Masai Mara Tour in Kenya

The legendary Masai Mara in Kenya

3-day Masai Mara tour in Kenya: The Legendary Masai Mara is the most visited wildlife reserve in Kenya, probably in East Africa. This 1,800 square km park supports a huge and diverse animal population and is the only places in the world where it is still possible to see vast herds of grazing animals.

Attracted by the abundant wildebeest, antelope, buffalo and zebra are the predators. There are more lions here than anywhere else in the country, and leopard, cheetah, jackal and hyena also wander the grasslands. Far reaching views across open plains ensure that wildlife is almost never out of sight and it’s not unusual to see a dozen different species at the same time – all good news for big five enthusiasts!

If at all possible, visit around August or September for the Great Migration. On my most recent visit we watched swarms of wildebeest thunder across the river on their way to greener pastures, with a few unfortunate souls trampled underfoot, or picked off by a predator along the way – an unforgettable experience.

Staggering wildlife viewing does come at a price and it’s not uncommon to see hordes of vehicles surrounding a pride of lions; but if you (or your guide) look hard enough it’s possible to find your own little piece of wilderness.

Wildebeest migrating in Kenya across Mara River as seen from Masai Mara tour
Wildebeests and Zebra crossing Mara River in Kenya

Three day safari to Masai Mara is the most common and shortest tour in Kenya that exposes you to all the big five within the shortest time possible. Kenya safari is the most popular of all the African safaris and mostly includes tour of Masai Mara. Below, you will find the most popular tour to the famed Masai Mara. Why not combine this tour with hot air balloon ride to command an aerial game viewing of the Masai Mara plains or immerse yourself in an authentic cultural tour to a Maasai village.

3-Day Masai Mara Tour in Kenya
The Maasai Mara has endless open Savannah, forests and tree-lined streams. Lions are found in plenitude all through, as are elephant, giraffe, an assortment of gazelle and zebra. Leopard and Cheetah are likewise routinely seen. You will get the opportunity to see rhinos. This safari offer value accommodation and encounter with the heart of Kenya, the greater part of the big five. For culture lovers, there is also an option of visiting nearby Masai village for cultural interactions.

In Masai Mara lions are seen in prides during Kenya tour and safari
Lions in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Itinerary and pricing:
Day 1: From Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve famous for wildebeest migration
Pick up from your hotel/address in Nairobi at 7.30am. You are then driven through the picturesque Great Rift Valley with a stop at view-point. Continue with a drive along the floor of the Rift Valley via Narok Town. Arrival in Masai Mara at your lodge will be in time for check in, buffet lunch followed by siesta. There will be an afternoon introductory game viewing drive to spot animals especially cats when they start being active to make a hunt for their evening meal. Animals likely to be spotted include lion, cheetah, hyena, elephant, buffalo, gazelle, leopard, zebra, giraffe amongst many other plains wildlife. Return to the lodge for dinner and night, Mara Sopa Lodge, L, D.

Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation: Mara Sopa Lodge, Mid-range lodge bordering Masai Mara NR (
Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water provided (Other drinks not included)

Mara Sopa Lodge is a comfortable accommodation in Masai Mara during Kenya tour
Comfortable bedroom at Mara Sopa Lodge
Masai Mara tour in Kenya allows you to see leopards and other big cats
A leopard wandering in the Masai Mara plains as seen during Kenya safari

Day 2: Masai Mara game viewing in the morning and afternoon
You will spend the entire day with a combination of morning and afternoon game viewing drives in this Kenya’s most popular game sanctuary where you will have the likelihood of spotting the big five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). You can take an optional hot air balloon at $450 per person or a visit to a local Maasai village for a cultural tour at $20 per person. At dusk, return to your lodge for dinner and night, Mara Sopa Lodge, B, L, D.

Main destination: Masai Mara National Reserve
Accommodation: Ol Moran Mara Sopa Lodge, Mid-range lodge bordering Masai Mara NR
Meals & drinks: All meals included. Drinking water provided (Other drinks not included)

Rhinocers are seen in Masai Mara. They are members of the big five. Kenya safari allows you Masai cultural tour
The Rhinoceros seen in Masai Mara

Day 3: Masai Mara to Nairobi
An early pre-breakfast game viewing drive followed by breakfast. Return to Nairobi by road (300 km – approximately 5~6 hours), or optional extra fly ($195 per person) from the Masai Mara to Nairobi, arriving in the late afternoon. Drop off at the hotel.

Main destination: Nairobi
Accommodation: End of tour (no accommodation)
Meals & drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included). Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Tour cost: US$ 700 Per person sharing

Included in Masai Mara tour price:
•    Park fees (for non-residents)
•    All activities as detailed in the itinerary (unless labeled as optional)
•    Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
•    All accommodation in a triple room (unless listed as upgrade)
•    A professional driver/guide
•    All transportation in a safari mini bus (unless labeled as optional)
•    All Taxes/VAT
•    Bottled drinking water
•    Start and end in Nairobi (pick up and drop off at your hotel)

Excluded in the safari cost:
•    Airport transfers
•    Accommodation in Nairobi before and after the tour
•    Government imposed increase of park fees and/or taxes
•    International flights (from/to home)
•    Tips (tipping guideline US$20.00 pp per day)
•    Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
•    Drinks

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Masai Mara wildebeest migration
Sunrise over Masai Mara in Kenya during wildebeest migration.

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