Getting There – Masai Mara NR

The Masai Mara is located 270km/167mi northwest of Nairobi. The road is notoriously bad and the driving time is about five hours. Most people fly to the park.

It is however also possible to drive from Lake Nakuru NP. The distance is about 235km/150mi and the driving time is roughly six hours.

If you are getting here by road, note that from Narok (the last major town you pass through) there’s roughly half an hour of tarmac road, and then two hours bumping along bad to terrible dirt roads to get into the park.

Getting to Nairobi is easy, as the city is a major African transport hub. International arrivals usually land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi. From Nairobi it’s easy to catch a domestic flight to Masai Mara.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner or, for multiple destination flights, check Expedia to see which airlines can take you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

If you are on a package tour, you will probably find that charter flights you are taking between parks are booked by your tour operator. There are nine airstrips in and outside the park catering to the different lodges. Most domestic flights, including flights to the Masai Mara, leave from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km/4mi south of Nairobi. Scheduled flights can be booked via several domestic carriers:

Passport, Visa and Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Kenya getting there page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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