ARRIVAL - DAY 1 & 2 - MASAI MARA RESERVE
Upon arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, our airport guest relation's officer will personally meet all arriving guests. We will be standing outside the arrival section holding a signboard with your name on it. You are assisted with your luggage and transferred to the secondary airport, Wilson, where you will check in for your outbound flight to Kenya's wilderness parks and reserves.
[OPTIONAL Overnight Note/Recommendations: Should you prefer to rest before your Kenyan safari in Nairobi, Africa’s original and first stepping stone safari destination, the city is modern, sophisticated and cosmopolitan with the big game Nairobi National Park sited at its doorstep serenaded by the various hotels, camps and lodges in the distinct city and suburban pockets of Nairobi, offering a variety of choices and experiences. Historically, Nairobi arose as a midway stop point during the construction of the Mombasa coast to Lake Victoria railway system by the Indian migrant labor during the British Colonial era. Today, Nairobi plays host to the rich cultural icons and spectacular paleo collections from the past at the Nairobi National Museum, conservation and awareness efforts for the protection of elephants at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, European colonial settler experience penned by Karen Blixen and epitomized in the movie Out Of Africa and most enjoyed by all, Giraffe Manor, a hotel lodging where the morning wake up call is the gentle tap on the bay window by the long-eyelashed and conserved Rothschild Giraffe. Several flights arrive at all times, in the early morning which helps you start your safaris on the same day too late evening arrivals which allows for a good night sleep in Nairobi. There are several excursions that can be planned when you arrange for additional time in Nairobi. Please review our Nairobi Day Tours section for the list of excursions.]
Fly to the heart of the Masai Mara Reserve arriving at the airstrip where your specialist Masai Mara safari guide will meet you on arrival. Offering superb plains scenery, unmatched safari activities and diverse wildlife, Masai Mara National Reserve is considered Kenya’s best park and one of Africa’s highest wildlife density regions for predators. The reserve covers 583 square miles (1510 square kilometers) of outstanding wilderness in southwest Kenya. The location, wildlife, activities and comfortable moderate climate put Mara at the top of the list, even for the most discerning Aberslopes traveler to Kenya. The Masai Mara is a critical part of the route used by wildebeests and zebras during the Great Migration that traverses the Masai Mara via the Serengeti National Park during late July through late October - approximately. Recognized as one of the most spectacular wildlife events on the planet, the migration is a continuous route that is followed by an over 1.5 million wildebeests and thousands of zebras, gazelles, and elands. In their never-ending pursuit for the finest grazing and watering grounds, the gnu relocates on an almost constant basis. The perseverance of these wildebeests is demonstrated in their ability to mate while on the move, and many cows are pregnant during part of the migration. Additionally, even the youngest wildebeest calves are expected to keep up with the herd. Standing and walking within minutes is critical to its survival. Additionally, the Masai Mara offers year-round game viewing. The reserve and surrounding conservancies offer diverse resident species experiences during your safari excursions. You will frequently see impalas, topis, giraffes, elephants, zebras, buffalos, warthogs and other grazing herbivores. With so many prey animals, Masai Mara is a veritable bonanza for large predators, such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles and other stealthy, powerful hunters. The abundance of terrestrial animals is enhanced by the presence of more than 450 winged species, including 57 birds of prey.
Masai Mara Reserve Accommodation
Nestled in a woody area, within a bend of the Mara River in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Governor's Camp is a deluxe accommodation for discerning Aberslopes guests traveling in the wilds of south-western Kenya. The camp has 37 tents and about half of them face the expansive plains and sited amidst lush greenery facing the Mara savannah, the others are riverside tents offering curly views of the river. Some of the rooms come with a double bed while others have twin queen size beds. Spend time in the lounge, bar and dining sections of Governor’s Camp that are all open under a canvas top so you can enjoy the rich ambiance of the wilderness all around you while on your authentic safari vacation in Africa. They also have a viewing deck overlooking the river from where you can watch the crocodiles sunning themselves on the sandbanks and hippos cooling in the river water. From time to time, a pair of eyes, ears, and snout appears to regard you carefully. While you could have your meals in the dining tent, the camp also arranges for al-fresco meals on the lawns where a warthog or mongoose might visit you to see if it can share your bread. Enjoy tasty buffet meals complemented with vegetarian dishes and desserts with perhaps a couple of elephants grazing not too far away.
