Kenya Maasai Mara - Fly In (5 days)

Our 5 days Maasai Mara trip brings you the highlight of Kenya and maybe East Africa: The Maasai Mara. Expect to see the best of wildlife in Maasai Mara, the big five zone! Wildlife includes: Elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, hippo, crocodile and many other animal species.

This trip specifically includes the most important and well-known national park of Kenya: Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Highlights

Highlights

  • Game drives (safaris) in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Maasai Mara is famous for its large herds of wildebeest and zebras and large prides of lions
  • Visit to the Maasai warriors. This is one of the greatest and richest cultures we have on the African continent
  • Flight to the Maasai Mara in a small plane, with spectacular views on the way
Photos

Photos

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Route

Route

Day 1
Nairobi Airport - Nairobi
Day 2
Nairobi Maasai Mara National Reserve
Day 3
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Day 4
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Day 5
Maasai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi Airport
Day to day

Day to day program

Day 1

Nairobi Airport - Nairobi

Arrival at Nairobi airport. Your guide will be there waiting for you. Pick up and proceed to your accommodation.

Included: airport transfer

Day 2

Nairobi Maasai Mara National Reserve

After breakfast you will be picked up for transfer to the Nairobi Wilson airport for a domestic flight to the Maasai Mara. Upon arrival on the airstrip you will be met by a guide / driver from the camp, followed by a game drive as you head for lunch at the camp.

In the Mara you have the best chance of seeing the 'Big Five'. You will reach the tent camp on an adventurous suspension bridge. The tents have a warm African style. After lunch you can explore the grounds and enjoy nature and perhaps a short game drive in the immediate vicinity. By the time the sun sets slowly, it's time to return to the lodge. 

Included: flight from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara,  game drives

Day 3

Maasai Mara National Reserve

For the next two days, you have full days of game drives in the mornings and afternoons with lunch at the lodge. The game drives take you through the hills with vast savannas and deep, water-filled gorges. The water present is a major reason why the game is so popular here. 

In the Maasai Mara you have the best chance of the 'Big Five' and on the right time period you may see the great migration of thousands of wildebeests and zebras crossing the Mara river at a certain time of the year. At the end of the day, when the sun sets slowly, it is time to return to the camp after a day full of adventures. 

Included: game drives

Day 4

Maasai Mara National Reserve

Another full day of game drives, in the morning and afternoon with lunch at the lodge. Optional visit to the Maasai (can be arranged with the guide).

Included: game drives

Day 5

Maasai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi Airport

On your last day of the safari, you’ll be driven back to the airstrip and fly back to Nairobi or extend your trip to the Famous mountain Gorillas in Uganda (Bwindi National Park), a direct flight from Maasai Mara can connect you to Entebbe.  

Included: flight from Maasai Mara to Nairobi Airport

Accommodations

Accommodations

Medium Budget
High Budget
Day 1
Nairobi Airport - Nairobi
Medium Budget: Jacaranda Hotel (BB)
High Budget: Radisson Blu (BB)
Day 2
Nairobi Maasai Mara National Reserve
Medium Budget: Camp Oloshaiki (FB)
High Budget: Sarova Mara (FB)
Day 3
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Medium Budget: Camp Oloshaiki (FB)
High Budget: Sarova Mara (FB)
Day 4
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Medium Budget: Camp Oloshaiki (FB)
High Budget: Sarova Mara (FB)
Day 5
Maasai Mara National Reserve - Nairobi Airport
Medium Budget: End of Service
High Budget: End of Service

Legend: BB = Bed and Breakfast / HB = Half Board / FB = Full Board

Prices

Prices 2020

Price on request, please send an email to mail@kazingatours.com

Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodations with meals mentioned
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Domestic flights to and from the Maasai Mara and their transfers
  • Shared 4x4 custom built safari van (Landcruiser/Land Rover) with knowledgeable driver/guide and fuel
  • Entrance fees to the included National Parks
  • Activities mentioned as included

Excludes

  • Flights (International flights)
  • Visa
  • All optional activities
  • Insurances    
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages
  • Tips and personal expenses such as laundry and communication
Travel info
Health Kenya

A certificate proving that you have received a yellow fever vaccination is obligatory. Furthermore all required inoculations must be recorded by your health practitioner on a valid vaccination certificate. You must carry this document with you throughout the tour. All visitors should take malaria prophylactic drugs. We also advise that you bring a mosquito repellent with you. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for up to date requirements, inoculations and personal recommendations!

