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February 25, 2021

7 Days Amboseli-Lake Nakuru-Masai Mara Circuit

Written By Benson Ndunyu

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Day 1:        Nairobi – Masai Mara (Basecamp Masai Mara)

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

Pick up from your Nairobi hotel or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the morning drive to Masai Mara through the Great Rift Valley which lies on the road built by Italian prisoners of war during the Second World War. You will see the charming chapel they built at the foot of the escarpment.

You will arrive in Masai Mara in time for lunch.

After the lunch, you will go for an afternoon game drive at the spectacular Masai Mara game reserve.

Everything about Mara during this season  is incredible. The wildlife is abundant, and the vast grasslands ensure that animals are rarely out of sight, and the Birdlife is impressive, great herds of elephant browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands, along with an occasional black rhino. Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, eland and many more species of plains game offer rich pickings for the dominant predators – lion, leopard and cheetah – that hunt in this pristine wilderness. In the Mara River, hippos submerge at the approach of a vehicle, only to surface seconds later to snort and grumble their displeasure. Seemingly drowsy crocodiles sunbathe on the riverbanks, mouths agape, waiting with subtle cunning for prey at which to strike with lightning swiftness.

As the sun sets you will return to the lodge for dinner, followed by stargazing and story-time around the fireplace. When you’re ready, one of the Maasai night guards – known as Askaris – will escort you back to your room.

Dinner and overnight at Basecamp Masai Mara

Consultant Notes

Things to do in Masai Mara

Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a great wildlife destination located on the floor of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. It is famous for its exceptional wildlife that includes high destines of lion’s prides, leopards, cheetah and the great annual migration of wildebeest, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles, from the Serengeti between July and October.

Exploring Masai Mara allows our guests to experience a variety of different safari activities to make their trips even more memorable.

Overnight: Basecamp Masai Mara

  

Basecamp Masai Mara has 17 spacious and luxurious Double Riverside Tents, including one Family Riverside Tent, perfect for families traveling with children.  Our tents are built along the banks of the Talek River, the natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The dense riverbed foliage allows for maximum privacy and comfort, without compromising the view of the Masai Mara National Reserve. With more than 286 identified bird species, you are certain to wake to a symphony of birdsong while staying at Basecamp Masai Mara.

Activities: Evening Game Drive

Day 2:        Basecamp Masai Mara, Masai Mara

Day Itinerary

Awake to the magnificent ‘wakeup call’ symphony of Masai Mara’s astonishing bird life. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before embarking on a full day safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Don’t forget your camera since it is a beautiful time of the year for photography: the air is clear and bright, and the bush alive with vibrant colour and new life creating great photo opportunities.  Abundant wildlife on the savannah gives fantastic photo opportunities. The incredible backdrop of clear blues and the rolling Savannah will captivate you providing you with memories to last a lifetime. Catch the action as the predators hunt their prey and stalk the herds just like the lions and the cheetahs, capturing them with your lens and in your heart. Enjoy an exceptional wilderness for there is never a dull moment on the savannah.

Return to camp at sundown for dinner followed by relaxation at the campfire as you tell of your experiences on the African wilderness

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Begin with an early morning wakeup call and a steaming cup of coffee. Typically the client will get an adrenaline rush with a hot air balloon ride cutting through the cool air of the plains as herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra scatter in search of food below you. Upon landing- you are treated to a breakfast and your guide will then take you either back to the camp for a well-deserved nap or continue on a game drive. Return for lunch and an afternoon nap. Later go out for an evening game drive returning to camp for a hearty dinner and cold beer.

Dinner and overnight at the Basecamp Masai Mara

Consultant Notes

Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is the ultimate ballooning destination. The landscape is stunning and free, and the abundant wildlife can make for spectacular viewings from above. As this is a wilderness area contiguous with the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania, with free-ranging wildlife that is not fenced in, we of course cannot guarantee what we will fly over and what we will see during a particular flight. However, we typically see a good diversity of animals, and it is likely you will spot elephants, giraffes, various antelope species, and ostriches from the balloon. Many of our guests also see hyenas, lions, and cheetahs, and ballooning is one of the best ways to search for the elusive black rhino, of which there are less than 40 in the Mara. Depending on the day’s flight path, you may also drift along one of the rivers and see hippos and crocodiles.

There has been some truly amazing sightings over the years, including leopards in trees, lions on kills, and active hyena dens. If you visit the Mara between July and October, you will probably see the “Great Migration” of over a million wildebeest, along with large numbers of zebras and gazelles. Observing this phenomenon from the balloon is the best way to grasp just how huge the migrating herds really are, and is an experience not to be missed. Regardless of whether the “Big Five” are seen from the balloon, most people say that the balloon flight was a highlight of their safari

Activities

Morning  Morning game Drive
Afternoon Afternoon game drive

Recommended

Morning Hot air balloon flight over the Mara plains.

