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1-Day Masai Mara Layover Safari from NBO Airport

1-day masai mara layover safari from NBO Airport

Explore Masai Mara game reserve in a 1-day layover safari tour from NBO Nairobi airport. It’s possible to do a one day Maasai Mara trip from Nairobi if you can depart at 0500hrs and return to the city by 0830hrs. If you have a full day to spare and your last flight out is anywhere from 2300hrs, you can do this trip without a doubt. Masai Mara main highway has recently been tarmacked which has reduced the number of hours from Nairobi to 4hrs.

6 Spots a One-Day Masai Mara Layover Safari from NBO Nairobi Airport

You can go on a 1 day masai Mara layover trip from JKIA NBO airport and see the big five animals and the wildebeest migration. You can go with friends or your cabin crew workmates from the NBO to see Masai Mara wildlife in a day. Here are highlights of a 1-day masai mara layover safari from JKIA NBO airport below:-

  • View road trip scenery on 1 day Masai Mara layover trip
  • Cross the Great Rift Valley enroute to Masai Mara stopover safari
  • Find Big 5 animals on a Maasai Mara airport layover
  • Track wildebeest migration in Mara in a layover day trip
  • Watch Birds in Masai Mara 1 day layover tour
  • Do a Game drive with Millions of grazers

1-day Masai Mara layover tour from Nairobi Airport. You need to start early to go to Masai Mara on a day trip directly from NBO airport. The tour starts before dawn to make it in good time to Mara. Plan with your friends or workmates to rush to masai Mara for a game drive in a day from the NBO airport for game drive, bird watching, wildebeest tracking, big five animals viewing.

1.      View Road Trip Scenery on 1 Day Masai Mara Layover Trip

After pick up from NBO airport for Masai Mara 1 day tour, you will go through green kikuyu highlands and start your descent into the Great Rift Valley. Driving to the Mara is a mix of green hills and valleys giving way to expansive grassland savannahs. The scenic value of the valley is just out of this world. The rift valley is a wide expanse of hazy air below which continues as far as the eye can see.

2.      Cross the Great Rift Valley Enroute to Mara Stop over Safari

On the floor of the rift valley are Mt Suswa and Mt Longonot, two volcanic mountains which make for a great hike. Mt Longonot is high and very imposing. Further you can see the vapor plumes of hells gate national park hot springs and geysers in the distant.

You will also see the lush green western escarpment highlands with wide areas of wheat fields. You will also marvel at the wide open savannah grassland in the Masai Mara. Crossing the Great Rift Valley is one of the best moments in your 1 or 2 day Masai Mara safari.

3.      Find Big 5 Animals on a Maasai Mara Airport Layover

View the big five animals on a Masai Mara layover safari in a single day. Masai Mara has so many big five predators and may other animals that you are guaranteed to see the big five in a single day. Even though sometimes you may miss the leopards and rhinos in most cases you will see them.

The big five animals are the lions, elephants, buffalos, leopard and rhinos. These are like the holy grail of wildlife watching in Kenya and only one park guarantees you to see them in a single a day. And that park is the Masai Mara game reserve.

4.      Track Wildebeest Migration in Mara in a Layover Day Trip

You can track the wildebeest migration animals in the Mara in a single day trip from Airport in the months of July to November. The wildebeest migration is the single largest event that happens in the Mara when 1.5 million wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles cross more than 3,000 miles to get into masai Mara and run back again into Serengeti. The migration is so vast that when they go through the Masai Mara, the grass will look like it has been mowed by a lawn mower.

5.      Watch Birds In Masai Mara 1 Day Layover Tour

If you an ardent birdwatcher, you can depart the airport for a bird watching day trip to Masai Mara. The Mara is home to over 300 bird species. There are large grassland savannah birds like the kori buzzard, secretary bird, ostrich and others. There are also birds of prey. You can get a professional bird guide to help you identify over 100 bird species in a single day.

6.      Do a Game Drive with Millions of Grazers

Masai Mara is known for the greatest abundance of grazers like zebras, wildebeests, gazelles, impala, topi, elands and many others. Masai Mara has more than 2 million animals to watch spread across very plain and flat grasslands.

In Mara you can see wildlife spread across hundreds of acres of clear grasslands. This makes for a uniquely good game driving opportunity due to ease of viewing wildlife. Masai Mara 1 day layover trip is worth the long 4 hour drive. The pictures you will take here will be proof that the Masai Mara day trip is worth the time and money.

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How to Book a Masai Mara Camping Safari in Kenya

Masai mara camping safari

Explore Masai Mara game reserve in a camping safari from Nairobi. Exploring Masai Mara will see you view the big five animals and the wildebeest migration in July to October. Immerse yourself in this amazing wilderness staying in some of the most comfortable lodges or tented camps. The tented camps of Masai Mara can be either luxury camps or budget tented camps.

