The Great Migration – A Photographer’s Delight!
Wildebeest, Zebra, Gazelles and other herbivores are continuously moving in the Mara-Serengeti landscape in search for better grazing pastures. In the month of July, the great herds make their journey northwest from Serengeti in the South to Masai Mara in the North. By August, the herds reach the Mara River, which must be crossed to go further north to Masai Mara, where the best grazing is available during this time of year. Hungry crocodiles, lions and other predate wait in ambush to seize every opportunity to capture their prey. The dangers of crossing the river are known to the Wildebeest and Zebra, but they must do it to survive.
Just to give some perspective and scale of this exodus, here are some numbers… Approximately 1.3 million Wildebeests, over 200,000 zebras and 350,000 gazelles and antelopes migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Maasai Mara.
The African Lion is the supreme predator of the Mara landscape and is a treat watch them hunt when the large hers come into the Mara Landscape. The lion prides hunt strategically in the early morning or late noon hours giving you the chance to watch these rare moments from close quarters in great light.
Often regarded as a shy, nocturnal animal, sightings of leopard in the Mara can occur even in the middle of the day and last for several minutes.
Although not as muscular as the leopard, the cheetah is built for sheer speed and is the world's fastest land mammal and has been timed at 110 kilometers per hour. The Mara is one of the best places in the world to see a cheetah in full action as they often seek a vantage point on a fallen tree, termite mound or even car bonnet, to look out across the Savannah for their next prey.
Elephants and buffaloes are plenty here and it is a treat to watch these giants as they go about there day.
Accommodation Amidst Action
The camp is a standard bush camp with basic facilities, but its location is brilliant to watch the migration. The tents have a size of approx. 28 square meters. You can also relax on your veranda. Each tent has a large double bed or two single beds. If necessary, up to 2 beds for children or another bed for an adult can be added. All tents have a separate bathroom area, running water, a safari shower with warm water and a toilet.
In addition to the 10 very comfortable tents, they welcome their guests for breakfast or dinner in the large restaurant tent. Here you can enjoy our chef's freshly prepared delicious dishes. In addition to international, we also offer Kenyan cuisine.
The camp was built in such a way that our guests feel like they are part of the wonderful landscape. The variety and the incredible number of wild animals at the camp are sensational.
Day 1 - Arrive Nairobi
On arrival of Nairobi Airport you will be transferred to your airport hotel. Today the day is free at leisure. Guests should arrive in the morning today, so that they have a chance to visit the Nairobi National Park, a nature reserve that is well known for its Rhino sightings. If you wish to do this day excursion, please let us know, we can arrange this for you at an extra cost. This will be the only real chance to see a Rhino on the trip and complete the Big Five species. Please rest well tonight as there is a long drive early next morning. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel Four Points by Sheraton.
*Note - Day 1, dinner and day 2 breakfast before departure to Masai Mara, will be included in the standard plan.
Day 2 - Depart to Masai Mara
Departure from Nairobi early in the morning. The drive from the airport to Masai Mara takes 6 hours and goes through some very scenic parts of Kenya, including the rift valley. You will be in a safari minibus as seen in the photo. The road to Masai Mara is tarred half way and the other half is on a gravel track. The last part of the journey does get quite bumpy.
Check into the Malaika camp and leave for the safari right after lunch. The camp has good safari vehicles and all the guides are Masai, and have great knowledge of the wildlife and landscape of the area. Safari vehicle will be similar to one seen in the photo below and is perfect for wildlife viewing. All vehicles will be using wireless radio devices for inter-vehicle connectivity in order to ensure that you are right at the action point as it happens. Return by sunset, dinner and overnight at Malaika Camp.
Day 3-6 - Masai Mara Game Drive
After an early breakfast (or packed breakfast) leave for your Masai Mara game drives. Picnic lunch will be provided if you plan to go for full day safaris and do not wish to return to the camp for lunch in case there are sighting reports from locations away from the camp. Since the camp is centrally located, you would have easy access to all areas of the park. Your TC along with our local guides will decide the way the safari will be conducted. Based on the sightings, you will be exploring different parts of the park every day. Apart from the Mara River crossings, you can expect to see, Lions, Leopard, Cheetah, Spotted Hyaena and Cerval amongst predators and Elephants, Buffalo, Tope, Hartebeest, Gazelles, Eland and other herbivores. Overnight at Malaika Camp.
