Masai Mara Fly-in Safari Packages

Masai Mara Fly-in Safari Packages

If driving by road from Nairobi or from Mombasa is too much for you, we also offer fly-in safaris from Nairobi to Masai Mara that cut the travel time almost 4 times. Our fly-in safari packages begin with your arrival in Nairobi, Kenya at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Once you’ve landed, our guide-driver will meet you at Terminal 1, which is specifically for international arrivals. Depending on your schedule, you may be taken to your hotel for an overnight stay or transferred to Wilson Airport for your flight to Mara.

Some of our fly-in safari packages to Masai Mara include visits to other destinations such as Samburu National Reserve, Laikipia Conservancy, Amboseli NP, and Lake Naivasha National Park.

What is Masai Mara Fly-in Safari Like?

A fly-in safari to Masai Mara is a great way to experience the African wilderness while avoiding long drives. You will be flown in a small Cessna aircraft in about 45 minutes from Nairobi to Masai Mara airfield, located right inside the park. From there you will board an all-terrain vehicle with your guide and driver for a thrilling game drive experience. The park provides stunning views of lush grasslands and the Mara River, lots of herd animals such as elephants, rhinos, buffalo and gazelles, as well as predators like lions, hyenas and cheetahs.

What to Expect in Masai Mara Fly-in Safari Packages?

Once you arrive at Masai Mara airfield, you will be assigned to a safari vehicle and expert guide-driver who will take you on thrilling game drives throughout the park. Our packages include full board accommodation in top-rated tented camps or lodges inside the park. You can also enjoy cultural visits from local Maasai people, guided bush walks and hot air balloon rides over

You can make your own custom Masai Mara fly-in package;

We do not have a specific set number of days as we give our clients the opportunity to customize the itineraries as per their preferences. We offer fly-in packages for a minimum of 2 days and can be extended up to 6 days depending on the desired activities. Aside from flying to the Mara from Nairobi, we also offer transfers from or within the Reserve and/or Conservancies. For example, you may want to visit Mara North Conservancy famous for its Pride of Lions -Marsh Lions and if you are staying at the southern end of the reserve, we can fly you to Mara North COnservancy instead of going by road which takes up to 4 hours in the unpaved Mara Reserve roads.

On arrival at Mara, our vehicle with your guide will be ready to transfer you from the airstrip to your accommodation in one of the game reserves located within Masai Mara. With this package, clients can experience a luxury safari and many more activities like game drives, balloon safaris and even cultural visits to the local Masai villages.

We also offer fly-in packages that include accommodation in one of the luxurious lodges or tented camps located within the Reserve for an unforgettable stay. These lodges are designed with comfort in mind and our packages provide you with all meals, game drives and other activities.

How much is fly-in safari to Masai Mara?

The cost of the fly-in safari package will depend on the chosen lodging, number of days and activities. Generally, two people sharing a room for 2 days with a full board can expect to pay starting from USD 500 to USD 800 per person depending on the season. Please contact us directly for more details on pricing.

If you opt to pitch your tent at our Kambu Camp, you may enjoy a cheaper package at USD 400 for 2 people sharing, full board with game drives and other activities arranged.

Cost of Flying Safari to Masai Mara

Fly-in safaris are becoming increasingly popular among our clients due to the convenience and comfort it offers. It is the best choice for those who want to explore a vast area of land but don’t have enough time. By flying, you can save up to four hours drive from Nairobi or Mombasa in a single day instead of having to spend two days on a road safari.

A flight from Nairobi to Mara costs approximately $160, whereas renting a Land Cruiser will cost you approximately $200. This implies that the flight is a cheaper option for an individual, and it also saves time. However, if you are traveling in a group, dividing the rental cost would be a more cost-effective option. This is why I highly recommend flying for individuals rather than groups.

Fly-in safaris also offer more flexibility, allowing you to choose which game reserve or conservancy you would like to visit and when. This is great if you want to experience a different type of wildlife each day. Additionally, flights are generally safer than road trips as they avoid the risk of theft and wild animals that may cross your path.

