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Masai Mara Safari Travel Advice

For general information on travelling to Kenya, visit our Kenya travel advice page.

Top Travel Tips for the Masai Mara

Take to the air: hot-air balloon safaris are a Masai Mara speciality and deliver an unforgettable bird's eye view of the migration. Not every lodge offers them - find out from us the ones that do.

Meet the locals - with dignity: make sure your Maasai cultural interaction genuinely benefits the local community and is an experience that is both meaningful and uncontrived. We'll recommend accommodation and operators that do it the right way.

Book early for the migration: a year ahead is normal as suitably located accommodation for the wildebeest migration gets snapped up quickly. Talk to us about getting ringside seats.

Go private: the Masai Mara can get very busy in peak migration season; private conservancies offer low visitor numbers, excellent accommodation and game viewing as good as the main reserve. Night drives and guided nature walks - activities not offered in the public section of the Masai Mara - are also part of the deal.

Flights & Getting Around

Did you know you can book your flights through Go2Africa? For more information and frequently asked questions, please see our Flights section.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport: fly into Nairobi's major international airport for the Masai Mara. Once you've arrived, the more affordable, scheduled mini-bus safaris make the 270km journey to the reserve by road - it takes between four and five hours - but most travellers choose to transfer to Nairobi's Wilson Airport and fly straight into the reserve by charter flight, landing at one of the local airstrips and transferring to their lodge by 4X4.

Game drives in the Masai Mara and its private conservancies are conducted in open-sided 4X4s; scheduled safaris use mini-buses with pop-up roofs.

 

Masai Mara

At a Glance

Home to the July - November wildebeest migration, Kenya's flagship reserve delivers excellent year-round game viewing as well as hot-air balloon safaris and Maasai village encounters.

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