Mara Wildebeest Migration Safari

Masai Mara Wildebeest MigrationClick to enlarge

A Special Offer combining 3 of the best private wildlife conservancies in the Mara (Ol Kinyei, Naboisho, Olare Motorogi) PLUS the Mara National Reserve.
 
See the wildebeest migration which moves into the area between June and October and stay 5 nights in the highly rated Porini Camps with full board, free drinks, all conservancy fees, shared game drives in open-sided 4x4 safari vehicles, escorted walks, bush breakfasts, sundowners and night drives all included.

Image courtesy of client Carol O'Hare


Migration Safari Highlights

The safari starts with a 4 hour road transfer by our shuttle minibus from Nairobi to the Porini Mara Camp to stay 3 nights and explore the exclusive Ol Kinyei and Naboisho conservancies. Then on Day 4 we drive into Olare Motorogi Conservancy to stay 2 nights at the Porini Lion Camp with game drives in the conservancy and a full day with picnic lunch inside the Mara Reserve, before flying out on Day 6 back to Nairobi or direct to Ukunda Airfield at the coast for a relaxing stay by the beach after your safari. The wildebeest migration moves through the Mara Reserve and the adjoining conservancies during June to October so if your stay is in this period you should see the migration within the conservancies and have a day in the reserve to see if there are any river crossings.

The conservancies where the Porini camps are located form a vast wilderness area of 100,000 acres set aside exclusively for wildlife and adjoining the Mara reserve. Within these conservancies there is a large lion population (over 120 individual lions have been identified in the 100,000 acres, making this area the place with the highest concentration of wild free-roaming lions in Africa. Leopard and cheetah also present in good numbers as well as all the animals for which the Mara is famous including giraffe, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, eland, topi, jackal, and hyena. At the Ol Kinyei Conservancy there is only our Porini Mara Camp with maximum 12 guests and our Gamewatchers Adventure Camp with maximum 18 guests located within the 18,700 acre conservancy and we do not allow outside vehicles and minibuses so you will see the big cats and other wildlife without the hordes of tourist vehicles that throng the Reserve itself. 

The wildlife conservancies next to the Mara Reserve are now recognised as the best place in Kenya for wildlife viewing and to see the big cats, offering a more exclusive experience then the Mara Reserve itself which can become very crowded with minibuses from all the large mass-market tourist lodges built inside the reserve and along its boundary. Within the conservancies there is a strict limit on tourism by keeping to a policy of no more than 1 guest tent per 700 acres and a maximum of 12 tents in any camp: a formula developed by Gamewatchers’ Managing Director, Jake Grieves-Cook who pioneered the concept of leasing parcels of land from the Maasai landowners to be set aside as Conservancies to create protected wildlife habitat to generate benefits for the Maasai community from the rental income and from opportunities for employment as conservancy rangers, safari guides and camp staff. 

An article by The Telegraph travel editor and expert on African wildlife safaris, Brian Jackman, giving an update on the conservancies can be seen here.

 Itinerary

3 nights Porini Mara Camp in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy / Mara Naboisho Conservancy followed by 2 nights at Porini Lion Camp in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy plus a full day inside the Mara Reserve.

Day 1

Road Transfer by shuttle minibus from Nairobi to Ol Kinyei (140 miles, 4 hours) arriving for lunch at Porini Mara Camp. This is a small eco-friendly bush camp of just 6 tents for a maximum of 12 guests giving an intimate and more personal safari experience and where you will be looked after by the Maasai who own the Ol Kinyei Conservancy.

In the afternoon, take your first game drive in the Ol Kinyei Conservancy in an open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle with an expert Maasai guide and spotter to look for the abundance of animals that have been seen in this very scenic 18,700 acre wilderness area which has a variety of landscapes including hills, valleys, acacia forests and open plains.

The Conservancy is reserved exclusively for guests of the Porini Mara Camp and the mobile Gamewatchers Adventure Camp so there are no other tourist vehicles allowed into the area, giving you the chance to experience the big game of the Mara without the masses of tourist minivans seen in the Reserve. In the evening you will stop at a scenic spot for a sundowner followed by a night game drive in the conservancy, then head back to camp for a shower and dinner. Overnight Porini Mara Camp.

Day 2

Awaken at dawn and head out on a game drive into the adjacent Mara Naboisho Conservancy, a 50,000 acres wilderness area which is exclusive to a few small safari camps which have joined with Gamewatchers Safaris in leasing the area as a wildlife conservancy owned by the local Maasai community. The open plains and valleys with scattered acacia woodland abound with wildlife including resident lions. Hippo and crocodiles can also be seen. Stop for a picnic bush breakfast in a scenic spot and continue exploring the Naboisho Conservancy, returning to Porini Mara Camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will have the option of a game drive or an escorted nature walk and then continue to a scenic viewpoint for a sundowner overlooking the vast plains of the Mara eco-system before returning to Porini Mara Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3

A full day to have game drives in the Ol Kinyei and Naboisho Conservancies to further explore the wilderness with your expert guide and to seek out the wildlife. Sundowner, night drive and final dinner at Porini Mara Camp.

Day 4

After an early breakfast drive through Naboisho Conservancy and on to Olare Motorogi Conservancy arriving at Porini Lion Camp for lunch. In the afternoon you will take a game drive in the 33,000 acre conservancy followed by a sundowner and night drive back to camp. Overnight Porini Lion Camp. This is one of the best places in Africa to see lions and there are three resident prides which have made Olare Motorogi their home range.

Day 5

Another early breakfast and then spend a full day inside the Mara Reserve, with a picnic lunch, to seek out the migration if is in the area. Back to camp in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Leave the camp after breakfast and drive through the Mara Reserve to Ol Kiombo Airstrip and fly back to Nairobi or fly direct to the coast for a beach holiday after your safari.

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DATES FROMDATES TOPER ADULT SHARING IN ONE DOUBLE, TWIN OR TRIPLESINGLE TENT SUPPLEMENTEXTRA NIGHT AT PORINI LION CAMP
1-Jun-1430-Jun-142195 USD650 USD380 USD
1-Jul-1430-Sep-142995 USD650 USD585 USD
1-Oct-1431-Oct-142795 USD650 USD530 USD

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