A Kenya Safari Masai Mara can be by road or by flight. There are a List of airstrips in Masai mara spread out in the park, with a good number of domestic scheduled flights operating between Wilson airport in Nairobi and other airstrips around the reserve taking only 45 minutes.
Carriers, such as Air Kenya, SafariLink and Governors Aviation, who also serve other airports in and around the country. These carriers will also make several stops to several of these airstips on a single trip. The nearest international airport to Masai Mara is the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
Why Are There So Many Airstrips In Masai Mara?
The distances between some of these safari camps and lodges in mara are quite huge and that is why there are several airstrips in Masai Mara. So the airstrip you use depends on which camp or lodge you are going to.
Below are the various airstrips in the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Are There Midday flights To Masai Mara?
Yes this is however only during Kenya’s peak tourist season and is usually in response to the sheer volume of passengers flying to Masai Mara during the peak season months from July to October.
At this time of the year, Safarilink and Air Kenya usually have an additional midday flight service to handle the passenger numbers.
Keekorok airstrip is located in the south east of Maasai Mara Game Reserve, It mainly serves Keekorok Lodge, Mara Sarova Game Lodge, Sekenani Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Ashnil Camp, Cottars Camp, and Mara Topi Safari Lodge.
Kichwa Tembo Airstrip
Kichwa Tembo Airstrip is a private airstrip within Masai Mara National Reserve’s northern boundary. Those on a Masai Mara Fly In safari often use Kichwa Tembo to shorten their travel time when going to Kichwa Tembo Camp, Bateleur Camp, Kilima Camp, Mpata Lodge among others.
Ol Kiombo Airstrip
Ol Kiombo Airstrip is located in the North of Talek River serving guests staying at Porini Lion Camp, Fig Tree, Mara Explorer, Naibor Camp, Mara Intrepids, Base Camp, Kicheche Bush Camp, Nyumbu Camp and Rekero Camp.
Mara Serena Airstrip
Mara Serena Airstrip is an all weather gravel airstrip serving tourist flights to Masai Mara. Located in the south western part of Masai Mara, just near the Kenya-Tanzania border, Mara Serena airstrip is the largest civilian airstrip in Maasai Mara National Reserve. It mainly serves Mara Serena lodge.
Mara North Airstrip
Mara North airstrip is an airstrip inside the Mara North Conservancy, which is used by travellers visiting the Mara North Conservancy, and also parts of the mara.
Guests staying at the Kicheche Mara Camp, Saruni Wild Camp and Saruni Mara Camp use Mara North airstrip.
Angama mara airstrip is a small airstrip near Angama Mara in Narok County, Kenya. This airstrip mainly serves Mara Angama Lodge, Mara West Camp and other neighbouring lodges/camps.
This airstrip serves Governor’s Camp, Moran Camp, Serian Camp, Little Governor’s Camp and Neptune Mara Rianta Camp.
Siana Springs Airstrip
Olare Orok airstrip
Olare Orok airstrip is an aristrip located within the Olare Motorogi Conservancy which is to the north of Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The Airstrip serves camps within the Orok Conservancy such as Mahali Nzuri Safari Camp.
Mara North Airstrip
Mara North Airstrip is located inside Mara North Conservancy serving Kicheche Mara Camp, Saruni Mara Camp and Saruni Wild Camp.
It is important to book your masai mara safari as early as possible if you will be traveling during the peak season. This ensures you will be able to get the safari camps and lodges that you plan on staying.