Safari Guides

KWS Park Fees 2024

The 2024/25 revision of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) National Park entry fees reflects a strategic realignment to address rising operational costs and enhance visitor experiences. Key adjustments include average fee increases of 16-20% for EAC Citizens/Residents and 25-30% for international visitors, with premium parks like Nairobi National Park and Amboseli National Park seeing hikes of over 360% and 16.3% respectively. This revised structure aims to support sustainable wildlife conservation while maintaining affordability through significant off-peak season discounts. This Guide on KWS National Parks Entry Fees starting in 2024 provides details of the fees applicable for the 2024 tourist season, …

Night Game Drives In Masai Mara

Night game drives in the Masai Mara offer a unique and thrilling opportunity to witness the nocturnal activities of Africa’s iconic wildlife. These drives, typically starting after sunset, allow visitors to see a different side of the Mara ecosystem, where nocturnal animals such as leopards, hyenas, and aardvarks become active. Unlike traditional game drives, night drives use red-filtered spotlights to minimize disturbance and provide a natural viewing experience. Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR) Does No Allow Night Game Drives: The Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR) has never permitted night game drives, and the new Management Plan strictly enforces this prohibition. …

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History of Masai Mara National Reserve

The Masai Mara National Reserve (MMNR) is one of Africa’s most famous and significant wildlife conservation areas. Situated in southwestern Kenya, this vast reserve is renowned for its exceptional populations of lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants, and is also the stage for the dramatic Great Migration, where over two million wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles move across the Serengeti and Mara ecosystems. Established with the aim of preserving this unique biodiversity, the history of MMNR reflects a complex interplay of conservation efforts, community interests, and evolving land use policies. Historical Timeline of the Masai Mara National Reserve Foundation in 1948: The …

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Masai Mara Entry Fees (2024)

The significant increase in entry fees for Masai Mara National Reserve, from $80 for adults and $45 for minors per 24-hour period in 2023 to $200 for adults and $50 for minors per 12-hour period in 2024, reflects a strategic move likely aimed at boosting revenue for conservation efforts and infrastructure improvements. This 150% increase in adult fees, when adjusted for the reduced validity period, could pose accessibility challenges, particularly for budget travelers and families, potentially impacting the volume of visitors and the local economy reliant on tourism​. Category 2023 Fees (USD) 2024 Fees (USD) Absolute Increase (USD) Percentage Increase …

Masai Mara National Reserve vs Mara Conservancies

Masai Mara Reserve vs Masai Mara Conservancies; Which one to go? For a more intimate and less crowded experience in nature, along with a wider range of enjoyable activities, I highly recommend considering a longer visit to Mara. Opting for game drives in various conservancies and staying inside or just outside these areas can provide a unique and unforgettable encounter with wildlife. Although conservancy entry fees may be lower, accommodations within these conservancies tend to be more expensive. Alternatively, if you don’t mind a more crowded setting, you can choose to stay within the significantly larger Maasai Mara National Reserve …

15 Fun Activities to Try at Kambu Mara Camp

If you are considering staying at our Kambu Mara Camp, we are very excited to host you and I have put together this article to share some fun activities you can do as part of your Masai Mara Safari Package or as optional activities. Activity #1.: Go on a game drive: Kambu Mara Camp is located just a 14-minute drive to the main Gate to Masai Mara National Reserve and borders Nashulai Conservancy to the West and Naboisho Conservancy to the North. In summary, you can choose to go on a game drive at the Masai Mara National Reserve or …

15 Things to do at or Near Kambu Mara Camp

Explore the Magical Beauty of Northern Kenya’s Tourism Circuit

Among the most fascinating destinations to visit in Kenya as a camper or for any tourist is the Northern Kenya Tourist Circuit which boasts of a hot climate and is unique for its vast desert and semi-desert landscapes. This region offers a combination of cultural, historical, and adventure tourism experiences. This area of the country boasts breathtaking sceneries, diverse wildlife, and an authentic local culture that is unique to this part of Africa. This article is part of our series exploring Kenya’s tourism circuits including Western Kenya Circuit, Nairobi Circuit, Central Kenya, Central Rift and Southeast Circuits. Where is the …

Explore the Magical Beauty of Northern Kenya's Tourism Circuit

Get Lost in the Beauty of Western Kenya Tourism Circuit

Western Kenya Tourism Circuit With its lush green landscapes, picturesque lakeshores and expansive rainforests, this part of the country offers an unforgettable experience to visitors. In this blog, we will take you through some of the top attractions, parks and reserves that make up the Western Kenya Tourism Circuit. This guide is part of our guides about Kenya’s tourist circuits including Nairobi, Southeast, Central Kenya and Central Rift Circuits. What is the Western Kenya Tourism Circuit? The Western Kenya Tourism Circuit refers to a collection of attractions, parks, reserves, and cultural sites located in the western region of Kenya. The …

Get Lost in the Beauty of Western Kenya Tourism Circuit

Mara’s Great Migration Guide

The Great Migration is an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon, where vast herds of grazers, predominantly wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras, undertake a remarkable 800km loop across the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. This epic journey, dictated by the seasonal rainfall patterns, sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, 300,000 gazelles, and 200,000 zebras move in a continuous cycle to find fresh grazing and water. Their migration ensures their survival and sustenance, creating one of the most spectacular wildlife events on Earth. This guide delves into the intricate details of the migration, offering insights into the animals’ behaviors, perilous river crossings, and the best ways …

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Check out Central Kenya Circuit’s Mountains and Waterfalls

The Central Kenya tourist circuit is a captivating destination, renowned for its breathtaking mountains and distinctive landscapes. Though it may have fewer animals compared to other regions, the allure of climbing the verdant highlands is unmatched. Located in the heart of Kenya, this circuit beckons visitors with its array of attractions, including game reserves, national parks, and cultural sites. Embark on a journey through this diverse region and experience the wonders it has to offer. This circuit shouldn’t be confused with Central Rift Tourism Circuit. What is Central Kenya? Central Kenya is a region located in the heart of Kenya, …