3 Days Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi - Review, Itinerary, & Prices
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This 3-day Masai Mara safari itinerary is for those with a penchant for striking landscapes that come loaded with substantial wildlife varieties and posh accommodations.
It’s for those whose idea of an unforgettable safari is excellent game drives, tranquil ambiences, and dynamic interactions with the locals.
It is the best Masai Mara safari three-day tour for UK travellers, and we are honoured to have a chance to walk it through with you.
When you first visit Masai Mara from Nairobi, several features will catch your eyes, like the Great Rift Valley and Mara’s short bushes and thousands of wildlife.
The reserve actually delivers its second name, “Mara” (spot), from these bushes and wildlife, a phenomenon experienced through a hot air balloon.
You can experience this by booking these three days Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi or any other package that leads to this reserve.
Of course, our professional gold-certified guides are part of the package and are responsible for showing you the best of Mara from the ground.
Summarised, 3 Days Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi Itinerary
3 Days Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi Detailed Itinerary
Here is a description of what you can expect when you book this 3-day Masai Mara safari from Nairobi with us.
Day 1: Arrival in Nairobi, Drive to Masai Mara, & Evening Game Drive
Our professional, English-speaking safari guide is always on time to pick you up from the airport/hotel/residence of any other agreed location.
Pro tip: We recommend you book a flight that lands in Nairobi before 4:00 am. Early arrivals allow enough time to squeeze in the day’s schedule and provide room for flexibility.
After pick up, the guide briefs you about the safari and then start the 6-hr drive to Masai Mara National Reserve.
The road from Masai Mara to Nairobi is paved with some eye-catching topographies and sceneries, case in point the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint.
We make the first stop at this viewpoint to provide you with the opportunity to view the scenery and take some photos for your Instagram feed.
Our second stop is made two hours later in Narok Town.
Do some crazy shopping, stretch your legs, visit the washroom, and then get back to the vehicle for the next 3-hrs of the road trip.
If our estimations are correct, and they always are, you will be at Masai Mara at around noon. We check you in to your hotel and leave you to get some lunch and well-deserved rest.
At 3:00 pm, your guide picks you up for an evening game drive. Masai Mara is quite classic when it comes to evening game drives.
Scorched grasslands, occasional wildlife spotting, sweeping expanses, and sunset combine to create a dreamy storybook setting for you.
Be on the lookout for elephants, gazelles, giraffes, warthogs, wildebeests, zebras, impalas, lions, cheetahs, and leopards, if you’re lucky.
Day 2: Full Day Game Drive in Masai Mara with Picnic Lunch
Your day starts with an early breakfast on the second day of your Masai Mara 3 days safari from Nairobi.
The aim is to be at the reserve by 6 a.m. before the sun rises to catch some of the morning hunters.
You’ll find no distracting fleets at this time of day; only views upon views, wildlife, and an ambience beyond belief.
Our gold-certified guide takes you through the Mara in its entirety, introducing you to its diverse vegetation, wildlife and topography.
Be on the lookout for leopards and cheetahs. These shy creatures love to take advantage of the quiet for a quick kill.
Pro tip: Morning game drives are pretty rewarding. Animals love to hunt or nibble in the mornings when it’s cool.
The guide finds a shady place, preferably at a vantage point, when it’s lunch o’clock. There’s nothing like a nice lunch with some magnificent views to chew on.
We continue with the game drive till the evening after lunch, returning to camp after the colourful sunset.
Day 3: Morning Game Drive, Maasai Village Visit, & Drive to Nairobi
We check you out of the camp immediately after breakfast and depart with our bags. There is time for one last thrill, and nothing does it quite like a morning game drive.
Any wildlife you would have loved to spot on previous game drives but didn’t?
Well, that is what this game drive is for! Please sit back, keep your eyes open, and leave the searching to your guide.
We exit the park by around 10:30 am and head to the Maasai Villages, the final stop of our 3 day Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi.
Songs, dances, colourful beadwork, and more songs and dances!
Time spent at the Maasai villages introduces you to the unique, beautiful and somewhat surprising way of life of this nomadic warrior tribe.
To meet us at the gate is a group of dancing mamas (women) and boys who whisk us away towards their semi-permanent huts made from cow dung, human urine, sticks and mud.
They call these huts manyattas, and from these manyattas, you get to learn how to light a fire from sticks.
We embark from Masai Mara to Nairobi after the Maasai village visit.
