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Discover the Great Migration at Maasai Mara – 6 Days

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5 Days

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15

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6+

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Experience an unforgettable adventure through the iconic Maasai Mara Nature Reserve in Kenya with Exodus Safaris, on 6 days Great Migration at Maasai Mara, where every moment promises to be a thrilling encounter with Africa's most iconic wildlife. Over the course of three exhilarating days, immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of life that thrives along the Mara River, witnessing firsthand the spectacle of the Great Migration as it unfolds before your eyes.

Guided by knowledgeable experts who possess an intimate understanding of the land and its inhabitants, venture deep into the heart of the Maasai Mara in search of wildebeest, zebras, and crocodiles that define this legendary migration. From the thunderous hooves of thousands of wildebeest crossing the river to the stealthy maneuvers of crocodiles lying in wait, every sighting offers a glimpse into the raw beauty and primal drama of the natural world.

As you traverse the reserve, explore different vantage points that offer unparalleled opportunities for capturing breathtaking shots and videos of the animals in action. Whether you're perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the savannah or cruising along the riverbanks in a safari vehicle, each moment is a chance to witness nature's grandeur in all its glory.

To conclude your safari adventure, venture beyond the boundaries of the Maasai Mara and explore the tranquil beauty of Lake Naivasha. Choose from a variety of activities, from leisurely bike rides along the shores to serene boat cruises that offer a unique perspective of the lake's diverse ecosystem. For the ultimate adventure, soar high above the landscape in a hot air balloon, where you'll enjoy a bird's-eye view of the surrounding wilderness and witness the majesty of the hippo population that calls Lake Naivasha home.

Whether you're a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or embarking on your first safari adventure, this three-day journey through the Maasai Mara and Lake Naivasha promises an experience like no other. With Exodus Safaris as your guide, every moment is an opportunity to connect with nature, forge lasting memories, and discover the untamed beauty of Kenya's wilderness. So pack your camera and sense of adventure and join us on this unforgettable safari expedition through the heart of East Africa.

Highlights

  • Discover the behavior of wildebeest, zebras, and crocodiles.
  • Venture to the beautiful Lake Naivasha to witness a plethora of hippos in action.
  • Indulge in the most delicious delicacies offered in Nairobi.
  • Be awed by the spectacular spectacle of the Great Migration as animals cross over the Mara River in Maasai Mara.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive, tenย  experience the beauty of Nairobi and take in all it has to offer.
Day 2: Travel to the iconic Masai Mara National Reserve
Day 3: observe the zebras, wildebeests, and other unique African wildlife up close.
Day 4: View the Great Migration as the animals make their way across the Mara River in search of food.
Day 5: Venture out to Lake Naivasha, one of the Great Rift Valley Lakes, and explore the area by boat, horseback, or hot air balloon.
Day 6: Depart Nairobi

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

Tour Plan

Day 01 Arrive in Nairobi & Explore the City

Greetings! On arriving at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you will be promptly taken to your lodgings by your driver and an informed guide who will explain the details of your journey. Following a brief respite, your driver is available to take you exploring the vibrant city. Enjoy your visit to Kenya!

If you're looking for unique experiences in Nairobi, you can't go wrong with a visit to famous markets, restaurants, and cafes that offer traditional and regional cuisine. Explore the many religious sites such as The Holy Family Minor Basilica and Jamia Mosque. Don't forget to take a walk through Uhuru Park before heading back to your lodgings.

Day 02 Travel to the Maasai Mara National Reserve

After you eat breakfast, you'll enjoy a six hour car ride to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Upon arrival, you'll be able to find your lodging, kick back and have lunch. Later, explore the amenities of your new home and take it easy for the night. The next day, take a closer look at the wildlife near the Mara River.

Every year, in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, nearly two million wildebeest, zebra and other antelope brave the treacherous Mara River, which is teeming with dangerous crocodiles. This daunting journey is made in pursuit of richer pasturelands and increased rainfall. There is no other wildlife migration quite like The Great Migration, with the exception of smaller birds and butterflies.

Day 03 Observe the Zebra and Wildebeest in Masai Mara

Today you will join a qualified guide and observe The Great Migration across the Mara River, which features the blue wildebeest - so called because of its glossy coat that shines a blue hue in the sunlight. Additionally, it is not uncommon to hear local tribes and residents refer to the species as "gnu." This name originates from an onomatopoeic term describing the sound this creature makes.

A dynamic relationship between zebra and wildebeest of the Masai Mara and Serengeti is critical for survival, as the latter are selective grazers and require the former to act as a lawnmower. Zebra are bulk grazers and can reach the lower parts of the grass, providing a source of sustenance for the wildebeest. In this regard, the relationship between the two species is mutually beneficial.

