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VSW 205 - Maasai Mara and West Coast of Kenya - Lake Victoria Wildlife Safari, 5 Days and 4 Nights

Highlights
Maasai Mara Plains Lodge

This is an exciting 5 days wildlife safari that will give you the best of Maasai Mara and Lake Victoria. The trip will start immediately upon your arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport passing through the Great Rift Valley into the famous Maasai Mara National Reserve. Afterwards you will depart the Mara Reserve and pass through the Oloololo gate into Kisii and into Kisumu city where you will spend the night. Later on you will proceed to Lake Victoria. During your safari, you will have a chance to spot plenty of wildlife varying from the big five amongst a host of other different animal species found in the plains. You will travel with your guide/driver in a private 4x4 Land Cruiser and stay in tented camps.

Itinerary
Wildebeest in Maasai Mara

Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi - Maasai Mara National Reserve
In the morning, you will be met at your residence in Nairobi or at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by our Tour Manager and driver/guide who will brief you on your safari before escorting you to your vehicle for departure to Maasai Mara National Reserve by road. It takes about five hours to get there via Narok town. Arrive in time for lunch at your camp and then go for afternoon game viewing till evening. In the evening you will return to your camp for dinner and overnight stay.

The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is Kenya 's finest wildlife reserve. Everything about this reserve is outstanding. Maasai Mara is one of the best plains' Game Reserve which is a haven for viewing a congregation of all sorts of animals in a five-mile radius: A pride of lions can be spotted ready to make a run for a gazelle, a cheetah and its cub taking a nap on a rock, a pair of ostriches walking the open stretches of the savannah or a gazelle giving birth. Herds of elephants wallowing at a water pool or a herd of buffaloes feeding, crocodiles down hunting the migrating wildebeest or the migrating gazelles. Other live feeding expeditions may include a herd of hyenas fighting for a hunted meal, the vulture tearing the carcasses and the giraffes galloping as they feed on top leaves of acacia trees.

Lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve (Full Day)
Spend the full day within the extensive Mara Reserve looking out for the big five as well as other different wildlife species. You will enjoy a packed picnic lunch to avoid disrupting game viewing. In the evening, you will be transferred back to your camp for dinner and overnight.

Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight (US$ 450 per person extra)

In the Maasai Mara it is possible to enjoy a hot air balloon ride. These balloons take off at dawn to avoid the heat which develops as the day progresses. They drift high over grazing herds which cannot be accessed by vehicles. After approximately an hour’s flight, a gentle landing is followed by a champagne-style bush breakfast on the landing site, where pilots and passengers toast yet another memorable experience.

All meals and overnight stay at Ol Moran Tented Camp or similar

Lake Victoria Safari Lodge

Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve – Kisumu City
In the morning you may opt to go for a cultural visit to the Maasai Villages or a hot air balloon flight safari at an extra cost. If not, you will go for pre breakfast game viewing then return to your lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, depart the Mara Reserve with a packed picnic lunch and head to Kisumu arriving in the evening for check in at your hotel. You will spend the night at the shores of Lake Victoria in Sunset Hotel with a beautiful view of the lake from the balcony of your room. Dinner and overnight stay at Sunset Hotel

Day 4: Kisumu City - Ndere Island – Mbita Point - Lake Victoria Region
After breakfast, you will drive to Dunga beach and take a leisure boat ride to Ndere Island National park for game viewing and bird watching. Afterwards ride the boat to Mbita Point, which is at the shores of Lake Victoria. After lunch break, spend the rest of the afternoon at the lake side talking to fishermen and taking boat rides as you get to know about the culture of the neighboring tribes. In the evening, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.

Lake Victoria is the second largest fresh water lake in the world, being only 100 meters at its deepest. The Lake guarantees you uncrowded and uninterrupted game viewing and bird viewing. Although Western Kenya is one of Kenya's least known destinations, it is an extremely scenic region with gentle hills and emerald tea plantations with lush green highlands, tropical rainforests. The lake itself is a legendary source of the Nile. The surrounding region is home to fascinating cultures, history and mythology that lives and breathes in sacred sites and thriving traditional festivals.

Dinner and Overnight at Sunset Hotel

Fishing Bandas around Lake Victoria

Day 5: Lake Victoria – Kisumu International Airport – Nairobi
After breakfast at your hotel, you will check out and depart for a Kisumu city tour before being transferred to the airport to catch your afternoon flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, you will transfer to the international departures section to catch your outbound flight to your next destination.

End of safari

Cost: US$ 1420 per person sharing (Minimum 2 pax traveling)

Cost Includes:

  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Boat Rides at Lake Victoria and Ndere Island
  • Accommodation in fixed tents while in the Mara and a hotel while in Kisumu
  • All meals while on this safari
  • One way flight on from Kisumu to Nairobi
  • Service of an English speaking driver/guide
  • Transport in a private 4x4 Land Cruiser with pop up roof for game viewing and photography
  • Driver allowances
  • Park fees for vehicle and driver
  • Game drives as per the Itinerary
  • Government taxes

Package Excludes:

  • Optional Hot air Balloon flight in Maasai Mara - US$ 450 per person extra
    (Price is subject to confirmation at the time of booking)
  • Extras at the lodges and camps i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
  • International flight fees and departure taxes
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax / email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver/guide.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Laundry services

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