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Masai Mara National Reserve

Discover the breathtaking Masai Mara National Reserve, a wildlife haven in Kenya, famed for the Great Migration. Explore vast savannahs, witness diverse wildlife including the Big Five, and immerse in rich Maasai culture. Ideal for safaris, photography, and nature lovers. Visit for an unforgettable adventure in one of Africa's most iconic and conservation-focused destinations.
Country Located:Kenya
Ownership Type:Government
Park Type:National Reserve
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Masai Mara National Reserve's Overview To the Safari World

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Explore the Splendors of Masai Mara National Reserve

Nestled in the heart of Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a treasure trove of African wildlife, offering an unparalleled safari experience. As a crucial part of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, the reserve invites adventurers from around the globe to witness the majesty of nature. Known for its rich biodiversity and sprawling landscapes, the Masai Mara is a must-visit for those seeking adventure amidst Africa’s raw beauty.

Behold the Great Migration: A Natural Wonder

The Masai Mara is synonymous with the Great Migration, an epic spectacle where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles journey across the plains in a quest for fresh grazing grounds. This annual event is a dramatic showcase of life’s cycle, offering visitors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the circle of life in real-time. The migration is a testament to the untamed beauty of the natural world, captivating all who experience it.

Discover the Big Five and Marvel at Diverse Wildlife

The Masai Mara serves as a vibrant habitat for the iconic Big Five: lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceroses. These magnificent animals roam the reserve freely, presenting thrilling wildlife viewing opportunities. Beyond the Big Five, the reserve is a sanctuary for countless other species, including giraffes, cheetahs, and hippos, ensuring that every safari drive or guided nature walk is an unforgettable adventure.

Embark on Safari Adventures and Cultural Discoveries

Dive into the heart of the Masai Mara with safari excursions that explore its vast savannahs and abundant wildlife. For an extraordinary perspective, consider a hot air balloon ride for sweeping views of the landscape. The reserve is not only a wildlife paradise but also a gateway to the rich culture of the Maasai people. Engaging with the Maasai provides deep insights into their enduring traditions and lifestyle, adding a meaningful layer to your safari experience.

Plan Your Journey to Masai Mara National Reserve

Whether you’re an avid safari-goer or a newcomer eager to explore, the Masai Mara National Reserve promises a journey filled with breathtaking sights and profound encounters. From the awe-inspiring Great Migration to intimate wildlife sightings and cultural interactions with the Maasai, the Masai Mara encapsulates the essence of Africa’s untamed wilderness. Get ready to be mesmerized by the beauty of nature and the spirit of the Maasai people as you embark on your safari to one of Kenya’s most iconic destinations.

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Wildebeest and zebra running into the Mara river in Kenya Africa to cross over.

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Masai Mara National Reserve Fees Guideline

Nestled in the heart of Kenya, the Masai Mara National Reserve stands as a testament to the nation’s commitment to preserving its rich biodiversity. Managed and safeguarded by the Narok County Council (NCC), the reserve has been a sanctuary for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. In a recent and significant development, the NCC has announced a revision in entry fees for the year 2024. This strategic move is poised to strengthen conservation efforts, improve infrastructure, and bolster support for local communities.

Exploring Maasai Mara: Understanding the Updated Entry Fees for 2024

As one of the most renowned safari destinations globally, Maasai Mara National Reserve continues to captivate adventurers with its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife. However, for those planning a visit in 2024, it’s crucial to take note of the updated entry fees, which have seen a considerable increase compared to previous years. Let’s delve into the details to ensure you’re well-prepared for your Mara adventure.
Understanding the Updated Entrance Fees

For visitors planning to explore the wonders of Maasai Mara in 2024, it’s essential to familiarize themselves with the revised entry fees. The management authority of the reserve has implemented significant adjustments to the fee structure, reflecting ongoing efforts to support conservation initiatives and sustainably manage the ecosystem.

Revised Masai Mara Entry Fee Structure

  • International Visitors: The entry fee for international visitors has seen a substantial increase, reflecting the growing demand for access to the reserve’s unparalleled natural beauty and wildlife. Whether you’re embarking on a solo expedition or joining a guided safari tour, it’s imperative to budget accordingly to accommodate the revised fees.
  • Local Residents: While the entry fees for local residents have also experienced a notable rise, they remain comparatively lower than those for international visitors. Kenyan citizens and residents have the opportunity to explore their country’s natural heritage at a discounted rate, encouraging greater participation in eco-tourism activities within Maasai Mara.
  • Children and Students: Special provisions may apply to children and students, offering discounted rates or exemptions from certain fees. Families and educational institutions planning group visits should inquire about eligibility criteria and applicable discounts to optimize their budgetary allocations.

