Safaris in Kenya are usually filled with adventure with visitors having a taste of real adventure in the wilderness. There is always something new to see and experience every time you visit Kenya for a safari. Tourists usually have a lot of options when it comes to safaris in Kenya.
There are very many options that visitors can choose from depending on their own personal preference. The country has several national parks and game reserves and each one of them has its own unique features.
However, Masai Mara can be said to be the most popular national reserve in Kenya. It also has its fair share of popularity in Africa and the whole world as well. Globally, Masai Mara is known because it is home to the 7th World Wonder, The Wildebeest Migration.
Therefore, year in year out, tourists flock the Masai Mara National Reserve to get a taste of the adventure that it has in store for the tourists. “But how do I get to the Masai Mara?” This is a question that not only foreigners ask but Kenyan citizens as well.
Masai Mara National Reserve Location
Masai Mara is located in the Rift Valley province of Kenya. The capital of Kenya is Nairobi and this is the central position that visitors access Masai Mara from. However, this does not mean that you can only access Masai Mara from Nairobi only. You can visit Masai Mara from any place you are in Kenya.
The distance to Masai Mara from Nairobi is estimated to be around 270Km. The Mara covers an area of around 1,500sqm. It extends to the Kenyan border joining Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
3 Ways of Getting to Masai Mara National Reserve
There are various means of accessing the Masai Mara National Reserve. These means will depend on your location, your budget and the time that you have for your safari and how you wish to manage the time. Below we explore the 3 possible scenarios that can get you to the Masai Mara.
1. Self Drive to Masai Mara
One way that you can get to the Masai Mara is actually by driving to the National Reserve. From Nairobi, this should take you around 5 hours. This mode of transport is usually preferred by the domestic tourists as it gives them some freedom to move around. The laws of Kenya dictate that you need to have a valid driver’s license for you to drive around the country. For locals, locating the Mara may be rather easy but for foreigners, you may need a map or GPS system. You do not want to get lost before your safari begins.
2. Road Package to Masai Mara
This is the most popular mode of transport that most visitors, both locals and foreigners, use. Tour agency offer packages to the Masai Mara and the road package basically means that the tourists will be taken to the Mara using their vehicles. There are ‘ideal’ vehicles for safaris and 4x4s are usually preferred. With the experience of their tour guides, safaris in the Masai Mara will be even more interesting for the visitors.
3. Flight Package to Masai Mara
Tour operators also offer flight packages to the Mara. This is the quickest way to Masai Mara and it takes around 45 minutes to reach there. It a bit costly compared to the other modes but the most convenient if time is a factor.
However you get to the Masai Mara, you will always experience the thrill in adventure with all it has to offer. Plan your safaris in Kenya early and you will not be disappointed with what you will get to experience.