Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya- Africa. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated on the reserve’s western escarpment.

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Service Providers - Masai Mara Game Reserve

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Frequently asked questions - FAQ

Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya- Africa. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated on the reserve’s western escarpment.

The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November.

There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino).

  • Facts & Figures

    President: Uhuru Kenyatta (2013)

    Deputy President: William Ruto (2013)

    Land area: 219,788 sq mi (569,251 sq km); total area: 224,961 sq mi (582,650 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 45,010,056 (growth rate: 2.11%)

    Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Nairobi, 3.363 million

    Other large city: Mombasa, 972,000

    Monetary unit: Kenya shilling

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Drive – Driving will take you about 5-6 hours. Nairobi to Narok will take you about 2-2.5 hours, the road is absolutely beautiful and smooth. In Narok there is a fuel station just across the river which is a great stop for food, toilet and snacks. Leaving Narok to Sekenani Gate will take you about 2-3.5 hours depending on the vehicle you are travelling with.

The road has really broken up and is NOT good at all while on the tar road. It has a lot of pot holes and special attention is needed. At the end of the tar road the road you drive on a dirt road. This has been graded and is in good condition (July 2011). This road goes until the Sekenani Gate. Once in the reserve the roads are ok, but not the best. A 4×4 vechicle is recommended they are normally about $250 – $350 per day and come with a driver.

Fly – There are a few companies that fly to the Maasai Mara. It takes about 40 – 45 minutes from Nairobi. We recommend SafariLink. A flight from the Coast is about 2 hours departing from Mombasa, Diani Beach or Malindi. We recommend Mombasa Air Safari.

You may find yourself having a few stops on the way due to other passengers landing at one of the 6 airstrips in the Mara. This is by far the best way to travel, but you do miss out on seeing more of the country. You can also get a chartered flight into the Mara Ecosystem. This is best organized by a safari operator.

Car Moving around in Maasai Mara National Reserve must only take place by car - preferably by 4-wheel safari vehicles. Because of the wild animals it is absolutely forbidden to move about on foot outside the camp sites and lodges.

Balloon A more unconventional way to get around in the reserve is by hot air balloon trips , which is a great way to see the animals and the area a little from above.

Choosing when to go to the Masai Mara is something that needs to be carefully considered in order to meet your expectations. For general game viewing there is no real best time to go; thanks to its abundant resident wildlife and temperate climate, the Masai Mara is widely regarded as a year-round safari destination.

However, many visitors come for the wildebeest migration and the best time to visit the Masai Mara for this famous spectacle is between July/early August and the end of November although due to varying rainfall patterns, the exact timing varies from year to year.

The clothing and other personal gear you bring for your tour in Kenya depends on the purpose of your trip and the activities you have planned. If you are in Kenya on a safari, you will need clothing that is loose and comfortable, and this will allow you to enjoy your wildlife viewing and related safari activities consistently well. Also bring clothing that is suitable for the weather and that can last you a few days if laundry services are not immediately available. Some accommodations offer next day laundry subject to the weather conditions.

Try to carry items that are lightweight so you do not exceed your baggage allowance. It is advisable to avoid wearing bright-colored attire on your safari in Kenya; instead, carry clothing of neutral colors that blends in with the bush. Since there is a probability of mosquitoes and other insects, you need to carry repellents and also apparel that covers the maximum area of your skin like long-sleeved shirts, trouser pants, shoes and socks.

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