Four Masai giraffes, Masai Mara NR, Kenya

Masai Mara Long Weekend

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$2,355 USD
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Trip code: 
WYW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Short Breaks, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
5
Group size:
2–6

The ultimate African safari long weekend

A trip designed for people who want to do something different one weekend. Flying directly into the Masai Mara, one of the world's best wildlife reserves, we stay three nights in the luxury tented camp, Ilkeliani. From here we spend our time out on game drives looking for the prolific wildlife that populate the reserve including lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, wildebeests and so much more.

PLEASE NOTE: This trip does not have set departures and can start on any day of the week. Game drives are shared with other people staying in the same luxury tented camp and use the camps own expert local guides.

Highlights

  • The fantastic wildlife of the Masai Mara
  • Staying in a luxurious tented camp
  • Flying all the way to the reserve
  • The Great Migration (August to October)
  • One of the most memorable week-ends you'll ever have

Key information

  • 3 nights Ilkeliani Tented Camp
  • Fly into and out of the Masai Mara
  • Game drives in specially designed vehicles

What's included

  • All meals included whilst in the Masai Mara
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Compulsory Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Nairobi; fly to Masai Mara; afternoon game drive.

    The land only portion of the trip starts at Wilson Airport from where we catch a flight to the Masai Mara. Upon arrival 4WD vehicles from the lodge will pick us up and take us to our luxury tented camp. This afternoon we will go on our first game drive.


    Accommodation: Ilkeliani Tented Camp or similar
    Luxury Tented Camp

    Meals included: Lunch Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    Two full days game viewing in the Masai Mara.

    We spend two full days with morning and afternoon game drives and optional game walks. As the best time to view game is early morning or late afternoon we will return to camp during the hottest part of the day where we can relax in the common areas and even look out for game right from the porch of our tents.
    We never know what we will see when out game viewing but many emblematic African animals are commonly seen here including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, cheetahs, wildebeest, hippos and numerous others. It is also possible to see some of the more elusive ones such as leopards and Wild dogs.
    During the Great Migration season, from August to October, we spend some time watching one of the most amazing wildlife spectacles on Earth as millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles attempt to cross the river from the Serengeti whilst crocodiles, lions and other predators lie in wait.
    Those interested can also take an optional hot air balloon ride (not included)  for a bird’s eye view of the African plains and its fascinating wildlife.
    Accommodation: Ilkeliani Tented Camp or similar
    Luxury Tented Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Morning game drive; fly back to Nairobi. End.

    This morning we have a final game drive before flying back to Nairobi in the afternoon. Those on group flights will be transferred back to Jomo Kenyatta Airport in time for their return flight home.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
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Essential Info

Visas

Kenya

Most nationalities do now require a visa for Kenya, including Britons, most EU nationals, Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians.  At present single entry and transit visas are available online (see below) and soon all visas will have to be obtained online. Alternatively visas are available in advance or on arrival. The Kenyan government are planning for all visas to be obtained online and may stop delivering visas on arrival on short notice. For the latest information please contact your local Kenyan High Commission or Consulate.  
For information about the online application process please visit http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html.
The cost of the visa is US$50 for a single entry visa and US$100 for an East Africa visa (valid to travel in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda – if the website still says coming soon please check with the Kenyan High Commission) (https://immigration.ecitizen.go.ke/index.php?id=7)
You will need to first register to the ecitizens website (including needing a photo 500px x 500px) before you can start applying.
For the application process itself you will need details of the accommodation used (which we will send you) and itinerary as well as a photo 5.5cm x 5.5cm and a scanned or photographed copy of your passport’s bio/photo page.
If after visiting Kenya you will also travel to Uganda and Rwanda, you may apply for East African Visa that will cover all three countries. This  visa is currently available upon arrival in Nairobi. Please contact the Kenyan High Commission to obtain more information about the combined visa from Kenya.

Vaccinations

Kenya

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All meals are included whilst in the Masai Mara.
Hot drinks with freshly baked biscuits are provided before your early morning game drive. A packed breakfast consisting of fruit, cakes, juice and coffee/tea is taken out on the plains or a cooked breakfast can be taken at camp.
Lunch can be eaten at camp or is sometimes packed if there is reason (to see the migration, for example) to be out the whole day. Tea and cakes are taken mid-afternoon before the game drive. A 3-course dinner is taken each evening in the open dining area.
Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Weather

Kenya straddles the equator so showers can occur at any time of year, however the wettest period is April and May (we have no departures then) Due to the altitude the Masai Mara (1550m) the night-time temperature is beautiful, cool yet not cold. Daytime temperatures can get as high as 30 degrees but with low humidity. There can be light rains at the end of the year, but if anything this is a good thing as it cuts down the dust and brings out the colours. The main rainy season is April and May, though rains normally come in short storms rather than continuous day-long sessions. During this period the roads can become difficult and a little patience and pushing may be required! Please be aware that over recent years weather patterns have changed and are now somewhat unpredictable.