Overall, fly-in safaris are a great way to maximize your time and experience the best of Masai Mara in a short amount of time. With our packages, you can enjoy comfort and convenience while exploring this vast and beautiful region.

What our Flying package to Mara includes;

Our package includes the following:

  • Return flights from Nairobi to Masai Mara or other airstrips within the Mara Reserve
  • All meals during your stay
  • Accommodation in one of the luxury lodges, tented camps or Kambu Camp.
  • Game drives and other activities as per itinerary.
  • Professional guide and driver in a custom-made safari vehicle.
  • In the case of Kambu’s Mara Camp, a tent setup with a king-size bed, mattress and linen.
  • Park entrance fees.
  • Pick up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport transfers (or vice versa).
  • Bottled water

What our package excludes;

  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips to guide-driver, lodge staff or any other services not specified in the package.
  • Any other activities that are not included in the itinerary such as hot air balloon rides.
  • Visa fees
  • Flight ticket to Nairobi from your country of origin
  • Vaccination cost

Advantages of our fly-in package over the regular drive package to Mara;

  • Flight time from Nairobi to Masai Mara is only 45 mins compared to 4-5 hours by road.
  • Opportunity to explore other conservancies around the Mara during your stay which may not be possible if you are traveling by road.
  • Enjoy the luxury of a fly-in safari with accommodation in one of the luxury lodges or tented camps located within Masai Mara.
  • Get the benefit of shorter travel time and more time to explore the Mara Reserve with our custom-designed safari packages.
  • Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and transferred to Wilson Airport for an onward flight.
  • Relaxed and comfortable flight experience in one of the modern aircraft operated by scheduled airlines.
  • Opportunity to customize the itinerary according to your preferences.
  • Affordable packages start from USD 400 per person for two people sharing a tent at Kambu Camp.

Itineraries for Masai Mara Flying Safari from Nairobi

Day 1:

You will be picked up from your hotel or home and driven to Wilson Airport at 5:30 am. It is recommended to leave early to avoid heavy traffic on the way to Wilson Airport through Mombasa and Langata Road. You have the option to check in online, in which case you can simply show your confirmed ticket at the gate. Alternatively, you can also check in at the airport. While waiting for your 7 a.m. flight, you can enjoy the excellent coffee shops at the airport.

Experience the scenic beauty of Kenya’s Rift Valley as you embark on a one-hour flight from Wilson to Mara’s Siana or Keekorok airstrips. Whether you choose the comfort of a single-engine Cessna or the reliability of a twin-engine DeHavilland, you’ll have the opportunity to relax and take in the sprawling landscape from the 8 or 12-seat planes. Sit back, unwind, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking vistas that await you.

Upon your arrival at either Keekorok or Siana, your driver, who is also a trained guide, will transport you to our Kambu Mara Camp. The camp is conveniently located approximately 20 minutes from Siana Airstrip or 40 minutes from Keekorok Airstrip. As you reach the camp, the manager will warmly welcome you with refreshments. They will provide you with detailed instructions regarding your accommodations, meals, and the various activities available at or near our campsite.

You have the option of visiting Masai Village for a cultural visit to learn about the history, customs, and traditions of the Masai people. You can also take a guided nature walk to explore the diverse flora and fauna in the area. After lunch, you will go on an afternoon game drive in the Masai Mara National Reserve where you can spot various wildlife species such as lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, rhinos, and many more.

In the evening, you can relax by the campfire and enjoy sundowners while savoring a delicious dinner. As the night falls, you will retire to your tent.

Day 2: Full day of Game Drive or optional hot air balloon ride:

If you opt for a hot air balloon ride, your second day will start at around 5:30 am. You will be transferred to the launch site where you will watch as your balloon is inflated and prepared for take-off. As you gently float above the Masai Mara, you’ll witness stunning views of the sunrise and the wildlife below.

