masai Mara Game Reserve

Duration

5 Days

Max People

15

Min Age

16+

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Airport

Overview

Start a comprehensive 5 Days Wildebeest Migration Masai Mara Game Reserve safari through Kenya's vibrant capital, Nairobi, before delving into the untamed wilderness of the Masai Mara Game Reserve with Exodus Safaris. Begin your adventure with a guided tour of Nairobi, a bustling metropolis that serves as the gateway to East Africa's most iconic safari destinations. Explore the city's rich history and cultural heritage as you visit landmarks such as the Karen Blixen Museum, dedicated to the Danish author of "Out of Africa," and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where orphaned elephants are rehabilitated and reintegrated into the wild.

After soaking in the sights and sounds of Nairobi, it's time to venture into the heart of the Masai Mara, where a world of adventure awaits. Settle into your luxurious camp and prepare to witness the mesmerizing spectacle of the Great Migration, a natural phenomenon that sees millions of wildebeest, zebras, and other herbivores traverse the plains in search of greener pastures. From the comfort of your camp's viewing lounge or during exhilarating game drives, marvel at the sight of majestic creatures such as giraffes, lions, hippos, zebras, and elephants as they roam freely across the savannah.

For the ultimate safari experience, consider taking to the skies on a hot air balloon ride, offering unparalleled aerial views over the river valley and the sprawling plains below. Drift silently above the landscape as the sun rises, casting a golden glow upon the wilderness and illuminating the herds of wildlife that dot the landscape below. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the beauty and majesty of the Masai Mara from a unique and unforgettable perspective.

As the sun sets on another day of adventure, retire to your luxurious camp, where the sounds of the African bush lull you to sleep under a canopy of stars. With comfortable accommodations, delectable cuisine, and unparalleled hospitality, your stay in the Masai Mara promises to be a highlight of your East African adventure.

So pack your sense of adventure and join us on this unforgettable journey through Nairobi and the Masai Mara with Exodus Safaris, where every moment is an opportunity to connect with nature, discover new cultures, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Explore the vast culinary scene of Nairobi and sample the specialities of the region.
  • Traverse the iconic Mara River and witness the incredible spectacle of the Great Migration.
  • Get up close with wildebeest, zebra, and crocodile and observe their behaviour in the natural world.
  • Spot some of the most revered and majestic African animals - the Big Five - as they make their way across the savannah.
  • Unwind in your camp, and take a look at an elephant watering hole for a peaceful conclusion to an unforgettable safari.

Brief Itinerary

  • On Day 1, journey to Nairobi and explore the vibrant city.
  • On Day 2, make your way to the breathtaking Maasai Mara National Reserve.
  • On Day 3, take a tour of the wildlife-rich Mara Reserve, and perhaps join a hot air balloon safari.
  • On Day 4, witness the epic Great Migration along the Mara River.
  • On Day 5, return to Nairobi and prepare for departure.

 

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Drinks

Tour Plan

Day 01 Arrive in Nairobi

Welcome to one of the most spectacular countries in the world, Kenya! As soon as you arrive at the airport in Nairobi, your guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. On the way they will fill you in on all the details of your trip and what to expect in the coming days. Once you've settled into your new place, your driver is ready to transport you into the heart of the city to experience all its wonders.

Nairobi is home to some great markets, restaurants, and cafes that specialize in local and regional cuisine. Don't forget to take a tour of the religious sites, such as The Holy Family Minor Basilica and the Jamia Mosque. Take some time to enjoy a peaceful stroll through Uhuru Park before heading back to your hotel.

A tranquil stay awaits you at the Tamarind Tree Hotel. Guests can unwind in the shared lounge and pool area, or enjoy some delicious food at the onsite eatery.

Day 02 Travel to the Maasai Mara National Reserve

After taking breakfast, your next stop is at the airport to travel to the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. In no time, you'll be checking in to your luxury accommodation at Ilkeliani Camp situated close to the Talek River. Wildlife enthusiasts have the opportunity to spot elephants from the camp's viewing deck, so take a seat and see what you can find! Once you have settled into your safari tent and admired its peaceful atmosphere, take a break for lunch at the onsite restaurant.

This evening, you'll have a chance to take in the majestic wildlife of the savannah as you embark on your first ever game drive. Exploring around dawn and dusk maximizes the opportunity to observe amazing creatures, so get ready for a spectacular view. The next morning, you'll witness the vibrant wildlife near the banks of the Mara River.

In every twelve months, close to two million wildebeest, zebra and other antelope species congregate their young and commence their journey across the crocodile-laden Mara River in the awe-inspiring Maasai Mara National Reserve. The seasonal nature of their movements take them on a quest to discover fresh pastures and rainfall. This astonishing Great Migration is a sight like no other; no other migration involves such an abundant number of wildlife, except maybe butterflies and tiny birds.

