How to Get to Masai Mara

Planning a trip to the Masai Mara can be an exciting adventure, but it’s essential to know the best ways to reach this iconic destination. Whether you prefer a quick air transfer or an adventurous road trip, this guide will help you navigate the various options available. Read on to discover the most convenient routes, entry gates, and essential information for your journey to the Masai Mara.

International Air Travel

When traveling to the Masai Mara, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi is the recommended port of entry. Multiple airlines, including KLM, British Airways, and Emirates, operate flights to NBO from major airports worldwide. Regional flights from neighboring countries and Kenyan coastal destinations are also available.

Domestic Air Travel

Flying from Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL) to the Masai Mara is the preferred option for a fly-in safari. Several airstrips, such as Keekorok and Musiara, serve as entry points to different areas of the Masai Mara. Airlines like SafariLink and AirKenya offer regular flights to these airstrips. Upon arrival, a safari vehicle will transport you to your lodge, providing opportunities for wildlife spotting along the way.

Getting to the Masai Mara by Road

Travelling to the Masai Mara can be through a guided drive-in safar or by self-drive. Booking a guided drive-in safari from Nairobi is a popular option to explore the Masai Mara. This allows you to include other destinations in Kenya, such as Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park, in your itinerary.

While self-drive is not recommended, it is possible to access the Masai Mara by (rental) vehicle. However, careful planning and a 4×4 vehicle are necessary due to road conditions. It’s important to note that self-driving assistance is not provided.

Masai Mara National Reserve Gates

Once you reach the Masai Mara National Reserve, there are five main entry gates: Sand River, Talek, Sekenani, Musiara, and Oloololo. Choosing the correct gate can save you time in reaching your accommodation. All gates open at 6.00 AM and close at 6.00 PM.

Entry Fees

To enter the Masai Mara National Reserve, visitors are required to pay park fees. International pay USD 200 per person (per 12 hours) in the peak season (July to December) and USD 100 per person in the low season (January to June). Children aged between 3 and 11 pay USD 50 per person all year round. These fees are typically included in safari itineraries, but it’s always good to confirm.

Travelling from the Masai Mara to Serengeti National Park

Traveling between the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park can be challenging due to the Bologonya border crossing closure. Flying is possible either through the Migori/Tarime route or by returning to Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL) and connecting to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Alternatively for a cheaper and more relaible option, you can consider the long drive via Isebania border crossing point to enter the Serengeti either via the Northern Gate to the Western Gate.

Whether you choose to fly in or embark on a road trip, understanding the various options and entry should help you plan your journey effectively. Remember to check the latest updates and have all necessary travel documents in order to ensure a smooth and memorable experience in the Masai Mara.

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