After a smooth landing, you’ll be greeted with a champagne breakfast in the bush. You can then spend the rest of your day on morning and afternoon game drives, with a stop for a picnic lunch in between. Your guide will take you to the best spots to see the “Big Five” as well as other amazing animals like giraffes, zebras, hippos, and more.

If you don’t plan on taking the optional balloon ride, you will take breakfast and embark on a full day of driving through the park looking for animal sightings. In the morning, you will have the opportunity to witness the animals as they start their day, with predators on the prowl and herbivores grazing peacefully. Your guide will take you to different areas of the reserve and share interesting facts about the wildlife and their behaviors. You will carry snacks and picnic lunch.

In the afternoon, you will take a break at one of the designated picnic spots in the park. Here, you can stretch your legs and enjoy a delicious lunch while taking in the beautiful scenery around you. After lunch, you’ll continue on your game drive until sunset.

As the day comes to an end, you’ll head back to your accommodation for a relaxing evening and a delicious dinner. You can also choose to spend some time stargazing before retiring to bed, ready for another exciting day of safari tomorrow.

Day 3: Flight back to Nairobi – End of Safari

On the final day of your Kenya fly-in safari, you’ll be driven to the airstrip – either Keekorok or Siana for onward flight to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport.

After landing in Nairobi, you will be transferred to your hotel or directly to the airport for your onward journey. As you reflect on your safari experience, you will no doubt have incredible memories of the beautiful landscapes, majestic animals, and warm hospitality of Kenya.

Want to extend your safari and perhaps combine it with other destinations? Here are 4 and 5-day flying safari to Mara;

5 Days Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Nairobi in the morning and arrive at Masai Mara via scheduled flight. Afternoon game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at lodge/camp chosen for the stay.

Day 2: Morning game drive with picnic lunch. Afternoon visit to Masai villages for cultural viewing and experience. Dinner and overnight stay at lodge/camp.

Day 3: Full day of game drives with picnic lunch. Relax or explore the nature trails around your camp before dinner and overnight stay at lodge/camp.

Day 4: Morning game drive, breakfast and fly to Laikipia Conservancy for half day game drive. Fly back to Masai Mara in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at lodge/camp.

Day 5: Morning game drive with picnic lunch. Afternoon visit to a nearby conservancy. Dinner and Departure for Nairobi via scheduled flight.

4-Days Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart Nairobi in the morning and arrive at Masai Mara via the scheduled flight. Afternoon game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at lodge/camp chosen for the stay.

Day 2: Full day of game drives with picnic lunch. Relax or explore the nature trails around your camp before dinner and overnight stay at lodge/camp.

Day 3: Morning game drive, breakfast and fly to Laikipia Conservancy for half day game drive. Fly back to Masai Mara in the evening for dinner and overnight stay at lodge/camp.

Day 4: Morning game drive with picnic lunch. Afternoon visit to a nearby conservancy. Dinner and Departure for Nairobi via scheduled flight.

2-Days Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart Nairobi in the morning and arrive at Masai Mara via scheduled flight. Afternoon game drive with picnic lunch. Dinner and overnight at lodge/camp chosen for the stay.

Day 2: Morning game drive, breakfast and depart for Nairobi via scheduled flight.

No matter which package you choose, our team will be available to assist you with any queries or questions that you may have about the fly-in safari packages to Masai Mara. Please feel free to contact us for more information and we look forward to welcoming you on an amazing adventure in Masai Mara!

Add-ons:

  1. Night game drive ($40 per person): If you want to see the nocturnals active at night such as the elusive leopard and the shy porcupine, then a night game drive is a must. The drive is at the nearby conservancy and starts at 7 pm to 9 pm.
  2. Hot air balloon safari ($450 per person): For a truly unique experience, you can opt for a hot air balloon safari over the Masai Mara. As you gently glide above the savannah, you will have incredible views of the wildlife below and the stunning landscape around you. This experience also includes a champagne breakfast in the bush.
  3. Masai village visit ($30 per person): Take a cultural tour to a nearby Masai village and learn about their traditional way of life. You will have the opportunity to interact with the villagers, learn about their customs and traditions, and purchase handcrafted souvenirs.
  4. Masai Mara Botanical Garden: For those interested in flora, a visit to the Masai Mara Botanical garden is a must.