Day 3:        Basecamp Masai Mara, Masai Mara

Day Itinerary

Wake to the magnificent ‘wake up call’ of Masai Mara’s astonishing birdlife. After breakfast meet your Naturalist Maasai Guide for a Camp Walk around the camp compound. During your walk you will be introduced to some of the operational elements that have made Basecamp a leading pioneer in responsible tourism. Your Camp Walk includes a visit to the Basecamp Maasai Brand (BMB) workshop, one of its capacity-building projects that employ 118 women. Complete your Camp Walk by planting a tree in the Tree Plantation, just like the Obama family did when they stayed in the camp. After a freshly prepared lunch, served underneath the trees overlooking the Maasai Mara National Reserve, stroll across the private suspension bridge to join your Driver Guide for an Afternoon Game Drive. Finish your Game Drive with a traditional Basecamp Sun downer under an Acacia Tree.

Return to BCMM for dinner, followed by story sharing and stargazing around the fireplace.

Dinner and Overnight at Basecamp Masai Mara

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Awake to the magnificent ‘wake-up call’ symphony of Masai Mara’s astonishing birdlife. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before embarking on a full day safari in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Abundant wildlife on the savannah gives fantastic photo opportunities. The incredible backdrop of clear blues and the rolling Savannah will captivate you providing you with memories to last a lifetime. Catch the action as the predators hunt their prey and stalk the herds just like the lions and the cheetahs, capturing them with your lens and in your heart. Enjoy an exceptional wilderness for there is never a dull moment on the savannah.

Return to camp at sundown for dinner followed by relaxation at the campfire as you tell of your experiences on the African wilderness

Activities

Full day game drive

Day 4:        Masai Mara – Lake Nakuru National Park  (Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge)

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Day Itinerary

Wake at dawn in time for a final Morning Game Drive. Witness how the Savannah comes alive as the sun rises. Return for breakfast. After breakfast collect your things and say your goodbyes. Just like the wildebeest, the time has come to wander on. Leaving the Masai Mara after breakfast, drive  towards Nakuru, traversing the vast plains of Maasai land on the floor of Rift valley, keeping an eye out for herds of giraffe and gazelles as you head up the Mau escarpment, arrive at Lake Nakuru in the early afternoon

After a well-deserved lunch, relax and then set out for an evening game viewing drive around the park.

The lake park is among Kenya’s finest national parks. Flanked by rocky escarpments, pockets of acacia forest and at least one waterfall, the park is gorgeous year-round and is home to both black and white rhinos, lions, leopards, hippos and endangered Rothschild’s giraffes.

Dinner and overnight at  Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Consultant Notes

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of Kenya’s two Premium Parks, and is a bird lover’s paradise. It surrounds Lake Nakuru, located in the Central Rift Conservation Area in the Southern Rift Valley region of Kenya. Originally protected as a bird sanctuary, this park hosts over 400 bird species, including 5 globally threatened species, and is an important stop on the African-Eurasian Migratory Flyway. This park was also the first national Rhino sanctuary and hosts one of the world’s highest concentrations of the Black Rhinoceros.

The ecosystem is comprised of the lake, surrounded by wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity including Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds, and the Black and White Rhinoceros which are the major attractions of the area.

Landscape

Depending on the season, Lake Nakuru can cover up to about 25 miles2 (40 km2), and the entire park covers about 116 miles2 (188 km2). The lake is highly saline, so it is surrounded by a grassland of highly adaptable alkaline grasses. This park also has many hills with established viewpoints from which the lake, the woodlands, and often times the herds of buffalo can be seen.

Flora and Fauna

In addition to its 400 species of birds, Lake Nakuru National Park is home to 50+ mammal species, and over 500 species of flora. This park is famous for the flocks of Greater and Lesser Flamingos that gather around the lake, sometimes with as many as 2 million! You can find this great pink mass around the lake for a good part of the year, as these iconic birds stay mostly within the Rift Valley, migrating from lake to lake. Because Lake Nakuru National Park was fenced to protect endangered Rhinos and Giraffes, it can’t support African Elephants, so you won’t find any here!

A family of White Rhinoceros near the lake

You are guaranteed to see: White Rhinos, African Buffalos, Rothschild Giraffes, Zebras, Impalas, Olive Baboons, Vervet Monkeys, Waterbucks, a variety of water birds (Yellow-billed Pelicans, Marabou Storks, Hammerkops, Fish Eagles, etc.)

Common in the park: Hyenas, Jackals, Lesser Flamingos, Hippopotamus, Pythons

If you are lucky you may see: Lions, Leopards, Black Rhinos, Wild Dogs, Colobus Monkeys, Cheetahs

Don’t forget the plants! In Lake Nakuru National Park you can see a wide variety of beautiful landscapes: from grasslands to dense forests, and the very rare tarconanthus bushlands and euphorbia forests.

Overnight: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

 

Located on a range of hills that form the western limits of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, the lodge offers spectacular views over the vastness of Africa.

The lodge also overlooks Lake Nakuru and its surrounding National Park, one that is a paradise for bird watchers and wildlife lovers alike.

