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Maasai Mara Migration Season Safari


Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

from US$ 3,452 per person sharing

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Maasai Mara Migration Season Safari

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Indication Price (from): US$ 3,452 per person sharing *view all prices and dates

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

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

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

This carefully crafted itinerary to view the Great Wildebeest Migration 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 lies 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.

Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi

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.

Day 2: Fly into the Maasai Mara

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.

Days 3 – 6: Sentinel Mara Camp, Maasai Mara

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.

Day 7: Sentinel Mara Camp to Nairobi

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.

Indication Price (from): US$ 3,452 per person sharing (see below for further pricing where relavant)

Departure Dates: To suit you

2020 + 2021 Migration Season 15 Jul – 15 Oct
 Per person sharing US$ 3,723
Single participant US$ 4,847
SADC member – per person sharing US$ 3,452
SADC member – single participant US$ 4,587
One child under 12 (sharing with adult) US$ 2,158
Per child under 12 (sharing with another child) US$ 2,083

Please enquire about our FAMILY-FRIENDLY AND GROUP SAFARIS:
No minimum age, family rooms available, camp can be booked exclusively if 8 rooms are confirmed

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, guided nature walks, spear/rungu throwing or bow and arrow lessons from Sentinel staff, 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.

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

The price you see includes all services rendered by us and we only generate revenue once and if you book one of our safaris. Going directly to any of the lodges and other suppliers in our safari packages will not save you money because we earn discounts from suppliers based on the volume of business that we generate for them.

COVID-19

Visa – Can be applied and paid on arrival, but it can only be paid by credit card and it is preferable that you apply in advance for an eVisa via http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Curfew – Nationwide curfew (9pm – 4am) to continue until 30th August.

Requirements for travel to Kenya

  • Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued no more than 96 hours before departure
  • Fill out a “Travelers Health Surveillance Form” online for contact tracing
  • There will be health screenings on arrival
  • Depending on the country of origin, some travellers may be required to quarantine. A list of exemptions can be found here
  • Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival will be required to quarantine in their accommodation for the first 14 days. Passengers seated on two rows surrounding anyone on a flight displaying symptoms will be traced and required to quarantine for 14 days.

Restrictions in Kenya
There are a number of COVID-19 safety measures in place throughout Kenya:

  • There is a nationwide curfew from 9 pm to 4 am
  • Face masks must be worn in public places
  • Social distancing rules apply when using private vehicles – anyone driving a car must fill only 50% of the vehicle’s seat capacity.

Quarantine Exempted Countries.
This Health Registration Form must be submitted.

Accommodation

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.

Additional activities

For those keen on exploring the many facets, angles and dimensions of the Maasai Mara we can also arrange a number of activities at an additional cost. These include a balloon safari, visit to the Maasai Village, morning walk on the Serian escarpment, and a morning visiting a nearby cheetah conservation project. Please enquire with us should you wish to add any to your itinerary.

Other Sentinel Camp activities such as walks within their property, archery or spear-throwing/rungu can be pre-booked at no extra cost, or arranged in situ with the camp manager.

General information

When to go:  December through to 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. Secret season dates enjoy a reduced presence of tourism giving a park slowly drains of tourists.

July and 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.

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.

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