7 Days Maasai Mara Photography Tour, Lake Naivasha and Hell's Gate Safari
Places of interest:
Maasai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park
What you are likely to see:
The big five, birds, giraffe, warthog, hyena, wild dogs, gazelle, flamingo, cheetah, and many others
Game viewing drives, photography, birding, walking safari, hiking, boat rides, cycling, horseback riding, e.t.c.
Private Safari Minibus or Customized Safari Land Cruiser
Luxury Camps and Lodges in the Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru on full board
Summary of Attractions:
Maasai Mara Game Reserve is an extension of the Serengeti National Reserve in Tanzania. It is not the largest park in Kenya, but probably the most famous. The entire area of the park is nestled within the enormous Great Rift Valley that extends from the Mediterranean Sea to South Africa. The terrain is primarily open grassland with clusters of acacia tree. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated in the western border in the Oloololo escarpment because the swampy ground means that access to water is always good and human disruption is usually minimal.
Lake Naivasha: This is the highest of all the Rift Valley Lakes at 1880 m above sea level. Being a fresh water lake, it has the greatest number of residents living on its shore. It has become the center of the booming horticultural export business which is one of Kenya's leading foreign exchange earner. This area is a birdwatcher's paradise with over 450 species of recorded birds in the area, which are attracted by the yellow-barked acacia trees and blue water lilies. A small islet on the lake is home to a number of wildlife. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride safari as they view wildlife and birds from the tranquil lake. A private ranch (Kongoni Game Sanctuary) is located in the area which is a home to lions, leopards, cheetah and some translocated Gravy's zebras.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara
Meet and greet at your preferred location within Nairobi by our Representatives in the morning at 8.00am and receive a briefing about the tour. After the briefing, depart to the Mara Reserve, driving through beautifully farmed agricultural lands and the Great Rift Valley. You will also stop shortly at the escarpments view point and other places of interest taking photographs as you are driven leisurely to the Maasai Mara. You will arrive at the Mara in the evening having taken lunch by the shores of Lake Naivasha en - route. Along the routecolorfully decorated Maasai tribesmen. You may occasionally see them criss crossing the park as they go about their daily activities completely unbothered by the wild animals which roam in the bushes.
Dinner and Accommodation at Ashnil Mara Camp
Day 2 and 5: Maasai Mara National Park
Spend 3 days within the Mara Reserve, home to the big five and numerous plains game. You will also visit the Mara River Ecosystem which is teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming. You will explore the park and the vicinity, gently blending into the surrounding wilderness which remains in its virgin condition, while the landscaped gardens filled with indigenous trees at the back which draw a great variety of birds and butterflies.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation at Ashnil Mara Camp
Day 6: Maasai Mara – Lake Naivasha
After breakfast exit the park and depart to Lake Naivasha. Upon arrival check in to your lodgings and have lunch before spending the afternoon at leisure resting from the long drive or either taking boat rides, walking safari, and horse riding, cycling or swimming in the pool.
Breakfast in the Mara while lunch, dinner and accommodation at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge
Day 7: Hells Gate National Park Tour - Nairobi
After breakfast, you will check out of the lodge with packed lunch and be driven to Hell's Gate National Park, which is the only park in Kenya where cycling and walking, is allowed inside the park. Hells gate is a very scenic park and if most visited by trekkers, picnickers and nature lovers. You will enjoy game drives in the safari vehicle or on bikes or horseback, which are readily available at the entrance of the park at an extra cost. You will have picnic lunch at one of the picnic spots located in the park. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Nairobi which will be reached in the evening.
Breakfast at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge and picnic lunch in Hell's Gate National Park
End of Service
Please request for the safari cost by filling in your details after clicking on the bookings button below. The price depends on season of travel, class of accommodation and the size of the group
- All park entrance fees and game drives
- Full board accommodation in luxury camps and lodges as specified
- Airport transfers on your arrival day
- Services of a professional English-speaking tour driver/guide
- Transport in a safari minibus/land cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing and photography
- Applicable government taxes and service charge
- Optional activities like boat rides, cultural visits, balloon safaris, walking safaris, e.t.c
- Extras during the safari i.e. beverages and drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- International or local flight fees and departure taxes
- Personal travel insurance including loss or damage of luggage
- Any other item not included in itinerary