Masai Mara is the ‘park of parks’ here in Kenya. Its grass-carpeted smooth hills, the chocolate Mara river waters with frolicking hippos, as well as the rich faunal diversity, fulfil the expectations of any visitor searching the African landscapes portrayed in motion pictures such as “Out of Africa” or “Mogambo”. Save particular tastes or special requirements, this is the park on top of the “must-do” list in the country. The reserve is located west of the Rift Valley and is a natural extension of the Serengeti plains in Tanzania. The Mara River, the reserve’s backbone, traverses north to south heading for its westbound way unto Lake Victoria, through the Tanzanian park. This course is the natural barrier crossed every year by what is the most impressive natural phenomenon – the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle.
More than 1.5 million animals move in a quest for the best pastures and around July the herds cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains into Kenya to reach the Mara’s grasslands. Predators like lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena are stalking the herds while vultures circle in the sky as the dramatic journey unfolds. When the herds ford the crocodile-crowded river, many animals are taken by crocodiles or drown and leave their bones by the Mara banks. Their brave river crossings are a spectacle for tourists never to be forgotten. From July to October, Masai Mara is at its peak, with the seasonal visitors populating the vast grasslands.
Sadly on day 9 it’s time to depart. After a morning game drive and lunch, you’ll transfer to the airstrip for the flight to Nairobi. On arrival at Wilson Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Ol Sereni Hotel, where you have a dayroom reserved to relax and refresh before it’s time to head to the international Nairobi Airport to meet your departing flights. Breakfast included.