On this 4-day lodge safari, you will explore one of the greatest safari destinations on earth – the magical Masai Mara. Travelling in a small group of not more than seven guests you will look for lions, rhinos and elephants together with your knowledgeable guide. You will have enough time to explore remote corners in your 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser and appreciate small moments which make a safari in the Mara a memorable experience.
On this safari, you will sleep in an intimate tented camp which combines the luxury of a lodge and the closeness to nature of a camp. A unique way to experience the bush.
Day 1-4 | Kenya
- You travel in a small group in a 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser with guaranteed window seat and pop-up roof
- Nairobi to Masai Mara Region: views of the Great Rift Valley
- Masai Mara Game Reserve: game drives, the Big Five, many big cats, trip to the Mara River
Magical Masai Mara
Min number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants:
7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every second Monday
Price: 1,380 USD
Single Supplement: 330 USD
Day 1 Nairobi – Masai Mara Game Reserve
We will meet you in Nairobi for a short briefing about your upcoming safari, before you and your fellow travellers hit the road in your 4×4 Toyota Land Cruiser. You leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind, making your way to the Masai Mara. Enjoy stunning views across the Great Rift Valley from your guaranteed window seat before you head deeper into Masai land. You will arrive in the Mara in the early afternoon in time for your first game drive in this truly magnificent corner of the earth. The Masai Mara is an icon of East African safari adventures: looking for and observing lions, elephants, buffaloes and many more will be the order of your day these next few days. Arrive at the Ilkeliani Camp on the banks of the Talek River when the sun sets. This enchanting and eco-conscious tented camp will be your base for the next three nights to explore the Mara. Lunch; Dinner
Day 2-3 Masai Mara Game Reserve
Mornings start early in the bush. But waking up in a spacious tented camp under large trees, birds chirping and the excitement of discovery ahead the hour of the day is quickly forgotten when you head out for the day. You will take a packed lunch and enjoy a picnic along the way which means you can explore the Masai Mara from morning until the late afternoon on these two days. You have enough time to explore remote corners and learn from your guide about the animals’ behaviour. During the Great Migration, when thousands of wildebeest and zebras migrate to the Mara from the plains of the Serengeti, you may be in luck and witness a river-crossing at the Mara River. But no matter what time of the year you come to the Mara, many different species call this place home year-round. Cheetahs, hyenas and antelopes roam the savannah, while leopards hide in the thicket of the trees and hippos and crocodiles inhabit the waters. Look forward to wildlife encounters which will stay in your memory for a long time to come. In the evening, enjoy a sundowner on your private balcony or chat with your fellow travellers about your adventures of the day. You will spend your second and third night in the bush in the Ilkeliani Camp. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
Day 4 Masai Mara Region – Nairobi
You’ll be surprised how many different animals you will have seen and how much you will have learned from your guide by now. On this fourth day of your safari you have become a safari expert and it is now time to leave the bush behind and head back to the city. Since animals don’t mind borders you may still see wildlife when leaving the Mara region, before you get back on tarmac leading you to Nairobi. Here, we will bring you to your hotel or the airport and say our goodbyes. Alternatively you can book a flight to the shores of the Indian Ocean and relax at the tropical beaches of Diani Beach. Thanks to an airstrip in the Mara region, you can enjoy a cocktail under palm trees just hours after dusting-off from your adventures in the bush. Get in touch for more details! Breakfast; Lunch
Important: on flights to Diani Beach, luggage is restricted to 15 kg (incl. hand luggage) in a soft bag.
- Lodge safari according to the itinerary
- Travel in a 4×4 safari vehicle
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Overnight stays as per itinerary
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Mineral water
- All mentioned activities
- All national park fees
- Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- The size of the group varies between 2 and 7 people per vehicle with travellers of different ages coming from all over the world.
- There is no official age limit, but due to the many hours spent in the vehicle, we don’t recommend this trip for children under the age of 6 years. However, if parents can confidently say that their children are comfortable in travelling long distances, they are of course welcome. However, parents are responsible for their children at all times.
- You will stay in hotels, safari lodges or permanent tented camps (with en-suite bathrooms). Safari lodges are solid buildings, whereas tented camps are permanently set-up, walk-in safari style tents that offer the same service as hotels and lodges.
- We only use specially converted 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Land Cruiser) that are able to take on the harsh Kenyan road conditions. Each guest will enjoy a window seat and during game drives the roof will open, ensuring unspoilt views.
- Meals are included as stated in the itinerary and mineral water is also supplied during the safari. All other drinks such as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are excluded and need to be settled by yourself.
- You will dine at the respective accommodations. For breakfast, a buffet is usually set up, whereas a three-course menu is typically served for dinner. Lunch is mostly enjoyed en-route in form of pre-packed lunch (lunch-box) consisting of sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).
- Upon booking you will receive a detailed packing list that will assist you in deciding what to bring.
- Yes there are and due to the fact that space in the vehicle is limited, luggage is restricted to 15 kg in a soft bag or rucksack. In addition, guests are allowed one small piece of hand luggage. Please refrain from bringing bulky suitcases as this can cause problems when storing the luggage. Furthermore, please do not forget to read up on your airlines respective luggage policy.
- Yes, you should bring along some cash for extras like drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
- Please make sure that your USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
- Tipping after a safari is customary and we recommend 15-20 USD per day per group for the guide.
- Entry requirements vary depending on the citizenship of the traveller. While many nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival in Kenya it is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of all required documents. We strongly suggest that you contact your respective embassy for the latest visa regulations.
- In general, East Africa poses no higher health risks than many other destinations. Please consult your GP or a tropical disease institute regarding appropriate vaccinations etc. before your departure. For your own safety please inform us about any intolerances or allergies you may have against any medications or of any medical conditions (e.g. high blood pressure, epilepsy, asthma, heart conditions, etc.) when you book your trip. Please also inform your guide before the start of the tour.
- In theory, there is a possibility of contracting malaria in all East African countries. Malaria is caused by one-cell parasites and transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes. Different medications can offer a prophylaxis but some need to be taken before you start travelling. You should consult your GP or the institute for tropical diseases to get medical advice. Our experience suggests, that medications which have been on the market for some time (e.g. Lariam) can lead to severe side effects and therefore may compromise your trip.
- Prevention is always better than cure; the best prevention is not to get bitten by wearing long trousers, socks, closed shoes and long-sleeved tops during the evening hours. The use of anti-mosquito sprays and creams can further help to reduce the risk of being bitten.