Lake Nakuru National Park is mainly a wooded and bushy grassland with a wide ecological diversity and characteristic habitats that range from the lake waters to the escarpment and ridges.

Activities

Evening Evening game Drive

Day 5:        Lake Nakuru – Amboseli National Park (Kibo Safari Camp)

Located in the southern reaches of Kenya, the Amboseli National Park is renowned for its excellent variety of wildlife such as Masaai giraffe, elephant, lion and cheetah and not surprisingly it is one of Kenya’s most popular parks. The landscape of Amboseli is dominated by the majestic snow cap of Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as open plains, acacia woodland, swamps and the massif of Ol Doinyo Orok. The birding is excellent, especially closer to the lakes and swamps. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to large herds of elephants among other wildlife species. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet the Maasai people and soak up spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Day Itinerary

Wake up for an early morning game drive before going back to the lodge for breakfast. Check out and proceed with your safari through Nairobi and on to  Mombasa road towards Amboseli National Park with a game drive en-route to arrive in time for a late lunch. Alternatively, you may have lunch en route to the Amboseli

After checking in, you may choose between taking a nap or going swimming at the lodge before taking a late afternoon game drive.

In the evenings from 9.00 to 9.30 Maasai Morans entertain our guests at the bonfire with their traditional dances and will also explain to you the meanings of their dances and songs.

You are encouraged to join in and see if you could jump higher than a Masaai!

Dinner and overnight at Amboseli Sopa Lodge/ Kibo Safari Camp

Consultant Notes

The Amboseli National Park’s ecosystem is mainly savannah grassland spread across the Kenya-Tanzania border, and also comprises of forested areas around some of its rivers and lakes. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species, and its other attractions include opportunities to meet the Maasai tribe’s people, and its spectacular views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

With all this and more to see in the park, you might decide to spend a full day there instead of returning to our lodge for lunch. Should this be the case, and for your convenience, we have a tented luncheon and bar venue within a five minute drive from the park gates.

Facts about Amboseli National Park

Size / Location:

  • 26 Km2
  • Loitoktok District, Rift Valley Province

Major Attractions

  • Kilimanjaro
  • Large herds of Elephants
  • The Big Five
  • Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park, especially that of the swamps and elephants,
  • The swamp below Observation Hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of water birds like pelicans and Egyptian geese
  • Contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle

Wildlife:

  • Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Plains Game, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine
  • Prolific birdlife features 600 species

Overnight: Kibo Safari Camp

Kibo safari camp is a luxury tented camp based in Amboseli National Park, set at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa standing at 5896m. Situated 140 kilometres south of  Nairobi. Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya.

Kibo Safari Camp is only a 4 hours’ drive away from Nairobi city and with the newly built tarmac road from Emali to Loitoktok, you are sure to get here comfortably. It is 15km away from the Amboseli airstrip and a five minutes’ drive from the park gate.

The ideal location of the camp ensures you get breath-taking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  Kibo safari camp offers complete tranquillity and privacy as we have maintained the original nature feel bringing you closer to nature.

Activities

Morning Morning game drive
Evening Game Drive

Day 6:             Kibo Safari Camp, Amboseli National Park

Day Itinerary

On this day you take an early morning game drive returning for breakfast after which you may opt for an extra game drive or relax/swim.

After lunch, proceed to an afternoon game drive. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long dry months. Amboseli National Park is home to many species, including African bush elephants, Cape buffaloes, impala, and Masai lions, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, Masai giraffes, plains zebras and blue wildebeest among other African animals. There is also a host of Kenyan birds, both large and small. You may also  visit to the Maasai Cultural Village later in the afternoon at a cost.

Dinner and overnight at Kibo Safari Camp

Consultant Notes

Amboseli’s fragile ecosystem displays an impressive wildlife variety, with more than 50 mammal species. The park is famous for being the best place in Africa to get close to free-ranging elephants among other wildlife species. Another attraction at the park is the opportunity to meet the Maasai and of course the spectacular view of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The elephants are the kings of the park, no doubt. They are fond of the swamp areas, where they share the cool waters with the hippos and hide beneath the papyrus. The park is also home to a large resident population of Burchell’s zebras. Other herbivores include Thomson’s and Grants gazelles, buffalo, warthog, Maasai giraffe, impala, water buck and dik-dik. Baboons and Vervet monkeys inhabit the scarce woodlands. Carnivores are represented by lions, spotted hyenas, wild cats, jackals, caracals and cheetahs. With regards to birds, more than 400 species of birds have been registered, among which outstand pelican, flamingo, kingfisher, African fish eagle, ibis, secretary bird, crowned crane, grey and Goliath herons, cattle egret, black-winged stilt, little grebe, Egyptian goose, martial eagle, pigmy falcon, masaai ostrich, white backed vulture, lappet faced vulture, yellow-necked spur fowl, kori bustard and hornbills. After the rains, the park gathers large flocks of water birds.

