3 Days Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi - Review, Itinerary, & Prices
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This is the best Masai Mara safari 3 days tour. We are honored to have a chance to walk you through it.
The first thing that catches your eye in the Mara is its short bushy trees, the conspicuous feature from which the park draws its name.
The second is its wildlife, a feature that is the park’s most popular and whose impact is astounding.
This 3-day Masai Mara safari itinerary is for those with a penchant for striking landscapes that come loaded with huge wildlife varieties and posh accommodations.
It’s for those whose idea of an unforgettable safari is extraordinary game drives, tranquil ambiances, and vibrant interactions with the locals.
Our professional bronze-certified guides are, of course, part of the package, are our expert designers whose chief responsibility is crafting a Masai Mara safari 3 days tour that appeals to all.
Summarised, 3 Days Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi Itinerary
Detailed Itinerary: 3 Days Masai Mara Safari from Nairobi
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
Punctuality is our middle name. So, yes, we are on time for airport pick-ups (for those arriving from the UK), and 5 am hotel or residence pick-ups (for UK residents already in the country).
Pro tip: We recommend a flight that lands in Nairobi before 4:00 am. Early arrivals allow enough time to squeeze in the day’s schedule and also provide room for flexibility.
The road from Masai Mara to Nairobi is paved with some eye-catching topographies and sceneries, case in point the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint.
Take in the viewpoint’s dramatic scenery, give a go at your first Kenyan drink or meal, or spam your Instagram feed with some vibrant pics.
Our second stop is made two hours later in Narok Town.
Crazy shopping (you’ll need the supplies), relax, stretch those legs, and get back in for the remaining three hours of our Masai Mara from Nairobi trip.
If our estimations are correct, and they always are, we get to the Masai Mara at around 1:00 pm. We check you into 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. When it comes to evening game drives, the Masai Mara is as classic as it gets.
Scorched grasslands, occasional wildlife spotting, sweeping expanses, and sunset combine to create a dreamy storybook setting for guests.
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
Sunset breakfasts or breakfasts with views of the awe-inspiring Mara topography? Our 3-day Masai Mara guided safari from Nairobi makes sure you don’t have to choose.
We head to the park at 6:00 am with a packed lunch in our 4×4 safari land cruiser.
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 the most rewarding game drives. Animals love to hunt or nibble in the mornings when it’s cool.
Our driver 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 evening, returning to camp in time for dinner- but not before catching the 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 all 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 our guides.
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!
A day 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 on our trip from Masai Mara to Nairobi after the Masai village visit.
If everything goes to plan, we will be in Nairobi by 4:00 pm. We return guests to their hotel, airport or place of residence and bid them 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 traveling 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 full during the migration season and is only confirmed upon making a deposit.
*Kindly book early to ensure you don’t miss your prefered accommodation.
Masai Mara Packages from Nairobi Travel Guide - FAQs
With its sweeping expanses, huge wildlife varieties, high-end accommodations and unique natural wonders, it comes as no surprise that the Mara is one of the world’s most popular parks.
In this guide, we walk you through all you need to know about this park.
1. How Do You Get from Nairobi to Masai Mara?
There are two ways to get from Nairobi to Masai Mara- by air or road. Those that take the road option have two choices: public transport or car hire in Kenya.
Matatus can be boarded from River Road and will cost you anywhere between £5 to £7. Car hire prices, on the other hand, start from £75.
We do have to warn you, though, the roads to the Masai Mara can be pretty rough, and drives can last anywhere between 6 to 8 hours depending on the weather and how many stops you make en route.
If the potholes and bumps are something you do not want to deal with, by all means, fly to the park. The flight is not only convenient but also lasts for only an hour.
Flight prices change based on timing, demand and sales.
2. How Much Does it Cost to Fly from Nairobi to Masai Mara?
Although the estimated costs of flights from Nairobi to Masai Mara fall from £150(one-way flights) to £300 (round trips), we do recommend checking with the airline first.
Flight prices are constantly tweaking depending on timing, demand, sales, and supply.
3. How Long Does it Take to Travel from Nairobi to Masai Mara?
Well, 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, however, 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 if you access the park through the Musiara and Oloololo gates.
For those with limited time and want to book a 3 days Masai Mara itinerary, using one way flight saves on time.
Others, a 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
Yes. You can stay at Basecamp Masai Mara even when you have other destinations to visit in Kenya.
You can even book a 14 Day High-End Honeymoon Safari to Kenya for your honeymoon and combine it with Basecamp.
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.
Through an aeroplane, the park is only an hour away.
Nairobi to Masai Mara Distance by Road
Roads are without question the most popular way to get to the Masai Mara.
Depending on which gate you access the park, though, the distance from Nairobi to Masai Mara ranges from 225km to 279km.
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 £300 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.
If you are looking to spot considerable amounts of wildlife in a relatively less busy park, we recommend booking during the short rainy season of November and December.
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 because the park is a leading tourist destination and the park’s 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 tours 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 are inclusive of accommodation on a full-board basis, game drives, and park entry fees.