3-Day Flying Safari Tour Price

Travel DatesPer Person Sharing (US $)
03 Jan – 31 Mar 2024900
01 Apr – 31 May 20241000
01 Jun – 30 Jun 20241050
01 July – 31 Oct 20241400
01 Nov – 21 Dec 20241150
22 Dec – 02 Jan 20251400
A table showing the rates for Masai Mara flying safari package of 3 days per person sharing in US Dollars.

FAQs

Is the Fly-in Masai Mara safari regarded as luxury?

It depends on the lodging you choose. We have a range of luxurious lodges and tented camps to fit any budget. The cost of a flight from Nairobi to Mara is around $160 and if you were to rent a Land Cruiser, it will cost you around $200 so the transport aspect doesn’t really make it luxury. However, if you choose a high-end hotel charging upwards of $600 per day, then you’ll get everything you can expect from a luxury hotel. Contact us for budget fly-in package and we’ll design one that fits your budget, saving you driving time in the congested Nairobi-Narok-Sekenani road.

Is there a discount for children?

Yes. We offer discounts of up to 40% on the fly-in package rates for children depending on the lodging chosen. Please contact us with your requirements and we will be more than happy to assist you in getting the best deal.

Do I need a visa to enter Kenya?

Most countries require a visa to enter Kenya. You can apply for a visa online at the e-visa portal or you may contact us and we’ll help you with the whole process.

What activities can I do on my fly-in safari?

Masai Mara offers a wide range of activities including game drives, cultural visits to Masai villages, exploring the nature trails, hot air balloon rides and many more. Our itinerary can be customized to include all these activities with a time frame that suits your needs.

What is the best time of year to visit Masai Mara?

The best time to visit Masai Mara is during the wildebeest migration season which takes place between July and October. This is the time when millions of wildebeest and zebras migrate from Serengeti in Tanzania to the Mara Reserve in Kenya. The best thing about this season is that it guarantees quality game-viewing experiences with the possibility of spotting predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs etc. If you are on a budget, I recommend opting for less busy period of the year – specifically early June when the rates are lower compared to the July-October months.

Can I extend my fly-in safari package?

Yes, you can extend your fly-in safari package to add more days or activities. Our team is available to help you customize the itinerary according to your needs and preferences. Contact us for more information and we look forward to helping you create a memorable experience in Masai Mara!

Is there a refund policy?

Yes, we offer full refunds in case of cancellation prior to departure or up to 24 hours after booking. Please refer to our terms & conditions for more details.

Do you also offer day trips to Masai Mara?

Yes, we do. We provide day trips to Masai Mara from Nairobi with a variety of options such as game drives, cultural visits to Masai villages and hot air balloon rides. Contact us for more information on the available packages and create an unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful places in Kenya.

Can I get a private vehicle while on my fly-in safari?

Yes, you can get a private vehicle with a driver and guide who will take you through various game drives during your stay. The cost of the vehicle may vary depending on the duration of your trip but our team is available to help you find the best deal for your budget.

Do you offer discounts on group bookings?

Yes, we do offer discounts on group bookings of 4 people or more. Contact us and let us know how we can help you get the best deal for your fly-in safari package!

Q: where do you fly into for masai mara?

A: Mara has more than 5 airstrips that your flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport will touch down. It is advisable to pick accommodation at a camp or lodge close to one of the airstrips for easy access. The airstrips are Olkiombo, Serena, Musiara, Keekerok, Mara North and Ngerende. All these airstrips are serviced by scheduled flights from Wilson Airport in Nairobi. Let us know how we can help you get your dream safari package to Masai Mara!

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