Optional

Afternoon Visit to the Maasai Cultural Village

Recommended

Morning Game Drive
Evening Game Drive

Lake Amboseli

The salted lake of Amboseli, most of the time dry, is a large area of dusty desert. When crossing this arid dry-lake bed, beautiful green swamps, hidden nature’s treasures irrigated by ground water coming from the largest single mountain of the world, Mt Kilimanjaro, offer an amazing ecosystem, a reminder of paradise and freshness.

The main attraction is the view of elephants grazing in front of the majestic mountain – only visible early in the morning or late afternoon.

Day 7:        End of Itinerary – Amboseli National Park – Nairobi

Day Itinerary

Wake at dawn in time for a final Morning Game Drive. Witness how the Savannah comes alive as the sun rises. Return for breakfast. After breakfast collect your things and say your goodbyes.  Embark on another game drive on your way back to Nairobi to arrive in the early afternoon in time for your flight back home.

As you board your plane, treasure the feelings and memories of communing with man and nature.

Accommodation Destination Room Type Duration
Basecamp Masai Mara Masai Mara Tented |Camp 3 Nights
Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge Lake Nakuru National Park Lodge 1 Night
Kibo Safari Camp Amboseli National Park Tented |Camp 2 Nights

Price

From USD 1,650 per person sharing a twin

Included

  • Transport from Nairobi and back in a private Safari minivan with a pop up roof
  • 6 Nights Full board accommodation
  • Game drives in a Safari minivan
  • Free WiFi at the camps
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Bottled water during the safari

Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Park entry fees

Masai Mara (USD 80 per person per night)

Lake Nakuru (USD 60 per person per night)

Amboseli (USD 60 per person per night)

  • Bush activities e.g bush dinner, bush breakfast and Balloon Safari
  • Telephone calls, tips and any other incidental charges
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Top Travel Activities : Adventure Travel , Africa , Safaris


February 11, 2021

Grand Zanzibar Tour

Written By Mohammed Abdulla

Islands , both main sister Islands of Unguja and Pemba and some other islets around. It the collection of more than 10 wonderful and mesmerizing tours, up to 4 different  hotels stay, 2 flight trips , boat sailing trips , and so many other activities to unfold.

There are 30 seats only for every 15 days, just twice a month. It is our flag tour , and most recommeded to all vacation lovers and wonderlust. It is completely differece to all most travel experience you have ever had. Take it to challenge all your past experience. It is still very new tour in the market , yet hopefully can come up on top of the best tour of the year. If you think of anything of amazingly remarkble experience , think of this tour first!

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Receive and transfer to and from airports
  • Ground transportation to and from all tours daily
  • Food and drinks for some tours( Delicious Zanzibar dishes)
  • A guide for you
  • 5 Nights on Pemba Island
  • 6 Nights on Unguja Island
  •  4 to 5 different Hotel stays ( on different towns)
  • Parks fees, permits and government taxes
  • Domestic flights( znz-Pemba -znz)
  • Boat trip ( sailing and cruising )
  • Special Night Event
  • Special  Zanzibar Gifts to the guests
  • All safety, health precautions and guidelines.
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February 11, 2021

3 Days Masai Mara Safari Flying Offer

Written By Benson Ndunyu

Experience the Magical Mara on this 3 Days Masai Mara Holiday Package from USD 850. Delight in an exceptional wildlife adventure which explores the most dramatic highlights of Kenya’s beautiful landscape on air. This 3 day Authentic Masai Mara Holiday Package allows you to enjoy a relaxing safari in one of the greatest wildlife reserves in Kenya, The Masai Mara and staying at Basecamp Masai Mara. Set on the bank of the Talek River Basecamp Masai Mara location is spectacular, with the great Mara plains surrounding the camp and the river in front of each tent.

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomizes Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

 Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara

You will be picked from your hotel/Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Seremara driver guide and transfer to Wilson Airport for a 45-minute flight over the Rift Valley to Olkiombo Airstrip. You will be met by Basecamp’s Masai guide who will transfer you to the camp. Hop on one of the tailor-made 4×4 Safari Land Cruisers for a safari game drive en-route to Basecamp Masai Mara. Masai Mara Game Reserve is one of the most well-known parks in Africa. Almost all the iconic wildlife animals can be viewed here. This is also where the famous wildebeest and zebra migration from Serengeti to Masai Mara takes place between July and October. Along the way, you will have your first encounter with the wildlife Masai Mara has to offer. Look out for the ‘big five’ which include a lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino. You will arrive at Basecamp for lunch. Set on the bank of the Talek River Basecamp Masai Mara location is spectacular, with the great Mara plains surrounding the camp and the river in front of each tent. After lunch, you will settle into your tents. Later in the afternoon, you will join your Masai guide for a camp walk along the Talek river path. Your guide will show you some of the operational elements that have made Basecamp one of the leading pioneers in the Responsible Tourism Industry. At around 4pm, stroll across the private suspension bridge to meet your Maasai Guide for your afternoon safari game drive. While you venture out you have a chance to see many animals and beautiful landscape of the Masai Mara. As the sun sets, you will enjoy a classic Basecamp Sundowner under an acacia tree before returning to the lodge for dinner. As you rest around the fireplace, listen to your Maasai Guide tell stories about their culture as you reflect on the experiences of the day.