Supporting Conservation Efforts

It’s important to recognize that the increased entry fees play a pivotal role in supporting crucial conservation efforts within Maasai Mara National Reserve. Revenue generated from visitor fees contributes to habitat preservation, anti-poaching initiatives, community development projects, and environmental education programs. By paying the revised entry fees, visitors directly contribute to the long-term sustainability of this ecological treasure.

New Masai Mara Park Entry Fees Structure:

Effective from January 1st, 2024, the updated entry fees structure is designed to accommodate two distinct travel seasons: January 1st to June 30th and July 1st to December 31st. For non-residents, the revised fees are delineated as follows:

Masai Mara Non-Residents Park Fees

(Accommodated inside or outside the Park) – Per Day

Adults (July – December)Per PersonUSD 200
Adults (January – June)Per PersonUSD 100
Children (9-17 Years)Per PersonUSD 50
StudentsPer PersonUSD 50

Masai Mara Citizens Park Fees

(Accommodated inside or outside the Park) – Per Day

Adults (July – December)Per PersonUSD 200
Foreign NonresidentPer PersonUSD 30
East African MemberPer PersonUGX 30,000

Masai Mara East African Residents Park Fees

(Accommodated inside or outside the Park) – Per Day

Adults (July – December)Per PersonUSD 200
AdultsPer PersonKes 4500
Children (9-17 Years)Per PersonKes 2000
StudentsPer PersonKes 2000

To ensure a seamless transition, the NCC emphasizes that these new rates will be applicable to all visitors entering the Masai Mara National Reserve starting January 1st, 2024. Consequently, the NCC will make necessary adjustments to all existing confirmed and provisional bookings, aligning them with the updated entry fees.

Masai Mara Vehicle Entry Charges – Per Day

Less than 6 SeatsPer VehicleKes 500
6 – 12 SeatsPer VehicleKes 1000
12 – 24 SeatsPer VehicleKes 3000
25 – 44 SeatsPer VehicleKes 4000

Our travelers' wildlife sightings in Masai Mara National Reserve

Rhino

60% SUCCESS

Spotted Hyena

90% SUCCESS

Hippo

80% SUCCESS

Gerenuk

60% SUCCESS

Wildebeest

99% SUCCESS

Giraffe

99% SUCCESS

Lion

90% SUCCESS

Wildebeest

99% SUCCESS

Warthog

90% SUCCESS

Flamingos

60% SUCCESS

Tortoise

20% SUCCESS

Ostrich

70% SUCCESS

Africa Safari Map of Masai Mara National Reserve

A rough guide to Masai Mara National Reserve

For on-line visas, we recommend that you fill out the forms in advance as per links provided below.
Visiting Kenya: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html
Visiting Tanzania: https://www.immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/download/forms
Kenya and Tanzania require specific nationalities to hold a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Depending on your country of origin, additional vaccination certificates may be required.

No. English is spoken throughout East and Southern Africa, especially by those involved in the tourist trade. European and Middle Eastern languages spoken in Africa include German (Namibia) and Arabic (Tanzania). At a reasonable fee, you can get a driver / guide who speaks your local language. Our drivers speak various languages and we have specialists for French, Spanish, Italian, Swahili, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Russian.

We highly recommend for every traveler to book a medical cover / insurance from their country of origin. We do provide an AMREF MEDICAL cover (flying Doctors Service, pls. ensure it is listed in your inclusions) which offers air evacuation only from parks / reserves to Nairobi to a local well renowned hospital with good medical care).

We plan / tailor most safaris to suit your needs! The itineraries outlined on our website are examples and any of these packages can be booked or simply modified to suit your interest / budget & time availability. Our packages are completely flexible and can start on ANY day as long as there is room availability (except for group tours with fixed departure dates).

Located on the Equator, Kenya, has no definitive seasons like the Northern and Southern hemispheres. East Africa has a pleasant climate all year round and is perfect for safaris & game viewing during any season.
We have two rainy seasons:
– The short rains which occur from late October through November
– The long rains which occur from late March to end of May
April & May are GREEN season months which are our “quiet time” where you simply get the “best deal”! Even though more rain is anticipated than usual, one experiences fantastic game viewing, mostly exclusive with very few vehicles in the vicinity as the parks are less frequented.

The famous annual Great Migration usually starts in the Southern Serengeti popularly known as Ndutu with the Wildebeest calving during end of January to March and moves onto Western / Northern Serengeti in May / June. The larger herds cross over into the Maasai Mara from July to October. This is considered to be the peak season for East Africa along with the Christmas & New Year seasons.

Both the Serengeti & Maasai Mara offer excellent game viewing all year round. A good time to travel is January to March and particularly late October / November. Rates are more reasonable too during these months than the peak season.

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