Game drives over the savannah plains
Essentially the number one activity in the Mara is game driving. Originally the wild life was called Game as the colonial settlers played hunting games. Now we still shoot the wildlife but only with Nikons, Minoltas and other cameras. A pure pleasure as you see something new every time. Game drives begin at 6:30 am in the morning after dawn and can last a whole day. However during the mid-morning heat, it is almost impossible to see the carnivores as they tent to lie in the shadows of bushes and thickets. Evening game drives start at 3:30 pm and last until sunset. Many a times these culminate into Sundowners as you watch some of the most spectacular sunsets.
Game drives for fly in guests are conducted in 4WD Toyota Land cruisers or Land Rover if booked in advance of you are driving as well.
Guided nature walks
Nature walks around Mara river lodge are an ideal way to explore the flora and fauna of our area. Aloe Bullrushes, The Acacia Toothbrush, The Walburgia Bark and our immense density of plants, the insect life and the birds of the Mara. The walk will enlighten you about the medicinal and cosmetic uses of various plants, different dungs of animals and it will start on culminating in something you can do to mark your Maasai Mara visit, plant a tree.
No Safari to the Maasai Mara is complete without flying in a hot air balloon over the Maasai Mara Plains, enjoying a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Mara and game on ground. An early morning rise followed by departure for the launch pad where you get full instructions from the Balloon pilot. Soon take off followed by a flight of over an hour. Upon landing, a champagne breakfast is set up where you land followed by a game drive back to the lodge. Ultimate indulgence.
Bush Breakfast & Bush Dinner
Enjoy a unique bush breakfast in the wild with bubbly or a starlit evening under the African Sky with a sumptuous African buffet and Braai of freshly marinated meat accompanied with Kenyan delicacies. Sitting in the middle of the savannah in the dark of the night with a Bonfire and entertainment by our Maasai Community is a true African experience. Please book this with the reception before lunch.
During your stay, we recommend that you enjoy a private dinner either by the pool or anywhere on our huge gardens. We will set up an intimate dinner for 2 or a nice group of up to 20 with a delicious 7 course dinner of the finest of our Chef has to offer. We need notice of around 5 hours for this so book just after lunch.
Imagine enjoying a chilled Vodka/Gin Tonic on the Savannah plains after an evening game drive or a flute of Chilled Champagne with Strawberries soaked in them to pick with your fingers and watch the African sun go down over the escarpment. Elephants in the distance and the early evening call of the Hyena. As soon as darkness sets in its call over and we return back to reality.
Take an obstacle run on our airstrip complete with Tire Jumps, Drum rolls, and if you like even stripping to almost nothing or treasure hunts across the Maasai Mara plains, cookery classes with our Master chefs or just sitting around a U shape and talking new strategies. Enjoy this wonderful opportunity with us. A little bit of prior notice is required to organize this to perfection.
We are able to organize scenic flights over the Maasai Mara from North to the South, meandering along the river or just spending two hours searching for large elephant herds. An overnight notice is required for this wonderful view of the Mara with a mechanical bird. Conducted in a light aircraft.
As we are located on the Mara River, there are numerous riverine birds. Should you wish to enjoy a 2- 3-day specialist bird safari, we will fly in a special Ornithologist too. A bit of prior notice is required then you will see everything from the Hairy Breasted Barbet to our Mourning Doves, or the perfect secretary.
Picnic under walburgia or African olive tree
Take a real experience of a Hot picnic. Carry pm for a full day game drive and we will follow up with complete hot picnic and meet you under an appointed tree for a wonderful barbeque picnic luncheon. Ask us for details.