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4-Day Masai Mara Safari Tours

The Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya never disappoints. Whether you’re going on your first African safari or you’re a repeat visitor, you can’t go wrong; the reserve is hard to beat when it comes to wildlife viewing. The wide-open plains are home to big herds of grazers, and when you look closer, you’ll find lots of predators too. Big cats steal the show, but hyenas and jackals are never far off either. Time your trip right and you might be able to witness the wildebeest migration, one of the biggest wildlife spectacles in Africa. Alternatively, visit in the Emerald season (also known as the Wet season) when the scenery is breathtaking and the crowds minimal. Read on if you need some guidance before booking a 4-day safari.

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6 Questions About 4-Day Masai Mara Safaris

 
 

6 Questions About 4-Day Masai Mara Safaris

Answered by Ariadne van Zandbergen

Is 4 days a good amount of time for a safari in the Masai Mara?

“When going to the Masai Mara, you should ideally devote at least 4 days to your trip. If really pressed for time, you can book a 2- or 3-day trip, but 4 days is definitely more comfortable and gives you time to settle into the bush. On a 4-day trip you can break up the drive to or from the Masai Mara with an overnight stay in Lake Nakuru National Park or Lake Naivasha, with the option to visit nearby Hell’s Gate National Park. Alternatively you can spend all 3 nights in the Masai Mara. With 2 full days in the reserve, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore this iconic safari destination. You’ll be able to experience a full-day dusk-to-dawn game drive that will include lunch at one of the picnic spots. Morning and evening game drives are rewarding as well, but on a full day you can get further into the reserve, away from the more-crowded areas. Overall 4 days is a good amount of time for a safari in the Masai Mara if it is part of a larger Kenya tour, but if not, I would recommend allocating a few more days to your safari if at all possible.”

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Is it better to fly or go overland to the Masai Mara for a 4-day safari?

“On a 4-day safari, flying and driving to the Masai Mara are both viable options. The drive takes about five to six hours. The last 100km/62mi of the road is notoriously bad, so expect to bounce around a fair amount. However, on a 4-day tour you can easily break up the drive with a stopover. Lake Nakuru NP is the most popular option. This Rift Valley lake teems with birdlife, and this is the best place in Kenya to see rhinos, which are very difficult to spot in the Masai Mara. Another great option is to spend a night at Hell’s Gate NP. The dramatic scenery is the main attraction and, as there are few dangerous animals, cycling and hiking are permitted in the park. Even without visiting other parks en route, if you’re up for it, the drive is quite an adventure. There will be a photo stop at the Rift Valley, and just seeing the usual hustle and bustle of African life as you drive through the countryside adds to making the journey special in its own right. If you choose to fly, the flight on a small aircraft will take about one hour, saving you plenty of travel time and allowing you to arrive refreshed. As you fly into the reserve, you’ll have an unforgettable bird’s eye view of the landscape and wildlife. Fly-in safaris usually include top-end accommodation and all your activities. Last but not least is the issue of budget. Fly-in safaris are very special, but they do come at a higher price tag than road safaris.”

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What accommodation can I expect on a 4-day safari in the Masai Mara?

“You’ll find just about every type of accommodation you can think of in the Masai Mara. If you’re on a budget, camping is a good option. You don’t need to rough it too much. Specialized operators put together a very comfortable camping experience. The crew will look after you well and you’ll be amazed at the food they manage to whip up in a basic campsite. Camping in the bush is an adventure and it is perhaps the best way to fully appreciate your natural surroundings. While campsites are often in great locations inside the reserve, budget lodges are mostly located outside the reserve boundaries. They are usually very comfortable and offer a good base for game drives. Most mid-range and luxury accommodation options are located inside the reserve. Some very luxurious accommodation is rustic and offers very few mod cons. The trend leans towards a minimal carbon footprint with ecofriendly building materials and constructions that can be dismantled without leaving any traces. Styles vary but chalets and old-school tented camps are popular options for the smaller, more intimate camps. The level of luxury is more in the details; the exclusivity, service, food and guiding. In contrast with these boutique lodges are the bigger hotels. While they might lack in character, they offer a more conventional level of luxury in regular rooms that have air-conditioning and, in some cases, even TV.”

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Which animals am I likely to see on a 4-day Masai Mara safari?