You will be in Nairobi by 4:00 pm if everything goes as planned. We will then drop you at the hotel, airport or place of residence and bid you goodbye.
Items Included in the Package Cost
- Pick-up from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, residence, hotel, etc
- Services of a professional, Gold level safari guide
- Game drives in a luxurious 4×4 safari and cruiser.
- Exclusive use of the safari land-cruiser for the 3 days
- Mineral water and cold beverages during game drives in Masai Mara
- Meals accommodation on a full-board basis in the chosen Masai Mara hotel
- All applicable park fees and government taxes
- An evening game drive on day 1
- A full-day game drive with picnic lunch on day 2
- A morning game drive on day 3
- A visit to a Maasai village on day 3
- Return to the airport, hotel or residence at the end of the safari.
Items Excluded from the Price
- An optional hot air balloon safari at £350 Per Person
- Optional bush dinner for 4-pax at £40 Per Person
- Easter, Christmas, & other holiday Supplements of £20-£50 Per Person Per Night
- Visa application fee £40
- Gratuities and tips to the safari guide
- Local and international flight tickets
- laundry services
- Extra meals or drinks in the hotel, except typical lunch, dinner, and breakfast
- Transfer fee when sending the money
The Total Safari Price Per Person
|Lodge/Camp/Hotel||Low Season||High Season||Peak Season|
|Amani Mara Camp||£ 990||£ 1,148||£ 1,399|
|Azure Mara Haven||£ 840||£ 940||£ 1,185|
|Basecamp Mara||£ 835||£ 990||£ 1,175|
|Elangata Olerai||£ 790||£ 920||£ 1,095|
|Emayian Luxury Camp||£ 960||£ 1,060||£ 1,220|
|Enchoro Wildlife Camp||£ 765||£ 900||£ 1,070|
|Enkorok Mara Camp||£ 790||£ 885||£ 1,070|
|Entima Mara Camp||£ 925||£ 1,170||£ 1,405|
|Entumoto Camp||£ 1,045||£ 1,345||£ 1,545|
|Explore Nature Camp||£ 795||£ 910||£ 1,070|
|Fisi Tented Mara Camp||£ 760||£ 865||£ 1,010|
|Ilkeliani Masai Mara Camp||£ 865||£ 970||£ 1,245|
|Jambo Mara Safari Lodge||£ 815||£ 940||£ 1,130|
|Keekorok Lodge||£ 820||£ 970||£ 1,250|
|Mara Big Five Camp||£ 810||£ 955||£ 1,160|
|Mara Bush Camp||£ 1,015||£ 1,170||£ 1,395|
|Mara Bush Private Camp||£ 1,095||£ 1,255||£ 1,515|
|Mara Legends Camp||£ 870||£ 1,088||£ 1,295|
|Mara Ngenche Camp||closed||£ 1,275||£ 1,985|
|Mara Serena Safari Lodge||£ 865||£ 1,020||£ 1,350|
|Tipilikwani Mara Camp||£ 900||£ 1,030||£ 1,335|
*The price is based on two people travelling together and sharing the accommodation and safari vehicle.
*These prices are based on the 2022 season. It will be more affordable when you travel as a group.
*The accommodation often gets packed during the migration season and is only confirmed upon making a deposit.
*Kindly book early to ensure you don’t miss your prefered accommodation by sending an email to email@example.com
Masai Mara Packages from Nairobi Travel Guide - FAQs
Mara is one of the world’s most popular parks thanks to its sweeping expanses, huge wildlife varieties, high-end accommodation, and natural wonders.
We will walk you through all you need to know about this park in this FAQ section of the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi.
1. How Do You Get from Nairobi to Masai Mara?
There are two ways to get from Nairobi to Masai Mara: air or road. You can take public transport or car hire in Kenya if you travel by road.
You can board the matatu from River Road, and it will cost you anywhere between £5 to £7.
On the other hand, car hire prices start from £75 for ordinary cars or £195 for a safari land cruiser.
The road trip from Nairobi to Masai Mara is quite long and can take up to 6-hr.
However, it is still exciting since you get to experience the countryside and even make some stops at the major attractions like Great Rift Valley and Narok town.
But if you want to arrive fast, a direct from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Masai Mara is highly recommended.
KenyaLuxurySafaris.co.uk team ensures you get to Mara by road or flight without any hassle when you book our safaris.
