This is a lion in Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.

My trip to Maasai Mara National Park

This is a lion in Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.

Besides the beautiful beaches Kenya offers, the country in East Africa is also one of the best destinations in the world to do good game drives. During the 10 days I spent in Kenya I went to Maasai Mara for one night to experience a little bit of the country’s incredible wildlife.

A few things you should know about Maasai Mara:

Maasai Mara, situated on the Tanzanian border, is the most popular National Park in Kenya and besides the Serengeti in Tanzania, is one of the most popular National Parks in Africa. It is one of the best parks to see the BIG 5 (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Buffalo) and UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the variety of wildlife. The Wildebeest Migration which happens every year from July to October is one of the 7 Natural World Wonder. Every year millions of Wildebeest make their way from Serengeti to Maasai Mara for food. This event and the Maasai Mara attract millions of tourists every year.

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My friend Kevin took me to the park in the south west of Kenya. Kevin grew up in Nairobi and runs a tour company. He is an amazing and super smart tour guide. Seeing that my time in Kenya was a bit limited we could only go to Maasai Mara for one night. At least we managed to do 2 game drives, one in the evening when we arrived and one in the morning the day of our departure.

We spotted Buffalos, Elephants, 3 Leopards and plenty of Lions. I have been to many National Parks before for instance to Kruger in South Africa, Chobe National Park in Botswana, Liwonde National Park in Malawi and I already went on a game drive in Nairobi National Park but have never seen a Leopard and that many lions before. The only animal of the BIG 5 we missed out that day was the Rhino, which according to Kevin is more like a 50/50 chance to see in Maasai Mara. Besides that, we saw a Cheetah, Zebras, Wildebeest, Hartebeest, Giraffes and an Ardwolf, which is super rare to spot.

This is an Elephant at Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.

Would you like to visit Maasai Mara? I put together a list of important things to know:

How to get there:

From Nairobi, it takes you about 5 hours to get to Maasai Mara, best done with a safari vehicle. Going by public transport (Matatu) works as well but it will take you the entire day as you need to switch between different buses quite often. From Nairobi, you can also catch a flight to Maasai Mara but it is quite expensive.

Entrance fee:

  • 70 US$ a day an adult (non-resident) + vehicle fees when staying outside the park
  • 80 US$ a day an adult (non-resident) + vehicle fees when staying inside the park



I stayed in ´Mara Explorers Camp and Backpackers´ which offer simple and comfortable accommodation for backpackers and budget travelers. The camp is owned by Laura and Moses. It was super clean, the staff extremely friendly and the food yummy.  I can honestly recommend them as most of the camps inside the park are super high star and that makes it more expensive.

Safari tours:

You can book game drives with almost every camp. My recommendation: book a safari trip, departing from wherever you are, taking you to the Mara, doing the game drives with you and including accommodation and food as well. Would you like to get in touch with my tour guide friend Kevin? Just drop me an e-mail: [email protected] and I can give you a code for some discount on his tours.


Best time to travel:

To see the Wildebeest Migration you have to travel to Maasai Mara between July and October but keep in mind that this is also the most expensive season. In fact, Maasai Mara offers best game drive options the entire year.

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This is Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.

My recommendation for other National Parks in Kenya:

  • Amboseli National Park
  • Nairobi National Park
  • Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks


Check out my video of my day trip to Maasai Mara.

It stands March 2018.

Which National Park in Africa have you been to? Let me know in the comments?

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