The seven day Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara tour is a “slow” one week birding tour covering Lake Naivasha, a fresh water lake, and Masai Mara National Park. It combines good birding, top luxury accommodation at the exclusive Crater Lake tented camp and a lot of relaxation. Your Itinerary: Day 1 – Nairobi: Arrival at […]
The seven day Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara tour is a “slow” one week birding tour covering Lake Naivasha, a fresh water lake, and Masai Mara National Park. It combines good birding, top luxury accommodation at the exclusive Crater Lake tented camp and a lot of relaxation.
Day 1 – Nairobi: Arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in the evening. Transfer to the La Mada Hotel.
Day 2 – Crater Lake, Lake Naivasha Country Club: After breakfast we leave Nairobi via the Nakuru road to the Rift valley. The Nairobi – Nakuru road is on a contour along the rim of the Rift valley and on viewpoints we will be able to see our whole route for the next days. Our destination is Crater Lake: a lesser lake in the Rift Valley but a place where nature is at its best. On the way we stop at the Limuru Swamp where we do our first bird count: Little Grebe, Yellow-billed and Maccoa Duck, Pelicans, Coots, Egrets and Herons. Soaring are Black Kite, Augur Buzzard and Pied Crow.
After lunch we drive to Crater Lake. Apart from numerous birds like the Bearded Woodpecker, Lesser Flamingo, Grey-capped Warbler, Lesser Honeyguide, different kinds of weavers and the Grey-backed Camaroptera we spot our first game in the sanctuary: Giraffes, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Zorillas, Aardvarks, Leopards and a range of Gazelles. Today’s program should be taken as light as possible so that clients can be able to wear off the jet lag. Accommodation is in the Lake Naivasha Country Club. This lodge opened in 1937 as a staging post for Imperial Airways’ flying boat service from Durban to London. The 55-acre property boasts green lawns shaded by mature acacias and spreading fever trees, that stretch down to the lake’s shore.
Day 3 – Crescent Island, Lake Naivasha Country Club: We start our day with a boat ride on Lake Naivasha on the look out for a range of fish eaters: both the Long-tailed and Great Cormorant together with the Fish Eagle and the Pied, Malachite and Giant Kingfisher. To have the best sightings of the bird life in Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island is the place of choice. It is a lagoon from where we should be able to see Red-capped Lark, Spectacled and Baglafecht Weaver, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Brimstone Canary and Red-billed Firefinch.
Day 4, 5, 6 – Masai Mara, Fig Tree Tented Camp or equivalent: We head to the famous Masai Mara National Reserve, which borders Serengeti in Tanzania. Mara is the gem of game viewing and bird watching in Kenya with 450 species recorded. We will drive through Masai land, home to one of the most fascinating cultures in Africa.
In the vast grasslands we expect to see Elephants; the large Cats – Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah; the herd animals – Zebra, Wildebeest, Thompson’s and Grant’s Gazelles; and specialties like the Hartebeest and the Topi. Expected bird species are the highly conspicuous Common Ostrich, the small but still conspicuous Cardinal Quelea, Sooty Chat, Ground Hornbill, Open-billed Stork, Temminck’s Courser, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse and Denham’s Bustard. Lilac-breasted Rollers are common. If we find a kill, we may see six species of vultures all dining together: Egyptian, Hooded, Griffon, Nubian, White-backed and White-headed. It will be a double reward should a Hyena or a Jackal join in the scramble for the kill.
In addition we will encounter numerous raptors such as Bateleur, Martial and Tawny Eagles, as well as Pale Chanting Goshawk, Augur Buzzards and Black-chested Snake Eagles. Along the Mara River we’ll watch for African Finfoot, Schalow’s and Ross’ Turaco, Woodland Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Barbet, Black-billed Weaver, Violet-backed Starling, and perhaps with luck, Pel’s Fishing Owl. Any tapping noise on the trees may be indicative of the relatively uncommon Woodpeckers (Golden-tailed, Green-backed and Fine-banded). Hopefully we will be lucky enough to see some of the more difficult to see mammals such as Bat-eared Fox, Hunting Dog, Serval and the delightful Banded Mongoose. Overnight is 3 times at the Fig Tree Tented Camp, which is built with a great natural set up, so we will be able to bird watch easily from the tents.
Day 7- Back to Nairobi: Transfer back to Nairobi in time for lunch. Evening transfer to the airport where we say goodbye.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
The cost includes:
- All accommodation as per itinerary,
- All meals from breakfast of day 2 through lunch of day 7
- All transport Nairobi-Nairobi, services of guides, a comprehensive bird checklist and the park entrance fees
It does not include:
- The airfare to and from Kenya, airport taxes, visa, insurance, drinks, tips