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To get a taste of Kenya, head to two of its prime destinations: the ancient splendour of Lake Nakuru and the world-renowned raw beauty of the Masai Mara.

Your 4-day safari begins within Lake Nakuru National Park where you spend a night at Lake Nakuru Lodge in its stunning setting overlooking the Great Rift Valley. This wildlife-rich wetland features an enormous lake surrounded by wooded grasslands that support one of the world’s largest flamingo populations and more than 60 mammal species, including both the endangered black and white rhino.

Then you and your family are transferred to Kenya’s flagship Masai Mara National Reserve for two nights at Mara Simba Lodge, a traditional Maasai wood-and-thatch structure nestled on the banks of the meandering Talek River. In season, you have the opportunity to witness the annual Great Migration when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and other thundering game traverse the exquisite Mara plains in search of fresh grazing lands. In one of the greatest spectacles on Earth, the Migration becomes a life-and-death dance as the herds fall prey to thrilling predator action, an age-old ritual unchanged for millennia.

  • Tour duration: 4 days
  • Start: Nairobi
  • End: Nairobi
  • Destinations:
    Kenya
       Lake Nakuru,
       Masai Mara
  • Accommodation:
    1 night at Lake Nakuru Lodge
    2 nights at Mara Simba Lodge
  • Comfort Level: Mid-range
  • Type of Tour: Package
  • Type of Accommodation: Accommodated

Itinerary Highlights

  • Lakeside suites overlooking the Great Rift Valley
  • Watch wildlife from your private terrace
  • Search for endangered black & white rhino
  • Traditional Maasai-style accommodation on the Talek River
  • Witness the Great Migration in season

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Pretty in Pink

After you are met by a friendly representative at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, you are transferred by road to Lake Nakuru Lodge within Lake Nakuru National Park. Driving north-west from the capital and winding through a series of lakes and forested uplands, the 3-hour drive on good roads provides an unrivalled view of the majestic Great Rift Valley. Your stately lakeside accommodation falls within an official Ramsar Conservation wetland park that boasts a population of lesser and greater flamingo in the region of two million birds!

Blending effortlessly into its lush surroundings of palm trees and rolling lawns, the lodge’s pièce de résistance is its stupendous lake view. Playful pelicans and soaring eagles should not be overshadowed by their more numerous pink counterparts that appear in their thousands on the massive lake. From your private terrace observe giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and wildebeest browsing in the well-maintained gardens. During a 4x4 game drive on the reserve do not be surprised to meet a few members of one of Kenya’s largest concentrations of endangered black rhino.

Buffet-style dining is enjoyed alfresco whenever the weather allows, with barbecues and candlelit African-themed nights often preceded by contemplative sundowners around the inviting swimming pool. You might choose instead to bid farewell to the fireball-sun from the logged Mama Nikki bar or the Rhino Paddock bar upstairs on the deck.

Surrounding the glistening lake – usually a flurry of pink feathers – are acacia and euphorbia forests that attract plenty of animals in the heat of the day. Take a picnic basket to Hippo Pool near the Baharini springs or sit tight with a pair of binoculars and observe resident baboon troops from Baboon Cliff Lookout, not far from Honeymoon Hill.

Day 2

Lakeside splendour

Check out of Lake Nakuru Lodge for the drive south-west towards the Masai Mara National Game Reserve, renowned for the annual pilgrimage of around two million zebra and wildebeest during the Great Migration. Head through the town of Narok and the village of Maji Moto, before reaching Mara Simba Lodge on the north-eastern corner of the reserve.

Overlooking a dramatic bend on the bank of the Talek – a tributary of the Mara River – this traditional Maasai-style wood-and-thatch lodge stretches for an entire kilometre along the game-rich waters to provide quick and easy access to the Great Migration, which takes place between May and October. A spacious balcony means you can keep an eye on the crocodiles and hippos in the river while the lodge’s landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees are a playground for colourful birds and butterflies. During mealtimes you might be joined by scheming monkeys (watch your food closely – they love trying their luck!) while on the river you might spot grey-crowned cranes or great white egrets.

Public areas – elevated on timber posts – are open to the elements and include a spacious dining area with floors of fragrant cedar wood. After dinner, sit around a crackling log fire listening to the distinctive nights sounds of the African bush before being ushered along the wide and well-lit pathway to your en suite room that overlooks the breath-taking Mara plains.

Day 3

Nature's greatest spectacle

Your morning game drive in the Masai Mara National Game Reserve presents the opportunity (during season) to witness thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrating across the plains and, if you are lucky, making an exciting crossing of the croc-infested Mara River. On the must-do list of every safari-enthusiast, this Big 5 reserve is especially known for its predators, including high concentrations of lion and cheetah. Your game viewing does not end once you have returned to the lodge as the terrace of your room affords uninterrupted views across the river that teems with wildlife.

In the evening after dinner, enjoy an interesting expert talk on the ecology of the Masai Mara and the intriguing culture of the indigenous tribes of this ancient region. And still, the fall of darkness need not bring the day’s game viewing to a close as the floodlit waterhole is visible from the balcony – you may be fortunate enough to spot a leopard drinking from the Talek’s silvery waters.

Day 4

Farewell to Kenya

Wake up in your riverside abode and revel in the remarkable beauty of the Mara plains one last time before enjoying a buffet breakfast overlooking the Talek River. A few curious antelope have gathered nearby as if to wish you well for the next part of your journey. Setting off on your scenic 4-hour drive to Nairobi, you look over your shoulder and reciprocate the waving hands and smiles of the lodge staff bidding you farewell. 

Inclusions

  • 3 nights accommodation on ful board basis
  • Transport in private minivan or 4x4
  • Park and reserve fees
  • Game drives in Lake Nakuru National park and Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Kenya government taxes

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Apr 2014 - 15 Jun 2014 $1065
  • 16 Jun 2014 - 30 Jun 2014 $1200
  • 01 Jul 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $1395
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 15 Dec 2014 $1215

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"The perfect add on if you are short of time or heading for the coast, but don't want to miss out on a great game viewing experience!"

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