GETTING TO MASAI MARA

GETTING TO MASAI MARA

How to get to Masai Mara

Most Masai Mara Adventure start off with a flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi. After you’re your arrival, it is entirely up to you. In for an adventurous road trip, and ready to deal with a few bumpy roads along the way? Or would you prefer a quick and easy air transfer into the airstrip closest to your safari accommodation that you will be staying at? Below we`ll share some info to help you decide what`s the best for you.

GETTING TO MASAI MARA by air

The recommended port of entry, when travelling to the Masai Mara, is Jomo Kenyatta International Nairobi. Jomo Kenyatta International airport serves East Africa`s biggest hub, and as a result many convenient flight options are available. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, and Swiss airlines all operate flights from a multitude of major airports around the world. Also, many regional flights options are available.

Domestic /local air travel

The favored route for Masai Mara flight- in Safari is by flying from Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL). From here it is a short flight of 50 minutes to the Masai Mara Game reserve. Although road conditions have improved in recent years, these are still considerable stretches of road. There are several airstrips in and around the Masai Mara Game reserve for you to fly into. Airstrip depends on where you decide to stay during your safari.

Flights to the Mara are operated by airlines such as air Kenya, ASL Kenya, Safari Link. Upon your arrival at the airstrip closest to your accommodation, a safari jeep will be waiting for you to take you to your Masai Mara Safari Camp or Lodge. The good news is, right at the airstrip you will be in Masai Mara Game reserve so you can start spotting wild animals by air during your flight and on the ground while in the safari jeep taking you to the camp/lodge.

Most important Masai Mara Airstrips.

  • Keekorok Airstrip
  • Serena Airstrip
  • Musiara Airstrip
  • Mara North Airstrip
  • Ol Kiombo
  • Kichwa Tembo Airstrip
  • Ngerende Airstrip
  • Angama Airstrip
  • Ole Seki Airstrip
Getting to the Masai Mara Game Reserve by Road

The Most common way to travel to the Masai Mara By road is by booking a safari package which the drive starts from Nairobi and allows you to include multiple other destinations in Kenya beside the Masai Mara. Extended classic Kenya Safari itineraries usually include overnight stay in Amboseli National Park, and lake Nakuru National Park. Please contact Adventure Maasai Mara if you are interested in an extended safari itinerary, we will be happy to assist you.

Masai Mara Self drive safaris

Although not recommended, the Masai Mara is accessible when travelling by (rental) Car. Please keep in mind that careful planning is necessary when driving yourself. A 4 by 4 jeep is required to access all roads throughout the year. Kindly note that we do not assist self-driving visitors.

Masai Mara National Reserve Gates

Once you reach the Masai Mara National Reserve there are several entry gates. It is important to take the correct gate into the National Reserve to save time getting to your accommodation. There are five main gates leading into the Masai Mara National Reserve: Sand river Gate, Talek Gate, Musiara Gate, Ololaimuitia Gate, and Oloololo Gate.

Entry fees to Masai Mara Game Reserve

Visitors to the Masai Mara Game Reserve are required to pay entry fees. All international visitors not staying in the Game Reserve will pay USD 80 per person per 24 hours. Visitors staying at the accommodation within the Masai Mara Game Reserve will pay USD $70 per person per 24 hours. Children aged between 3 and 11 years old pay USD 45 and USD 40 Per child per 24 hours respectively.

Children aged 3 years and below are not required to pay entrance fee.

Please note that when confirming your Masai mara safari package with us. All park fees are included in the package.

Immigration and Visa information: Kenya

Most international travelers require a visa when arriving in Kenya. We recommend applying for your  visa prior to arriving in Kenya in order to limit time spent waiting in a queue on arrival. A single- entry e-visa is valid for up to 90 days. The price of the e-visa is USD 51 per person. For more information regarding visa application we  recommend reviewing information on e-visa Kenya application website.

Travelling from the Masai Mara Game Reserve to Serengeti National Park.

Travel from the Masai Mara Game reserve to Serengeti National Park will be via Kenya and Tanzania Isebania Boarder.

Although flyin between the Mara and Serengeti is not ideal, it is still the most time-efficient and convenient mode of travel. The issue is that one needs to cross the border between the two countries, but one of the airstrips in the Mara (and Serengeti) offer border facilities.

The two flight routes are available when travelling from the Mara to Serengeti.

The first route is offered by Safarilink  flight company. And coastal Aviation (Tanzania) and allows traveller s to fly from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Aviation (Tanzania), Allows traveller s to fly from the Masai Mara Game Reserve to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

This route is accessible through the Migori airstrip (on the Kenyan side for custom and imigration clearance and Tarime airstrip  (on the Tanzanai Side)., both near the Isebania border post. The connection involves a road transfer between the two airstrips, providing a relatively convenient option for guests wanting to experience both Masai Mara Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park.

Please note that this service may only operate during high season and requires a minimum of two passengers per fligh. The schedule starts with Safariink picking up guests from various airstrips in the Masai Mara, and arriving at Migori at noon. After a road transfer vi Isabania boarder post for imigration clearance, passengers connect onto the Coastal Aviation flight to the Serengeti departing at 1400 Hours from Tarime.

The seconf, which we recommend, involves travelling back to Nairobi wilson Airport, and fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). This option incus the least hassle, as flight operations are reliable, and there is no overland transfer required between airstrips, unlike the Migori / Tarime option.

Additionally, this option allows you to stay overnight in Nairobi to catch your breath after your safari experience in the Mara before continuing your safari in Tanzania.

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