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Wildebeests in migration

The Masai Mara, the northernmost extension of the Serengeti ecosystem, is one of the great wildlife paradises of our planet and an ideal place to view the legendary wildebeest migration.

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Masai Mara National Reserve Extension

Spectacular Gameviewing in One of Africa’s Legendary Reserves

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3795  
Length: 4 days
Arrive: Nairobi, Kenya
Depart: Nairobi, Kenya
Lodging: 3 nights luxury safari camps
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing
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Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Kenya. 

Our Trips using this Extension


Kilimanjaro Climb and Serengeti Safari
Mountain Gorilla Safari
Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Mountain Gorilla Safari
Serengeti Wildlife Safari

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

Set at an altitude of about 5,000 feet, the Masai Mara National Reserve is breathtakingly beautiful with the wide Mara River, one of Kenya’s largest rivers, snaking through its green, tree-studded grasslands. The river is home to many hippos and enormous groups of elephant that wander through the lush marshes along the river’s edge. Among the plains game found in the Mara are eland, topi, zebra, giraffe, and Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelle, and buffalo graze here in abundance. There are also some of the rare and endangered black rhino, not always easy to find but a wonderful sight when encountered. The Mara is one of the best places in Kenya to see lion, as there are numerous roaming prides.

Please note: Naibor, Rekero, and Mara Plains camps are small and exclusive and often fill well in advance; early booking is recommended.There is a 33-lb. weight limit on flights to/from the Masai Mara.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Fly to the Masai Mara National Reserve

Fly from Nairobi, Kenya, on a 40-minute flight to the Masai Mara National Reserve. Transfer to your tented safari camp in the heart of the Mara and enjoy an afternoon game drive. Overnight at either Naibor or Rekero Camp, both small, exclusive camps with a personal feel...BLD

Day 2-3
Masai Mara Gameviewing

With excursions in custom-built 4WD vehicles that allow intimate yet unobtrusive access to the animals, enjoy spectacular sights: abundant migrating plains game tracked by magnificent predators, including some of the largest lion prides in Africa. Explore across open plains and up onto ridges, coming amazingly close to grazing antelope and zebra, and you can often observe browsing elephants and giraffe among the acacia groves. The guides and Masai trackers, the traditional nomadic “keepers” of this spectacular wilderness, have unsurpassed skills at spotting wildlife. Other activities include walking safaris and cultural visits; hot air ballooning can be arranged (at extra cost). Overnights at your camp...BLD each day

Day 4
Masai Mara Gameviewing / Depart

Start the day with an early morning game drive, then transfer to the scheduled flight to Nairobi. In Nairobi, enjoy a day room and lunch at the House of Waine, a former private home that has been carefully refurbished into a boutique property on 2.5 acres in the wooded suburb of Karen. After lunch, you’ll take a guided tour of Nairobi and dine at the Pampa Churrascaria Brazilian Grill. Transfer to the airport for your evening departure flight...BLD

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2014
$3795 per person, double occupancy (2-4 people)
Single supplement: $800
High Season Surcharge (Jul-Oct): $700
Internal airfare: Included more on pricing

Extension Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Nairobi/Mara flight
  • Soft drinks and house wines at camps
  • Services of guides
  • Airport transfers
  • Activities as indicated

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare, meals not specified (BLD), soft drinks or alcoholic beverages on Day 4 in Nairobi, airport departure tax, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, optional gratuities to lodge staff, transfer agents, drivers, and guides, additional hotel nights or extra costs that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes.

Naibor Camp

Naibor Camp (Option A)

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Set in a riverine forest on the banks of the Talek River in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, Naibor is a welcoming, peaceful retreat ...
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Rekero Camp

Rekero Camp (Option B)

Days 1 to 3 (3 nights), Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Rekero is a seasonal tented camp, set up from June through October and December through March in a prime location on the banks of the Talek River ...
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House of Waine

House of Waine (Day Room)

Day 4, Nairobi, Kenya

In the leafy suburb of Karen, this 11-room colonial-style manor has spacious rooms, wonderful gardens, and a swimming pool. The service is friendly ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.