Are you dreaming of Africa? Have you entered your Give More, Get More ballot and done a little light googling of Kenya tourist sites? If so, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are over 50 parks and reserves in Africa, and for some of the big parks there are thousands of safari listing.
How would you choose?
Well, one of the very best parks is the Maasai Mara game reserve. It’s described as ‘the quintessential’ safari experience – the ‘real Out of Africa’. Picture golden grasslands, big starry skies, acacia trees, and Africa’s richest concentration of wildlife. It’s also home to the Maasai, Kenya’s cattle-herding tribes whose unique way of life is one of the cultural fascinations of the world.
For many reasons, the Mara is an excellent choice. But the tough choices don’t stop there. The Mara is 1800 square kilometers and there are hundreds of tour providers.
For the winner of the Give More, Get More trip contest, the decision won’t be completely open-ended. They will be invited to choose a three day safari that fits within the total trip budget.
We thought you might like to know what’s entailed in this kind of experience and so we’re sharing a sample itinerary here. Just to be clear, the winner and guest will choose their own itinerary, but this gives you an idea.
Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara
- Early morning pick up in Nairobi
- Enter the Maasai Mara Reserve in time for lunch
- After lunch embark on an evening game drive in a custom safari minibus with pop-up roof, with an English speaking guide
- Late evening, settle for dinner and overnight accommodation at a lodge or tented camp
Day 2: Masai Mara
- Spend the day on the lookout for the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant
- Option to picnic lunch, or split the day into an early morning and late afternoon game drive
- Option to visit a local Masai village
- Dinner and overnight at lodge or tented camp
Day 3: Masai Mara – Nairobi
- After breakfast at camp, exit the park and drive to Nairobi in time for lunch.
Sounds wonderful, and it is!
So what time of year is best? Well, again, there’s kind of an embarrassment of riches. For us Canadians, Kenyan weather seems pretty great all year round. (Hello, equator!)
If you want to see the great migrations in the Maasai Mara (highly recommended), you’re best to go between July and October. This stunning event is the world’s largest terrestrial migration by mammals. On the move are over a million wildebeests, as well as hundreds of thousands of zebras and antelopes.
July and August are busy, and hot, but in September and October the weather becomes cooler, drier, and the crowds dissipate.
Is a winter escape what you’re after? In January and February the days are clear and hot, and the nights are warm. There are also more tourists, so book early.
I hope you’re as excited about the grand prize trip as we are! It’s such a thrill to give back to our amazing customers. Because of you we’ve been able to give over $1 million to Organics 4 Orphans and run the business that we love!