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 WALKING SAFARIS – NATURE WALKS

Setting out on a walking safari in the Masai Mara ecosystem not only offers you the chance to stretch your legs, but also the opportunity to focus on some of the smaller ecosystems that are often overlooked from the height of a vehicle. The intricate construction of termite mounds, the role and importance of dung beetles, and the variety of bird life in the area are just some of the subjects you may encounter on your excursion. The walking safari guides are all highly trained and carry a wealth of information that they are only too happy to share, be it about a peculiar track in the sand or the call of an unseen bird. Walking safaris are not permitted in the Masai Mara National Reserve itself. Herethe local Maasai tribesmen guide you through their homeland on foot offering an intimate discovery of forest,waterfalls and birdlife, hundreds and hundreds of monkeys roam the trees. You maydiscover elephants,baboons, and hyenas, too. The Maasai guides will explain to you the traditional medicinal use of different shrubs and trees as well as the tracks and spoors of different animals along Sand river. In the morning nature walk, you will hike along two rivers (the Sand river that is joined by Oloolomutie river that borders the lodge and the Masai Mara game reserve) Usually the walk is for 3 hoursand you may have time to fish as well. You will have an OPTIONto visit a local Maasai village at an extra cost payable directly to the Maasai chief to see their ancient, nomadic lifestyle.

CAMP FIRE

We light a fire using a hardwood stick and softwood (cedar)!  We set the cedar on a metal blade, then grind it with the hardwood stick. The shavings catch fire and are transferred to a bundle of dried grass to make a larger fire. Be part of this thrilling activity and learn the basics of survival in the wilderness while you are sit around the blazing bonfire listening to traditional stories or enjoy dancing around it.Thisexperienceconnects you to the local people in order to share and understand the African way of life.

MAASAI CULTURAL DANCES

This is a must for guests interested in experiencing the ancient Maasai culture and activities. Most of the Maasai dances are pretty simple, and consist of a lot of bending, but with the feet staying still on the ground. During the jumping dance, each young man will jump as high as he can while the others stand in a circle and sing. The voices of the men get higher as the jumping increases. This jumping dance is as familiar to the Western world as the red-clad and beaded Maasai warriors themselves. In the Maasai language, this dancing competition is called the "adumu". The Maasai have dances for celebration when a lion is killed by the warriors, a dance for the blessing of cattle, and dances performed at wedding ceremonies. 

MAASAI VILLAGE VISITS

These authentic and fully functional Maasai villages are untouched by commercialism and the outside world. You will visit people’s homes and be exposed to the reality of how they live and operate on a daily basis. The experience of their culture is raw and powerful and will leave you in awe of how their customs and traditions have remained unchanged over the years, despite the rapid technological advancements that have gripped the rest of the world.

BUSH DINNER

The experience of having meals cooked and served in the Kenya´s wilderness is exciting, memorable, and totally unique. With a glass of beer, champagne or wine in your hand, you will be able to experience the African bush in “luxury.” You will listen to the sound of birds, or the roar of a lion, the trumpeting of elephants and the grunting of the nearby hippos playing in Mara River, next to you.

GAME DRIVES

The Masai Mara is world famous for big game. Together with the adjoining Serengeti it is one of the only places in the world where it is still possible to see vast herds of grazing animals.  And attracted by those huge herds, the predators:lion, leopard, cheetah and more.  Let your local guide take you on a day and evening game drive in a specialized, open vehicle, or take pleasure inbirding and walking excursions. Community guiding offers the unique insights into the local habitat for which we are famous. Wildlife and game viewing excursions into the Masai Mara Game Reserve are fantastic events that linger in your memories forever! You get to see unique species, some of which come around to within hailing distance.

BIRD WATCHING

However, a visit to the Mara isn't only about seeing the "Big 5",the Mara is also home to a wide variety of birds. The birdlist totals over 450 species. Six out of the seven species of Kenyan Vulture (Egyptian, Hooded, Griffon, Nubian, White-backed and White-headed) can be seen in the game reserve, with only the Lammergeier missing. But it isn't just carrion eaters that can be found in this area, You can spot the large and highly conspicuous Common Ostrich, to the small (but still conspicuous) Cardinal Quelea. From the ever-present White-bellied Go-away-bird to its two uncommon relatives, the Bare-faced Go-away-bird and the Eastern Grey Plantain-eater. The Mara is also home to three relatively uncommon Woodpeckers (Golden-tailed, Little Spotted and Fine-banded). If you get really lucky,  the Mara River provides an opportunity to spot the rare and elusive African Finfoot. The Mara is also one of the most likely spots for the Blue Quail, a rare intra African migrant.

BALLOON SAFARIS

Well worth it, a recommended activity in the Masai Mara National Reserve is the balloon safari. Early in the pre-dawn, you will be driven to the departure site. Floating through the crisp morning air, the view of the surrounding landscape, the rising of the sun between the mountains, and the congregation of the animals at the river is breathtaking.  This concludes with a champagne breakfast, creating memories of a lifetime.