4 Days Maa People Cultural Tour & Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Tour Code: TAS 76 [ Bush Camping, Mara Spring Camp, Nairobi]

At a glance

A summarizing safari experience that combines unique Maasai cultural insights and game drives, ideal as a short tour or extension of another safari adventures. As a way to support community conservation and encourage the locals to preserve their heritage, we go a little further the regular safari programs that visit one ecosystem after the other. On this tour we do a side-trip en-route to Masai Mara National Reserve and get privileged insights into the Maa people’s fascinating way of life (Maa people comprise of Maasai and Samburu people found in Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa). The main difference between Maasai and Samburu is that Maasai is an indigenous tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists settled in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, whereas Samburu is an indigenous tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who inhabit north-central Kenya.

Then, proceed on to Masai Mara National Reserve for quality game viewing in the reserve as well as visit adjoining Siana community conservancy as part of the wildlife safari. Though Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the best place to spot the wildlife, the Siana conservation area offers chances for hiking, sundowner outings, bush dinners and night game drives. Accommodation for this itinerary is a mix of bush camps (fully supported) and local camp/lodge. The bush camping section on this trip allows us access to wilder areas. Irrespective of the location we never compromise on health, safety or reasonable comfort.

Detailed trip itinerary

Day 1: Loita Hills, Overnight at a Bush Camp (Fullboard)

We journey westwards from Nairobi, stopping for a breathtaking view over the Great Rift Valley, then traverse the Rift Valley into the heart of Maasai land. Lunch en-route before diverting from the main road to Masai Mara Nationa Reserve to reach a remote Maasai village at the foothills of the Loita Hills. The uncharted safari location where we camp tonight is an uncommon tourist’s destination. Here we spend time in an authentic Maasai settings interacting with women and children and Maasai Morans (warriors) who engage us in various warrior-training activities. In the evening we get a chance to visit a natural hot spring close to the camp for a bath (or just deep our toes in). The bush camp is under acacia trees where we dine under starlit skies as we listen to age old Maasai folklore then doze to the sounds of the African night. Dinner and overnight in a safe bush camp.

Days 2: Loita Hills & Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Mara Spring Camp (Fullboard)

Early start for a hike led by Maasai Morans (warriors) into the hills of Loita and plains which are an extension of Maasai Mara and form a wildlife corridor that host’s migratory wildlife throughout the year. This morning walk among some of this wildlife led by our local Maasai hosts and learn about medicinal herbs used by the locals in the process. If schools are in session we’ll be able to visit a local school cum rescue centre for the Maasai girl child we support here. After this enthralling adventure we drive on to our secluded camp for lunch. In the evening we drive part way up Naunare Hill (or hike to the top of it) to watch the sunset over the Mara as we enjoy a sundowner snack. An extended rare night game drive to observe nocturnal wildlife is possible tonight (if weather conditions permit) no extra cost for the night drives. Overnight in Mara Spring Camp with en-suite facilities).

Days 3: Loita Hills & Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Mara Spring Camp (Fullboard)

Ecologically the Masai Mara National Reserve is an extension of the great Serengeti plains and teems with abundant wildlife. We spend all today in the reserve on game drives and this is where you can see elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and a whole ark-full of other animals. Our game drive may start as early as 05:30 where our expert naturalist guides ensure you have the very best chance of seeing them all as well as offer details of their life cycle. From July to September, the Mara is home to the great wildebeest migration. Overnight in Mara Spring Camp after 18:30.

Day 4: Nairobi City

Another early morning game drive from 06:30 after doing coffee or tea and a snack in the Masai Mara National Reserve and then return to camp for full breakfast before embarking on the journey back to Nairobi city after 08:00 where you will arrive in the afternoon for lunch in the Carnivore Restaurant. Later be dropped off at your hotel reception, airport or at train station.

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Transport as per itinerary in a pop up 4WD safari land cruiser
  • All park fees
  • Full board accommodation
  • 2 litres of mineral water per days

Tour Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Tips for the service
  • Yellow fever vaccination
  • Visa
  • Things of personal use

Easter & Christmas Surcharges
A surcharge would be charged per person per night on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Easter Monday and on 24th 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January. The Surcharge would be confirmed at the time of booking for clarity purposes.

For optimal enjoyment of your safari, we urge you to carry the following:
All weather firm shoe pair, short and dress to use during the day, trouser for use in the evenings with long sleeved shirt, sweater or jacket, hat, swimming costume, sunglass, camera, binocular, sun protection cream and insect repellent spray or cream.

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