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This short trip is perfect for those wanting a deeper understanding of the Masaai tribe followed by a safari to the Masai Mara. It can also be the perfect add on to your Tanzanian or Uganda holiday.
What to expect? In general, there are Maasai community guides accompanying each group throughout the day, customizing the daily program to be sure they have as much or little activity as they wish, and if there are any local ceremonies or events taking place we bring them along for that. You will be considered as a part of the community when you are with the Maasai Clan of Maji Moto. It’s a very special and beautiful experience.
Under the guidance of your own private guide / driver you continue to enjoy endless game drives exploring the national park, looking for the Big 5 and other animals. In consultation with the guide you determine what time you want to start the day and what time you like to return to the lodge.
Comfort and service in the wild
African Travels takes the view that your accommodations are just as important as the safari itself. That is why we make sure that the accommodation we book for you is of excellent standard. Virtually all accommodations are built according to the same principle, in a central location, with a partly open restaurant surrounded by a varying number of guest rooms sleeping two or more people. Each room has its own bathroom facilities. What they all share in common is the incomparable, unique safari atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with natural materials and colours, with romantic mosquito nets draped over large beds with soft and comfortable duvets and lovely crisp linens. Imagine watching the sun set over the breathtaking landscape, or chatting by the fire al fresco, under the stars. These memories will last you a lifetime. At night, you will sleep like a baby, and if you don’t, you can listen to the orchestra of the wilderness. Can you hear the elephants, the lions or the hyenas? Dinner and breakfast offer a wide choice of African and western dishes, usually served as a buffet. More and more accommodations feature swimming pools..
We contribute as standard to the Seedball project in Kenya. As a traveler you may scatter native seeds during your journey to promote reforestation.
Optional beach extension
Kenya has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. White sandy beach, clear blue sea. On request we add a beach service in a small-scale resort, boutique hotel, budget hostel or private villa. Ask us about the possibilities!
Extra excursions such as a hot air balloon safari, a visit to Sheldricks Elephant orphanage, bicycle tours, volunteer work, cooking class, etc. can be added to the travel program on request!
Nairobi – Nairobi
Early morning on day 1 of itinerary
Pick up upon arrival in the morning and drive to Maji Moto Maasai Village. Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp spans the foot of the Loita Hills, a 1.5 hour drive from the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The land is in the path of animal migration from the unfenced areas of Maasai Mara and surrounding conservancies. The location allows for energetic trekking in the hills and plains, peaceful relaxation, as well as driving safaris in Maasai Mara.
All activities shown on the price sheet are included, as time permits and according to each guest’s level of interest and fitness
• walks in the hills with Maasai warriors to learn about traditional life
• warrior training with spears, arrows, club throwing
• women’s village visit to manyatta homes to see local traditional life, including early morning cow milking if interested
• Beadworking with the young women in the village
• campfire with the Maasai warriors,
• visit to the hot spring and community projects such as our school and tree nursery, farm, beekeeping, and more
• Spiritual blessings, called Emayan.
• Photography is welcomed, with opportunities for authentic photos of Maasai people, culture, and surrounding nature.
In general, there are Maasai community members/guides accompanying each group throughout the day, customizing the daily program to be sure they have as much or little activity as they wish, and if there are any local ceremonies or events taking place we bring them along for that. You will be considered as a part of the community when you are with the Maasai Clan of Maji Moto. Dinner and overnight at Maji Moto Camp or similar if not available
Today we continue the safari to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, so named to mean the “spotted plains” in Maa language. This is home to the greatest concentration of large mammals and is widely recognized as Africa’s ultimate wildlife reserve. The park is the northern extension to the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, famous for its annual migration of wildebeest. Transfer to the lodge with a game driver en route and after check-in enjoy hot lunch. Later in the evening enjoy a game viewing drive in this spectacular place of breathtaking sceneries, never-ending plains and the most abundant variety of wildlife remaining anywhere in the world. The landscape is made up of rolling savannahs dotted with patchy shrubs and bush thickets. All meals and overnight at AA lodge Mara or similar.
During your stay, you have the opportunity to explore this great reserve in depth. You may see elephant, giraffe, prides of lion, and thousands of impala, topi, grants and Thomson’s gazelle. Birds are prolific including immigrants, 450 bird species have been recorded among them 57 birds of prey. The Mara is the scene of annual migration of millions of wildebeest up from the Serengeti plains in search of water and grasses. While in Mara, you will have the option to float above the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem on board a hot air balloon followed by a gourmet champagne breakfast. (Options at an extra cost). All meals and overnight at AA Mara or similar if fully booked
Wake up to an early breakfast before departing for the drive to Nairobi with drop off at the airport for outbound flight or beach holiday. Any activities and meals on extra cost.