The Beautiful People! For all first timers on an African Safari, start from Kenya’s Masai Mara’s relentlessness beauty, easy access, luxury and plenty of wild life. Once you get done from Masai Mara, your hunger to experience wilder, better and more luxurious safaris will increase! Kenya’s Masai Mara is the beginning of something that doesn’t have an end.
There are many safari parks to visit in Kenya, but our goal was to cover more of north western Serengeti bordering Kenya and Tanzania due to peak migration season, so most of our destinations were in Tanzania, but Kenya has equal amount of beautiful parks – Amboseli, Lake Nukuru, Mt. Kenya, Tsavo NP, etc.
THE ROUTES AND PLACES
We started our African Safari Odyssey in Nairobi Kenya and traveled in a private Land Cruiser for 5 days before flying into Tanzania’s western Serengeti plains in a small prop plane. It was our first time in Africa on a 17 days packaged safari that included Kenya and Tanzania, with all – lodging, boarding, private certified naturalist experienced informative ranger guide (they were the best!) with private Land Cruiser included. Lodging all across African Safari are luxurious and may fit various budgets from 3 to 5 star lodges inside and outside the park; in Masai Mara we stayed on the rim of the park that had a Masai guard all night at every cabin of the resort to guard from crossing animals.
Stop 1 – Nairobi
We spent 2 nights and 1 full day in Nairobi, visiting historical museums, elephant and hippo nurseries and drove around shanty town as well as affluent neighborhoods to see the stark differences that exists in Africa. We felt that 1 day was enough in Nairobi and great place to flush the jet-lag before kick starting safari.
Stop 2 – Masai Mara
The drive from Nairobi to Masai Mara is about 5 hours that goes on the edges of the rift valley, a stop over is a must to understand the geology and anthropology about this place that extends from southern Africa (Mozambique) all the way north to Dead Sea in Middle East, 4000 miles long that is on an average 35 miles wide. We spent 3 full days in Masai Mara – Top Activities in Masai Mara – Game watching (Lions and Cheetahs are in abundance), Hot Air Balloon Safari and Wildebeest Migration when they cross the Mara river, in thousands for greener pastures. We spent one whole morning parked on the banks of Mara river and waited along with hungry hippos and hiding crocodiles for wildebeest to cross the river. They did come!
Finally we left for Migori in eastern Kenya from the Masai Mara game reserve airport, we were transported into Tanzania via border crossing by road and took another bush plane from Tarime into Grumeti (Mbalagati) where our Tanzanian private certified naturalist experienced informative ranger guide was waiting at an airport in middle of nowhere that only had a dirt runway for bush plane.