 Consultant Notes

Things to do in Masai Mara

Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a great wildlife destination located on the floor of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. It is famous for its exceptional wildlife that includes high destines of lion’s prides, leopards, cheetah and the great annual migration of wildebeest, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles, from the Serengeti between July and October.

Exploring Masai Mara allows our guests to experience a variety of different safari activities to make their trips even more memorable.

Overnight: Basecamp Masai Mara  

Basecamp Masai Mara

This uniquely situated luxury camp on the banks of the Talek River overlooks the mottled plains of the Maasai Mara, where vast herds of wildlife co-exist with the colourful Maasai people between June and October the Maasai Mara plays host to one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth the great annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra as they enter the Mara ecosystem from Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania

The camp has only 17 spacious and luxurious Double Riverside Tents, including one Family Riverside Tent, perfect for families traveling with children.  The tents are built along the banks of the Talek River, the natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The dense riverbed foliage allows for maximum privacy and comfort, without compromising the view of the Masai Mara National Reserve. With more than 286 identified bird species, you are certain to wake to a symphony of birdsong while staying at Basecamp Masai Mara.

Game drives offer the unforgettable opportunity to enjoy the diversity of animals and birds living permanently in the Maasai Mara, as well as many migratory species. Guests can also learn more about the Maasai people, proud pastoralists and warriors, many of whom still retain their traditional nomadic lifestyle.

Activities

Afternoon Game Drive

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 2: Masai Mara

Wake up early for a cup of coffee followed by a morning safari game drive. Enjoy the fresh breeze at the break of dawn and marvel as the bush comes to life in the early morning hours. Throughout the year, Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, colour and life. Enjoy watching Masai Mara wildlife as well as a variety of birds in their natural habitat. See the wildebeest in their thousands, the beautiful zebras, and the graceful giraffes. You will have a brief stopover for a picnic breakfast overlooking the Mara Plains before proceeding on with your game drive. Head back to camp. Visit the Basecamp Masai Brand workshop to see how the Masai women make different beaded items. You have a chance to buy souvenirs as a support initiative for the women. After, head off to the camp’s tree plantation area which has become home to over 285 species of birds. Culminate your camp walk with an optional tree planting session. After lunch, take a stroll to Talek Center together with your Masai guide to see some of the community projects that Basecamp proudly partner with the Masai community to help in community development. Meet the local Maasai people and discover more about their way of life. Return to camp late in the afternoon to join your Masai guide for an evening game drive. In the evening the Mara provides an opportunity to see lions, leopards, and other wild cats, sated for their night hunts. Return to camp in time for dinner. Unwind and be mesmerized by the dazzling stars.

Activities

 Game Drive Guided full day game drives

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 3: Masai Mara-Nairobi

Early morning game drive before returning to the camp for breakfast.

After breakfast, pack your personal belongings, bid your Maasai host goodbye and check out to transfer to the airstrip with a game drive en-route. Arrive Nairobi in the early afternoon for your International flight connection or back to your hotel marking the end of your Kenyan Holiday with us.

Activities

 Game Drive Guided morning game drive

Basis

Bed, Breakfast and Activities

TRIP INCLUDES

  • Return domestic flights from Nairobi to Mara – all taxes included
  • Full board Accommodation & Activities according to the program
  • Day Game Drives and Bird walks at Basecamp Masai Mara
  • Tea and coffee service in own tent if desired
  • Optional visit to our community projects
  • Free Wi-fi at Basecamp Masai Mara
  • Airstrip transfers in Mara

TRIP EXCLUDES

  • International flight/visa fees
  • Maasai village visit
  • Anything else not mentioned in our itinerary.
  • Drinks,supreme bush meals, Laundry, telephone calls, tips and any other incidental charges
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Top Travel Activities : Africa , Safaris


February 3, 2021

4 Days-Masai Mara – Lake Naivasha Road Safari

Written By Benson Ndunyu

Experience the best of Kenya in terms of game viewing and scenic views. As one drives from Nairobi towards Naivasha, you will experience the breathtaking views of the escarpment below surrounded by fascinating cliffs, lakes and arid plains.

Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Great Rift Valley Lakes and despite having no outlet, it is one of only two Rift Valley freshwater lakes. This beautiful lake is fringed by papyrus and acacia trees, a unique geologic landscape and supports a vast array of over 450 bird species. It serves as the main drinking hole for wildlife in the area such as zebra, eland, hippo, waterbuck, buffalo and much more. Visitors can look forward to excellent game viewing, intriguing night safaris, boating excursions around the lake as well as to Crescent Island for spectacular bird watching opportunities. Other popular activities include: guided nature walks, horse riding, village visits and tours to neighboring national parks.

