African Lion Safari

5 days lion safari to Masai Mara and Mara Naboisho

on request
5 days
Jan-March
2 persons
all meals included
WHOLE BASECAMP CIRCUIT
lion season 2,110 usd
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AFRICAN LION SAFARI

5 day lion safari to Masai Mara and Mara Naboisho

If sighting a lion in the untamed bush is at the top of your bucket list, then join us on African Lion Safari in Mara Naboisho Conservancy now believed to host the highest number of lions in Africa. Since its establishment, Mara Naboisho has been a haven for a number of wildlife including the iconic African lions. Approximately 100 lions and the largest pride in the Greater Mara Region call this place home. This safari adventure maximizes your lion viewing opportunities in their natural habitat.

Day 1

Upon your arrival at Olkiombo Airstrip, you will be warmly welcomed by our knowledgeable Maasai Guides, the true savanna specialists ready to take you on your very first game drive en-route to the camp. Hop aboard 4×4 vehicle and embark on a spectacular game viewing. The periods particularly from January to March are very good since it is the peak of wildebeest calving season. The wildebeest calves become easy targets for lions and other predators. Capture shots of herds of elephants, wildebeests, zebras, giraffes and gazelles grazing. You will arrive at your first destination, Basecamp Masai Mara, in time for lunch. Enjoy authentic signature cuisines and gracious hospitality. After a well-deserved lunch, you will be escorted to your tent to allow you to settle into the area and adjust to the pace of safari before your next adventure. Late in the afternoon, you will join your Maasai Guide for an afternoon game drive. In Masai Mara Game Reserve you can expect to see lions regularly and often by the pride. The terrain in the reserve is also mostly open savannah, which makes it easier to see the lions in this magnificent African-dream setting. At sunset, you will stop over at a scenic viewpoint to enjoy Basecamp Sundowner drinks and snacks, stretch your legs as you get ready to head back to camp. Return to Basecamp Masai Mara Camp for a delicious three-course dinner, followed by an interactive session with our naturalists in regards to lions.

LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED
BASECAMP MASAI MARA

Day 2

Rise early in the morning when the animals are most lively for a morning game drive with your Maasai Guide. This is yet another bush experience that will surely create lifetime memories. One of the most sought-after safari experiences is coming across the big cats during a game drive. If you are fortunate enough, you will catch lions during one of their rare bouts of daytime activities. It can be fascinating to watch the social interaction between pride members, especially the playful ways of lion cubs under the watchful eye of their mothers which is particularly delightful scene. Listen to the low growls of a lioness and her cubs. Return to camp for a sumptuous breakfast. After Breakfast, our Naturalist Maasai Guide will take you on a Camp Walk. You will also have time to see some of the community projects supported by Basecamp including Basecamp Masai Brand a community-based handicraft business which aims at using traditional beading practices to help local Maasai women improve their financial independence or visit the Masai Manyatta to learn about Maasai culture and lifestyle. At mid- day you will gather your things and prepare to continue your journey through the Basecamp Circuit. Your next destination is Wilderness Camp in Mara Naboisho Conservancy. This camp is tucked away deep inside the incomparable Saddle Valley and has been designed as a tribute safari of the early explorers. Enjoy an authentic signature lunch. Relax in the afternoon before your next game safari. Late in the Afternoon join your Maasai Guide for an evening game drive. At sunset, you will stop over at a scenic viewpoint to enjoy Basecamp Sundowner drinks and snacks, stretch your legs as you get ready for the thrill of a lifetime: Basecamp Night Safari! As darkness sets in, it is your opportunity to see what happens in the African bush at night. Your Maasai Guide will equip the vehicle with infrared lights to allow you to spot the nocturnal animals of Naboisho. The lions are particularly good hunters during night-time, be on their look out. Night Safari is a truly exhilarating experience and is only permitted inside private conservancies. Return to Wilderness Camp for dinner, and story-telling around the fireplace.

