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Best of Masai Mara

Duration: 3 nights

This short package serves as the perfect introduction to safari in Kenya, with a 3 night stay at the award-winning Sanctuary Olonana in the heart of the Masai Mara.
Day 01 - Arrive Nairobi, Kenya

On arrival at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you will be met by a Sanctuary Retreats representative who will transfer you to Wilson Airport for your connecting flight to the Masai Mara, one of Africa's greatest parks, where your Olonana guide will meet you at the airstrip. Drive to the camp (about 15 minutes) with game viewing en-route, you may be rewarded with sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a host of other plains’ game.

On arrival relax and freshen up in your tent before lunch is served. The tents at Sanctuary Olonana are very spacious and have floor to ceiling mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush lavatories, solar lighting and large, river view verandahs.

The main dining room and veranda commands a dramatic stretch of the Mara River providing the perfect setting for breakfast, afternoon tea and after dinner star gazing.

In the afternoon there is time to relax before enjoying one of the many activities offered at Olonana. Take a game viewing drive to experience the phenomenal wildlife or visit the adjacent Maasai village to learn about the local Maasai culture and get a feel for the Maasai pastoralist heritage.

As the afternoon activity comes to an end, drive to a specially chosen vantage point overlooking the Mara plains. Enjoy drinks as you take in the beauty of the rapid sunset coloring the acacia dotted plains and transforming the world in a matter of minutes. Sit by a the log fire and discuss the day's adventures as waiters serve canapés, with the spectacular setting sun in the horizon.

Return to the lodge in time for a well deserved dinner.

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana
Day 02 -

This morning after breakfast at the camp venture out led by our expert guides to explore the Mara. The Mara is a fabulous place for seeing big cats and all of the big five, a variety of plains game and over 300 bird species. The plains offer a rich variety of food for the dominant predators: lion; leopard; hyena and cheetah.

Elephants browse amongst the large herds of wildebeest and topi, eland and buffalo, Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle. In the Mara River, hippos submerge to snort and grumble while crocodiles sunbathe, mouths agape, on the riverbanks. From around July to October, there's the greatest show on earth - the wildebeest migration.

On one day you could walk with our naturalist and learn about plants, trees, insects and even how to approach animals on foot, as your guide shows you how to spot animal signs which are everywhere but not that easily noticed.

Return to camp for lunch and then spend the afternoon at leisure. Relax by the pool or revitalise at our mini-spa which offers a range of treatments from facials to body massages. Olonana earned a Silver award from Ecotourism Kenya - visit the wetlands which cleanses wastewater before returning it to the natural environment or take part in our tree planting initiative which offers an opportunity to purchase and plant an indigenous tree leaving a positive mark on a piece of Africa.

Mid-afternoon high tea will be served before your next activity.

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana
Day 03 -

During your stay at Olonana there are a variety of activities that can be booked on request. One possibility is a balloon safari. Float gently over the plains with a bird’s eye view of the game below as the sun rises slowly over the horizon. After around one hour the balloon lands and nearby a full breakfast is served in the middle of the bush with glasses of bubbly to toast your flight!

An adventure on Lake Victoria is another option. Take an early flight by light aircraft to the lake. Try fishing for the legendary giant Nile perch found in these waters as you explore the myriad of tiny islands or stop at a traditional fishing village and see how the villagers live from day to day before flying back to the Masai Mara.

On your last evening drive out into the bush where a private and secluded clearing has been prepared for an elegant dinner in the middle of the wilderness. The table setting is as sophisticated and elegant as found in the finest restaurants. Candles flicker in the darkness, throwing golden lights on the table cloth as smiling waiters serve a delicious dinner. After dinner retire to the warmth of the campfire where brandies and liqueurs are served as guests relax and absorb the peace and beauty of an African night.

Overnight: Sanctuary Olonana
Day 04 - Depart Nairobi, Kenya

Spend your morning game viewing in the Mara and return to camp for lunch.

In the afternoon your guide will transfer you to the airstrip for the flight to Nairobi's Wilson Airport. On arrival we will meet you and drive you the short distance to Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International
Airport for your departure flight

21 June - 30 September $3020
1 January - 31 March, 1 - 31 October $2455
1 April - 20 June, 1 November - 15 December $1828

The above rates are per person sharing.

21 June - 30 September : $705
1 January - 31 March & 1 - 31 October : $535
Package includes:
3 nights at Sanctuary Olonana
Scheduled flight Nairobi - Mara - Nairobi
Airstrip transfers in Mara and Nairobi
Park entrance fees
Shared game viewing activities in the Mara, Nature walk, Masai village visit, Bush meals (weather permitting)
All meals and drinks (except premium spirits and champagne)
Package excludes:
Additional activities (such as Balloon excursion or Fishing excursion on Lake Victoria, mini spa)
Any items of a personal nature not mentioned above
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21 June - 30 September $3020
1 January - 31 March, 1 - 31 October $2455
1 April - 20 June, 1 November - 15 December $1828

The above rates are per person sharing.
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