Day 03 Explore Masai Mara Reserve - Enjoy an optional hot air balloon safari

Governors Balloon Camp Masai mara

At the break of dawn, you'll depart from camp with the hope of a full-day exploration into the enveloping beauty of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, renowned as Kenya's most celebrated wildlife sanctuary. Here, you can experience the diversity of local creatures including gazelle, impala, antelope, giraffe, elephant, buffalo and warthog, not to mention catch famed big cat species such as leopard, cheetah and lion.

Every year, an awe-inspiring event takes place in the Masai Mara Reserve; the annual migration of millions of wildebeest and zebra. Starting in late June, they come from the Serengeti plains and make their way across to the Tanzania border and soon thereafter, brave the Mara River. A game of survival awaits them, as predators lurk beneath its surface. Visitors to the reserve can take in this astounding phenomenon between July and August.

Viewers of this safari may also see foxes with large ears, jackals, and hyenas with spots. Hippopotamuses and crocodiles inhabit both the Mara and Talek rivers. 452 species of birds have been documented, including vultures, eagles, ostriches, cranes, storks, hamerkop, and various types of hornbills.

In the afternoon, why not consider an exhilarating hot air balloon safari or explore a traditional Masai village to gain insight into their nomadic way of life? Known for their incredible courage, the Masai have been living alongside fierce wildlife for generations.

When night falls, come back to camp and unwind on your own veranda. Go for a dip in the pool, catch a glimpse of the elephants from the lounge, or grab a beverage at the bar before dinner.

Day 04 Watch the Great Migration along the Mara River

Start your morning in a unique way - enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading out on a wildebeest and zebra safari along the Mara River. Get an even better view of the animals in the Serengeti plains on a hot air balloon safari, or join your guide on a 4x4 vehicle safari trip to the park. Your guide will share knowledge about the migration of these two species and give you an up-close look at their fascinating behaviors.

Wildebeests' ability to cooperate as a unit is demonstrated by their swarm intelligence which allows them to overcome an obstacle as one. This is extraordinary considering their vulnerability in the wild. In order to survive, wildebeest must be able to adapt their behavior; for example, a newborn must be able to keep up with the movement of the herd within a few minutes or risk being left behind and susceptible to predators. This adaptation to the environment ensures the survival of the species.

The Mara River presents a perilous situation for creatures crossing it, for lurking beneath the surface are hungry crocodiles. An ambush awaits the herd, with their powerful jaws to grasp and drag animals underwater. Even more dangerous is the fact that these formidable reptiles can launch up to half of their own body length from the water to capture their victims. Even their tails can be employed as a secondary tool in their ferocious attacks.

Today, you will have the opportunity to relish the sight of the flowing river and the migratory creatures. To make the most out of this experience, you will navigate from one spot to another as you admire the view. As the sun sets, it's time to come back to camp for a delightful dinner and a comfortable night.

Day 05 Depart Nairobi

After a hearty breakfast, it's time to part ways with Kenya. You'll be transported to Nairobi Airport in order to reach your flight on schedule. With the goodbyes said and bags packed, you'll soon be on your journey back home.

26 reviews for 5 Days Wildebeest Migration Masai Mara Game Reserve

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    Chloe Nelson

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    The Great Serengeti Adventure

    The Masai Mara reserve offered an incredible adventure.

    September 23, 2023

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    Henry Foster

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    Witnessing Nature's Great Migration

    Observing the wildebeest migration was a remarkable experience.

    September 23, 2023

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    Emily Ward

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    A Symphony of Life

    The Masai Mara migration unfolded like a vibrant symphony.

    September 23, 2023

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    Isaac Powell

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    A Tapestry of Nature's Wonders

    The wildebeest migration weaved a tapestry of wonders.

    September 23, 2023

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    Grace Patterson

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    Captivating Wildlife Encounters

    Meeting the wildlife during the migration was captivating.

    September 23, 2023

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    Samuel Hughes

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    Nature's Grand Migration Spectacle

    The wildebeest migration showcased nature’s grandeur.

    September 23, 2023

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    Lily Parker

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    The Great Wildebeest Show

    Masai Mara put on a breathtaking show with its migration.

    September 23, 2023

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    Elijah Reed

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    A Serengeti Symphony

    Masai Mara’s migration echoed with the sounds of nature.

    September 23, 2023

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    Zoe Bennett

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    A Wildlife Extravaganza

    The abundance of wildlife during the migration was stunning.

    September 23, 2023

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    Mason Cooper

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    Nature's Marvel Unveiled

    The wildebeest migration in Masai Mara was a marvel.

    September 23, 2023

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