8 Steps to Booking a Masai Mara Safari in Kenya

For some people, booking an Masai mara safari is as easy as walking into a travel agency and picking a holiday off the rack. While this is the easy way to buy a package, it is also the most expensive. You can use this article to do your own research and find a local operator to book with hence saving hundreds of dollars.

For example, if you want to book a Masai Mara safari, you generally should;

  • Do your research
  • Use a local tour operator company
  • Check their tripadvisor reviews
  • Request for tailor made Itinerary
  • Bargain on the prices
  • Pay a down payment of not more than 40%
  • Request for proof of payments
  • Pay the Balance on tour cost

While this may look hard, its pretty easy to follow these steps and get a fairly priced local tour operator in Nairobi Kenya. Follow this step by step article and you may save some good money in booking your next tour to Masai Mara.

1.     Do your research

You will need to do some research for find a good local agent to book a Masai Mara camping safari with. A quick search online will give you a sample of good tour companies in Nairobi Kenya. Based on the prices, you can tell which company is making an effort to give you discounted rates. You can look for group joining safari packages so as to save money by sharing the vehicle.  You will find that many Nairobi tour companies offer daily departures from Nairobi. Depending on the number of days you want to go on safari, you will get a very good idea on what is the range between budget and pricy packages.

2.     Use a Local Tour Operator Company

Local tour operator prices generally tend to be cheaper than prices from foreign travel agents. The reason is simply the fact that, by the time packages get to the international agents, the prices will have been marked up at least twice. So you are likely to get better Masai Mara safari deals from local operators if you deal directly with them. You can get many of the local tour operators listed on Online Travel Agents (OTAs) websites like Safari bookings, Viator, Expedia among others. It’s also possible to simply Google the package you want like 5 days Masai Mara safari in Kenya, and check the prices and deals being offered by the various local tour companies.

Local Tour Operator company

3.     Check the Operator Tripadvisor Reviews

Trip advisor is a destination and tour company review platform where travellers can look up what past customers are commenting about a company. Trip advisor also provides a forum where travellers can ask questions to past visitors about a certain destination they want to visit. It’s a highly respected website in the travel industry. A good local tour operator will have some good reviews posted by their past clients. You can easily tell a not-so-good company by the frequency and number of negative reviews they have received as compared to the positive ones. Make sure to check out your selected companies before you can engage them.

Check operator on tripadvisor

4.     Request for a Tailor-Made Itinerary

Once you have selected the local tour company you want to work with, you can now request them for an itinerary based on your number of days available. Make sure to ask them to make a tailor made itinerary and not necessarily buy off the shelf from their website. Try and explain in great detail, what you are interested in terms of number of days of safari, places you are interested to visit or animals you would like to see. The tour operator will go to great lengths to try and make a perfect-fit itinerary for you. This tailor-made maasai mara itinerary will also depend on your group dynamics including age, family, lifestyle and interests. You will have a back and forth with the tour operator until you have an itinerary that suits your needs in price and places included.

5.     Bargain on the Prices

Local tour operators are usually fairly priced and you should be able to get a good deals when booking directly. However, you can always try to bargain for discounts on the quoted price especially if you feel your tour group is large enough to justify it. Most of the local Kenyan tour operators will be able to offer you a small discount especially for the lodge based safari packages to Masai Mara. However, masai mara budget tour packages are mostly fixed in price due to their already reduced pricing points. So unless you feel that a tour package is overpriced, the budget Masai Mara safari packages are usually take-as-is.

6.     Pay a Down Payment to the Safari

Once you have agreed on the safari itinerary content and prices with your tour outfitter, you can proceed to pay a down payment on the safari. In most cases, the safari operators in Nairobi will request you to pay 40% deposit on the tour and the balance at least 45 days to arrival date. This is more so important if you are booking within the peak season between July and October. During this peak season, rooms are scarce due to demand and you should make an effort to book your safari as early as possible. This will help the tour operator to secure your rooms in lodges well in advance.

7.     Request for Proof of Payments

Your local tour operator in Nairobi will furnish you with proof that your lodge has been booked. This will help you to know that some part of your safari has already been confirmed. Kindly note that any cancellation from this point onwards will come with cancellation fees. The hotels usually charge between 25% to 100% of any payments if your booking is cancelled anywhere between 45 days and a no show.

8.     Pay the Balance of Tour Cost

For bookings during peak season, make sure you have paid the balance of 60% of the tour cost at least 45-30 days before your arrival date. Most hotels insist that full payment of the booking should be done 45 days before arrival especially in the peak season. In case you are paying at last minute, 100% payment for the tour may be requested of you as a 1 off payment. Rooms are seriously scarce during the months of July to October and any chance you get to secure your masai mara accommodation should be taken as quickly as possible.

