Maasai Mara national reserve Location & how to get there: Maasai Mara national reserve thrives with the best savanna vegetation and is amongst the most visited if not the number one visited travel destination in Magical Kenya. The questions remain where this beautiful reserve located is and how best can one get there? Well, in this article, included is the location of Maasai Mara national reserve and how best one can get there while on a Kenya safari. Read through to find exactly where this breath taking savanna destination is located and all the possible ways to access it.


Maasai Mara national reserve is located in the Southern part of Kenya in boarder with the great Serengeti national park in Northern circuit of Tanzania. Maasai Mara national reserve thrive in Narok County and is as well managed by the Narok county officials. Maasai Mara national reserve obtained its name after the indigenous local Maasai people who inhabited this place longtime ago and are still the famous tribe in Maasai Mara national reserve. The reserve stand at an elevation of about 4,920ft to 7,150ft above the sea level in great Mara ecosystem.


Now that you know the location of this majestic Maasai Mara national reserve, the next step is to know how best you can access it. There are generally only 2 ways on which one can get to Maasai mara national reserve that is by road and by air transport. This can either be from Nairobi or from Mombasa depending on where the clients wish to start their safari from.

  1. BY ROAD,

Getting to Maasai mara national reserve by road from Nairobi

The location of Maasai mara national reserve is about 280 Km from Nairobi the capital city of Kenya thus can be reached in about 5-6 hours’ drive by road depending on the location of the lodge/ camp where one intends to sleep. The most fascinating think about taking a drive from Nairobi to Maasai mara is the fact that you enjoy the country side of Kenya, enjoy stopovers along the way. Tourists who love culture are blessed with an enroute visit to the locals in Narok town one of the best cultural town in Kenya. This town is situated about 2-3 hours’ drive from Nairobi thus one may choose to even enjoy an enroute meal over here before proceeding to the next stopover in the Great Rift Valley to view the escarpments and by the time you get to the reserve, you will have had lots of sightings along your way. You will then be welcomed by a stunning beautiful savanna of Maasai Mara rich in different wildlife species that will make your day rewarding.

  1. BY AIR

Getting to Maasai Mara national reserve by air from Nairobi;

This is the best way to get to Maasai Mara national reserve from Nairobi for tourists who do not wish to spend all the 6 hours on a road drive thus end up opting for a flight. For this option, once you land at the airport which is usually Jomo Kenyatta International airport, there is a need to take a few minutes’ drive to Wilson Airport where the domestic flights to Maasai Mara from Nairobi set off. Tourists having different airstrips to land in or near Maasai Mara national reserve depending on the lodge one booked for their Kenya safari. Some of these airstrips in Maasai Mara National reserve include Keekorok, Siana, Serena, Kichwa Tembo and many more. You will take only 30-45 minutes in the sky viewing the beauty of Kenya and before landing upon arrival in Maasai Mara, you will be rewarded with stunning view of the vegetation cover and the wildlife as they decorate the entire reserve. This aerial view is magical and fascinating. You will then be able land at the nearest airstrip to your booked accommodation.

Maasai Mara national reserve Location & how to get there
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Getting to Maasai Mara national reserve from Mombasa;

Getting to Maasai mara national reserve from Mombasa can be achieved in 2 different way including by road or by air.

One may choose to take a flight from Mombasa to Nairobi and then connect on a road transfer for about 5-6 hours to get to Maasai Mara national reserve.

Optional, one may as well choose to drive from Mombasa to Maasai Mara with an overnight in Nairobi.

And finally, one may choose to take a direct flight from Mombasa to Maasai Mara national reserve. Maasai Mara has a direct outbound and inbound flights to Kichwa airstrip.

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