One-day Itinerary – Masai Mara
Visiting Masai Mara is like you are reading a thrilling adventure story the author of which is mother nature herself. Experiencing the safari, the people of Masai and the jungle itself serves to remind you how beautifully mysterious and culturally diverse earth is. So, plunge into the wilderness and learn what it’s like to coexist with nature.
What’s the best time to visit Masai Mara?
What makes the Masai Mara National Reserve so special is it’s where the Great Migration takes place. Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras migrate toward Tanzania while fending of predators such as lions, cheetahs and crocodiles.And it’s a magnificent sight to behold. The animals migrate away from the dry lands toward the rainfall. And the best time to catch them in action is from June to September.
What’s good to know about Masai Mara?
The Masai Mara is a 1,510 km2expanse of jungle in south-western Kenya that pours into Tanzania’s Serengeti. It is home to the Great Migration and the best place to see a wide array of animals that include cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, black rhinos, wildebeest, hyenas and the world’s largest lion population. It is also home to the semi-nomadic Masai tribe, from whom the name of the park is derived from.
One Day in Masai Mara – Itinerary
Top Things to DoWhat you need to keep in mind if you’re visiting Masai Mara is, your schedule runs on nature’s clock. Also, you will have to stay overnight at the Masai Mara National Reserve to get the best out of your experience.
Take the hot air balloon safariYou will be picked up by a safari vehicle at 5 am in the morning. Nature’s clock, remember? After an hour’s drive to the take-off site followed by a briefing by your pilot, you’re on your way at around 6.30.
Imagine rising with the sun on your hot air balloon. Picture the Masai Mara from a bird’s-eye view — acres and acres of jungle in all its majesty and its wide spectrum of animals from above.
reakfast on the savannahAfter your one-hour hot air balloon ride, enjoy fresh breakfast on the savannah, under an Acacia tree. The lavish spread includes fresh fruit juices, hot chocolate, crepes, freshly-baked bread and English breakfast-style dishes such as baked beans and grilled sausages, and even champagne, all served by waiters served by waiters in traditional Swahili outfits.
Explore the wilderness of Masai Mara. Spend the day searching and taking pictures of the ‘Big Five’ – rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo and lion. They say you can hear the roar of the lion from a few miles away. Imagine hearing it first, and then it appears in front of you. However, the animals do no present themselves on command, so you will need to dedicate a day to exploring the national reserve.
Picnic by the Mara river
What better way to relax after a long day of driving than to enjoy a picnic lunch by the Mara river watching hippos and crocodiles?
Sunset and Bonfire
After lunch and a bit of relaxation, you’re back on the game drive until evening. Enjoy the lovely Masai sunset from the perfect vantage point after which you head back to your accommodation. Enjoy a nice meal and sit around a campfire along with Masai people, and then retire for the night.
How to Plan a Trip to Masai Mara?
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Extra TipsFor Visiting Masai Mara
Take a camera with you. If you travel with Republic of Voyages, you will be accompanied by an expert photographer to guide you. You can expect to return home a much better photographer than when you left.