10 Things to do in Maasai Mara

Game Drive in Maasai Mara

10 Things to do in Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara is located on the southern part of Kenya along the Rift Valley area in Narok County. It is one of the most popular destinations in Africa known for its wildlife conservation.    The park is the north most section of the mara-serengeti ecosystem and borders Serengeti National Park on the south.

Visiting Maasai Mara By Road

The easiest way to get to Maasai Mara is using a tour guide. Maasai Mara National Reserve by road transport from Nairobi is estimated to be 224 kilometers . It takes approximately 6 hours to get to the park. Travelling by road provides more excitements. Since the journey is long, travelers drive through Scenery landscapes  and get the chance to view the hills as well as taking taking pictures along the way. While travelling, you can stopover along the way to stretch your legs or have picnic lunch. The road from Nowak to kilima camp is notoriously bad. Ideally, road transport is recommended to use a 4×4 wheel driving vehicle and this will make your drive smoother. Road transport option is cheaper when you compare to the flight most especially when the guests are more than two in number.

Visiting Maasai Mara By Air

From Nairobi is very simple to catch a domestic flight to Maasai Mara. By using a charter flight that flies you to one of the nine airstrip in the park or outside the park. Alternatively  you can use scheduled flight which can be booked via several domestic flights.  Such flights include  Mombasa Air safari, Kichwa Tembo airstrip, Safari link, Air Kenya which lasts 1 hour’s flight to land to the park. Using domestic flight offers awesome experience as you go viewing an aerial view of the place. These domestic flights offer comfort sitting configuration, leg room to the travelers.

Flight to Maasai Mara can be charted or scheduled by the help of the recognized tour operator who has much knowledge about the tour packages. As well as arranging traveler’s pick up from the Airport or accommodation facilities. Maasai Mara National Reserve can be accessed by Air while using direct domestic flight from Wilson Airport to Kichwa Tembo airstrip. In regard, a tour operator to organize for your flight booking arrangement, it requires a traveler to send in his personal document such as scanned passports, Visas in order to verify your identity.

10 Things to Do in Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kenya. Here are 10 things to do while in Maasai Mara.

i. Go on a game drive

Maasai Mara is home to the famous Big Five  that is lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. A game drive through the national reserve is the best way to see the animals.

ii. Witness the Great Migration on Maasai Mara

Every year, millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles migrate from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara in search of greener pastures. The sight of thousands of animals moving in unison is a truly unforgettable experience.

iii. Visit a Maasai village

A visit to the mara will not be complete without experiencing the maasai Culture. The masai people have lived in the region for centuaries  and visiting the villages offers a look into their unique way of life.

iv. Hot air balloon safari

For a truly unique perspective of the reserve, consider taking a hot air balloon safari. Drifting above the savannah at sunrise provides a breathtaking view of the landscape and wildlife below.

v. Bird watching On Maasai Mara

With over 450 bird species, Maasai Mara is a paradise for bird lovers. Keep an eye out for colorful species such as the Lilac-breasted roller and the African fish eagle.

vi. Visit the Maasai Mara River

The Mara River is a vital water source for the wildlife in the reserve and is also a prime location for spotting crocodiles and hippos.

vii. Take a guided nature walk

A guided nature walk allows you to explore the smaller details of the reserve, from tracking animal footprints to learning about the different plant species.

viii. Enjoy a sundowner

Have a relaxing drink, while watching the sunset in the beautiful surroundings of the Mara region. It’s a moment to unwind and appreciate the beauty of the evening.

ix. Visit a local market

 Visiting and shopping at the  marketplace give you a  chance to discover local products, crafts, and perhaps interact with the community thus enabling you to experience the culture of the area.

x. Relax and unwind

After all the activities, take some time to relax at a luxury lodge or camp. Many accommodations offer spa treatments, swimming pools, and other amenities for a truly good  experience.

Maasai Mara offers a diverse range of activities that cater to nature lovers, adventure seekers, and culture lovers. Whether you’re embarking on a safari, meeting the Maasai people, or simply experiencing  in the beauty of the natural surroundings, Masai Mara is a destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Best Guide to Navigating Flights to Maasai Mara

FAQs

1.How can I reach Maasai Mara from Nairobi?

By road: Hire a tour guide for a 224-kilometer, approximately 6-hour scenic drive.

By air: Take a domestic flight from Nairobi to Maasai Mara using charter or scheduled flights.

2.Which airlines offer flights to Maasai Mara from Nairobi?

Safarilink Aviation, Mombasa Air Safari, Air Kenya, Kenya Airways, and Jambojet provide daily flights, taking around 45 minutes.

3.How long does it take to fly from Nairobi to Maasai Mara, and which airstrips are commonly used?

Flights take approximately 1 hour, and airstrips like Keekorok, Ol Kiombo, Musiara, Kichwa Tembo, Serena, and Siana Conservancy are commonly used.

4.What are the key attractions and activities in Maasai Mara?

Game drives to see the Big Five, witnessing the Great Migration, visiting Maasai villages, hot air balloon safaris, bird watching, exploring the Mara River, guided nature walks, sundowner experiences, visiting local markets, and unwinding at luxury lodges or camps.

5.Is it possible to visit a Maasai village and experience their culture?

Yes, Maasai Mara offers opportunities to visit Maasai villages, providing insights into their unique way of life and centuries-old culture.

6.What is the best time to witness the Great Migration in Maasai Mara?

The Great Migration usually occurs between July and October when millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles move from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara.

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