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  • Dear Mary, we want to thank you so very much for an outstanding experience!!!!! You were so lovely to work with during all of the planning and some of our last minute church changes! What an incredible experience we had!!!!! All of our transports were right on time, clean, and courteous. We learned so much local flavor in talking with our drivers. Virunga Lodge was spectacular. Every detail was seen to. They provided us with spats for the gorilla hike and even cleaned our boots upon return. We sat with groups of other travelers so that was fun to get to know people from all over. FYI: They now have power strips in the rooms and loan out battery operated hair blowers, Both the golden monkey safari and the gorilla safari were fabulous. Very well coordinated and we felt totally safe. We really over-thought the experience before we went…it was a breeze. Ngare Serian was our absolute favorite among favorites. Adrian runs a great lodge. The aaccommodations were so spectacular right on the Mara River. The guide and driver were so well prepared and courteous. Being guided and at night being protected by the Masai warriors was a fun treat. We felt the experience was very authentic. We were totally blessed by a great migration of zebras. We watched 4000-5000 zebras cross over a 2 hour period at the main crossing. I know timing is everything…and we had the timing. We skipped the tree house. It is pretty rough and we so loved our room we did not want to miss a day staying there. Emakoka was a perfect end to the trip. Nairobi is such a busy city we were glad to be able to spend our last night in their peaceful surroundings. We took a late afternoon game drive. The food looked great and the service was so classy. I was a little under the weather that day and did not get a chance to enjoy all of the great food. But Marv said it was great. I recovered the following morning and breakfast was terrific! I would be happy to post any high recommendations I can on whatever sites would be helpful to you and your company. You are the finest! Thank you so much.

    Marvin and Karen from California travelled to Rwanda & Kenya

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Masai Mara Game Reserve

Situated on Kenya’s south-western border with Tanzania, the Masai Mara is perhaps the world’s most famous wildlife area – an extension of the famous Serengeti plains and one of the few areas where animals can be seen in the large numbers that existed a hundred years ago.

Lying at an altitude of around 5500 ft, the habitat is predominantly open grassland plains dotted with trees and thickets, and incised with forested drainage lines. The Mara and Talek rivers flow, or hold water, throughout the year, sustaining the vast wildlife population. The diverse habitat enables many different species to co-exist, including the Big 5 – elephant, black rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard and it’s not uncommon to see some 30 species of larger mammal on a three or four day Masai Mara safari. The birdlife too is impressive with over 500 species recorded.

The Masai Mara is particularly impressive when the annual wildebeest migration is in residence. The migrating herds of zebra and wildebeest usually arrive sometime in July and remain until late October. During this time, the herds often cross back and forth across the Mara River. These river crossings can be very dramatic with crocodiles and lion waiting in ambush. The Masai Mara is also known for its excellent ‘big cat’ viewing, and plays host to the BBC’s popular Big Cat Diary series. Even outside of the ‘migration season’ the Masai Mara safari region offers spectacular game-viewing, particularly the larger predators – lion, leopard and cheetah. Although the Masai Mara attracts a huge number of visitors, and it is difficult to have this game-viewing paradise to yourself, there are selected areas which offer a more exclusive experience.

The whole Masai Mara safari region encompasses the official Masai Mara Game Reserve, as well as a series of Maasai-owned group ranches and private conservancies that border the reserve to the north. There are no fences between properties and outside the National Reserve itself, the wildlife mixes freely with the local Maasai people, who can often be seen tending their livestock. The Maasai, a very proud people, are an integral part of the ‘landscape’.

Safari camps which lie outside the reserve itself may offer walking safaris as well as game drives. Horse riding trails are also available, whilst limited private safari houses are perfect for families.

For more information on Masai Mara safaris please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

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