You'll be spending the majority of your day in the Maasai Mara National Reserve observing the movements and interactions of two specific species. Take some time to observe the animals' attempts to cross the Mara River. Return to camp in the late afternoon to take part in relaxation activities and savor a delicious dinner.

Day 04 Watch the Great Migration along the Mara River

Start your morning off with a delightful breakfast before venturing out to take in the sights of the wildlife at the Mara River. Travel to the park in a comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle and maximize your viewing of the various animals. Your guide will provide interesting insights into the migration pattern, as well as the differing characteristics between the wildebeest and zebra.

A migratory animal such as the wildebeest displays a form of intelligence termed "swarm intelligence", wherein the herd moves together to explore and exceed limitations. This species is far from defenseless, as they have mastered adapting their behavior to secure their own safety. Even within moments of birth, a wildebeest must be capable of walking, or else the mother will leave her offspring as vulnerable prey. This highlights the wildebeest's need to be intelligent in order to thrive.

The Mara River is a treacherous passage for animals due to the lurking crocodiles. They stay hidden beneath the water, ready to grab their unsuspecting victims with powerful jaws and pull them down underwater. Highly agile creatures, they have the capability to launch much more than half of their bodies out of the water when hunting. Not only that, but also use their tails as an additional means of attack.

Today, you'll observe the river and its wildlife's movements, going from place to place in order to get the perfect view. Come dusk, it'll be time to go back to camp, where a nourishing dinner and peaceful evening awaits.

Day 05 Discover Lake Naivasha on a Boat, Horseback, or Hot Air Balloon

Start your day with a delicious breakfast and one last glimpse of the gorgeous Mara River. After, take a break and relax at tranquil Lake Naivasha, which is located in a rift valley approximately 120 kilometers away from Nairobi.

After making yourself comfortable in your accommodation and savoring lunch, you may want to take part in the many activities at Lake Naivasha. To just relax, stay by your hotel and edit your photos, or you can go on a thrilling exploration. Spend an hour cruising around the lake to view the hippo population, or explore the wildlife at Hellsgate Park, a closeby attraction popular for its birdwatching, cycling, and walking tracks. Another great option is to circle the lake by bike, horseback, or hot air balloon.

Day 06 Depart Nairobi

After saying goodbye to the breathtaking Naivasha and amazing Kenya, you'll transfer to the Nairobi airport for your onward flight. Have a good breakfast before heading there to ensure you make it to the terminal on time.

26 reviews for Discover the Great Migration at Maasai Mara – 6 Days

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    Harper Scott

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    A Front Row Seat to Nature's Spectacle

    Discovering the Great Migration at Maasai Mara offered me a front row seat to one of nature’s most remarkable spectacles. It was an experience that will stay with me forever.

    September 23, 2023

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    Elijah Green

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    Serenaded by Maasai Mara's Symphony

    The Great Migration at Maasai Mara serenaded me with its symphony of nature. The rustling grass, trumpeting elephants, and roaring lions created an unforgettable symphony.

    September 23, 2023

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    Awe Inspiring Encounters in the Wild

    Experiencing the Great Migration at Maasai Mara was a journey of awe inspiring encounters in the wild. The raw power and beauty of Africa’s wildlife left me speechless.

    September 23, 2023

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    Mesmerized by Maasai Mara's Wonder

    Maasai Mara’s Great Migration left me mesmerized by its sheer wonder. The ever changing landscapes and the extraordinary wildlife encounters created unforgettable memories.

    September 23, 2023

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    Emily Parker

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    Nature's Resilience Unveiled

    Discovering the Great Migration at Maasai Mara showcased nature’s resilience in the face of challenges. It was a humbling experience witnessing the strength of these animals.

    September 23, 2023

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    Caleb Hughes

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    A Harmonious Tapestry of Life

    The Great Migration at Maasai Mara revealed a harmonious tapestry of life in the African wilderness. The interdependence of species was a testament to the power of ecological balance.

    September 23, 2023

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    Ava Turner

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    Enchanted by Maasai Mara's Majesty

    Maasai Mara’s Great Migration left me enchanted by its majestic beauty. The vast plains and the majestic animals roaming freely made me feel connected to the wild essence.

    September 23, 2023

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    Daniel Price

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    Nature's Exquisite Parade

    Witnessing the Great Migration at Maasai Mara was like attending a grand parade of wildlife. Each animal played its unique role, creating a spectacle of natural magnificence.

    September 23, 2023

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    Immersed in Authentic Safari Splendor

    The Great Migration at Maasai Mara immersed me in the authentic splendor of a safari adventure. From sunrise to sunset, every moment was filled with enchantment.

    September 23, 2023

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    The Circle of Life Unveiled

    Maasai Mara’s Great Migration revealed the intricate circle of life in the wild. It was a poignant reminder of nature’s delicate balance and the beauty of its interconnectedness.

    September 23, 2023

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