Lake Nakuru, Kenya

Is this trip for you?

This is a trip for people who want to do something special for a long weekend. With direct flights to Nairobi from London and various other European cities and only a minimal time difference, going to Kenya just for a few days is easier than you might think. London flights (if booking incl. flights) leave on Wednesday evening and return very early on Monday morning. Once in Kenya we save time by flying straight into the reserve allowing us to focus purely on the safari itself.
Accommodation is very comfortable in a luxury permanent tented camp. All tents are en suite and all meals in the Masai Mara are included. Game viewing is done by specially designed 4WD safari vehicles.
You are looked after by the luxury tented camp's staff and guides whilst in the Masai Mara.
This trip runs throughout the year and can be organised on a private basis as well as group basis. Families can book on this trip with children as young as 5 though you should note that if you wish to do so there needs to be at least one adult per 2 young children as there are triple tents but not family tents available.

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Accommodation

Luxury Tented Camp

For this long weekend you will stay at the luxury Ilkeliani Permanent Tented Camp. The tented rooms are raised up slightly on earth mounds, overlooking the river and the plains. These mounds are covered in vegetation and you do feel like you are out in the wilderness.

Single supplement available

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Experts

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  • Reviewed December 2015
    Nicole Binks

    Do it!

    This is a bit of a long journey for the short holiday, but it is totally worth it! The game drives were phenomenal. I never expected to get this close to the big cats! I am planning to go back for more! The only downside was that I was the only guest at the camp at the time. There are 17 tents and I thought I would find like minded people to share the experience with over dinner and drinks... But no. .. Staff at the camp were fabulous and made me feel extremely welcome. They even moved a table outside for me so that I could enjoy the company of the local birds, that literally sat on my table while I had lunch. But it would have been a better experience if there had been other travellers around the fire pit ( which was not lit because I was on my own) and to share drinks with on the amazing viewing platform. I would encourage people to do the trip at this time of year! Long days, more time with the big cats ( I believe there are many vehicles queuing for a 'photo shoot' at other times of the year), cute Cubs... What's not to like. I want to go back for the great migration, but I know for certain that this time of year offers many other attractions in the less busy Maasai Mara. The flights/transfers were well organised and I even had the same taxi driver driving me through Nairobi at the time of arrival and departure. There was a long stay in Nairobi after flying back from the Mara until the flight left for the UK and the taxi driver even offered options like shopping or a meal at a restaurant before going to the airport. I did not take him up on that, but really appreciated the offer! If you are wondering whether it is 'worth it' for those few days....it REALLY is...go for it, book it! And enjoy! I know I did!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing a lioness and a cheetah with Cubs on the way from the little airport to the camp!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    There was no group leader

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No... But I absolutely loved the trip!
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Andrew Holliman

    Wonderful trip

    Short but very good trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    HArd to choose between a very playful bay elephant and 4 cheetah cubs.
  • Reviewed November 2014
    Anonymous

    Spectacular isn't strong enough!

    After so many other safari's this was by far the best. Accommodation at Talek Gate was perfect and Charles the camp manager extremely hospitable. We saw everything thanks to Amos our tour guide and had a fantastic time. Lions, Leopards, Cheetah, Giraffe and Rhino and every animal had young. Breathtaking scenary and connection to life!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Apart from the sunrise and sunset I think there was 3 moments: seeing a mother leopard and cub dismount a tree and watch us, having lion cubs stalk us and a giraffe and a cheetah and cub using our jeep for shade and as a toy

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not really relevant for this tour

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We had an amazing guide called Amos - with 8 years training he had huge knowledge re every animal and bird, an uncanny ability to know where the animals were and a passion that rivalled our which meant we spent almost he entire day and into the evening out with the animals.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Wildebeest Migration means food is plentiful and combined with the birthing season made for a wonderful experience.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Gillian Body

    Maasai Mara long weekend

    Amazing trip with 6 full game drives packed into the time. Saw all of the big 5 and many others.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The leopards.... or maybe the cheetah and cubs ..... or the lion cubs... too difficult to choose.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    No offocial leader but the camp staff (manager Charles and team) were very helpful and enthusiastic about the Mara and ensuring a good time was had. Our driver Amos was fantastic. It was great having the same driver for the whole trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just get on and book! Be prepared for the wildebeest to turn round and walk away from the river.....
  • Reviewed September 2013
    Anonymous

    MASAI MARA LONG WEEKEND

    Very enjoyable weekend. The animals were amazing, saw 4 of the big 5.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the migration crossing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    There was no group leader on the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take warm clothes for the morning and evening game drives.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

This trip can start on any day of the year. Game drives are shared with other people staying at the luxury tented camp and lead by the camp's own expert, local guides. Prices vary slightly with the seasons between £1399 and £1599 land only. we can also book your flights to Nairobi. Price includes transfers in Nairobi, domestic flights into the Masai Mara and all accommodation, meals and game drives in the Masai Mara.

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