Overnight Accommodation: Governors Camp
DAY 3 & 4- MASAI MARA PRIVATE CONSERVANCY
Proceed to Masai Mara Private Conservancy. The establishment of Kenya’s conservancies that encircle Masai Mara National Reserve advanced wildlife management strategies that are core to Aberslope’s preservation values. The conservancies essentially extend the protected land for flora and fauna. The Mara conservancies are the result of a brilliant approach to wildlife management – work with local Maasai landowners to set aside land and help communities benefit from the generated revenue. Under the conservancy agreements, landowners establish zones that are not to be used for grazing and agriculture. Instead, these zones are allowed to return to a natural and pristine state. Once flora re-establishes in the zone, grazing and foraging herbivores return, along with many species of avi-fauna. These prey animals in turn attract predators, including birds of prey, scavengers and Kenya’s powerful hunters – lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and wild dogs The conservancies in the greater Mara also offer many advantages to landowners, local communities and Aberslope guests. Within each conservancy are lodges and camps that offer exclusive access to safari activities. These accommodations generate revenue. Landowners, in turn, receive monies from leasing their land. Portions of the revenue are also dedicated to local community projects in Masai Mara, such as medical facilities, schools, micro-financing and much more. Our guests benefit by spending time in Masai Mara’s pristine wilderness country and partaking of wholesome safari activities. The conservancies offer a more extensive range of activities than what is allowed in the reserve, such as night game drives, safari walks and off-road game drives, to name a few of the outdoor activities that are unique to the conservancies. Additionally, the conservancies restrict the maximum number of guests and rooms, so seeing many safari vehicles during game drives is lessened compared to the public reserve.
Masai Mara Private Conservancy Accommodation
The Oloisuk Concession (part of Mara North Conservancy) with the Mara River ribboning through it is the site of the Karen Blixen Camp, inspired by the 1920s living style of the famous novelist of the same name. 900 hectares of tranquil wilderness surround you, and as you lounge on your private wooden deck overlooking the river, hippos take long soaking baths in the water or lie basking on the shaded sandbanks. You could also spot crocodiles with their jaws wide open as they digest their food with the warmth of the sun and other fauna like zebras, impalas, buffalos and giraffes as they stop by cautiously for a drink. Elephants lumber through the vegetation raising their trunks to scent unseen danger and then take long, cooling showers. All these sights and the relaxed ambience of this mid-range camp enhances your Kenya wildlife holiday while the careful hospitality of the Maasai staff makes you feel welcome in their delightful world. The camp has 22 capacious tented rooms for their frill guests traveling in this expanse of East Africa, erected on elevated wooden decks with either double or twin beds. Solar panels silently generate the power to light your tent, and soft rugs spread on the wooden floor along with easy chairs that add comfort and a warm atmosphere to the deck. Textile mesh panels on canvas walls and the entrance flaps allow in the sights, sounds and scents of the wilderness while daybeds on the patio outside are perfect for an afternoon of leisure. The en-suite bathroom comes with bathrobes, flush toilet and an outdoor shower with an adjoining sunken bath for your use. Custom-built safari vehicles await to take you on your exploration of the private conservancy (day game drive, night game drive, bush walk) where you may have a chance to witness the unique phenomenon of the seasonal Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration.
Overnight Accommodation: Karen Blixen Camp
DAY 5 - DEPARTURE DAY - AIRPORT TRANSFER OR CONTINUE ON AN OPTIONAL SAFARI EXTENSION WITH ABERSLOPES TOURS
Breakfast. Morning activity. Thereafter, transfer to the airstrip for your flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival, connect to your international flight back home or continue on with an extension safari, tour or beach trip within Kenya, Africa or the Indian Ocean Islands.