Our 6-Day Masai Mara Budget Safari delivers some of the best game viewing opportunities in East Africa, for an affordable price. This fully guided, scheduled small group safari overnights in eco-friendly, en-suite tents along the banks of the Talek River on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Custom departure dates can be arranged. Book early to avoid disappointment!
- Scheduled departures from Nairobi
- Budget-friendly Kenyan safari
- 1-night bed and breakfast in Nairobi, including transfer from the international airport to your hotel
- 4 nights full board and accommodation in Masai Mara
- Unlimited, flexible game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve with an expert, English-speaking guide
- Big Five game viewing in the best wildlife areas
- Small group departures (min 2, max 6)
- Exclusive custom departures with no other guests on board are also possible
6 Day Masai Mara Budget Safari Itinerary
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to the Eka hotel in Nairobi (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Eka Hotel is a modern, contemporary hotel conveniently located between Jomo Kenyatta and Wilson airports. The hotel offers easy access to some of Nairobi's most popular attractions such as Nairobi National Park, the Karen Blixen Museum, and the Giraffe Center. If you'd like to spend more than one night in Nairobi to take in some of the local attractions, we can arrange that.
Eka Hotel has an excellent restaurant, bar, coffee shop, gym, swimming pool and wellness center. Dinner is not included but you can enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant or any of the nearby local restaurants (the hotel is opposite the NextGen shopping mall with a variety of restaurant options)
After an early breakfast in Nairobi (included in the price), we depart for the Masai Mara, home to the highest density of wildlife in the world. We head to our safari camp, Basecamp Masai Mara on the banks of the Talek river. During the scenic drive to the Mara, you'll have plenty of time to discuss your day-to-day itinerary and game viewing expectations with your guide.
We arrive at Basecamp Masai Mara at lunchtime. After lunch, we enjoy our first afternoon game drive in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. We can expect to see elephants, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and a variety of antelope species. Predator sightings are always special, and surprisingly common in the Mara. We return to camp around sunset. Dinner in the camp restaurant overlooking the Talek river and African plains beyond is a magical experience.
You will be staying in one of 17 spacious canvas and mosquito-screened tents resting beneath thatched roofs on wooden platforms and facing the Talek River. Each en-suite tent is fitted with a bio-flush toilet and solar-heated, open-air safari shower, and has its own private balcony. The trees in the surrounding forest are home to monkeys and a variety of beautiful birds.
Days 3 to 5
The Masai Mara National Reserve is most famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration, which can usually be witnessed between July and September when the herds cross from Tanzania into Kenya. However, even outside of migration season, there is plenty of resident game including the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard), resident herds of wildebeest and zebra, giraffe, cheetah, and many other species to be seen. Hippos and giant crocodiles are abundant in the Mara river. Wandering herds of elephants traverse the grassy savannas, accompanied by eland, topi Thomson's gazelles, and many other types of grazing animals.The iconic vistas and abundance of wildlife found here make the Mara one of the world's best safari destinations and a photographer's dream location. For the next three days, we will explore all the Mara has to offer on fully guided game drives.
Our game drive times are flexible. We might go out on morning and afternoon game drives, returning to camp for lunch. Or we can take a picnic lunch and stay out all day, in order to cover a bigger area and see more of the reserve. The Masai Mara National Reserve covers an area of 1,510 square km (or 583 square miles) and together with the Mara Triangle it is by far the most visited game reserve in Kenya.
The Mara is an attractive all-year-round safari destination and there are two rainy seasons - the long rains from March to May, and the short rains from October to December.
After four glorious nights at Basecamp Masai Mara, we embark on our final morning game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Around mid morning we leave the Mara and make our way back to Nairobi. The drive takes around 5 hours and we normally arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by late afternoon, in time to check in for your outbound flight.
- Kindly ensure that you do not book an outbound flight that departs before 21h00 (check in at 18h00).
- This safari is ideal for those on a budget with limited time, but who still want to experience the wonders of game viewing in one of East Africa's most famous game reserves.
- Check out our list of scheduled departures below. Please Enquire Now to ask about availability for your preferred date.
- Please book early! This is a popular safari, and short notice availability is minimal.
- Please contact us if none of the departure dates below suit you, or if you prefer a private departure.
- This safari has a fixed itinerary but we can also arrange a custom itinerary for you. If you'd like to make any changes to the duration or accommodation, please ask us for a custom quote.
Scheduled Tour Dates
This trip departs and ends in Nairobi on the following dates. If none of these dates works for you, please contact us to request a custom departure.
2022 Departure Dates
- 3 Jul to 8 Jul 2022
- 9 Jul to 14 Jul 2022
- 19 Jul to 24 Jul 2022
- 1 Aug to 6 Aug 2022
- 7 Aug to 12 Aug 2022
- 18 Sep to 23 Sep 2022
- 14 Oct to 19 Oct 2022
- 19 Oct to 24 Oct 2022
- 17 Nov to 22 Nov 2022
- 15 Dec to 20 Dec 2022
- 21 Dec to 26 Dec 2022
- 26 Dec to 31 Dec 2022
2023 Departure Dates
Please Enquire Now about our 2023 departure dates.
|Period||Price per person (pp)|
|July 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022||
|October 1, 2022 - December 21, 2022||
|December 22, 2022 - December 31, 2022||
|January 1, 2023 - March 30, 2023||
|April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2023||
|July 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023||
|October 1, 2023 - December 21, 2023||
|December 22, 2023 - December 31, 2023||
The rate is per person sharing. Please ask us about the applicable single supplement, child policy, and child rates.
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- Meet and greet at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
- Transfer to Eka Hotel
- 1 Night accommodation
Basecamp Masai Mara
- Return transfers from Nairobi
- Guide and vehicle for the duration of the tour
- Accommodation and all meals
- Daily game drives in Masai Mara National Reserve
- Masai Mara National Reserve park fees
- Items of a personal nature
- Visas if applicable
Basecamp Masai Mara
- Items of a personal nature
- Gratuities (Optional)
- International flights and medical insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Additional nights' accommodation in Nairobi
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