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MASAI MARA AND DELORAINE ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Drive with a picnic lunch through the fertile Kikuyu Highlands before dropping down 2000 ft into the Great Rift Valley. Cross the volcano studded floor of the Rift before ascending the Mau Escarpment on the far side and thence to the Masai capital of Narok. Camp in a grove of acacia trees by a small stream at the southern edge of the Loita Plains at Olare Lamun (the rhino salt lick) in time for tea and possibly an evening ride. 

The first moving day is the longest ride of the trip covering nearly 50kms. Across rolling open plains, the game generally becomes more plentiful including herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and there is a good chance of seeing elephant and buffalo as well.  You camp on the edge of the Masai Game Reserve on the Olare Orok lugga where you are likely to hear lion and hyena at night.

Enjoy a full day of rides and game drives before heading west across the Mara plains. Ford the Mara River (unless in complete flood) at one of the famous wildebeest crossings and then head south west across the Mara Triangle before ascending the Soit Olololol Escarpment to reach camp in a forest glade overlooking the whole Mara ecosystem. 

Descend the escarpment again and ride across to the same wildebeest crossing on the river towards the final campsite set up on the banks of the Mara River. Close by there are some hippo pools and their grunting at night is a special feature of this camp.

The final two nights are spent at Deloraine. Leaving camp after breakfast with a picnic lunch we drive to Deloraine via the impressive tea growing area of Kericho. We arrive in time for tea and an evening walk around the beautiful garden. An early morning ride before breakfast is optional.  Also day trips to either Lake Nakuru or Bogoria famous for their flamingoes can be arranged with a picnic lunch on the final full day.

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