4 Day: Best of the Masai Mara

    Located close to the border with Tanzania this itinerary offers travellers the opportunity to view a very high concentration of game on their doorstep.

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    Highlights: Masai Mara


    Best of the Mara Overview

    Accommodation is at an award winning tented camp on a private stretch of the Mara river, close to where the famous last scene of “Out of Africa” was filmed. Best taken September to see the Great Migration – early booking essential.

    4 Day: Best of the Mara Safari Itinerary

    Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara

    On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by a Sanctuary Retreats representative who will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your connecting flight to the Masai Mara, one of Africa's greatest parks, where your Olonana guide will meet you at the airstrip. Drive to the camp (about 15 minutes) with game viewing en-route, you may be rewarded with sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a host of other plains' game.

    On arrival relax and freshen up in your tent before lunch is served. The tents at Sanctuary Olonana are very spacious and have floor to ceiling mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush lavatories, solar lighting and large, river view verandahs. The main dining room and veranda commands a dramatic stretch of the Mara River providing the perfect setting for breakfast, afternoon tea and after dinner star gazing.

    In the afternoon there is time to relax before enjoying one of the many activities offered at Olonana. Take a game viewing drive to experience the phenomenal wildlife or visit the adjacent Maasai village to learn about the local Maasai culture and get a feel for the Maasai pastoralist heritage. As the afternoon activity comes to an end, drive to a specially chosen vantage point overlooking the Mara plains. Enjoy drinks as you take in the beauty of the rapid sunset coloring the acacia dotted plains and transforming the world in a matter of minutes. Sit by a the log fire and discuss the day's adventures as waiters serve canapés, with the spectacular setting sun in the horizon. Return to the lodge in time for a well-deserved dinner.

    Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana
    Meal Plan: L,D

    Day 2: Masai Mara

    This morning after breakfast at the camp venture out led by our expert guides to explore the Mara. The Mara is a fabulous place for seeing big cats and all of the big five, a variety of plains game and over 300 bird species. The plains offer a rich variety of food for the dominant predators: lion; leopard; hyena and cheetah. Elephants browse amongst the large herds of wildebeest and topi, eland and buffalo, Thomson's and Grant's gazelle. In the Mara River, hippos submerge to snort and grumble while crocodiles sunbathe, mouths agape, on the riverbanks. From around July to October, there's the greatest show on earth - the wildebeest migration.

    On one day you could walk with our naturalist and learn about plants, trees, insects and even how to approach animals on foot, as your guide shows you how to spot animal signs which are everywhere but not that easily noticed. Return to camp for lunch and then spend the afternoon at leisure. Relax by the pool or revitalise at our mini-spa which offers a range of treatments from facials to body massages. Olonana earned a Silver award from Ecotourism Kenya - visit the wetlands which cleanses wastewater before returning it to the natural environment or take part in our tree planting initiative which offers an opportunity to purchase and plant an indigenous tree leaving a positive mark on a piece of Africa. Mid-afternoon high tea will be served before your next activity.

    Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 3: Masai Mara

    During your stay at Olonana there are a variety of activities that can be booked on request. One possibility is a balloon safari. Float gently over the plains with a bird's eye view of the game below as the sun rises slowly over the horizon. After around one hour the balloon lands and nearby a full breakfast is served in the middle of the bush with glasses of bubbly to toast your flight!

    An adventure on Lake Victoria is another option. Take an early flight by light aircraft to the lake. Try fishing for the legendary giant Nile perch found in these waters as you explore the myriad of tiny islands or stop at a traditional fishing village and see how the villagers live from day to day before flying back to the Masai Mara. On your last evening drive out into the bush where a private and secluded clearing has been prepared for an elegant dinner in the middle of the wilderness. The table setting is as sophisticated and elegant as found in the finest restaurants. Candles flicker in the darkness, throwing golden lights on the table cloth as smiling waiters serve a delicious dinner. After dinner, retire to the warmth of the campfire where brandies and liqueurs are served as guests relax and absorb the peace and beauty of an African night.

    Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana
    Meal Plan: B,L,D

    Day 4: Masai Mara - Nairobi

    Spend your morning game viewing in the Mara and return to camp for lunch. In the afternoon your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for the flight to Nairobi's Wilson Airport. On arrival we will meet you and drive you the short distance to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your departure flight.

    Meal Plan: B


    To book or customise this itinerary call: 01227 671 154

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