3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya (Hot Air Balloon Safari) – Maasai Mara National Reserve

This 3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya (Hot Air Balloon Safari) starts and ends in Kenya and it will offer you the best and unlimited discoveries on what this Kenyan safari park has to offer.

The park is located in southern Kenya in Narok County. It is the oldest and largest safari park that offers a very memorable experience of wildlife, relief, waterfalls, and the green untouched vegetation with other equally great expeditions!

The 3 days Masai Mara Safari Kenya starts with a visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino orphanage located in Nairobi.

It is home to both orphaned rhinos and elephants in Kenya, which animals are rescued and rehabilitated amidst great tender love and care.

It ends with a HOT AIR BALLOON SAFARI in Maasai Mara National Park. This adventure offers you a memorable wildlife experience as you will a tour of the park that is 1000 ft in altitude above sea level.

3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya Highlights

  • DAY 1: Transfer to Mara Visit David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage
  • DAY 2: Hot air ballooning and game drive Masai Mara
  • DAY 3: Masai Mara Village tour and transfer to Nairobi
Masai Mara Safari Kenya (Hot Air Balloon Safari)

Masai Mara Safari Kenya (Hot Air Balloon Safari)

Detailed 3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya (Hot Air Balloon Safari)

Day 1: Travel to Masai Mara National Park via David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino orphanage

You will be served with breakfast in the morning before our professional driver transfers you to Maasai Mara National Park, passing via the David Sheldrick Elephant and Rhino Orphanage which is approximately 16 kilometers north of Nairobi.

The sanctuary is home to both orphaned rhinos and Elephants in Kenya that provides rescue and rehabilitation services to these endangered animals.

The half tour to this place is done on foot under the supervision of a well-trained ranger who will offer you the necessary guidance as you enjoy the opportunity to see the animals.

You will see the adorable calves take their mud baths and as they are fed and aided to exercise by their caretakers’/surrogate mothers, you will draw a lot from their simply amazing routine.

There is a chance to foster an animal, which gives you the opportunity to your journey uniquely with your foster baby.

From here, you will have an hour lunch break en route before reaching Masai Mara National Reserve in the evening for dinner and an overnight stay at your accommodation.

In the evening hours, you can spend your leisure time indulging in indoor activities or simply relax and enjoy the evening breeze!

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Ngerende in the Wild Riverview/Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge
  • Midrange: Jambo Mara Safari Lodge/Enchoro Wildlife Camp
  • Budget: Rhino Tourist Camp/Mara Explore Camp and Backpackers
Day 2 of 3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya: Early Morning Balloon Safari and Game Drive

You will wake up to your morning breakfast before being transferred to the hot air balloon take off point. From here the pilot will offer the necessary briefing about the safety precautions of the flight safari expeditions. The flight lasts for an hour and normally starts at 6: 00 am and ends with a wild breakfast.

You will take off at 1000ft above the ground as you view the national reserve wildlife. There is a very high possibility of seeing Lions, elephants, cape buffaloes, and Rhinoceros as well as giraffes, hippos, hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles and antelopes.

You will also view the relief and more interestingly, take photos and capture videos, depending on where the balloon lands.

You will be picked up from here for a romantic bush breakfast in a designated park area under the protection of an armed ranger as you enjoy the sounds of nature.

While here, you will enjoy the natural refreshing breeze of the park’s environment and still get to take several more shots with your camera.

You will then proceed to enjoy an extra game drive in the park, after which you will head back to your accommodation for lunch and afternoon relaxation spree. Following this will be your dinner and overnight stay at your lodge.

Recommended accommodation facilities:

  • Luxury: Ngerende in the Wild Riverview/Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge
  • Midrange: Jambo Mara Safari Lodge/Enchoro Wildlife Camp
  • Budget: Rhino Tourist Camp/Mara Explore Camp and Backpackers
Day 3 of 3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya: Masai Cultural Tour and Transfer back to Nairobi

After morning breakfast, you will check out of your lodge and transfer to Mara Village for a morning cultural experience.