“The Masai Mara is one of the top wildlife-viewing destinations in Africa. The place overflows with animals and the open savannah makes spotting them quite easy. Most impressive are the big cats. No other reserve on this scale offers such easy sightings of lions and cheetahs. Although notoriously shy, leopards are regularly spotted too. You’ll see plenty of elephants, buffalo, giraffes and a big variety of antelope. Small herds of zebras, wildebeest and gazelles are always present, but around late September to October up to 10 million hooves cross the reserve in search of greener pastures. Note, though, that the exact timing of the wildebeest migration is unpredictable. The only safari heavyweight you might struggle to see on a 4-day Masai Mara safari is the rhino. If you visit Lake Nakuru NP en route you’ll get to see white and possibly black rhino there. But if not, your best bet is to visit the Mara Triangle, the most reliable area in the reserve to see them – although even there, sightings are sporadic.”

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How much does a 4-day safari in the Masai Mara cost?

“There are several variables that determine the overall price of safari packages to the Masai Mara. Prices of 4-day budget tours in the Masai Mara mostly range between US$420 to US$900 per person. Mid-range tours mostly range between US$850 to US$1,500 per person, while luxury tours start at about US$1,000 per person. You can use the filters on SafariBookings to narrow down your preferences and find tours that meet your requirements. The biggest factor determining the price of a safari is the level of accommodation. This will ultimately categorize tours as being budget, mid-range or luxury. Shared tours are usually cheaper than private tours. This is especially the case for single travelers. On a 4-day trip you might want to consider a fly-in safari, but these are considerably more expensive than road safaris. Check out the seasons too; low-season prices can be favorable and while you’ll probably get some rain at this time, it’s when the scenery is at its best. Always request a few quotes before making a final decision.”

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How do I avoid the crowds on a 4-day tour in the Masai Mara?

“You might have heard that the Masai Mara can get very busy. This is true, but there are ways to avoid the crowds. Kenya has pioneered the African safari as we know it today, and the Masai Mara is the cornerstone of that industry. It is no surprise then that trips to this reserve are very popular. The low-season months of April to May and November to December see fewer visitors than the rest of the year. While this isn’t the best time for wildlife viewing, there are always animals around. April and May are the wettest months, but you’ll be rewarded with spectacular scenery and an abundance of baby animals. Even during the high season, some areas of the Mara are busier than others, but for a really exclusive safari experience you can book into one of the private conservancies bordering the Masai Mara.”

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Masai Mara Safari Reviews

4.6/5 357 Reviews
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Emma Gregg  –  
United Kingdom UK

Emma is an award-winning travel writer for Rough Guides, National Geographic Traveller, Travel Africa magazine and The Independent.

Quintessential Kenyan safari destination, whatever the season
5/5

Grasslands dotted with graceful acacias, hundreds of big cats and enough natural drama to keep wildlife documentary film-makers busy year after year – the Masai Mara has it all. It also has some highly alluring and charismatic places to...

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Stuart Butler  –  
United Kingdom UK

Stuart is a travel writer and author of numerous Lonely Planet guidebooks, including Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

East Africa at its Exotic Best
5/5

Nowhere else sums up the East African dream like the Masai Mara. Always the best place in Kenya to see huge herds of grazers and a seemingly endless procession of carnivores big and small the Masai Mara is the one place in East Africa I...

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Terry  –  
United States US
Reviewed: Jun 11, 2021
The Most Enjoying visit to Maasai Mara.
5/5

For the first time i visited The Maasai Mara Game reserve, i really enjoy a lot, i got to physically enjoy the destination, it felt like a small heaven here on earth . The scenery was Brilliant, The Savannah grassland just so awesome, I...

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Emma D.  –  
Switzerland CH
Reviewed: Apr 4, 2020
5/5

It's a classic, a must visit. The quantity of wildlife in this park is amazing. We saw the Big 5 in only 2-3 days, and were delighted. It's also very big, so it feels like you're not going around the same places all the time. Amazing...

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Ravikumar Hirermath  –  
Ethiopia ET
Reviewed: Feb 21, 2020
LIFE TIME MEMORABLE SAFARI WE HAD AND REMEMBERED EVENT IN OUR LIFE
5/5

AS ANIMALS HAVE GOT EQUAL RIGHT TO LIVE LIKE US IN THIS UNIVERSE WHICH IS THERE ONLY IN MASAI MARA. WEATHER IS EXCELLENT IN MASAI MARA WITH RUNNING MOUNTAIN PLAIN PLATEUS. ACCOMODATION, FOOD and TRASPORTATION by Lechada safari operator...

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Faatina  –  
Saudi Arabia SA
Reviewed: Feb 13, 2020
5/5

Everything about it was great! Oscar winning vibes and Raymond who gave us an ultimate experience thank you! Amazing, safe game drives. I can't wait to do it again with the same company!

Thank you!

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