Normally you need the following vaccinations (but please always consult a doctor):

  • Yellow Fever (you must have this can even be checked on arrival, especially when flying within East Africa)
  • DTP
  • Hepatitis

For Malaria you need to take tablets,  Malarone or Lariam. Malarone is mostly used (please always consult a doctor).

Hygiene is not at the same standard as in your home country, so we advise you to bring a disinfectant cream with you. Always drink bottled water instead of tap water.

On arrival

On arrival on the airport our guide will be there waiting for you. During safari we use custom made safari vehicles, custom made for an optimal view of the wildlife. Safari vehicles (and small aircrafts) provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload and might be difficult to be taken on board.

Visa Kenya

Kenya visa information

The Government of Kenya has an online visa application. When you are visiting Kenya you must apply for a visa online:

  • Go to the website from Kenya Online Visa.
  • Fill in the form (normally you need an “ordinary” visa, single entry) and pay online with your credit card.
  • The Kenyan authorities will send you the visa in the email after they have approved your application (please check you SPAM folder too)
  • Print this visa twice (2 copies) and bring it with you when you arrive at the overland border or at Nairobi or Mombasa International Airport. 

Some nationalities do not require a visa, please check this in advance.

For more detailed information, please check FAQ on the website.

Money

In most of the cities it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. Travelers Cheques are not widely accepted and it is very difficult or impossible to pay by credit card outside the cities. The US dollar is traditionally the hard currency of preference. We advise to bring some Dollars for daily expenses and tips.

Dollar bills should not be older than 10 years.

Currency Kenya

The unit of currency is the Kenyan Shilling. Please check the latest exchange rates before you go to your destination. This will be a guideline. Please note you will get a better exchange rate in the bigger cities.

AMREF Flying Doctors


We advise you to apply for a Flying Doctors membership. The membership provides a quick and reliable air evacuation and medical care if needed.

AMREF Flying Doctors offers 2 covers (Annual and Tourist). You can choose between the Maisha Silver (Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar), Maisha Gold (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi) or Maisha Platinum (Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia).

Please check out the AMREF Flying Doctors website for more information and to become a member.

Language in Kenya

The national language of Kenya is Swahili but English is widely spoken and is the main language in the tourist areas.

What to bring

A valid passport is mandatory (passport must be valid for at least 3 months after re-entry) and visa requirements for all countries you are planning to visit should be checked before you travel.

To make the most of your visit to the game reserves and national parks, we advise you to carry binoculars and field guides.

Photographers will need a zoom lens for wildlife (70-300 or more). Please make sure to carry enough memory cards with you. Toiletries and other essentials can be bought in the cities.

A torch (flashlight) can proof to be very useful

Stopover Points

Please mind that washrooms along the road are sometimes not to European standards, for example squatting toilets, no flushing toilets or no toilet paper available. Like the locals say: T.I.A. This Is Africa.

Facilities and accommodations

Bathroom facilities and accommodations can be more basic when traveling on a medium to low budget. In the eco lodges mind that the water reserves are limited and in most cases there are no sockets in the room, but you can always charge your devices at the reception.

Tipping

Tipping will always be appreciated. It is normal to tip 5-10% in hotels and restaurants. Guides, drivers and carriers should always be tipped. Indication: for carriers USD 1-3 and for your driver/guide USD 5-15 per day, depending on the group size, number of days and your satisfaction.

Further information Kenya

The Lonely Planet and Bradt Travel Guide are the most detailed guidebooks for Tanzania. For wildlife, the best guidebook is ‘Watching Wildlife East Africa’ from the Lonely Planet and The Bradt ‘East African Wildlife’. For birding, the best guidebook is ‘birds of East Africa’. It is advisable to get the most updated copy.