Our road trip to Masai Mara is usually made using a 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser or a Safari Van for people who go for the budget option.
2. How Much Does it Cost to Fly from Nairobi to Masai Mara?
The flight cost from Nairobi to Masai Mara varies from season to season, averaging about £150(one-way flights) to £290 (return flights).
We recommend you speak to our team to get the best flight cost when flying to Masai Mara from any destination in Kenya.
3. How Long Does it Take to Travel from Nairobi to Masai Mara?
This entirely depends on the mode of transport you’re using. A flight to the park should take you an hour or so.
Car drives can last up to 6 hours if you get into the park through the Sekenani, Talek and Oloolaimutia gates.
It takes an additional 30 minutes to access the park through the Musiara and Oloololo gates.
Using a one-way flight saves time for those with limited time and who want to book a 3 days Masai Mara itinerary.
The 3 days, 2 nights Masai Mara safari from Nairobi by road allows only one day of full-day game drive.
This, however, is enough time to give you a quick overview of the park.
Masai Mara Flights from Nairobi
Flights to the Masai Mara are accessible through Wilson Airport. It is only 5km away from JKIA.
And there are several airstrips within the Masai Mara, including Keekorok, Mara North, and Serena.
We handle all the bookings and transfers when you book this 3 days Masai Mara safari package from Nairobi.
4. How Far is the Mara from Nairobi?
The road distance from Masai Mara to Nairobi is approximately 279km, a distance covered within 6 to 7 hours.
The drive is a little quicker for those who approach the park through the Sekenani, Talek and Oloolaimutia gate.
It takes a while longer for those that get in through Musiara and Oloololo gates.
The park is only an hour away if you use a flight.
Nairobi to Masai Mara Distance by Road
Roads are without question the most popular way to get to the Masai Mara.
The distance from Nairobi to Masai Mara ranges from 225km to 279km depending on the gate you use to access the reserve.
The latter is for those who access the park through the Musiara and Oloololo gates and the former for those that use the Sekenani, Talek and Oloolaimutia gates.
Route: Head out from Nairobi using the A104 highway and drive towards the B3 just before Limuru junction.
For those departing from the JKIA, we suggest that you use the Southern Bypass onto the A104 in Kikuyu Town.
Once you’ve reached Narok, take the C12 road to get Sekenani, Oloolaimutia or Talek gates. And the C13 for the Musiara and Oloololo gates.
Disclaimer: The C13 road is more challenging to navigate than the former.
5. How Much Does it Cost to Go to Masai Mara from Nairobi?
This depends on the mode of transport you use to go from Masai Mara to Nairobi. Public means are far cheaper than flights, with matatus charging anywhere between £5 to £7.
Car hires are your second-best option if you are looking for means cheaper than flights but much more convenient and comfortable than matatus.
Car hire will cost anywhere from £75 depending on the make of the car you go for.
Laying an estimate for flights is difficult due to the constantly changing price.
We, however, have a rough estimate you can work with: £150 for one-way flights) and around £295 for round trips.
6. How Many Days Do You Need for a Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi?
We recommend a minimum of 3 days and two nights for a Masai Mara safari from Nairobi.
This will give you ample time to explore the wildlife, landscape and all the natural wonders the park has to offer.
Our 3-day Masai Mara safari allows you time to move to and from the park, an evening game drive, a full-day game drive, a morning game drive and a Masai Mara village visit.
7. Best Time to Book a 3 Day Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi
The Masai Mara offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities all year through.
Even so, those looking to catch the Great Wildebeest Migration should make their booking from July to October, which are the peak months of the migration.
But there’s a catch: these months record a peak in visitors, causing the park to be a little overcrowded and the hotels a little bit pricier.
We recommend booking during the short rainy season of November and December if you want to spot considerable wildlife in a relatively less busy park.
8. Masai Mara Tours from Nairobi - The Cost
The idea of saving big bucks on Masai Mara tours from Nairobi is far-fetched.
This is due to a combination of factors. First, the reserve is a leading tourist destination, and quality accommodation doesn’t come cheap.
Low budget Masai Mara tours from Nairobi fall within the £220 range per person sharing per day, while mid-luxury terms fall within the £270 range per person sharing per day.
Luxury Masai Mara safaris, on the other hand, can cost as high as £364 per person sharing per day.
These costs include accommodation on a full-board basis, game drives, and park entry fees.