The Mara is not only famed due to wildebeest’s migration but also to unique sightings such as Tira., Tano Bora and the iconic Scarface.
Nicknamed after the driver guide that spotted the stunning dark-skinned zebra with black spotted polka dots, Tira was such an eye – catching sight. Tira’s black spots are due to pseudomelanism – a rare genetic mutation in the stripes pattern.
Tano Bora (the 5 musketeers or the 5 brothers) which means ‘Magnificent Five’ is a coalition of five male cheetahs that have claimed Mara as their stomping ground and have become popular for their incredible take downs of huge prey and their hunting prowess. Tano Bora have challenged so many assumptions about typical cheetah behaviour. Typically, once reaching adulthood, a male cheetah becomes solitary or joins another to form a pair. It is very rare to see a group this large bonding together. The Tano Bora are now four after Olpadan, formerly the leader of the pack left the coalition. After he lost one of his testicles in a fight with males in March 2019, his rank dropped. From the decision maker and leader of the group, he became the last in the chain and the last one to join the meal.
Owing to one scar in his right eye, Scarface is the oldest and most sought-after lion in the Mara. His machismo is legendary and coupled with his sturdy looks – a black exceptional mane that sweeps back from his forehead- Scarface is the face of survival and resiliencee. Scarface earned his moniker in 2012 when he lost his right eyelid while making a territorial grab with his three brothers Sikio, Morani and Hunter. Scarface died in June 2021 at the age of 14 of natural causes.
The Mara offers such breathtaking moments – an experience in the Mara is never the same from previous encounters. Each day offers a rewarding experience. Other rewarding activities are a balloon safari and a visit to the Mara village.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Nairobi, Kenya|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive by 6:30 AM for a prompt departure at 7:00 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 4:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable safari clothing, comfortable safari shoes , warm and light clothes|
|Location||Maasai Mara Kenya|
|Month||April, August, December, February, January, July, June, March, May, November, October, September|
Pick up at your Nairobi Hotel by 8 am then depart for the famous Masai Mara National Reserve driving to the picturesque of the Great rift valley, brief stopover at the rift valley viewing point to take pictures then proceed to arrive at the famous Masai Mara in time for lunch at Lenchada Tourist Camp/Rhino Tourist Camp. After lunch, depart for afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
This day you will depart after breakfast to Maasai Mara Reserve for full day game viewing drives. Picnic lunches will be served as you relax under a tree as you see the vast landscape and its beauty. Hopeful that you will see all the big five of the Mara or 90% of it. Thereafter, you will return to the lodge for dinner and overnight at Lenchada Tourist Camp/Rhino Tourist Camp.
After breakfast, visit the Maasai village where you will get to learn about their rich culture. You will get to experience and participate in different cultural activities and learn about the Masai beliefs and challenges affecting their way of life. Later on, return to Nairobi, upon arrival you will be dropped off at Nairobi.