Drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley, the longest rift in the crust of the earth, on your drive from Lake Nakuru to the Masai Mara. As soon as you enter the reserve and cross the protected area, you will be on a game drive. This is where most people lose count of the animals they see, even if they've been trying to keep track thus far on their time in the bush. Within the first few hours, you will likely see thousands of zebras, wildebeest, impalas, and gazelles in huge mixed herds. During your stay at Masai Mara, you can also expect to see such animals as lion, giraffe, rhino, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, hyena, baboon, warthog, and thousands more topi, wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, and other large mammals. If you are lucky, you may see lions or cheetah hunting and even making a kill. In the afternoon, drive to the hippo pools on the Mara river at the edge of the park. During the middle part of the day between game drives, you might look for the colorful paradise flycatcher, grey-headed kingfisher, sunbirds, and bee-eaters. Alternately, you might take an optional visit to a local Masai village where you can gain insight into the unique and majestic lions of the Masai Mara culture and lifestyle of the local tribe. You spend the the next three nights at a comfortable, permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara, with private baths, hot showers and dining area. On one of these nights you will have a bush dinner under the vast African sky.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Ashnil Mara Tented Camp (or similar)
At the Giraffe Center, you will be hand-feeding the giraffes!