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The Masai Mara in Depth: Kenya Wildlife Tour

With Mike Mockler
The Masai Mara in Depth: Kenya Wildlife Tour The Masai Mara in Depth: Kenya Wildlife Tour
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This tour will concentrate on the Masai Mara, regarded by many as the finest game-viewing area in Kenya. However, whereas most lodges in the Masai Mara are large, crowded, hotel-style establishments, we have selected three delightful small tented camps which are situated in three distinct areas: Naboisho Conservancy, Olare Motorogi Conservancy and Mara North Conservancy. Although all three areas are rich in wildlife, they are subtly different and provide an excellent overview of the Masai Mara’s ecology. Night-drives are available at Valley Camp.

Lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena, elephant, hippopotamus and many plains game species are to be found in the vicinity of the camps and birdwatching is superb throughout the Mara.
Game-viewing will be in the camps’ own specially adapted four-wheel-drive vehicles, driven by their own highly-skilled Masai guides. We shall endeavour, wherever possible, to avoid crowds of vehicles which can spoil one’s enjoyment of wildlife encounters.

A four-night stay at Kicheche Laikipia Camp in Northern Kenya is also available as an optional post-tour extension. Located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, which offers 90,000 acres of wilderness and an un-crowded environment to enjoy quality game viewing. The Conservancy is home to East Africa’s largest population of black rhino, large numbers of elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard and plentiful plains game. Other uncommon species include Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest and patas monkeys. Night drives are available here too, providing the opportunity of seeing nocturnal species.

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day 1

London – Nairobi

Please make your way to London Heathrow Terminal 3 to …

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Please make your way to London Heathrow Terminal 3 to check in by 07.00 hrs for the departure of the British Airways flight BA 065 to Nairobi at 10.10 hrs. It is advisable to double check departure time the day before departure on the BA flight information number 0844 493 0787.

British Airways does not allow seats to be pre-allocated before check in when discounted tickets are used (all our tour operator rates are for discounted, non-flexible/non-refundable tickets). However you can check in on the website (www.ba.com) 24 hours before departure and request your seats then. If you have a BA Executive Card of silver status or above you can request your seats in advance. Alternatively there is the option to pay to choose your seat in advance. Further details will be given once the tickets are issued. Otherwise seats will be allocated to you at the airport.

Please note that when you are flying on the domestic light aircraft flights within Kenya, your luggage weight limit is 20 kg total per person (including hand luggage). You will be charged for excess weight. Arrive in Nairobi at 21.35 hrs. Transfer to the Boma Hotel where one night is spent. Dinner under own arrangements.

One night Boma Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis

day 2

Kicheche Valley Camp, Masai Mara

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Morning departure to Wilson Airport for a light aircraft flight to Kicheche Valley Camp, located within the Naboisho Conservancy bordering the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Naboisho Conservancy, through its strict limit on bed numbers, offers an incomparable game viewing experience without crowds. The camp has six spacious well-appointed tents that provide guests with privacy and good views. Bathrooms are en-suite with a flushing toilet and a hot water shower. There are comfortable chairs and a hammock outside the tent, which are perfect for relaxing when not out on game drives. There is a spacious well-furnished lounge and dining tent, although you may dine alfresco if weather permits.

The Masai Mara is blessed with an astounding concentration of animals, and panoramic vistas across plains and dotted woodlands. Covering an area of some 1,500 square kilometres in the south-western corner of Kenya, the Masai Mara is unfenced, bordered in the west by the Oloololo escarpment and the east by the Ngama Hills. When we are there, the majority of the migration herds of wildebeest may have departed for Tanzania, though the resident herds will still be around. There will also be many newly arrived migrant birds.

At all times of the year the Masai Mara is home to an abundance of wildlife that includes lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant and a variety of plains game.

Three nights at Kicheche Valley Camp on a full board basis.

days 3 - 4

Kicheche Valley Camp, Masai Mara

Game viewing at Kicheche Valley Camp.

