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Maasai Mara Migration Season Safari


Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

$3,530 per person sharing

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Maasai Mara Migration Season Safari

Indication Price (from): $3,530 per person sharing * View all prices.
Length: 7 days
Group Size: Flexible – you tell us how many in your party
Location: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Departure Dates: To suit you
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INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

This carefully crafted itinerary will use Sentinel Mara Camp as its base. The camp is perched on the high banks of the Mara River in a cool riverine forest filled with bird song and butterflies while hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes and plains game are ever-present.

Beyond Sentinel Mara Camp lie Musiara Marsh and Paradise Plains – both terrific game viewing grounds and famous for the BBC’s popular Big Cat Diaries and Disney’s African Cats series.

Sentinel Mara Camp is also enviably poised to approach any of the major wildebeest crossing sites over the Mara and Talek rivers.

This area is renowned for its excellent cat sightings with leopards, cheetahs and lions in abundance while other exciting creatures to keep an eye out for include spotted hyena, serval, aardwolf, side-striped and golden jackal. Elephants, buffaloes, and giraffes are also frequently seen, while the lucky guest might even see a black rhino.

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Detailed Itinerary

On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by an Africa Geographic representative and transferred to Town Lodge Hotel in Nairobi. Should you wish to explore any of Nairobi’s popular attractions or dining venues, contact us and we will gladly arrange a programme that is tailored to your needs.

Overnight at Town Lodge Hotel.
Shortly after breakfast you will be transferred to Wilson Domestic Airport for your one hour flight to the Maasai Mara Musiara Airstrip, which is within the game reserve and only a stone’s throw away from Sentinel Mara Camp.

The thrill of spotting your first wildebeest, zebra or gazelle as you come into land is a befitting ‘hors d’oeuvres’ for what you are about to see and experience in the Mara.

Enjoy a light lunch at Sentinel before heading out onto the Maasai Mara plains for your first game drive searching for the herds, infamous Marsh Pride of lions, local cheetah coalition and elusive leopards that reign in this area. A plethora of iconic game such as elephant, hippopotamus, giraffe, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle, plains zebra, topi, warthog and buffalo are also common first sightings.

Your driver, a Maasai silver medal level guide, will be constantly reading the tracks while your guide will share with you his knowledge and passion of the Mara.

Overnight at Sentinel Mara Camp on full board.
After a hot steamy mug of fresh Kenyan coffee you will head out into the plains of the Mara in search of species that may be returning from their nocturnal forays, or waking up and getting ready for the day.

Breakfast is normally packed into a basket and served during your morning game-viewing safari.

During the height of the wildebeest migration (end of July through to October), your day will be filled with large herds of elephants, incomprehensible numbers of dazzling zebras and brindled gnus and the epic drama that brews around the Mara tributaries. As you approach several of the key Mara crossing spots the breathtaking sight of the herds of wildebeest will meet you. The rivers pose a major obstacle in their way, and the herds’ momentum drives the show that ensues. You will soon realise why the migration is referred to as “the greatest show on earth”.

During the migration, a full day out can be arranged. At all times, your guide will orchestrate the best approach possible to any sighting, to ensure that you are placed as close and safely to the sighting as possible. In the vehicle, everyone will have their own “window” seat. The vehicles have full open sides all around, and are endowed with a canvas roof to protect you from the sun, wind or rain.

Time is gold in the Mara, patience is key and river crossings don’t happen every day. That said there is no such thing as getting bored in the Mara, and every day spent here is more than duly rewarded.

Overnight at Sentinel Mara Camp on full board.
Leaving camp after a late breakfast, you will be transferred back to Musiara Airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi. On arrival at Wilson Airport, an Africa Geographic representative will transfer you to JKIA airport where you will check in for your return flight home.

Add an additional four night beach break to your safari – check out our beach bliss break in Kenya, or spend some time in Zanzibar.

Indication Price (from):

$3,530

  per person sharing

Departure Dates: To suit you

Price includes:
Meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, transfer to Town Lodge Hotel and Wilson Airport the following day. Charter flight to the Maasai Mara, as well as airstrip transfers, and a final transfer back to Jomo Kenyatta from Wilson.

Full board accommodation at Sentinel Mara Camp. Bed and breakfast accommodation at Town Lodge in Nairobi. This includes all drinks except French Champagne and premium wines at Sentinel Mara Camp, all entrance and conservation fees, laundry, all transportation in the reserve, a driver and the services of camp staff, local trackers and professional game viewing guide, and 24/7 office support.

Price excludes:
International flights, visas, airport departure taxes, personal items, telephone calls, premium wines and French Champagne, guided walks, travel and medical insurance, tips, excess baggage charges, any activities not specified in the itinerary.

Suggested itineraries: We offer safaris to most accredited lodges in sub-Saharan Africa. Those appearing below are some of those on offer. Contact us to adapt these itineraries to your needs.
INDICATION PRICES

Final prices vary, subject to factors such as exchange rates, time of year and availability. Contact us to fine-tune these prices and to tailor-make your dream safari.

OUR CHARGES

We do not charge you for our services. We generate revenue from our lodge suppliers, based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

Nestled on the banks of the Mara River, inside the Masai Mara National Reserve lies the elegant and comfortable Sentinel Mara Camp. This non-permanent, eco-camp enjoys a secluded and idyllic location and an abundance of wildlife visits the camp.

Sentinel Mara Camp consists of seven large tents along the Mara River. Each tent is furnished with twin or queen beds, a writing desk and chair, bedside tables, canvas wardrobe, laundry basket, luggage rack, large wooden chest, canvas chairs and butlers trays on the tent verandahs . There are en-suite facilities with hot showers and porcelain flushing toilets, as well as solar lighting in all tents, with the opportunity to charge phones and cameras in the lounge tent and vehicles.

When to go: December through to mid-April are all spectacular months to visit the Maasai Mara as it is lush and there are many calves being born. Game viewing opportunities are phenomenal during these periods, even if the occasional thunderstorm may briefly disrupt your afternoon. The drama of a storm building up over the Mara is a powerful lure for photographers. Certain dates in December and January can be crowded as they coincide with the holiday period but low season rates apply from early-Jan onwards as the park slowly drains of tourists.

From mid-April to end of May the rains can be continuous and, when not raining, it is often cloudy. The camp is closed over these dates.

June to October are considered the best wildlife viewing months in the Maasai Mara because it’s the dry season and visibility is enhanced. The wildebeest migration reaches the Maasai Mara around the end of July and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.

Difficulty: This safari is vehicle-based with very little walking or strenuous activity involved.

Balloon Safaris: If you wish to try this exhilarating experience we will gladly arrange it for you at an additional charge of ca. US$500 per person.

Flight details: All safaris begin and end at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You should make your own international flight bookings to coincide with the start and end of this tour.

Booking and payment details: Once you have decided to join this safari, you will need to contact us for a booking form, which will include details relating to deposit and final payments etc. As our groups are small they fill up quickly.

Alternative options: If this trip is not quite what you’re looking for, then have a look at our Maasai Mara Art Safari as an alternative.

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