3 Days Kenya Safari in Masai Mara

If you would like to experience the full wonder of the Maasai Mara, a 3 days Kenya safari is just what you need. Three days in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve allows you to spot the Big Five, enjoy the expanse of nature without any rush, and spend a few nights in luxury. Travel agencies keep these factors in mind when designing their 3 days Mara safaris, which typically go as described below.

kenya-safariDay One: Safari through the Rift Valley

The first day of this safari usually begins on a Friday morning; the drive takes you from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara via the Great Rift Valley, with stops at particularly breathtaking viewpoints, and lunch on the way.

When you arrive at around 3.30PM, there will still be time for a short evening game drive, after which you may have dinner and either pitch tents in the campsites or spend the night in permanent camps, depending on your choice of safari.

Day Two: Full day in the Maasai Mara

On the second day, you will have the benefit of viewing wildlife right from your camp or lodge. The early morning is great for bird watching, too, which can be a great start for your day. You will have a picnic lunch out in the wild, and enjoy lots of photo opportunities for the Big Five and other wildlife in the Mara.

Image by Diana Robinson @ Flickr.com
Image by Diana Robinson @ Flickr.com

If you choose to plan your 3 days Kenya safari during the peak travel seasons, particularly during the great wildebeest migration, be prepared to share viewing spots with many other visitors. Do plan your wildebeest migration safari to match the predicted dates when the wildebeest are expected to start crossing the river.

Day Three: Journey Back to Nairobi

The final day begins early as you leave camp and travel to Nairobi through Narok. You will have the chance to buy some souvenirs or have a cup of tea. Lunch is usually served on the way back, and you arrive back in Nairobi in the late afternoon, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a relaxing evening after the trip.

Customizing Your Safari

You could choose to make this a flying Kenya safari by choosing a travel package that includes flights to and from the Mara through the Wilson Airport. It would also be ideal if you are visiting the Maasai Mara from Mombasa, which would take a few minutes compared to traveling by road.

Another option is to ask your travel provider for alternative routes to the Maasai Mara, where you may have the chance to see the locals, purchase unique keepsakes, or simply take photographs of Kenyan landscapes. This might take more time to achieve, meaning that the trip to the Mara will start earlier than expected, but it will be well worth it.

If you are a bit more adventurous, try a self drive to the Mara, and within the reserve itself. You may need to do consult the game wardens at the reserve for tips on the best routes to take within the Mara; it will definitely be worth your while.

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Image by Pnoid00 @ Flickr.com
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