Masai Mara Game Reserve

Rolling hills, sprawling savannahs, dramatic river crossings, and more wildlife and adventure than any movie could ever portray—welcome to the Masai Mara, home to the lions of ‘Big Cat Diary,’ the temporary residence of the ‘Great Migration,’ mighty Maasai warriors, and some of the most luxurious safari lodges on earth.

The Masai Mara features a stunning kaleidoscope of wild and rugged landscapes, warm and welcoming people, and an exciting array of creatures – big and small. World famous for hosting the epic Great Migration, the Masai Mara welcomes 1,5 million wildebeests onto its sprawling savannahs each July through October. The Reserve and conservancies are brimming with life and offer safari travelers various activities. Whether you take to the skies for a high-flying hot-air balloon adventure at sunrise or hit the road for a 4×4 safari, you’ll leave the Masai Mara with unforgettable experiences and lifelong memories.


Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara Game Reserve

How to get to Masai Mara

Rugged and remote, yet easily accessible.

Start with a flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi. After that, it is entirely up to you. Are 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 to the airstrip closest to the safari lodge where you will be staying? Below, we’ll share some info to help you decide what’s best.



Getting to Masai Mara by air

International air travel

The recommended port of entry when traveling to the Park is Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) in Nairobi. NBO Airport is East Africa’s most significant hub, so many convenient flight options are available. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, and Swiss all operate flights from major airports worldwide. Regional flight options (including flights to neighboring countries and Southern African destinations) are also available.

Domestic air travel

The favored route for a Masai Mara fly-in safari is from Nairobi Wilson Airport (WIL). From here, there is a short flight (between 45 and 60 minutes) to the Mara. For this reason, flying into the Masai Mara is our recommended mode of travel. Although road conditions have improved recently, considerable road stretches are still deplorable. There are several airstrips in and around the Masai Mara to fly into. Which one you fly into will depend on where you decide to stay during your safari. Flights to the Mara are operated by airlines such as SafariLink and AirKenya. Upon your arrival at the airstrip closest to your accommodation, a safari vehicle will be waiting to take you to your Masai Mara safari lodge. The good news is… you are now in the Masai Mara – so you can start spotting wild animals by air during your flight and on the ground while in the safari vehicle taking you to your camp. Read all about flights to Masai Mara.

Flying from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Tanzania is also possible. Direct flights (mostly in high season) are also available from the Kenyan coast (Mombasa and Diani) and other national parks in Kenya, such as Amboseli National Park and Samburu National Reserve.

The most critical Masai Mara airstrips

Here is a quick list of the significant airstrips located in the Masai Mara:

  • Keekorok
  • Serena
  • Musiara
  • Mara North
  • Ol Kiombo


Masai Mara Game Reserve

Getting to the Masai Mara by road

Masai Mara drive-in safaris

The most common way to access the Park is by road or by booking a guided drive-in safari. Drive-in safaris start from Nairobi and allow you to include multiple other destinations in Kenya besides the Masai Mara. Extended classic Kenya safari itineraries usually include overnight stays in Amboseli National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in an extended safari itinerary, and we will be happy to assist you!

Masai Mara self-drive safaris

Although not recommended, the Masai Mara is accessible when traveling

by (rental) vehicle. Please keep in mind that careful planning is necessary when driving yourself. A 4×4 vehicle is required to access all roads throughout the year. Kindly note that we do not assist self-driving visitors.


Masai Mara Game Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve gates

Taking the correct gate into the National Reserve is essential to save time getting to your accommodation. Five main gates lead into the Masai Mara National Reserve: Sand River, Talek, Sekenani, Musiara, and Oloololo. These final two gates are a bit further away and will take an additional 30 minutes compared to the other gates. All gates open at 6.00 am and close at 6.00 pm.

Entry fees Masai Mara National Reserve

Visitors are required to pay park fees. 

Updated entry fees for 2024: Beginning 1st January 2024, the Narok County Council has revised the Masai Mara National Reserve entry fees. For visits between 1st January 2024 and 30th June 2024, adults are required to pay US$ 100 per day, while children aged 9 to 17 years pay US$ 50 per day. From 1st July 2024 to 31st December 2024, the adult fee increases to US$ 200 per day, with the child rate remaining at US$ 50 per day. Additionally, under the 12-hour rule, guests departing the Reserve after 10:00 am or partaking in a morning activity on their departure day will incur an extra day’s entry fee.

Entry fees Masai Mara conservancies

Entry and conservation fees for staying at one of the Masai Mara conservancies differ from the above rates. These fees range between US$80 and US$120 per person per day. Olare Motorogi Conservancy, for instance, currently charges US$100 per person per day. We will always include these fees when booking a stay at one of the conservancies.

Kindly note that all the above rates and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Immigration and visa information: Kenya

Most international travelers require a visa when arriving in Kenya. We recommend applying for your visa before coming to limit your time waiting in a queue after arrival. A single-entry e-visa is valid for up to 90 days and costs US$51 per person. For more information regarding visa requirements, we recommend reviewing information from the Kenyan embassy in your country of residence. An e-visa application should be made through The Directorate of Immigration Services website.

Traveling to Serengeti National Park (or vice versa)

Traveling to Serengeti National Park is more complicated than one would hope, as the Bologonya (or Bologonja) border crossing between Kenya and Tanzania linking both reserves is closed indefinitely. As a result, we do not recommend traveling via land (road transfer or self-driving) from the Mara to the Serengeti or vice versa (via Isebania or Namanga border posts).

Although flying between the Mara and Serengeti is not ideal, it is still the most time-efficient and convenient mode of travel. One needs to cross the border between the two countries, but none of the airstrips in the Mara (and Serengeti) offer border facilities. Two flight routes are available when traveling from the Mara to the Serengeti.

Safarilink (Kenya) and Coastal Aviation (Tanzania)offer the first route that allows travelers to fly from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti camps in Tanzania. This route is accessible through the Migori airstrip (on the Kenyan side) and Tarime airstrip (on the Tanzanian side), near the Isabania border post. The connection involves a road transfer between the two airstrips, providing a relatively convenient option for guests wanting to experience the Masai Mara and Serengeti.

Please note that this service may only operate during high season and requires a minimum of two passengers per flight. The schedule starts with Safarilink picking up guests from various airstrips in the Masai Mara and arriving at Migori at 12h00. After a road transfer via the Isabania border post for immigration clearance, passengers connect onto the Coastal Aviation flight to the Serengeti, departing at 14h00 from Tarime.

The second option, which we recommend, involves traveling back to Nairobi Wilson (WIL) and connecting to a flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). This option incurs the least hassle, as flight operations are reliable, and no overland transfer is 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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