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6-Days Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli

Kenya’s Best Wildlife Safari: Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli wildlife-watching in their natural habitats. Attractions include an unlimited game drive, culture and traditions, and nature walks.

Maasai Mara

The world-renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve is a northern extension of the Serengeti National Park, which is located in Tanzania. Maasai Mara covers an area of 1,510 km². The Maasai Mara ecosystem is composed of two rivers, i.e., the Talek River and the Mara River. The Mara River is the main water supply for the ecosystem. The Mara River is a hurdle to wildebeest migration, as the wildebeests have to cross the river from Serengeti. Most of them are perishing in the jaws of crocodiles and big cats. In the western part of Maasai Mara lies the Siria escarpment, the Loita plains, and the rest is Maasai pastoral land.

The Maasai Mara game reserve is owned and run by the county council of Narok, which is the richest county council in Kenya due to the revenue collected as park entrance fees. The Mara Triangle, also a portion of the Maasai Mara, is privately managed and contracted out. The number of nights spent in the Mara Conservancy determines how much is charged for parking.


The Maasai Mara lies at an altitude of 1500 to 2100 metres. It rains twice a year in the game reserve: during the long rains that fall in March and May and during the short rains that fall in October, November, and part of December. June and July are the coldest months, and January and February are the hottest months. Temperatures during the day rarely exceed 85°F (30°C), and during the night it hardly drop below 60°F (15°C). Maasai Mara is a mosquito-prone area, but the campsite is sprayed with mosquito repellents, and the tents have treated mosquito nets.


Maasai Mara has a large population of wildlife. All the big five can be seen in this reserve, and a large number of ungulates are also easily visible; they include the wildebeest, Thomson gazelles, grant gazelles, buffalos, rhinos, impalas, topis, elands, zebras, giraffes, and duikers. The common predators include lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, and foxes. Maasai Mara has over 450 identified species. Some common birds include the common ostrich, secretary bird, Kori bustard, hornbills, storks, eagles, and vultures.

The great migration

The wildebeest migration happens annually; this spectacle is considered one of the 7th wonders of the world. More than a million wildebeests, accompanied by topis, zebras, gazelles, and elands, make their journey from Serengeti National Park to Masai Mara Game Reserve. Many of them perish while crossing the Mara River, where crocodiles and big cats make a kill on the vulnerable ungulates.

The migration happens every year in July, after the long rains. The grass is big and plenty, and for the next three months, the wildebeests will clear the lush grass of the Maasai Mara. The migration varies annually due to climate change. If the climate changes and it doesn’t rain as usual, the wildebeest may delay crossing over or cross over and go back since there isn’t grass to feed on.

The Maa

The Masai people, who by definition speak the Maa language, hence the name Maasai, have held on to their culture even in these times of modernization. A Maasai’s home is called a manyatta, where he lives with his wives and children. From childhood, boys are obligated to look after their father’s cows, while girls are obligated to do house chores, fetch water, and milk the cows.

After every fifteen years, there is an initiation where boys are circumcised and they become young morans, and the existing morans graduate to junior elders. The Maasai enjoy eating meat and milk mixed with blood during rituals such as initiation and marriage. The use of herbs as medicine is still embedded in their day-to-day life. The Maasai are an attraction in Kenya since they have managed to stick to their culture.

Day 1:  Nairobi – Maasai Mara. 

We depart Nairobi after breakfast, stopping at the viewpoint of the Great Rift Valley. Lunch is served after checking in at our rooms. As soon as the heat of the day subsides, we proceed for an evening game drive in this park. This is an extension of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, as an artificial border only separates the two. Dine and stay overnight at the camp or lodge.

{Meals plan = Lunch, Dinner}

Day 2:  Maasai Mara –Full Day Game Drive

Early breakfast is followed by a full day of game drive within the reserve. The Maasai Mara is famous for its lions, elephants, and buffalo, making three out of the ‘big five’. Though luck is essential for spotting the other two, namely the park’s animal concentration and abundance, it is second to none. We cater for a picnic lunch at the hippo pool, where, you may spot crocodiles basking on the rocks.

Numerous plains game, including antelopes, wildebeests, zebras, and Maasai giraffes, can be seen, as well as scavengers like hyenas and vultures. In the late afternoon (at an extra cost), go for optional activities like having a nature walk, visiting Maasai villages to see the nomadic lifestyle, or swimming in the nearby lodges. The rest of the meals and overnight stay at the camp or lodge.

