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Two Days Masai Mara Air Safari

MASAI MARA

The Masai Mara is the best-known and most popular wildlife reserves in Africa. It is in the northern-most section of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, which covers 25,000km in Tanzania and Kenya. Serengeti national park to the south, the Oloololo/Siria escarpment to the west and Masai pastoral ranches and conservancies to the north, east and west border it.
The sand, Talek river and Mara river are the major rivers flowing through the reserve.
There are four main areas of the reserve:
Ngama Hills to the east with sandy soil and leafy bushes liked by black rhino.
Oloololo escarpment forming the western boundary and rising to a magnificent plateau.
Mara triangle bordering the Mara River with lush grassland and acacia woodlands supporting masses of game especially migrating wildebeest.
Central plains forming the largest part of the reserve, with scattered bushes and boulders on rolling grasslands favours by the plains game.
Facts
The reserve covers an area of 1,510km
There is no night driving and vehicles must be back at the lodges by 6pm.
Several lodges are located outside the park’s boundaries
This is a Reserve rather than a national park and belongs to the Maasai people.
Attractions
Annual wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti into the Mara from June to October..
This is a huge tourist’s attraction that brings drove of tourists to the Mara. From June onwards, the animals travel over 960km from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, northwards to the Masai Mara and the Mara River is the final obstacle. In October or November, once they have feasted on the tall grass, they leave for the Serengeti.
More than 1.3 million wildebeest, 500, 000 Thomson gazelle, 200,000 zebras, 97000 topi and 18,000 eland migrate with the big cats and the vultures in tow. The herds are ruthlessly preyed upon by the pride of lions that track them across the wilderness, and by the crocodiles that lie in wait as the animals cross the Mara River.
`Hot air Ballooning, Huge savannahs of golden grasslands, big skies, rift valley escarpment, lion sightings, the big cats, The Mara river and its hippos and crocodiles.
Wildlife attraction
The cats:lions,leopards,cheetah,hippos,wildebeest,elephants,zebra,impla,topi,giraffe,Thomson gazelle. Also regularly seen are hyenas, silver-backed jackal and Bateared foxes.
Black rhino are a little shy and hard to spot but are often seen at a distance.
Hippos are abundant in the Mara River as are Nile crocodile who lie in wait for a meal.

BALLOON SAFARIS.

A safari to the Masai Mara is a unique and exciting experience especially during the wildebeest migration.Equally enticing, while at the Mara, is a balloon safari.
Introducing in Maasai Mara by Alan Root in 1976, today  over a dozen balloons fly daily from different sites for 60 minute trips across the Mara at heights that offers grand panoramic views of forests, plains and rivers of the Mara or just above the tallest trees giving closer views of the wildlife.
Balloons flights are run early in the morning when atmospheric conditions are calm. If you have booked for a trip, you will be picked for at rip, you will be  picked from your lodge or camp at around 5.30am  for the drive to the launch site. At the launch site you can observe the crew prepare the balloon for take-off while you sip a mug of coffee. After few minute briefing from the pilot on the safety procedures, the gas burners are ignited. The balloon slowly fills up with hot air and passengers climb into basket ready for  take-off which will  be at around 6.30am , just as the sun is rising in the east. Within minutes you are airbourne and blown by the wind silently  across the Mara.
The views  are spectacular offering  fantastic  photo opportunities from a  perspective that is likely to be etched in the mind for years to come.
An hour later the pilot gently lands the balloon in an open  area. Champagne bottles are popped to celebrate  the trip. After a buffet breakfast near the landing site. You are taken for a game drive back to your or tented camp.

Balloon safaris are run throughout the year, weather permitting, and the operator costs, for an approximately one hour trip range from $450 per person per trip.-money worth spending to crown your  trip to the world’s premier game reserve.

 

Day 1: Masai Mara

You will be picked from your hotel at around 8.00am and drive to the airstrip then you will fly from Diani or Mombasa to Masai Mara arriving at around 11.00 am. You will meet our driver / guide and begin a Kenya Safari game drive en route to Mara Rianta Camp with a 4X4 jeep for check in and lunch. Relax till 4.00 pm where you will proceed for another game drive till sunset.

Masai Mara National Reserve has an area of 1,584 km2 and it’s one of the famous and most visited national reserves in Kenya. Physical attractions include Mara River, Talek River, Loita Hills, Serengeti plains and the annual wild beast migration during July to September. The landscape is woodland and grassland savannah with acacia forests. Masai Mara is famous for lions, elephants, leopards, cheetah, gazelles, rhinos, hyenas among others. It’s also attractive for bird watchers. Dinner and overnight at Mara Rianta Camp.

 

Day 2: Masai Mara - Diani

Wake up at around 5.30 am for a cup of coffee followed by an early morning Kenya Safari game drive and back to the camp for a full breakfast. After breakfast, proceed for another game drive and back for an early lunch at around 11.30 am. You will be transferred to the airstrip and depart at 1.30 pm to Diani arriving at around 4.00 pm.

Alternative accommodation will be at Royal Mara Lodge, Ashnil Mara camp, Oluumara Camp and Governors Camp.

N/B 75 % discount for child aged 3-12yrs