I am currently in the U.S., and traveling to Kenya late June/early July for work. I would like to add a couple days onto my trip for a 2 night/3 day safari to Maasai Mara.
I am confused about the best way to approach this:
1. Do I try to find a Kenyan-based tour company to book with, or do I contact a lodge in the reserve directly - it looks like many of them book packages that include transport from Nairobi and game drives, in the same a tour operator would.
2. Am I likely to find a 'pre-packaged' option where I could be traveling with others in a small-ish group, or will I need to book a private tour? I am guessing the latter is more expensive, and since I am traveling alone, I think I would feel a bit odd on a truly "private" tour!
3. I am hoping to stay under $1,000 USD for my budget, and would like to stay at least a 'mid-range' property, maybe something a little more toward the luxury side of things if possible. I will likely be hitting the beginning of peak season with the wildebeest migration - is that budget feasible. I am open to either flying or driving.
4. How in the world do I make sense of all the different options of places to stay - both in and out of the official park boundaries?
Thanks for any advice!