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Masai Mara Great Migration Safari, 10-16 August 2020
Start Date: 10-08-2020
End Date: 16-08-2020
10 spot/s available
10 spot/s available
Let’s go see the Great Migration in Kenya with Eagle Eye Safaris…we’ll explore the mighty Rift Valley, enjoy a boat cruise to get up close to birds and wildlife at the water’s edge, meet Maasai warriors and learn about their culture, search for iconic and endangered species such as Rothschild’s Giraffe, Black Rhino, and more. We’ll marvel at the deepest red sunsets you’ve ever seen, and the Crown Jewel of this trip will be the massive herds of millions of wildebeest and zebra as they migrate through the savannah. You’ve seen it on NatGeo—now you can see it in person. With luck, we’ll be at the river when the first timid wildebeest leaps into the dangerous water to cross, drawing the teeming herd with him. Karen and Ernest will be with you every step of the way, helping you with your camera settings, suggesting compositions, and teaching you the tricks and techniques we use to create our award-winning photographs.
Won’t you book your spot today, before someone else gets your seat? A 15% deposit holds your spot! We will start and end in Nairobi, Kenya, easily reachable from the US and Europe.
(This safari tags perfectly with our 5 – 7 August Traditional Camp Safari in South Africa, and our 18 – 24 August trip through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, if you want to experience different countries and spend more time on safari. Ask about our double-booking discount)
- Full time access to Eagle Eye Safaris’ Ernest and Karen in 4×4 open-roofed Safari Toyota Landcruisers throughout your trip; with our qualified driver-guides.
- 6 nights full board accommodation including meals (1 night Nairobi – Zehneria Hotel, 2 nights Nakuru- Lake Nakuru Lodge, 3 nights Mara- Sentrim Lodge)
- Bottled water during the entire trip; and a cooler box in the vehicle to keep cold drinks
- Boat ride on Lake Naivasha
- Entrance fees and taxes for all reserves and parks
- All the fun you can handle!
DAY 1: ARRIVAL (10 August)
Depending on your flight arrival times, you will be received by Ernest and Karen of Eagle Eye Safaris at the airport. You will then be transferred to your lodge, which is a short drive from the airport. You will have some time to freshen up and relax in your cosy room.
We will meet for dinner and brief on our upcoming safari and the plans for the next day.
Night in Nairobi.
DAY 2: LAKE NAIVASHA TO LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK (11 August)
Leaving Nairobi early in the morning, we will drive straight to the nearby Lake Naivasha.
This is one of the two major fresh water lakes in the mighty Rift Valley of Kenya. The lake also boasts one of the highest altitudes of any Rift Valley lakes. It is a Ramsar Site- a wetland of international importance. It is also an Important Bird Area (IBA) and the local birds will always amaze even a casual birder. Ernest is one of the top bird photographers in Africa, and will help you identify and photograph these species. You’ll definitely add some lifers here, and take home the photos to prove it!
A leisurely boat ride will help us enjoy the beauty of the lake and see the local wildlife and birds. Keep an eye out for the local Nile Hippos! We shall also enjoy watching the local arial antics of African Fish Eagles as they display over the lake, and if we are lucky, they will dive and catch fish near us. Imagine capturing the moment of splash!
Later, we head to Lake Nakuru, arriving at our lodge for lunch. After lunch, you will enjoy relaxing at our comfortable lodge compound as you download your photos of the day. Ernest and Karen will be happy to help you review a few, but be ready for the afternoon game drive! We’ll search for the local carnivores and herbivores. We can expect breath-taking herds of wildebeest, Cape Buffalo, Impala, Gazelle, and Zebra among others. We’ll head back to our lodge in the evening for cocktails and a scrumptious dinner highlighting the local cuisine.
Night in Nakuru.
DAY 3: LAKE NAKURU NATIONAL PARK (12 August)
Today we have a full day in the park, and seeking the species we may have missed the previous day. We shall have a morning game drive and an afternoon game drive; learning with our team of experienced guides. You will also have some breaks to download your photos of the day.
The park is known for the mighty Lake Nakuru, a soda lake at the heart of the great ecosystem. We shall keep an eye for antelopes like Impala and Thompson’s Gazelles. We have a good chance of encountering the rare and endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe. The park also hosts African Lions, Spotted Hyenas, Leopards and lots of other game that we shall keep an eye for on our game drives. This park is also a great sanctuary for rhinos and these may be encountered on our game drives. The local birds make the park special too, and it is often referred as the birdwatcher’s paradise. Enjoy the large herds of herbivores, especially the Cape Buffaloes among many other spectacular wildlife species. The landscapes here are very rewarding as well, and we will certainly get some of those incredible sunrise and sunset landscape shots if you bring a wide angle lens.