ALL MEALS INCLUDED
Wilderness Camp

Day 3

Awake to the sound of the birds singing and a steaming cup of coffee, as you prepare for whole day Walking Safari. Enjoy a wildlife interaction that is sure to be a highlight of your experience. Your next destination will be Eagle View Camp. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience only allowed inside private conservancies such as Naboisho. Our guides are experienced, passionate and always eager to share in their culture and traditional knowledge of the savanna around them. With years of experience and an intimate insight into animal behavior and territories within their domain, your Masai guide intuitively knows where to search for the sought-after lion’s pride. After a few hours of walking, enjoy a picnic lunch served under the shade of an acacia tree. Relax for some time before you start your afternoon walk. As you search for these iconic creatures, your guide will find other interesting and amusing things in the bounty of the surrounding bush. You will learn medicinal values surrounding local plants, interesting facts about lions, insects, and birds, and you can use this information to appreciate your surroundings more at our exquisite camp that is perched atop a natural hilltop, a perfect location for spectacular scenery of the wilderness within Naboisho Conservancy. You arrive at Eagle View Camp in time for a well-deserved dinner. As you rest around the fireplace, reflect on the experiences of the day.

ALL MEALS INCLUDED
Eagle View

Day 4

Start the day with an early morning game drive across the savanna. Spend the early morning hours enjoying spectacular game viewing. Mara Naboisho has an amazing healthy Lion population that has been made possible by the equally healthy wildlife food chain below it – Naboisho boasts impressive herds of plain game, elephant, giraffe, wildebeest, and zebras. Head back to camp for breakfast where you can capture the magnificent views of Mara Naboisho from the camp’s viewing deck in our airy dining area. After breakfast, relax in your well-appointed tented camp for some time before having lunch. After lunch, join your Maasai guide and discover more about Basecamp explorer do good projects. Visit the students at Koiyaki Guiding School, a capacity-building institution supported by Basecamp Explorer. Round off your afternoon with an evening game drive. Watch for wildebeest, zebras, impalas and warthogs, and see how many of the more than 300 bird species you can spot. You may catch up with the big cats, sated for their night hunts. Thanks to the abundant prey within Mara Naboisho your chances of spotting lions on the hunt in this relatively compact and diverse conservation area are very high. Return to camp in time for dinner. Unwind and be mesmerized by the dazzling stars.

ALL MEALS INCLUDED
Eagle View

Day 5

Make the most of your last game drive safari as you take in the sights and sounds of this unique region. Marvel as the savanna springs new life before returning to camp for a sumptuous breakfast. Enjoy some downtime before lunch is served. After lunch gather your things and say your goodbyes. Enjoy your last game drive en-route to Naboisho Airstrip before you bid farewell to Kenya’s Great Masai Mara wildlife. Arrive at the airstrip in time for your scheduled 4pm flight for your onward flight adventure to another holiday destination or international connection back home. As you board your plane, treasure the feeling of coming as a guest, staying as a friend and leaving as a partner even after a short stay with us.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INCLUDED

Summary

Price: 2,110 USD per person (January-March)
Price is based on double or twin tents. Single supplement is USD 320
Departure: On request
Minimum: 2 persons
Age limit: no age limit

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What’s included?

Accommodation & Activities according to the program
All meals
Return domestic flights from Nairobi to Mara – all taxes included
Airport transfers in Nairobi
Airstrip transfers in Mara
Unlimited Game Drives in Eagle View and Wilderness Camp
Optional picnic breakfast and lunch
Tea and coffee service in own tent if desired
Private dining at the platform, on availability
Optional visit to our community projects
Free Wi-fi at Eagle View

What’s not included?

International airfares and visa fees, drinks, supreme bush meals, balloon safari, laundry, telephone calls and tips, Mara Naboisho Conservancy fees, other incidental charges.

Recommended equipment

Comfortable Safari clothes – avoid white due to the dust, warm sweater of fleece for the evenings, wind and water proof jacket, solid hiking boots for the walking safari, comfortable footwear for the game drives, binoculars, sunscreen, sun hat & sunglasses, a good book, camera and extra battery, head light, mosquito repellent for protection while outdoors, pack in solid soft bag.

Note

As a small and personal company we tailor-make all our safari programmes. Each element of the this Itinerary can be changed to suit your personal preferences.

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