Masai Mara National Park

My trip to Masai Mara National Park

This is a lion in Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.

Besides the beautiful beaches Kenya offers, the country in East Africa is also one of the best destinations in the world to do good game drives. During the 10 days I spent in Kenya I went to Masai Mara for one night to experience a little bit of the country’s incredible wildlife.

Things you should know about Masai Mara Game Reserve:

  • Masai Mara National Park, situated on the Tanzanian border, is the most popular National Park in Kenya besides the Serengeti in Tanzania, it is one of the most popular National Parks in Africa.
  • It is one of the best parks to see the BIG 5 (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo) and it is also a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the variety of wildlife.
  • The best time to visit Masai Mara is during the Wildebeest Migration, which happens every year from July to October and which is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Every year millions of Wildebeest make their way from Serengeti to the Mara for food. This event and the Masai Mara attract millions of tourists every year.


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My Masai Mara safari experience:

My friend Kevin took me to the park in the south west of Kenya. Kevin grew up in Nairobi and runs a tour company. He is an amazing and super smart tour guide. Seeing that my time in Kenya was a bit limited we could only go to Masai Mara for one night. However, we managed to do 2 Masai Mara safari drives, one in the evening when we arrived and one in the morning the day of our departure.



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We spotted Buffalos, Elephants, 3 Leopards and plenty of Lions. I have been to many National Parks before. I went to Kruger and Hluhluwe Imfolozi National Park in South Africa, Chobe National Park in Botswana, Liwonde National Park in Malawi and I already went on a game drive in Nairobi National Park but have never seen a Leopard and that many lions before. The only animal of the BIG 5 we missed out that day was the Rhino, which according to Kevin is more like a 50/50 chance to see in Maasai Mara. Besides that, we saw a Cheetah, Zebras, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Giraffes and an Ardwolf, which is super rare to spot.

This is an Elephant at Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.

Important things to know before visiting Masai Mara:

Masai Mara – Getting there: 

From Nairobi, it takes you about 5 hours to get to the Mara, best done with a safari vehicle. Going by public transport (Matatu) works as well but it will take you the entire day as you need to switch between different buses quite often. From Nairobi, you can also catch a flight to Masai Mara but it is quite expensive.

Masai Mara – Entrance fee:

  • 80 US$ a day an adult (non-resident) + vehicle fees when staying outside the park
  • 70 US$ a day an adult (non-resident) + vehicle fees when staying inside the park



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Masai Mara – Accommodation:

I stayed in Mara Explorers Camp and Backpackers which offer simple and comfortable accommodation for backpackers and budget travelers. The camp is owned by Laura and Moses. It was super clean, the staff extremely friendly and the food yummy.  I can honestly recommend them as a basecamp in Masai Mara as most of the other camps inside the park are super high star and that makes it more expensive.



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Masai Mara Safari tours – my recommendation:

My friend Kevin runs the tour company “Rock Agama Safaris”.Its super convenient. Your choose your safari and Kevin sorts out the rest:

  • pick up and drop off
  • transport
  • game drives
  • accommodation according your preferences
  • meals

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Best time to visit Masai Mara:

To see the Wildebeest Migration you have to travel to the Mara between July and October but keep in mind that this is also the most expensive season. In fact, the Mara offers best game drive options the entire year.

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This is Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.

My recommendation on other National Parks in Kenya:

  • Amboseli National Park
  • Nairobi National Park
  • Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks


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It stands March 2018.

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