6 Days Migration and Lake Naivasha Adventure Safari

Masai Mara Migration

Overview

This 6 Day Migration Safari takes you to Mount Longonot for a day hike to the rim of the crater ontop of Mount Longonot. Enjoy further adventure to Lake Naivasha National Park with a boat cruise to Crescent Island and a half day cycling adventure in Hells Gate National Park.

The Highlight of this tour is  Masai Mara National Reserve, one of Africa’s most famous parks. The wildlife viewing in the park is superb throughout the year. The grassy plains and regular rainfall supports a huge population of herbivores, in turn attracting many predators. All three big cats are relatively easy to see. The yearly wildebeest migration coming through the park is one of the world’s most amazing wildlife spectacles where 2.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles follow the rains in search of new grass. They make their way from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara somewhere around July and August, and usually arrive in September. The crossing of the Mara River along the way is one of the highlights of this spectacular event. On our safari, We shall have two full days catch the last events of the Migration as we track the herds while they slowly head back into Tanzania around October.

Lake Naivasha is one of the primary drinking holes for buffalos, zebras, elands, impalas, waterbucks and other grazers, as well as a favorite place for hippos to cool themselves during the day. We plan a boating excursion around the lake and to beautiful Crescent Island and an adventure to Hell’s Gate National Park for a Cycling safari through the park.

Safari Summary

Day 1: Transfer to Mount Longonot – Hike

Day 2: Lake Naivasha Crescent Island and Hells Gate Adventure

Day 3: Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 4: Full Day Masai Mara National Reserve

Day 5: Full Day Migration Tracking

Day 6: Masai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi

Itinerary

Day 1
Transfer to Mount Longonot - Hike

Early morning after your our breakfast, our guide/driver will pick you up from your booked accommodation/ Air Bnb. You will be briefed on your day’s travel then transfer to Mount Longonot National Park going through the Kikuyu lush green highlands and then on the eastern escarpment of the Great Rift Valley system. Stop at the viewpoint to enjoy the view of the Great Rift Valley floor from a bird’s eye view. The view from here is just amazing. Continue to the heart of Mt. Longonot National Park for your crater hike. Follow your guide through the valley and climb through the ravines that carve around the mountain. The route is fairly steep and requires some good standard of fitness, You can make some rest stops at the designated places on the trek. The hike up to the Mt Longonot crater rim takes about half a day, though going up the 4.1 kilometers to the rim of the crater can take anything from 45 minutes to 2 hours, depending on your speed and stamina. You will get to the rim of the crater and look into the awesome crater below and further explore as we go round the rim of the crater. We later descend from the Mount Longonot and transfer to our accommodation on the drive to Lake Naivasha for hot Lunch and evening relaxation, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2
Lake Naivasha Crescent Island and Hells Gate Adventure

After our early morning breakfast, we proceed for Lake Naivasha on a morning boat ride to enjoy bird watching and sightings of hippopotamus. Tour shall be followed by a visit to Crescent Island for a guided walking safari. Crescent Island hosts grazers like the Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Grants Gazelle, Common Waterbuck and Buffalo. After the amazing half day experience we return to accommodation for lunch then spend the rest of the after adventuring in Hells Gate National Park. Hell’s Gate National Park is small and the only national park in Kenya that can be explored by foot or cycle. Resident wildlife include; Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Grants Gazelle, Warthog and Buffalo. A bicycle ride with sightings of Zebra and Giraffe is a beautiful experience
Dinner and Overnight Stay at Accommodation

Day 3
Lake Naivasha to Masai Mara National Reserve

Early morning after your breakfast, you will say goodbye to Lake Naivasha to embark on a 4 hours’ drive to Masai Mara National Reserve. Enjoy a drive through the scenic views of the Great Rift Valley before arriving to our accommodation in Masai Mara National Reserve. Upon your arrival to the Park, you will check in accommodation just in time for lunch. After the refreshment, you will then head out for an evening game drive, expect to see various wildlife species to include: giant elephants, hippopotamus, lions, leopards, cheetahs, giraffes and so many more.
After collecting full day memories, we return to accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4
Full Day Masai Mara National Reserve

The next two days are spent game viewing in Kenya’s leading Masai Mara National Reserve. You will embark on two game drives in the Mara: morning game drive and the afternoon game drive in search of the big five and other wildlife species to include: Masai giraffe, baboons, warthogs, Wildebeest, buffaloes, zebras, jackals, spotted hyenas, topi, impala, Hartebeests, nat eared foxes, the crocodiles and hippopotamus of the Mara and Talek Rivers.
Considering your planned time to visit, you should brace yourselves to witness the thrilling Great wildebeest Migration as it happens in the Mara. This natural movement of over 4 million grazers from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National Reserve is the sole reason why many visitors opt to come to Masai Mara National Reserve at this time of the year. The adventure is unmatched and considered as one of natural wonders of the world.
To Note:
• There is an optional cultural visit to the Masaai tribe community within the park; this visit grants you a chance to learn about the Masaai culture, customs, ways of living and their exercising cultural dance.
• Game viewing in Masai Mara Kenya can be enhanced with a hot air ballooning Experience, this can be arranged at an extra cost.

Day 5
Full Day Migration Tracking

Today you will have a full day to track the the Great migration as it happens in Masai Mara National Reserve depending on how early the herds will be. July to Sept has always classically been the season which sees the major highlightd of the migration. It is a big movement season for the herds, as many that are lingering around the Mara River as they make their way north in search of greener pastures. If the herds have made it, the season is a fantastic time to see the migration. The first crossings of the season are often seriously explosive with the crocodiles being hungry and the wildebeest acting very manic.
After the thrilling day of migration tracking in Masai Mara National Reserve, we head back to accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6
Masai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi

The day begins with a leisurely breakfast at the accommodation before retracing our steps to Nairobi. Our magical Masai Mara Safari comes to a close at your arrival in Nairobi to your booked accommodation or to the airport for your departure flight.