Night in Nakuru.
DAY 4, 5 AND 6: MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE (13-15 August)
We shall depart Nakuru early with a cruise through the Rift Valley. We will enter the Mara, arriving in time for lunch and our afternoon game drive.
Renowned for the annual wildebeest migration, which is often regarded as the 8th Wonder of the World, Masai Mara National Reserve is the crown jewel of an African Safari experience. Considered the ultimate wildlife haven in Kenya, this reserve has a lot to offer. The Mara is where numerous NatGeo and AfricaGeo documentaries and specials are filmed. From all members of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) to the numerous herbivores grazing the landscape in huge herds, the Mara is indeed amazing. You will spend the next three days learning about this magical destination with Ernest and Karen. We will spend plenty of time on game drives as we track the wildebeest herds, the African Big 5, Big Cats, and much more. Imagine photographing cheetah chasing a gazelle, or lions taking down a wildebeest! Imagine watching the wildebeest and zebra braving the rushing waters and lurking crocodiles of the Mara at one of the narrow crossings, or photographing them packed tightly together with dust swirling around! We will put ourselves in the best positions to experience the magic of the Mara.
Day 5 and 6 will include game drives in the Mara, learning about the ecology of this mighty savannah and the local wildlife. Lunch and rest breaks will be integrated in the days to allow you to enjoy the relaxed savannah atmosphere and the comfort of our Lodge. You will also have some breaks to download your photos of the day. Time permitting, we can edit a few and view them as a group. We’ll set up for iconic silhouette shots against the blazing African sun at sunset. We’ll enjoy cocktails and African-inspired dinners prepared by our professional chef every evening as we listen to the night sounds of the reserve, then perhaps we’ll try some Milky Way photography before retiring to our comfortable beds for slumber beneath the vast African skies.
If you want to visit a local Masai village, we can arrange an optional visit and cultural experience.
All nights will be spent in the Mara.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE (16 August)
We’ll start with an early morning game drive before breakfast. We’ll return to the Lodge after searching for our last animals, then embark on our drive back to Nairobi. Dinner will be at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant, allowing us to sample some local delicacies and barbecues. Later that evening, we head to the airport marking the end to our lovely safari.
End of Safari
This trip tags neatly with our 3-day Big 5 Safari in South Africa, 5-7 August, and our Serengeti and Ngorongro Crater Safari in Tanzania, 18-24 August. Ask about double booking discounts!
Highlight birds: Great White Pelican, Common Ostrich, Lesser Flamingo, Greater Flamingo, African Fish Eagle, Secretarybird, Lappet-faced Vulture, Grey Kestrel, Temminck’s Courser, Kori Bustard, Rufous- tailed Weaver, Grey-capped Social Weaver, Southern Ground Hornbill, Bare-faced Go-away- bird, Schalow’s Turaco, Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Grey-crested Helmetshrike, Red-necked Spurfowl, Red-winged Francolin, Usambiro Barbet, Sooty Chat, Wattled Plover, Rufous-bellied Heron, Saddle-billed Stork, Magpie Shrike
Highlight mammals and others: Cheetah, Leopard, African Lion, Cape Buffalo, Savannah Elephant, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Rock Hyrax, Nile Crocodile, Kenya Red-headed Rock Agama, Nile Hippo, Rothschild’s Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest
Habitats covered: Savannah, Wetlands
Photographic opportunities: Excellent
Special moments: The Great Rift Valley, African Big 5, Wildebeest Herds, Boat Ride, time with Masai Warriors, incredible photographic opportunities and coaching from Ernest and Karen of Eagle Eye Safaris
This Safari Excludes: Travel to/from Nairobi, visas, personal purchases, optional Masai village visit, alcohol, gratuities, anything not mentioned as “included.”
For those arriving in Nairobi a day early or staying a day late, we can arrange a tour of the Dave Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Karen Blixen (Out of Africa) museum. DSWT provides a haven for orphaned rhino and elephants, with the aim to release them back into the wild when they are old enough to have the best chance at survival. You can “adopt” an orphaned elephant and help support the effort at the world-renowned Trust. See www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org for more details. Learn more about Karen Blixen here and definitely see the movie or read the book, “Out of Africa,” before coming to Kenya. It will add a special meaning to your safari.
We can also arrange a trip to spend a few nights with the Maasai at a Lodge in their village. You’ll spend the day with a warrior who will take you on a walking Safari, integrate you into their daily culture, teach you about their cattle, show you how the Maasai create their intricate beadwork, and so much more. Let us know if this add-on trip interests you.