You will thereafter proceed to The Masai MaraThe reserve that covers 583 square miles of outstanding wilderness and considered Kenya’s best park and one of Africa’s park with highest predator population.  This combined with being the home to one of the most spectacular wildlife event in the world, the Great wildebeest migration, where over 1.5 million wildebeest and thousands of gazelles, elands and zebras traverses the Masai Mara from Serengeti puts The Masai Mara as Africa’s top destination.

Accommodation Type Destination Basis Duration
Basecamp Masai Mara 3 star Masai Mara FB+ 2 Nights
L. Naivasha Simba Lodge 3 star Lake Naivasha FB+ 1 Night

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 1: Nairobi to Basecamp Masai Mara

Masai Mara

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomizes Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Day Itinerary

Our driver guide will pick you up from the airport or your accommodation in Nairobi where you start your journey to Masai Mara. Arrive in the afternoon and check in and have lunch before settling for your afternoon game drive. You will pick the two guests flying from Nairobi from the Airstrip and proceed with your afternoon game drive.

Everything about Mara during this season is incredible. The wildlife is abundant, and the vast grasslands ensure that animals are rarely out of sight, and the Bird-life is impressive, great herds of elephant browse among the rich tree-studded grasslands, along with an occasional black rhino. Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, eland and many more species of plains game offer rich pickings for the dominant predators – lion, leopard and cheetah – that hunt in this pristine wilderness. Later in the evening you will return to the lodge around the fireplace. When you’re ready, one of the Masai night guards – known as Askaris – will escort you back to your room.

Dinner and Overnight at Basecamp Masai Mara

Consultant Notes

 Basecamp Masai Mara

At Basecamp Masai Mara we offer 17 spacious and luxurious Double Riverside Tents, including two Family Riverside Tent, perfect for families traveling with children. Our tents are built along the banks of the Talek River, the natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The dense riverbed foliage allows for maximum privacy and comfort, without compromising the view of the Masai Mara National Reserve just a stone throw away. With more than 300 identified bird species, you are certain to wake to a symphony of birdsong while staying at Basecamp Masai Mara.

Activities

Afternoon Game Drive

Day 2:           Basecamp Masai Mara, Masai Mara

 

Day Itinerary

Awake to the magnificent ‘wake-up call’ symphony of Masai Mara’s astonishing bird life. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before embarking on a full day safari in the Masai Mara National Reserve. Don’t forget your camera since it is a beautiful time of the year for photography: the air is clear and bright, and the bush alive with vibrant color and new life creating great photo opportunities. Abundant wildlife on the savannah gives fantastic photo opportunities. The incredible backdrop of clear blues and the rolling Savannah will captivate you providing you with memories to last a lifetime. Catch the action as the predators hunt their prey and stalk the herds just like the lions and the cheetahs, capturing them with your lens and in your heart. Enjoy an exceptional wilderness for there is never a dull moment on the savannah.

Return to camp at sundown for lunch followed by relaxation

After lunch take some time to relax and later depart with your driver/guide for an afternoon game drive in search for the big five. The low afternoon light is perfect for photographing the beautiful rolling plains of the Masai Mara.

In the early evening as you make your way back to camp, you may get lucky and spot a leopard on the prowl.

As the sun starts to set you will return to your camp for dinner and overnight at the camp

at the campfire as you tell of your experiences on the African wilderness

Later, sit around the campfire as you tell of your experiences on the African wilderness and as you listen to your Masai guide tell stories about their culture.

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Awake to the magnificent ‘wake up call’ symphony of Masai Mara’s astonishing bird life. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before embarking on a full day safari in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Abundant wildlife on the savannah gives fantastic photo opportunities. The incredible backdrop of clear blues and the rolling Savannah will captivate you providing you with memories to last a lifetime. Catch the action as the predators hunt their prey and stalk the herds just like the lions and the cheetahs, capturing them with your lens and in your heart. Enjoy an exceptional wilderness for there is never a dull moment on the savannah.

Return to camp at sundown for dinner followed by relaxation at the campfire as you tell of your experiences on the African wilderness

Consultant Notes

WHAT IS A GAME DRIVE?

At Basecamp game drives usually conducted in the early mornings and late afternoon since these are the coolest times of the day when most animals are more active. During the game drive, our knowledgeable Maasai guides will introduce you to life in the savannah and share their infinite knowledge about African wildlife.

A safari game drive can vary in length and distance, depending on individual preferences. As you drive into the wilderness, you will be captivated by the vast beauty of the savannah, with its rolling hills and infinite horizon.

The Masai Mara Ecosystem is renowned for its abundance of wildlife! During your game drive safari, you most certainly will encounter the big five lion, cheetah, rhino, leopard and elephant as well as numerous other wildlife animals and birds.

