Dos and Don’ts of Self-drive safaris in Kenya. The best way to save some money and enjoy the freedom of a safari is to go by self-drive safaris. It is important to know the things to do and those things to avoid when on self-drive in Kenya. Firstly, the things that are most important to take great care on are your safety, security and time. You will need to run your itinerary by the tour company for them to tell you what is possible and what is largely impossible to achieve within your time frame.
Kenya Self-drive safari from Nairobi. Below are the things to do before and during your Kenya self-drive safari. You can decide to run through most of these dos with your Nairobi self-drive car hire company for them to advice you on your safety on the road, security at camp and at pit stops and time management between destinations.
Here are 10 things that you should NOT do at all cost during your self-drive safari in Kenya. Most of these don’ts are things that ensure your safety on the road and security during travel. Kenya is mainly a safe country in the towns as long as you keep to the day time hours. You can be in the middle of a market with hundreds of people in rural Kenya and be safer than a street in New York. Kenyans are amazingly peaceful and happy people. But you should watch out for the secluded sections on major highways for highway bandits. Avoid having bathroom breaks in the middle of nowhere.
There are much more to know on the dos and don’ts while on Kenya self-drive safari but most of these also apply to other countries that you have ben to before. Taking a little caution is always the best way to avoid theft or getting stranded or lost. Where in doubt of the route, you can always stop at the petrol station and enquire on directions. Traffic and regular police are also always very happy to help you with directions.
Kenya is a beautiful country to explore on your own time and pace. A self-drive tour in Kenya gives you unlimited flexibility to explore the major national parks without breaking your bank. You also get to stay in either luxury lodges or ground camping. Whichever your choice, a self-drive in Kenya is easy to do and is highly recommended as opposed to the tight scheduled itineraries where your freedom is curtailed.
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Discover Masai Mara game reserve safari from Nairobi. Explore Maasai Mara 3, 4 or 5 day safari staying in luxury lodges or budget tented camps. Watch the big five animals and the great wildebeest migration and the Mara river crossing stampede. Whichever Masai Mara tour package you choose, you will be in for a treat in one of Africa most sought after wilderness vacation.
Here are 8 best Masai Mara game reserve safari highlights and things to do in Mara.
Explore Masai Mara game reserve in 2 daily game drives to look out for the lions, elephants, buffalos, leopard and rhinos. You will experience a game drive at 6:00am and again an evening game drive at 16:00hrs until dusk. Drive along the expansive Mara plains with wildlife strewn all over the plains. Masai Mara is home to over 3 million animals including giraffes, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs, gazelles, hippos, jackals, baboons, wild dogs among other millions of animals. You will be able to view the big five animals in a single day in the Masai Mara.
Discover Masai Mara walking safaris in private ranches around the Masai Mara game reserve. Most of the group ranches around the Masai Mara offer walking safaris. You will be picked by an armed Masai warrior and walk among the wildlife in the plains in the early morning to view wildlife as close as possible. Your Masai Mara guided walking safari will last s for 1hr or 2 hours and you are able to see the lions, elephants, giraffes, rhinos at a much closer proximity.
You can camp in tented camps in Masai Mara to get that exciting oneness with nature feeling. Experience immersion in nature by sleeping in a tented camp complete with a bed, private bathrooms and a verandah to watch the sunset from. You don’t have to break the bank by staying in lodges while you can stay in some of the Masai Mara budget tented camps just next to the Masai Mara game reserve. Enjoy a bon fire in the evening outside your tented camp as you savor the day’s exploits in the game drives.
Go on bird watching trips in Masai Mara and watch the more than 400 species of birds in the game reserve. Masai Mara has many species of birds in the various ecosystems including the riverine and ponds, the savannah grassland birds and the forest area birds around the forested areas. There are some resident masai mara bird’s species and some migratory birds that you can watch in Masai Mara. Some of the birds you will see in grasslands include secretary birds, kori bustards, ground hornbills, jaunty crowned plovers etc. on swampy areas you will see the saddle billed storks, yellow billed storks, sacred ibis, goliath heron and rufous bellied heron. Birds of prey include the martial eagle and the pigmy falcon including the majestic bateleur eagle.
Track wildebeest migration for 3 or 4 days across the plains of Masai Mara safari. You will go on long game drives viewing the millions of wildebeests across the grasslands. Get a chance to see most of the 1.5 million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles migrating from Tanzania into Kenya and back. Your wildebeest tracking game drives will see you get close to live lion kills, cheetah chases and leopard ambushes. All the big cats will keep you entertained as they chase around the wildebeests. Mara river crossings are great places you will visit to see the awesome river stampedes as thousands of wildebeest scram and swim in the flooded river. Against all odds and marauding crocodiles, the wildebeests cross the river Mara in great numbers and you will able to witness and discover the migration in all its greatness.
You can visit a Masai village on your second day in Masai Mara. You have option of several Masai villages to go to in one of the afternoons. Learn how the Masai people dance the jumping dance, how they make fire from sticks, how they marry and many other local traditions. Visit one of their houses that have little ventilation and made from dirt and cow dung. Visiting the Masai village, you should also be ready to be asked to buy some trinkets and curios made by the Masai. These are mostly beadworks as the traditional knives and daggers won’t get into a plane. The Masai will be happy to invite you to join in their traditional jumping dance.
Ride a horse and go on horse riding game drives in the private conservancies around Masai Mara game reserve. You will go on a guided horseback game drive in Masai Mara to watch the animals up close on horses. These are very popular safaris that allows you to ride off road as opposed to going on a game drive in a car which restricts you to the motorable tracks only. This will ensure that you are able to get as close as possible to the game and wildlife.
Go fly in a balloon safari in Masai Mara and watch the wildlife from up above. You will be picked early before dawn for your balloon safari in Masai Mara. Your Mara balloon flight starts before dawn and you will be able to see the sunrise and the animals below as they scamper from your balloon. The cool morning weather coupled with the millions of animals below and the thrill of the actual ride makes a Mara balloon safari a must activity. After the flight, you will be served with a champagne breakfast and go on a 1hr game drive as well as get a certificate after the ride. Make sure to go on a Masai Mara balloon safari. The Masai Mara balloon safari cost is worth the time you will spend and the experience.
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