Masai Mara Flights:

Flights to Masai Mara

image of Masai MaraThe Masai Mara National Reserve is in south-western Kenya, and is one of the most popular wildlife and nature parks in all of Africa, if not the world. The Masai Mara portion of the park in Kenya is quite a bit smaller than the rest of the park on the Tanzanian side of the border, where it is known as the Serengeti National Park.

The main airport that serves flights to Masai Mara and the surrounding region is the Mara Serena Airport (airport code: MRE) but there is no direct service there from Johannesburg. However if you arrive in Nairobi, you can get a flight to Masai Mara with either AirKenya or Safarilink from there. Flights to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (code: NBO) can be booked with South African Airways with no stops, or a 1-stop flight is offered with Kenya Airways that connects in Gaborone.

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The Tourist Attractions of Masai Mara:

Needless to say, the main draw to this area is the park. There are excellent tourist facilities for the reserve and many tour companies offer safari trips through the park that include vehicles and accommodation. You can choose luxury lodges or very basic camping sites depending on your personal taste (and budget).

When it comes to wildlife, there are more animals here than you could comfortably list and you will get a chance to see all the “typical” African game animals during your visit. Expect lions, elephants, buffalo, crocodiles, rhinos, wildebeest, antelope, hippos, hyenas, giraffes and zebras.

For a more dramatic visit, try to time your trip for July or August. That is when the mass migration of wildebeest and zebras thunders through the park. Millions of animals can be on the move and is it one of the greatest sights of the natural world. The migration route doesn’t necessarily take up the entire park, so you can still see some of the other animals that are not disturbed by all the movement.

Just outside the boundaries of the park is the Oloolaimutiek village where you can see the lives of traditional Masai people and experience a little unique culture.

Many people plan to spend several days in the park, if not a week or more in order to really explore the entire area. Everything will be provided for and many resorts or lodges have extra amenities like pools and spas to help keep you occupied when you are not out on a game drive.

When Should You Visit?:

The best time to visit the park is in the summer, around July and August. Not only is the number of animals at its peak due to the annual migration through the area, it is also the best weather at that time. The days will be hot around 28C (82F) but much cooler at nights. The rest of the year will be hotter, with the highest heat in March. You can expect it to reach 33C (91F) at that part of the year. The rains are heaviest in April and May, so you should avoid those months as the roads will be harder to navigate.

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