As well as game drives in the Maasai Mara we can organise varies other activities for you during your stay including:
Hot Air Ballooning
Following a pre-dawn pick up from camp around 5am, take a breathtaking sunrise balloon flight over the Mara plains before landing for a champagne-style picnic breakfast in the reserve. Enjoy a game drive on your way back to camp where you can expect to arrive around 11am.
Cost US$ 450 per person.
If you love camping and adventure and are not put off by minimal facilities then we can organise to set up our mobile bush camp inside the Maasai Mara National Reserve and you can combine camping on the banks of Sand River along with your game drives. Our team will set you up camping dome tents with mattresses and sleeping bags and our chef will prepare dinner for you under the stars by the campfire and a sunrise breakfast. Here we are often visited by wildlife but we have armed rangers with us for safety.
The cost to set up the bush camp including fuel, crew entry and camping fees plus armed rangers costs is US$ 180 per night and there is a US$ 30 per person camping fee payable to the reserve for staying inside. Normal park entry and game drive vehicle fees also apply and full board accommodation in our dome tents with mattress and sleeping bags at the bush camp costs US$ 50 per person per night.
The Maasai village visit activity takes around 1 hour and you will typically be given a demonstration of Maasai dance, taken around a traditional ‘boma’ and shown how the Maasai make fire with sticks before going to their gift shop. It is a good opportunity to take photos and also ask the Maasai questions about their culture but you will need to be prepared to practice your negotiation skills in their shop.
You will normally be asked for a donation of KES 1000 / US$ 10 per person to visit the village which is payable directly to them when you visit.
Take a visit to Ole Keene Primary School during term time, around a 10 minutes walk from camp. Interact with the pupils and teachers, see the difficulties faced by rural schools in this area and learn how they are overcoming them.
There is no charge to visit the school but donations via the camp towards The Porridge Project are always appreciated (see our notice board for more details on the porridge project).
Embark on a hike up Siana hill to enjoy the amazing views over the whole Maasai Mara eco-system which stretches all the way to Tanzania. If the hill is beyond your capabilities you can take one of the easier routes around camp. Your guide will tell you about the flora and fauna and their uses in traditional medicines and you will also see what traces of wildlife and birdlife you can come across.
Walks can be varied in length to suit you and can take anywhere from around 1 hour to 5 hours if you go all the way to the top of the hill.
Cost KES 1000/ US$ 10 per person
Horse riding is now available at the Ride Kenya stables, a 1.5 hour drive away from our camp, on the border of the Olare Motorogi Conservancy.
Due to the distance involved we recommend guests who are interested in horse riding to go for a day trip combining a morning ride with an afternoon game drive, however just doing a half day trip for the horse ride is also possible.
The cost for a 2 hour morning or afternoon ride is US$ 250 per person, including use of good quality riding hats, jodhpurs boots, chaps, breeches and gloves if required.
Mara Explorers can provide return transfers to and from the Ride Kenya stables for US$ 60 / KES 6000 per vehicle carrying up to 6 passengers.
Why not make a day trip combining horse riding and game driving?!
After an early breakfast we will depart camp at 6.15am this morning and drive across the Mara to the Ride Kenya stables. Here you will be kitted out and paired with your horse for a short introduction before going for a morning ride over the plains. After a couple of hours you will return to the stables and our guides will provide you with a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits. From here we will head off for a picnic lunch under a shady tree before doing an afternoon game drive in the reserve. We’ll return to camp in the early evening.
Costs including park entry:
1 person US$ 480
2 people US$ 400 per person
3 people US$ 380 per person
4 people US$ 370 per person
5 people US$ 360 per person
6 people US$ 350 per person
*All riders should be experienced up to gallop and will be required to fill out a questionnaire in advance. Weight Limit for riders is 95kg / 220lb and they must be at least 14yrs old for safety reasons.