5Day Mara Migration and Mombasa Beach

  5 Days 4 Nights

Overview

This 5day Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration safari is for those interested in viewing wildlife in Masai Mara National Park. The Great Wildebeest Migration in the plains of East Africa is one of the world’s most thrilling, intriguing and spectacular displays of wildlife behavior. Your guide will escort you to Kenya’s most famous game reserve, The Masai Mara, where most of Africa’s wildlife gathers on the sun-bleached grasslands that turn a lush green in the rainy season.

You will experience the true wildlife watching in one of Africa’s most popular game parks as you go on game drives with your professional guide. You will also do game drives for have chances of viewing wildlife like leopards, cheetahs, buffalos and the black manned lions but we emphasize that nature dictates and depends on your Luck.

You will then end your trip at the Mombasa Beach for a few days and later return home. The beach experience combines both the north and south coast. It takes you to the beach center town of Mombasa. During your stay, you get to enjoy beach life, excursions to top marine national park, decorated cultural and historical sites and monuments, taste sea food, relax and enjoy yourself.

Tour Summary

    • You’ll go to Masai Mara and Mombasa Beach
    • This tour starts in Nairobi
    • Activities: Wildlife viewing in Masai Mara and Coastal Beach
    • Getting around: 4X4 safari Vehicle
    • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
    • Additional accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

    Detailed itinerary

    Day 1: Drive to Masai Mara National Park

    After breakfast you will leave you hotel in Nairobi and drive through the stunning & scenic Great Rift Valley with a brief stopover to admire the breathtaking views and optional shopping at the curio shops. Enjoy another brief stop-over in Narok Town for refreshments and to use the rest rooms before continuing your journey to Masai Mara with a short game drive enroute before reaching the lodge. Arrive at the lodge in time for check in and lunch. Day at Leisure to enjoy the facilities the lodge has to offer before going for a thrilling introductory evening game drive in the Magnificent Masai Mara. Return to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight Stay

    Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}

    Masai Mara Game Reserve

    The Maasai Mara (also known as the Masai Mara, and locally simply as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: “Mara” means “spotted” in the local Maasai language of Maa, due to the many trees which dot the landscape. It is world-renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs and elephant, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and other antelope, to and from the Serengeti every year known as the Great Migration. The Masai Mara “Big Five” are the Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. The Greater Mara Ecosystem encompasses areas known as the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Triangle, and several Maasai Conservancies, including: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.

    Masai Mara Wildebeest Migration

    Every year, around 1.5 million wildebeest; 350,000 Thomson’s gazelle; 300,000 zebra; and thousands of eland and other ungulates (hoofed animals) participate in ‘the greatest show on Earth’, The Great Wildebeest Migration when the grassy plains of the southernmost Serengeti begin to dry out and the ever-moving columns of wildebeest follow an age-old route in search of grazing and water that takes them across the plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya from between Mid-June and Early September (however the dry seasons may change due to global warming)

    The three groups of migrant grazers take advantage of different heights of grass, which means they stick to their own kind with only a small overlap in their distributions. The grasses of the plains have the highest protein content in the whole of the Serengeti, as well as being high in calcium.

    It is unclear how the wildebeest know which way to go, but it is generally believed that their journey is dictated primarily by their response to the weather; they follow the rains and the growth of new grass. While there is no scientific proof of it, some experts believe that the animals react to lightning and thunderstorms in the distance. It has even been suggested that wildebeest can locate rain more than 50km away


    Day 2: Game drives in Maasai Mara

    Early morning breakfast and depart the lodge with your packed lunch boxes for a full day game viewing across the rich tree studded grassland and rolling hills. At lunchtime, our guide will pick a scenic (and safe) spot where you will enjoy your lunch and hear animals howling, birds chirping and the mighty Mara River flowing across the savannah bringing life to the park. After watching more of the spectacle that never gets dull, transfer back to your lodge. Enjoy a bush dinner and overnight stay in Masai Mara.

    Meal Plan: Full board


    Day 3:Drive back to Nairobi and transfer to Mombasa

    Today, you will fly to Kenya, Upon Arrival at Moi international Airport and you will be picked up by your safari guide of the day who will meet, greet and take you for Mombasa city tour that may include a visit to Fort Jesus, several temples, Maama Ngina and craft markets. Lunch will be served in a selected restaurant and then proceed to your Beach hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation:  Neptune Beach Resort

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Drinks: Drinking Water


    Day 4: Beach life, walks and swimming

    After your breakfast, you are free to relax on the beach, take a walk on this beautiful beach that stretches 17kms as you observe tides and blue ocean with happy people. This is one of the most amazing experiences you should not miss. The walk on this beautiful beach is so relaxing and rewarding. Return to your Hotel for Lunch, short relaxation and swimming in the pool or ocean.  A couple of surprise activities may be arranged for you to make sure that you enjoy your stay. Dinner and overnight at your Lodge.

    Accommodation: Neptune Beach Resort

    Meals: All Meals Included

    Drinks: Drinking Water


    Day 5: Transfer to Moi International Airport

    Depending on your flight details, your driver will transfer you to Moi International Airport for your flight out. It was a pleasure hosting you.