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Masai Mara Day Trip – Top 7 Masai Mara Game Reserve Attractions

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Discover Masai Mara day trip to see big five animals, wildebeest migration and the Masai people culture. Visiting Masai Mara in a day trip is a very rewarding experience despite the long drive to the Mara. Find out the 7 best Masai Mara sites to see in a Masai Mara game reserve day trip.

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Here are the best Masai Mara day trip attractions to see in your 1 day game drive from Nairobi

  • Enjoy views of the Kenyan rural countryside
  • View the scenic Great Rift Valley enroute to Masai Mara
  • Drive in a 5 hr game drive in the park
  • View the Big five animals in Mara in a day trip
  • Go to the Mara river to see the Crocodiles and Hippos
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch in one of the lodges
  • Visit a Masai village in the afternoon

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1. Enjoy Views of Kenyan Countryside En route To Masai Mara

Enjoy seeing the people and homes and lives of the Kenyan country side as you drive North West towards the Masai Mara. You will drive past the kikuyu highlands of central Kenya before descending into the Great Rift Valley through some of the most scenic views. Kenyan people lifestyles are exciting to watch children rushing to school at 6.00am, an old cow being ferried on a motorbike, a Masai grazing his hundreds of cattle. It’s exciting to see people going about their business in rural Kenya en route to your Masai Mara 1 day Tour from Nairobi.

                       1. Masai Mara Day Trip Road from Nairobi

2. View the Scenic Great Rift Valley Floor on Your Way to Mara

View the most captivating scene only 45 minutes from Nairobi. The Great Rift Valley sits right on your way to the Mara and you have to cross the rift valley floor down through the eastern escarpment. There is a scheduled stop over at the rift valley view point to take in these great views of the valley below. You can see the Mt Longonot and Mt Suswa from here. It’s a great sight to see on your route to the Masai Mara one day trip from Nairobi.

                        2. View of Great Rift Valley Floor

3. Drive for a 5hr Game Drive in the Masai Mara

Drive inside the park after arriving at 9.00am for a 5hr game drive to see all the animals here. The Masai Mara game drives are very comprehensive since we ensure you leave early from Nairobi. Masai Mara one day game drive can extend to 6 hrs or less if you also want to go for a Masai village visit in the afternoon. Usually, we reserve an hour for the Masai village experience. Nothing beats your Masai Mara 1 day game drive in terms of abundance of wildlife and naturally flat plains for perfect game drives.

                           3. Drive on 5hr Masai Mara Game Drive

4. View the Big 5 Animals in Masai Mara

View the big five animals including lions, buffalos, elephants, rhinos, and leopards in Masai Mara in a single day. Masai Mara game drive guarantees you sighting of these 5 animals and hundreds of many more. The Masai Mara game reserve is home to over 3 million wild animals and this is a very high density of animals. Everywhere you look you will see animals strewn all across the expansive plains. A Masai Mara one day game drive trip is one of the most rewarding day trips from Nairobi. Despite the fact that you will spend over 6 hours on the road both ways, your game drive will make up for the long drive. Luckily the roads have been all tarmacked up to the park gate and its now faster and more comfortable to drive to the Masai Mara.

                           4. View the Big Five Animals in Mara

5. Go To Mara River To See Crocodiles and Hippos

You can go to the Mara River to watch the crocodiles and hippos if time allows you. The Mara River is a further 100 kilometers and in most cases, you may prefer to maximize your time doing a game drive as opposed to rushing to the river. However, you may request your driver to drive straight up to the Mara River and you start your game drive to the north of the park with the river. You can then drive slowly southwards as you do the game drive and exit in the evening for Nairobi. If you make it to the river you will be rewarded with viewing 15ft nile crocodiles and very huge hippos in the water.

                              5. Go to Mara River

6. Enjoy A Buffet Lunch In A Lodge

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch in any of the many hotels in Masai Mara. The buffet lunch is an experience by itself as you will enjoy a wide variety of fresh and tasty local and continental delicacies. The buffet caters for all types of diets including vegan, and gluten free diets. You are simply spoilt for choice of food in a hotel buffet. Many people however to carry some light packed sandwich lunch from Nairobi to maximize their time on the game drive since they can have their lunch in the car as they watch the wildlife.

                             6. Enjoy a Buffet Lunch in Mara

7. Visit A Masai Village In The Afternoon

Visit a Masai village in the afternoon to interact with these interesting tribesmen. The Masai is a warrior tribe that has retained its traditions and culture for all these years. They will teach you how they make fire from sticks. Learn traditional archery, and their jumping dances. You can also use the chance to buy their traditional souvenirs or curios to take home. The Masai village visit wraps up your 1 day Masai Mara day trip but it is an optional detour as not everyone takes it. You can let your tour operator know if you want to include the Masai village visit in your Masai Mara 1 day trip itinerary.

                              7. Visit a Masai Village in Mara

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