Activities

Morning Morning game drive
Afternoon Evening game drive

Day 3:           Masai Mara to Lake Naivasha

Day Itinerary

Wake up for breakfast after which you check out and after bidding your host goodbye, drive west past Narok through Mahi Mahiu for Naivasha. The drive takes you through the Rift Valley enjoying the fascinating views of the escarpment on your way towards Lake Naivasha. This is a beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by thick papyrus is almost 13 km’s across, but its waters are shallow with an average depth of five metres. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores. Giraffes wander among the acacia, Buffalo wallow in the swamps and Columbus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lakes large hippo populations sleep the day out in the shallows.

Check in at the lodge. You may choose between going for a boat ride on Lake Naivasha or going out for a walking tour on Crescent Island ( Boat ride and Conservancy fees payable directly) where you will experience up close views of Buffalo, Waterbuck, Antelope, Giraffes, Zebra among others. From the top of the hill, there is a 360-degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpment to Eburu and onto the Aberdares. Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond.

Return to the hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight at Lake  Naivasha Simba Lodge

Overnight: Naivasha Simba Lodge   

The Naivasha Simba Lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Naivasha, the cleanest lake in the Great Rift Valley. This fresh water lake was once Nairobi’s main landing strip for the luxury Flying Boats that came all the way from London. Travelers would then proceed to Nairobi by bus. It has no known outlet, which is considered a requisite for a fresh water lake!

Activities: Guided Game drives

Optional

Guided walk at Crescent Island ( Conservancy fees payable directly)
Boat ride (Boat ride fees payable directly)

Crescent Island Game Sanctuary

There is just one “Crescent Island Game Park”. Located on Lake Naivasha, Kenya in the Great Rift Valley. It is one of the most beautiful parks in Kenya and is Naivasha’s best-kept secret. Guides are on a first come first serve basis, for whom there is no charge, but they should be given a tip. Surrounded by water, it is actually a peninsula and is accessible by boat from East or West as well as by road.  From the top of the hill, there is a 360-degree view across the Lake from Longonot to Hell’s Gate to the Mau Escarpment to Eburu and onto the Aberdares.  Walking along the ridge in the golden hour before sunset whilst watching the animals grazing with the water shimmering beyond, is what Africa is all about.

Day 4:           End of Itinerary (Naivasha to Nairobi)

Day Itinerary

Wake up for breakfast and checkout. You may choose to drive directly to Nairobi or drive to Hells Gate Park National Park where you may choose to take a game drive or a guided walking safari with the help of the local guides who know the park very well. Other options available at an extra fee include rock climbing and cycling whereby you hire bikes at the park’s entrance and go cycling inside the park– just don’t expect high quality bikes.. Alternatively enjoy game drives using your safari land cruiser which has an open rooftop.

Leave the park and drive to Nairobi to arrive at your hotel ate in the afternoon

Optional

Game drive into Hells Gate

Hell’s Gate National Park

Located northwest of Nairobi, south of Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park gets its name from its pair of massive red tinged cliffs which frame its natural hot geysers. The spectacular scenery, complete with rock towers, volcanoes, and geysers with plumes of geothermal steam, is dominated by these sheer cliffs. Visitors can look forward to a wide variety of activities such as: biking through this beautiful landscape, exploring the Njorowa Gorges, discovering two extinct volcanoes – Olkaira and Hobley’s, and camping under the sparkling Kenyan night sky. Popular activities include: walking safaris, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: giraffe, zebra, eland, gazelle, buffalo, zebras, hartebeests, baboons and over 100 bird species.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

The cost includes:

  • 3 Nights on full board accommodation
  • Transport in a 4×4 Safari Minivan with a pop up open roof
  • Game drives in a 4×4 Safari Minivan with a pop up open roof
  • Masai Mara park entry fees
  • Free WiFi at the accommodation facilities
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide( Spanish speaking guide at a supplement od USD 60 per day)

Not included:

  • Drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Masai Village entry fees (USD 25 per person) payable at the village
  • Bush activities e.g bush dinner (USD 100 per person), bush breakfast and Balloon Safari
  • Telephone calls, tips and any other incidental charges.
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February 3, 2021

Jordan Wonders

Written By Sanaa Kassem

JORDAN WONDERS (8 days / 7 nights)

Arrivals (Saturdays / Sundays / Tuesday / Wednesday)

   

Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival/Amman (Welcome to Jordan / Ahlan Wa Sahlan)

Welcome to Amman. Our representative will meet you at the arrivals gate, will help you through airport formalities, later our driver will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for overnight.

