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Pre-trip: Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve

Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve is a gem of wild beauty. Rolling grasslands yield to breathtaking views of distant mountain ranges. Rich in wild fauna, Masai Mara celebrates Africa at its most untamed. Travel this fascinating land on an affordable extension.

It's Included:
Roundtrip airfare between Nairobi and the Masai Mara
Accommodations for 1 night in Nairobi and 3 nights in Kenya’s Masai Mara
10 meals—4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
6 game-viewing drives
Services of an expert OAT local guide and driver-guides
All park fees
Bottled water while on game-viewing drives
Porterage for 1 bag per traveler
  • We depart the U.S. for Amsterdam on an overnight flight.

  • Upon arrival in Amsterdam, we'll have a layover before our connecting flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

  • We enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then have the morning at leisure before departing for the airport and the short flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive en route to our accommodations for the night. The wildlife in the Mara is varied and wonderful: elephant, rhinoceros, lion, hyena, zebra, wildebeest, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, and Cape buffalo.

    We check in to our permanent tented camp bordering the Mara later this afternoon. Dinner is at our camp tonight.

  • We rise early for breakfast and then depart for a full-day game-viewing drive. Wildlife in the Masai Mara is so abundant and so varied that you will find the early hours bring game-sighting quite different from the drives later in the day. In particular, be alert for many of the bird species—more than 450 that inhabit this wilderness. This area is teems with common species like lilac breasted rollers to more than 50 different birds of prey.

    We enjoy a picnic lunch out in the African bush and then resume our game-viewing drive. Dinner is at our camp this evening.

  • Begin today with an optional hot-air balloon safari. Rise before dawn in order to catch the sweeping vista of the morning light over Masai Mara. View the game reserve from a bird’s-eye perspective as you gently float for an hour over the grassy plains. Celebrate touchdown with a picnic breakfast in the bush (complete with Champagne), before returning to camp mid-morning.

    Or join us for a morning game-viewing drive and a packed breakfast. The Mara is considered one of the great natural wonders of Africa. Here you are likely to see great herds of elephants foraging among the clumps of trees that dot the grasslands, or large predators such as lions and leopards. Crocodiles linger on the riverbank looking for unwary prey, while wildebeest and zebra migrate through the plains.

    We return to our camp for lunch, where you’ll have time to relax and contemplate our morning’s adventure. Later this afternoon, we all head out again for our afternoon game-viewing drive. Dinner is at the camp tonight.

    • Meals included:

    We rise early for breakfast and to enjoy a morning game-viewing drive in the midst of the Masai Mara before returning for a final lunch at our camp. In the mid-afternoon we fly back to Nairobi, where we join up with the main group for The Best of Kenya & Tanzania.