{Meals plan =Breakfast, Picnic lunch, Dinner}

Day 3:  Maasai Mara – Nakuru

We start the day with a pre-breakfast morning game drive at 6:00 a.m. After a full breakfast, depart the Mara region for Nakuru National Park. Finally, we embark on the evening game drive. Dine and stay overnight in the WCK house or lodge.

{Meals plan =Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

Lake Nakuru

Lake Nakuru is one of the alkaline lakes of the Great Rift Valley. The la is also known as “Pink Lake” or Africa’s Bird’s Paradise. The lake is ideally located in central Kenya, within Lake Nakuru National Park. The park occupies an area of 188 km², while the lake occupies an area of 62 km². The lake is famous for the millions of flamingos that flock to it. Although flamingos are unpredictable birds and are not always to be found in the lake in such vast numbers,

From a distance, i.e., the baboon cliff, the lake looks pink in colour due to the flamingos. The topography at Lake Nakuru is comprised of grasslands alternating with rocky cliffs and outcrops, acacia woodlands, and a forest made up of Euphorbia trees. In the early 1960s, Tilapia Grahami was introduced to the lake, and it flourished despite the alkaline nature of the lake. There are two species of flamingos, namely lesser flamingos and greater flamingos. They feed on algae, which flourishes due to the warm, alkaline waters of Lake Nakuru.

Avian life

It is believed that flamingos consume about 250,000 kg of algae per hectare of surface area per year. The abundance of algae in the lake is what attracts millions of flamingos to Lake Nakuru. Besides flamingos, other bird species include ducks, pelicans, cormorants, plovers, vultures, eagles, and buzzards. Lake Nakuru has over 50 animal species, which include hippos, reedbucks, and waterbucks. Similarly, Rothschild giraffes, baboons, black and white Columbus monkeys, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, lions, gazelles, and impalas, among others.

Day 4:  Nakuru – Amboseli

Start the day with a pre-breakfast morning game drive at 6:00 a.m. After a full breakfast, depart for Amboseli National Park and have lunch in Nairobi. We check in at our camp or lodge before embarking on the evening game drive. Dine and stay overnight in the camp or lodge.

{Meals plan =Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

Amboseli National Park is located south of Nairobi, 140 kilometres (3 ½ hours’ drive). The park occupies an area of 392 km². The park has a seasonal lake that forms part of the ecology, along with wetlands, open plains, acacia woodland, rocky outcrops as well as thorn bushes, and marshes.

The landscape is dominated by the backdrop of the majestic snowcap of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The snow caps are visible when the clouds are clear, mainly in the early morning and late evenings. This scene allows one to capture wonderful memories on camera for friends and loved ones back home. Amboseli National Park is the only national park in Kenya with the largest population of elephants. Hence, it is ranked as the second-best in the country, after the Maasai Mara game reserve.

The ecosystem

The ecosystem of Amboseli, although small compared to other parks, sustains a large number of bird species and game. Amboseli offers some of the best opportunities to see African animals because its vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. The park is considered ideal for writers, filmmakers, and researchers.

The Maasai are the local habitat of this area, which they call Empusel, meaning “Dusty place”. Other communities have moved to Amboseli in search of greener pastures. Besides game viewing and the ecstatic views of Mount Kilimanjaro, one can visit a local Maasai village. Moreover, learn about their way of life and interact with the locals.

Day 5:  Amboseli – Full-day game drive

After breakfast, embark on a full-day game drive. Plains wildlife, not only giraffes, zebras, and wildebeests, but numerous antelopes, can be seen here. You will have a picnic lunch at an observation point. You will have a great sighting of the majestic snow-capped Kilimanjaro in the morning. During a clear day’s weather from the observation hill, the panoramic view of the plains is worth yearning for. Large herds of elephants and hippos can be seen bathing in the swamp grounds, whose water source is Mt. Kilimanjaro.

{Meals plan =Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner}

Day 6:  Amboseli – Nairobi.

We have two options:

(a) You take a three-hour early morning pre-breakfast game drive at 6:00 a.m. No sooner than a late breakfast, which is served as brunch, depart Amboseli for Nairobi. Arrive in Nairobi in the early evening.

(b) On condition that the route to Meshanani Gate is passable, you traverse the park while doing the game drive. You exit through Namanga, having done a complete circuit of the best of Kenya’s wildlife safari driving further to Nairobi.

{Meal Plan = Breakfast, Lunch}

Options are, of course, many and varied, and in many cases, we can be flexible about the itinerary for accommodation facilities and the extension of the safari destinations.

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