    Accommodation: End of Tour, No accommodation

    Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    End of Tour

    • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost

    You’ll be dropped off at the airport or hotel

This safari is available on private basis so you can contact us for a quote. Provide us with details of how many people you will be in a group, when you intend to travel and one of our specialists will respond to you as soon as we receive your email

Safari Vans

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

Safari land cruiser

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

New Normal Travel Guidelines (SOPs)

At Encounter Africa Safaris our core value is to provide you with an authentic safari experience during these new and changing times when the whole world is alert about the ongoing pandemic of the Coronavirus. Encounter Africa Safari Travel SOPS have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing, safety and health of our clients and as such guidelines and measures have been put in place as we return to the new normal post covid-19. All these are in line with advice, guidelines and procedures for a post covid-19 traveler put in place by WHO, UNWTO, UWA, AUTO, UTB and Civil Aviation.

General recommendations for personal hygiene, cough etiquette and keeping a distance of at least one meter from persons showing symptoms remain particularly important for all travelers and even those without symptoms. These include:

      • Perform hand hygiene frequently, particularly after contact with respiratory secretions. Hand hygiene includes either cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub. Alcohol-based hand rubs are preferred and are not easily soiled. All travelers are advised to carry with.
      • Cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or paper tissue when coughing or sneezing and disposing immediately of the tissue and performing hand hygiene; the recommended type of mask is the N95.
      • Refrain from touching mouth, eyes and nose, in general areas of the face.
      • Postponing travel plans in cases of illness, and avoiding contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections, hence social distance of at least one meter apart and if you are not sure of your health then postpone travel until you feel

On arrival at the airport or any entry point

      • Mandatory temperature screening using non-contact infra-red thermometers at the key tourism gates at the Airport.
      • Clients are required to have tested for the Virus prior to travel dates and should carry with medical documents supported by medical evidence and consistent with health best practices.
      • A non-contact system (digital travel) has been introduced at the Airport for clients to check in and out and at visa points, you will be attended to by someone behind a glass shield and they will also wear face masks and protectors to maintain as little contact as possible.
      • It’s now a must for all travel bags to be wrapped in plastic bags for travelers who are checking in at the Airport.
      • Mandatory hand washing / sanitizing at all entrances of the Airport for all travelers and staff.
      • Face masks are a must for all travelers, the recommended mask is an N95.
      • Tours should not exceed more than 4 in a group to maintain social distancing and walk marks in place around the airport.

In the vehicle while traveling.

      • Regular communication of safety protocols and responsibilities to clients, and to keep them informed and reminded to stay vigilant while enjoying.
      • Onboard sanitizing tissues and/or fluids to clients (travelers) and staff (driver guides and the like) will be available and we encourage you to use them.
      • Making stops along the way for gas, food, or bathroom breaks can put you and your traveling companions in close contact with other people and surfaces. Hence we will minimize the stops and set designated stopping areas that we prove to be safe for our health and we will encourage a takeaway food system to seating in hotels during stops. We rather encourage picnic eating along the way.
      • Cleaning all surfaces more frequently, using products and disinfectants that meet requirements with special attention to high-touch surfaces like vehicle door knobs, picnic boxes, hand rests, refrigerators, etc.
      • Redesigning all processes towards a more digital and touchless approach in all possible touch-points. Like cashless payment points as money has been found to spread the virus.
      • Reduce the number of objects on board. Limit luggage quantities while traveling to only what is enough for your tour.

At the lodge.

Encounter Africa Safaris is working with only those lodges that have proven to uphold the health of our clients first and practicing as per the guidelines of WHO as below;

      • Our partner hotels, lodges and restaurants are those that have increased the frequency of cleaning in common areas and contact surfaces and rooms. The lodges have also gone further to put hand sanitizers in both the common room and in bedrooms.
      • Social distancing is a must in lodges we use of at least one meter which is the standard around the world.
      • Upon arrival standard safety protocols will be outlined and how the lodge is practicing them to prevent spread of the virus in case a person is found to be sick.
      • Our partner hotels and lodges keep spare rooms for possible sick or quarantine guests that are suspected to have the virus and later inform authorities about it.
      • The hotels and lodges we use have implemented contactless check-in and provide guests with a hygiene welcome kit where possible (this may include gloves, masks, and sanitizers).
      • Where possible temperature will be taken using a contactless infra-red thermometer as a basic standard for checking the common symptom of covid-19.
      • The partner lodges have adopted new services such as room service or picnic takeaway to reduce convergence in the common dining area at the lodge and also you are encouraged to avoid buffets while ordering for meals as these attract many people.
      • Our partners lodges and hotels foster flexibility in all their operations, such as those that can amend bookings if clients are not able to make it at suggested times and those that can keep credit for the client until when they are fit to travel.

At the national parks.

