Days
4
Price from
£1,595GBP

Renowned for its high concentration of big cats, hundreds of bird varieties and the annual Great Migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles, the Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa’s most spectacular attractions. On this short independent trip, you will enjoy leisurely breakfasts and quiet afternoons between your explorations of this rich slice of the Greater Mara Ecosystem.

Independent Experiences
Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short packages that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, depart daily and offer the back-up of Peregrine, our local offices and expert resident guides.


Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Nairobi, Kenya
Country
Kenya
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Wildlife
Code
PFWMX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • The Masai Mara is quintessential, breath-taking Africa – filled with iconic vistas and animals. Enjoy plenty of included game drives and walks to spot the local inhabitants – lions, cheetahs, elephants and more.

  • There is nothing quite like staying in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, in a camp where luxury and nature combine – spacious, fully insect-proof tents with private en suites that are surrounded by Africa’s most dramatic wildlife and landscapes.

  • After days spent exploring the plains with guides who have grown up on this land, return to an exceptional meal and a nightcap, while you listen to the sounds of the Kenyan bush and get to know fellow travellers over a tasty local drop.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Although this is an Independent Experience, your game drives within the Masai Mara will be by necessity shared game drives. Other guests from the lodge will accompany you.

  • A nature walk is included on the final morning, but it is not a strenuous activity.

  • Our Independent Experiences have been designed for just one to three people, departing every day of the week for most Experiences. You can mix and match to create your perfect trip combination, then we’ll arrange the transport between each experience for you. You will have local guides at most destinations and activities. It’s independent travel without the stress.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

This independent Experience starts at your Nairobi hotel or from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to Wilson Airport (Nairobi's domestic airport). At Wilson Airport you’ll take a one-hour flight to the Masai Mara airstrip, where you’ll be met by your Masai Mara guide and transferred to your camp. There are two flights daily from Wilson Airport (9:15am and 3:15pm). Depending on availability, we will try to book you on the earlier flight, if you are staying overnight in Nairobi or if your international flight arrival into Nairobi allows you sufficient time to clear customs and be transferred to Wilson Airport. If you catch the earlier flight, you’ll have lunch on arrival at the Mara Camp before enjoying an afternoon/evening game drive, when you could have the good fortune to observe a black-maned lion, leopard or a cheetah. If you catch the later flight, you’ll arrive at the Mara Camp in time for dinner. Your camp in the Masai Mara is a classic luxury bush camp and is completely unfenced. The cosy dining area, open fireplace and tented accommodation make for a unique and intimate ambience. Enjoy dinner served al-fresco in a clearing overlooking the sweeping Masai Mara plains or in the spacious dining tent.

Notes: All camp tents are spacious, fully insect-proof and set in typical east African style, furnished with beds, linen, bedside tables and luggage storage racks. Bathrooms are en suites equipped with a dresser, shower and ecologically-friendly 'dry' toilet.
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Continue your exploration of arguably one of the finest game reserves on the continent. Take in vistas of rolling green plains and riverine woodlands, not to mention many species of game. Your daily routine at Masai Mara will vary, as on some days picnics will be taken out on extended half-day or full-day game drives. Your typical daily routine however involves waking at dawn for a light breakfast followed by an early morning game drive, setting off at sunrise and returning to the camp three to four hours later. Breakfast is a leisurely affair, taken outdoors in the morning sunlight, with lunch usually served al-fresco too. During the heat of the day there’s time to relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the bush, punctuated only by intermittent bird calls. An afternoon game drive departs around 4pm and returns after sunset. On returning to the camp, freshen up before joining other guests around the campfire for a pre-dinner drink. Dinner is served by candlelight in the dining tent. Enjoy a nightcap by the fire before retiring to the sounds of the wild.
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Game drive
Optional Activities
  • Masai Mara - Masaai village visit - USD25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is another full day of game drives. The Masai Mara National Reserve is famed for its physical beauty and abundance of wildlife – along with the ‘Big Five’, there are also 570 recorded bird types in the park, including the grey-crowned crane and the colourful lilac-breasted roller. Because you leave the camp as the sun rises you shouldn't have any trouble spotting wildlife, as this is often one of the most active times of day for animals. Look out for massive herds of wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, all of which roam these verdant grasslands. Elephants, giraffes and elands are also commonly sighted. There are also escorted bush walks available from the camp, when you can great right into the heart of the landscape, learn to identify animal tracks, and get closer to African wildlife than you ever thought possible.
Accommodation
  • Mara Leisure Tented Camp or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you’ll enjoy your final sunrise game drive to soak up the memorable Masai Mara vistas, and then have a leisurely breakfast until departure. If you arrived on the morning flight into the Masai Mara, you will be booked on the morning flight back that arrives back in Nairobi between 12 noon and 1pm. Please do not book onward flights out of Nairobi prior to 6pm. If you arrived on the afternoon flight into the Masai Mara you will be booked on the afternoon flight, arriving back into Wilson Airport between 5pm and 6pm. Please do not book onwards flights out of Nairobi prior to 10pm. Upon arrival into Wilson Airport you will be met and transferred to either a Nairobi city hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Please note that the actual flight you are booked on is subject to availability and will be confirmed upon booking.
Included Activities
  • Masai Mara - Nature Walk
  • Masai Mara - Half Day 4x4 Game Drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Plane, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Game drive
  • Masai Mara - Nature Walk
  • Masai Mara - Half Day 4x4 Game Drive

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Important notes

INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCE ACTIVITIES:
Please note that lodge based activities on your Independent Experience will be on a join in basis. This means that these activities may be shared with other guests at the property.

Essential Trip Information

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