Hundreds of streams run through Meru National Park.
Long-crested Eagle Safari: In full
This popular safari starts with a full day and night in the Nairobi National Park, followed by 3 days in Meru National Park, northeast of Mount Kenya and 3 days in the Mara North Conservancy bordering Maasai Mara National Reserve. You’ll explore the beautiful landscapes and rich, wildlife country of Meru National Park, with good opportunities to see elephant, lion, cheetah and both black and white rhino. Then you move to an unspoiled corner of the Maasai Mara ecosystem, where big cats and many species of plains game fill the horizons.
If you want to catch the great migration in the Maasai Mara, then the ideal time for this safari would be August or September when hundreds of thousands of wildebeest roam the region.
After your safari, if you want to relax on the beach, then add one of our beach add-on trips to the Kenya Coast to your itinerary.
The Emakoko will transfer you through Nairobi National Park to the lodge in a glorious gorge on the south side of the park. You have the day at leisure to relax by the pool or walk in the grounds, or more energetically you can go out with a lodge vehicle, visiting the Daphne Sheldrick's famous and very worthwhile elephant orphanage and exploring the national park, looking for rhinos and big cats.
Your flight from Nairobi (1–1½hrs) takes you past the flanks of Mount Kenya to the verdant plains of Meru National Park. A driver/guide from Offbeat Meru camp will meet you at the airstrip and take you on a game drive back to camp and lunch. You spend two complete days exploring the magical wilds of Meru National Park, pausing by forested river banks to watch for hippos, crocodiles and birds, and scanning the savannah for predators and rare species – including Meru’s black and white rhinos.
You fly again, this time to the southwest, across the ridges and extinct volcanoes of the Great Rift Valley (approx 2hrs) to the Maasai Mara, arriving at Offbeat Mara Camp for a late lunch. You’ll take a late-afternoon game drive, returning to camp in the dark, using a spotlight to search for nocturnal species. The whole of one day is spent on a long game drive into the national reserve, where you may see thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River during the seasonal migration.
After a final game drive and late breakfast you fly back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, arriving around midday. Connect to a flight to the coast if you'd like to continue your holiday on the Indian Ocean coast.
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