      • All Staff and visitors shall wear the right face masks that have been prescribed by Ministry of Health (Visitors will carry their own masks an N95).
      • Staff of Uganda Wildlife Authority will inform the visitor of the general government approved covid operational guidelines. They will explain to the visitor the UWA safety COVID measures (DOs and DONTs) during their tour and stay within the protected areas.
      • The tourists shall be required to provide a certificate that shows that they are COVID negative, either provided by our Ministry of Health or the relevant authority from the country most recently visited.
      • Temperature screening will be done at the key tourism gates of the different National Park. Those with temperatures above 37.6 degrees Celsius shall not be allowed into the protected areas and shall be advised to seek medical help through the mechanisms set up by authorities to get to the nearest quarantine location.
      • Every tourist shall have wash and disinfect their hands at all entry points to the protected areas. Sanitary alcohol sanitizer dispensers as well as hand washing facilities with soap shall be installed at all entry points.
      • There will be regular disinfecting of common areas with heavy tourist contact before, during and after visiting hours. These include information counters, service desks, waiting areas, park offices and toilets. Toilets in particular should be cleaned at least every 2 hours
      • Where applicable, transparent screens will be fitted at all, park gate counters. The staff manning the gate will only allow visitors who have the prescribed face masks and who have washed/ sanitized to enter the park

Tourist vehicles and boats within the national parks

      • The National guidelines issued by MoH shall be enforced by tourists while in visiting the National Parks i.e
        • Saloon cars – 3 persons (This does not include the guide, where one is requested and paid for)
        • Buses, mini buses and omnibuses – Half capacity
        • Overlanders – Half capacity
        • Concessionaire delivery vehicles, pick-ups and lories – 2 persons
        • Private boats and launches – Half capacity
        • Tour operator game drive vehicles and UWA owned game drive vehicles – 6 persons
      • Social distancing should be observed within the vehicles
      • Tour operators and service providers will be regularly reminded to disinfect their cars regularly
      • UWA owned vehicles will be washed every day before use and disinfected daily through spray pumps
      • Every protected area shall provide a safe location where this spraying can be done, and where they tour operators can also park their cars to disinfect them
      • All tour operators shall be encouraged to provide their drivers with an alcohol rub/hand sanitizer for frequently or alternatively wear gloves. Caution should however be taken to remove this sanitizer whenever the car is parked
      • All other precautionary measures have to be enforced ie washing hands, social distancing and cautiously using masks

Key Tourism Activities

Briefing of tourists

      • Before engaging in any tourism activities, the tourists shall be given the usual briefing regarding the activities they are about to engage in. In addition to this, the guides shall remind the tourists about the risk / looming dangers of covid and brief them on the general preventative measures government has instituted and the measure they will be expected to abide by while in the Protected Areas, and remind them that it’s both for their safety and that of the wildlife.
      • These guidelines and measures shall also be printed and displayed in key visible areas within the park such as the briefing areas, the gates, the information centres, the canteens, to mention but a few.

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking

      • The existing gorilla and chimpanzee tracking rules and guidelines (see annex) will remain in force to prevent any human to animal transmissions. These include
        • 8 and 6 tourists will be allowed to track the gorillas and chimpanzees respectively
        • The tourists must keep 7m away from the gorillas and chimpanzees
        • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be overly coughing shall not be allowed to track
        • Tourists who during the briefing are observed to be sick shall not be allowed to track. These include tourists with signs flu, and those who report to have diarrhoea and stomach upsets, malaria etc
      • While the forests are dense and don’t have any specific trails for tracking, the assigned UWA guides shall try as humanly possible to ensure that there is social distancing among the tourists while the tracking takes place
      • The tourists shall be encouraged to carry light equipment to minimise the need for potters while they undertake the tracking. This will be communicated to potential tourists through the tour operators and other fora
      • Due to the reported side effects of putting on masks for long periods and in high altitudes, the number of breaks during the tracking shall be doubled to give tourists time to breathe fresh air.
      • During these breaks, social distancing should be observed

Game Drives

      • The regular park rules shall apply
      • The vehicle guidelines above shall also apply
      • Where a guide is requested, the guide shall sit at the front and shall continuously remind the tourists about the need to social distance
      • Masks shall be worn at all time
      • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find a safe and secure place to park the vehicle and allow for the tourists to get fresh air while maintaining social distance

Boat Cruises

      • The regular park rules shall apply
      • The boat and launches guidelines above shall also apply
      • The UWA owned boats must be cleaned and disinfected every day before any boat cruise activity
      • The concessionaire shall also be required to clean and disinfect their boats every day before any boat activities
      • The guide shall enforce social distancing while on the boat.
      • Masks shall be worn at all time while on the boat
      • Where a tourists gets side effects due to putting on a mask for a long time, the tourist shall inform the guide who will find space within the boat for this client to get some fresh air for a few minutes. This shall be away from the other tourists

Anticipated travel needs for anyone traveling post Covid-19

      • Bring enough of your medicine to last you for the entire trip.
      • Pack enough alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) and keep it within easy to reach.
      • Bring a cloth face covering to wear in public places. Mask N95 is recommended while traveling to Uganda.
      • Prepare food and water for your trip where possible and avoid eating at places providing buffets.
      • Limit the number of people you get in contact with while on safari.

For more information about safety and healthy responses and updates on Covid-19 in Uganda and East Africa, do not hesitate to contact Encounter Africa Safaris

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