Day 7-14 - Departure
Do a morning round of the reserve and return to the camp for breakfast. After a quick breakfast and some packed lunch leave for the International airport (6 hours drive) to catch your return flight. We recommend a fly back option to avoid the bumpy ride back to Nairobi, this can be availed at an additional cost. If you choose a fly back option, you can also do a full session on the morning drive, have hot lunch and then depart by flight to Masai Mara. Please ask us for flight prices if you wish to fly back.
- 1 night stay in 4 Point Sheraton Nairobi Airport
- 5 Nights stay at Malaika Camp Masai Mara
- Meals – Day 1 Dinner to Day 7 Lunch
- Tea and Coffee
- 4X4 Landcruiser Safaris as per itinerary
- Wildlife and park permit
- Expert local driver / guide
- Expert JNWE Tour Leader
- Flights – International and domestic
- Optional trip to Nairobi National Park on Day 1
- Hot Air Balloon Safari
- Things which are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance is mandatory but not included
- Alcohol and other beverages
- Any food & Beverages other than mentioned above
8 August 2020 -14 August 2020
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1. Flights - From India, there are quite a few flight options from Mumbai and Delhi to Nairobi including Kenyan Airways, Emirates and others. Please reach Nairobi in the morning on day 1 so that you have a chance to go for an optional tour to Nairobi National Park. If you do not wish to explore Nairobi National Park, you can arrive any time in the day as the day will be at leisure. On the way back, please aim to catch you international flight post 17:00 hours so that you get a morning safari in Masai Mara and have enough time to travel back to Nairobi either by road or by flight.
a. Internal flights – The drive from Nairobi to Masai Mara is 6 hours. The plan included 2-way road transfers Nairobi-Masai MaraNairobi. However, we recommend at least a flyback option if not a fly in – fly out option. The road from Nairobi to Masai Mara is tarred till halfway, but beyond this point, it is a gravel track. A drive on this can get tiring and bumpy.
2. Luggage – Please carry as light as possible. There is a laundry service at the hotel and camp, so you can get things washed here. If you choose to fly in or fly out, there is a strict luggage allowance of 15kg in total. Aircraft staff will not allow baggage over 15kg on the flight. For this reason, we have also booked a road transfer, and for those who wish to fly back and have more than 15kg, the luggage can also be brought back in the road transport vehicle. The luggage space in the road transport vehicle is also limited, please ensure that the bags that you carry are soft duffle bags and not suitcases.
3. Drinking-Water - Please carry a refillable metal/plastic bottle so you can refill. Clean filter drinking water is available at all hotels and destinations. Please avoid using SINGLE-USE plastic. This is a good practice for the environment and it will also save you cost from buying bottles of water everywhere.
4. Drinks – All accommodations have bars with a basic range of alcohol available. Credit card facility is available but it is also good to carry local currency or USD in case the service is not available.
5. Laundry - There is no laundry service at camp, Please, carry enough safari apparel and gear.
6. Cash- You will require cash only for drinks and gratuity. For Gratuity, an amount of USD 150 can be handed over to your tour leader for the common kitty. This will cover your gratuity for all the people involved giving an experience of a lifetime.
7. Hot Air Balloon Safaris – It is quite popular to do a morning viewing of the landscape and its wildlife using a hot air balloon. The camp has a tie up with companies that organize balloon safaris and this is something that guests can consider. The Balloon safaris only operate early morning and the operators pick guests from the camp and organize the safari after which a hot champagne breakfast is served in the bush. Do let you tour leader know in case you wish to do this. Generally, the cost for this safari is between USD 450 to 500 per person depending on the season and availability.
Erwin D’rose – 8 August - 14 August