DAY 2: Amman / Amman City Tour / Jerash / Ajloun / Amman

After breakfast, our driver will be waiting to pick you up to visit the capital of Jordan, Amman. WE will start of by visiting the Citadel of Amman which is the highest hill in Amman and is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon. Occupied since the Bronze Age, it’s surrounded by a 1700m-long wall, which was rebuilt many times during the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods. There’s plenty to see, but the Citadel’s most striking sights are the Temple of Hercules and the Ummayad Palace. We then descend to visit the roman theater which is the most obvious and impressive remnant of Roman Philadelphia, and is the highlight of Amman for most visitors. Then we are heading north to the beautiful and greener part of Jordan to visit Jerash, approximately one hour from Amman. Jerash is a close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan and one of the best places to explore roman civilization outside of Italy.  Inhabited since the Bronze Age, Jerash is known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa, just outside the modern city. These include the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis and the huge Forum’s oval colonnade. Later we go on a 30 minutes’ drive to visit Ajloun, a town that is known for its beautiful green mountains and the Ajloun castle, standing 1250 meters above sea level, the castle was constructed between 1184 and 1188 by the nephew of the Muslim military leader Saladin. Saladin fought against the Christian military during the Crusades in the 12th Century. The strategic location of the castle enabled Saladin’s army to look out across the Jordan Valley for invaders. The castle is set on top of Mount ‘Auf and provides visitors with astonishing views of the Jordan Valley and surrounding desert. We later drive back to Amman, for a free evening, and overnight.

DAY 3: Amman / Madaba / Mount Nebo / Shoubak / Petra

After breakfast, we take a 40 minutes’ drive south of Amman to visit Mount Nebo and the memorial of Prophet Moses and where he saw the Promised Land, later we visit the town of Madaba and the St George Church which contains the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem on mosaic. Then we take a longer drive (around 2 hours) to reach the town of Shoubak, there, on the “royal mountain” Montreal or Mons Regalis as it used to be called, was the first Crusader fortress in a line of strongholds in Oultrejourdain, the territory east of the river Jordan. Baldwin I King of Jerusalem ordered its construction in 1115 AD, to control the caravan routes between Syria and Egypt.  Later we proceed for a one hour drive to Petra for dinner, relaxation and overnight.

DAY 4: Petra / Petra Visit / Wadi Rum  

After breakfast, we are heading to Jordan’s crown jewel and travelers ultimate destination, the ancient lost city of Petra! The Nabateans carved this city in stone with simple tools 1500 years ago, and nothing will prepare you for the beauty and the sheer size of Al Khaznah! Mark my words when it starts peeking at you by the end of the Siq (the pathway to Petra)!  After our visit, we proceed for a 90 minutes’ drive to Wadi Rum! The valley of the moon, we arrive to the camp (and we bet you’re hungry by then) for a Bedouin specialty dinner: ZARB. What’s that you may ask? Well, it’s a mix of meat like lamb and chicken, rice, potatoes and carrots, placed in a hole in the ground, which is filled with flaming coals. The hole is then covered, and after a few hours, the meat and rice are all smoked, steamed, and grilled, all at the same time! After dinner, you can enjoy a brief folkloric show (Bedouin music and typical Bedouin dance) then finish the night stargazing the beautiful unpolluted desert clear skies. Overnight in your camp in Wadi Rum.

DAY 5: Wadi Rum / Wadi Rum Excursion  / Amman

After breakfast, we’ll go exploring the Martian like desert in a 4X4 vehicle for a couple of hours, we visit Al Khaza’ali which is a natural rock formation that mimics the Siq in Petra, Lawrence spring, enjoy Bedouin tea with local Bedouins, and then we head back to Amman. The rest of evening in Amman will be dedicated for relaxation, or if you have the energy you are encouraged to go out and explore the city on your own. Dinner and overnight in Amman.

DAY 6: Amman / Dead Sea / Amman

After breakfast, we are off to the lowest point on earth, some 430 meters below sea level, lays the Dead Sea, the saltiest lake in the world. The Dead Sea water is so rich in minerals and have high therapeutic value. We enjoy a day of relaxation by the Dead Sea beach. After visit, transfer back to our hotel in Amman for overnight.

DAY 7: Amman Free Day/ Optional Tours 

Breakfast. The day will be dedicated for relaxation, you are encouraged to go out and explore the city on your own or opt for an optional tours that we may offer. Overnight in Amman.

DAY 8: Amman/ Departure

Breakfast and transfer to the airport. Departure in flight back to the city of origin. End of services.

The order of program changes depending on the day of arrival

What’s Included

  • Accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Transportation by modern tourist by with WIFU
  • Visits and entrance tickets to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Horse rides in Petra (Tips not included)
  • English speaking guide during visits
  • 2- hour 4×4 jeep tour in Wadi Rum

What’s Excluded

  • Entry Visa to Jordan
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Tips (Driver & Guide) Suggested 5 $ per person per day
  • Extras and any personal expenses
  • Personal insurance (theft, illness, loss, personal injury, etc …)
  • Exit taxes (when leaving the border, payment of $ 15 per person “subject to change”
  • Any additional services not mentioned in the program
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February 3, 2021

7-Day Luxury India Golden Triangle Trip

Written By Agate Travel

Enjoy a relaxing vacation to the most popular architectural wonders of India with your private driver, knowledgeable guide, and 5-star luxury accommodation.

Picked up at Delhi airport, you will be escorted to visit the highlights in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, such as Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, and etc. You will also enjoy a rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk to experience the local lifestyle. After the trip, you will be transferred back to Delhi for departure.

Taj Mahal Hawa Mahal Amber Fort

India Gate Humayun's Tomb Qutub Minar

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