The Budget Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Camping Safari takes you to two of Kenya’s best game parks for world-class game viewing. This Budget Kenya Safari begins and ends in Nairobi and travels north to Lake Nakuru via the stunning Great Rift Valley. Visit Lake Nakuru National Park, which is known for its diverse wildlife, including black and white rhinos. On thrilling game drives, explore Kenya’s top wildlife park, the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Witness the vast open grasslands of the Masai Mara and some of the abundant wildlife that inhabits Kenya’s best game park.Discover the unforgettable Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru on a four-day scenic and wildlife exploration of Kenya!
Day 1: Nairobi to Lake Nakuru
This low-cost Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Camping Safari departs Nairobi in the morning and travels north through the Great Rift Valley. As we make our way to Lake Nakuru National Park, we pass through beautiful scenery in the Rift Valley. After lunch, we go on an afternoon game viewing drive in Lake Nakuru Park, looking for the park’s diverse wildlife and birds. Over 400 different bird species can be found in this Great Rift Valley lake, including the Great White Pelican, Grey-crested Helmet-shrike, African Spoonbill, Yellow-billed Stork, and Long-crested Eagle.
Lake Nakuru is occasionally visited by flocks of migratory pink flamingos, which create an amazing sight when the birds congregate. Lake Nakuru National Park is a vital wildlife sanctuary for some of Africa’s most endangered species, including black and white rhinos and Rothschild giraffes. Lions, waterbuck, buffalo, and baboons can also be found on the game reserve, which we keep an eye out for on our game drive.
We eat dinner and sleep in en-suite rooms at a cozy lodge in Lake Nakuru Park.
Day 2: Lake Nakuru to Maasai Mara
Breakfast at our overnight lodge near the lake kicks off the safari. Then it’s back on the road to Kenya’s next game viewing destination, the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. We travel along the scenic Great Rift Valley floor, arriving in time for lunch at the safari camp near Masai Mara. Later, we embark on an exciting afternoon to evening game drive through the Masai Mara Reserve. Then we head back to the tented camp near the Masai Mara Game Reserve for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 3: Masai Mara Game Reserve – Kenya
Today is dedicated to game viewing in Kenya’s finest wildlife reserve, the Masai Mara National Reserve. Our morning and afternoon game drives take us in search of Africa’s Big Five and the other wildlife that inhabits this vast Kenyan game reserve.
On clear days, the Mara offers spectacular orange-tinged sunsets that make for stunning photographs. The Mara Reserve in southwest Kenya covers 1510km2 of incredible wide-open landscapes and fertile riverine woodlands, following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers. One look is enough to understand its allure; it is classic open savannah, teeming with incredible wildlife. There is an abundance of wildlife in the vast Masai Mara Park, including Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, bat eared foxes, grey jackals, spotted hyena, topis, impala, hartebeests, and wildebeests.
Elephants, buffaloes, zebras, and hippos are also plentiful. Lions are also frequently seen either basking after a large meal or surveying the plains for their next meal. Cheetahs and leopards are more difficult to see, but they are fairly common. The annual wildebeest exodus, known as the Great Migration, takes place in July and August, when millions of these grazers migrate north from the Serengeti in search of greener pastures before returning south in October.
Balloon rides are an absolutely fantastic way to see the savannah plains teeming with wildlife.
These Masai Mara balloon trips are available at an additional cost.
We’ll spend the night at the same safari camp in a private conservancy near Masai Mara.
Day 4: Masai Mara to Nairobi
We go on an early morning game drive in Masai Mara Reserve before returning to camp for breakfast. Then we return to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, arriving in the afternoon. This Budget Masai Mara & Lake Nakuru Safari concludes in Nairobi.