You will visit a community of 48 traditional houses (Manyattas) surrounding the area gazetted for the Maasai’s cattle.

This Kenya tour will equip you with vast knowledge about the Maasai culture, their traditions and customs that have remained as they are for centuries.

You could also have a feel of their colorful market plus all the jaw dropping niceties it has to offer. Afterwards, you transfer back to Nairobi or the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

End of the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya

Activities to do on the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya

Maasai (Masai) Mara National Reserve

This is another interesting game reserve in the semi-arid Narok county of Kenya. It is contiguous with the Serengeti national park in the Mara region of Tanzania. It is named in the honor of Maasai people who are the ancestral inhabitants of the area. Mara means spotted in maa, a Masai language.

Maasai Mara is globally famous for its exceptional population in wildlife and wildebeests’ immigration to and from Serengeti every year during the dry season from July to October.

This is commonly known as the Great Migration. A visit to the reserve is great venture to undertake for cultural tour of one of the oldest inhabitants of East Africa, the Maasai.

This noble tribe is one of the very few tribes that have retained most of their traditions. It has a team of traditional dancers who dance on their call-and -dance response singing and perhaps their most widely known dance is the damu or rather jumping dance.

You can get to join the dancing as these flexible male dancers jump higher and higher to the rhythms of the enchanting music accompanying their dance stroke.

This is always an interesting moment to capture on camera or even join them as you emulate the moves!

Masai Mara has several tourism activities. Among others, these are the hot air balloons over the reserve, safari drives, nature walk, bird watching, site seeing, guided bush walk and hiking!

Masai Mara Safari Kenya

Masai Mara Safari Kenya

The Masai Cultural Tour

The Maasai cultural tour encompasses a trip to the Masai village, a place which is in its own right one of a kind. Just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve is a Maasai Community called Mara Rianda.

There exists an organized traditional Masai homesteads (Manyattas) which consists of 48 traditional houses surrounding a cattle enclosure (www.governorscamp.camp )

Masai Mara safari will give you a chance to visit some of the oldest inhabitants of East Africa, live in villages made up of small grass-thatched mud structures. They are surrounded by their cattle, which are their prestigious possession.

Their cattle are regarded with an outstanding reverence. Besides this, they also own other smaller livestock like goats. The noble tribe is one of the very few tribes who have retained most of their traditions, lifestyle and lore. The Masai people speak the “Maa” language!

What you notice as soon as you enter the village, are the many visible colors of Masai garments. The men poised with their spears, stand tall and proud.

The women, on other hand are bejeweled with bright beaded earrings and scarves, both adorned with the brilliant red, blue and purple patterns of the shukas they wear.

The bright shukas contrast strongly and vividly with the greens and brown layout of the prevailing landscape. The appealing beadwork of necklaces, bracelets and amulets has just more than just an ornamental value. The women create these meticulously handcrafted pieces to express their identity and social status

Standing in muted contrast to the colorful villagers are the brown and grey of the Masai’s houses called Boma. These are small structures with thatched roofs.

As a tradition, it is the duty of the Masai women to build sturdy dwellings. They begin with a framework of timber poles into which they interweave smaller branches to form a structure.

These are then covered with a mixture of mud, grass, cow dung, urine and ash. Their men build the protective fencing around the village to ward off lions and other predators from their livestock

A visit to the Masai village gives you an opportunity to join in their graceful ever-changing rhythmic call-and -response singing, and perhaps their most widely known dance in the Adumu or ‘jumping dance”. You also get to acquire a handmade souvenir, specially crafted to remind of your thrilling visit to Masai Mara

3 Days Masai Mara Safari Kenya: Inclusions &Exclusions

Safari includes:

  • Transportation in a tour van/Land cruiser
  • Service of an English -speaking tour guide/driver
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Park admissions
  • Accommodation on full board
  • Entrance fees to all destinations as per the program
  • Transfer to and from the airport

Safari exclusions

  • All activities not mentioned in the program
  • Phone calls bills
  • Tips
  • International transfers
  • Gratitude to tour guides
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal effects of any nature
  • Hotel fees before and after the safari
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