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Game viewing at Kicheche Valley Camp.

day 5

Kicheche Bush Camp, Masai Mara

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Transfer by vehicle to Kicheche Bush Camp for a three night stay with game-viewing en route.
Kicheche Bush Camp is located within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy bordering the National Reserve, which is all part of the Masai Mara ecosystem. The Olare Motorogi Conservancy, through its strict limit on bed numbers, offers an incomparable game viewing experience without crowds. The camp has six spacious well-appointed tents that provide guests with privacy and good views looking out to the plains. Bathrooms are en-suite with a flushing toilet and a traditional safari bucket shower.

Three nights at Kicheche Bush Camp on a full board basis.

days 6 - 7

Kicheche Bush Camp, Masai Mara

Game viewing at Kicheche Bush Camp.

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Game viewing at Kicheche Bush Camp.

day 8

Kicheche Mara Camp, Masai Mara

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Transfer by vehicle to Kicheche Mara Camp for a five night stay with game-viewing en route.
Kicheche Mara Camp is located in the Mara North Conservancy of the Masai Mara, which borders the National Reserve. The camp is in a lovely location in a prime wildlife area and game viewing starts right from the camp itself. The camp only has eight tents, which therefore creates a friendly and intimate atmosphere. Each tent is comfortably furnished with an en-suite bathroom, bucket shower, flushing toilets and low wattage lighting.

The majority of the tents are in secluded positions overlooking grassland and nearby hills. The spacious Nyati tent acts as the camp lounge with comfortable seating, a library, board games, cards and local crafts.

Five nights Kicheche Mara Camp on a full-board basis.

days 9 - 12

Kicheche Mara Camp, Masai Mara

Game viewing at Kicheche Mara Camp.

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Game viewing at Kicheche Mara Camp.

day 13

Departure

Morning flight by light aircraft to Wilson arriving in …

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Morning flight by light aircraft to Wilson arriving in the late morning.
Lunch under own arrangements. On arrival transfer to the Boma Hotel where day rooms will be available to freshen up. Dinner under own arrangements. Transfer to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for the British Airways flight BA 064 departing to London at 00.30 hrs.

Arrive London Heathrow Terminal 3 at 06.15 hrs.

(or continue with Optional Extension to Laikipia)

day 14

Kicheche Laikipia Camp, Laikipia, Northern Kenya

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Fly by charter flight from the Masai Mara to the Ol Pejeta air strip, then drive to Kicheche Laikipia Camp, located in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. A former cattle ranch, the Conservancy, which extends to 90,000 acres, now combines cattle-herding with wildlife conservation and offers a blissfully un-crowded environment to enjoy quality game viewing. The Conservancy is home to East Africa’s largest population of black rhino, so the conservancy is largely fenced for their protection.

However other animals can come and go. These include elephant, cheetah, lion, leopard, wild dog and plentiful plains game. Ol Pejeta lies on the equator a short drive from Nanyuki airstrip and has wonderful views of Mt Kenya. Night drives are available to search for nocturnal species. For more information about the Ol Pejeta Conservancy go to www.olpejetaconservancy.org. The camp consists of six luxurious tents nestled among indigenous woodland overlooking a waterhole in the centre of the Conservancy.

Four nights Kicheche Laikipia Camp on a full board basis.

days 15 - 16

Kicheche Laikipia Camp, Laikipia, Northern Kenya

Game-viewing at Laikipia Camp.

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Game-viewing at Laikipia Camp.

days 17 - 18

Departure

Fly to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. On arrival transfer to …

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Fly to Wilson Airport, Nairobi. On arrival transfer to Boma Hotel for day rooms.   Lunch and afternoon at leisure.  Dinner under own arrangements.  Evening transfer to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for the British Airways flight BA 064 departing to London at 00.30 hrs.

Arrive London Heathrow Terminal 3 at 06.15 hrs.

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