Discover how you can travel to the Masai Mara, including airlines which operate flights and which airports to fly to!
The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most famous parks, as it is one of the best destinations in the world for viewing the big cats and safari animals, including Lion, Cheetah, Zebra, and Giraffe. The park is a reserved savannah wilderness area, with grassy plains and rolling hills - the luscious landscape the result of plenty of rainfall.
The great wildebeest migration which comes through the park between July and August each year, as over 2.5 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles follow the rains in search of new grass to eat. The migration is one of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles, and recognised as one of the natural wonders of the world!
The Masai Mara is located 270km/167mi northwest of Nairobi, the vibrant capital of Kenya. The road is notoriously rough and unreliable, and the journey takes about five hours. Therefore, most heading to the park will choose to fly.
Getting to Nairobi is easy, as the city is a major East African transport hub. International flights heading to Nairobi are likely to land at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), which is 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi.
Once you land, it is easy to catch a domestic flight to Masai Mara. To do so, you’ll need to head from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Wilson Airport (WIL), which is located 6km/4mi south. This is because most domestic flights to/from Nairobi depart from Wilson Airport. The journey between the two airports takes just 30 mins approx and there are a number of transfer easy options.
Domestic flights will head to one of a small number of airstrips within the Maasai Mara park. Most scheduled flights fly to Mara Serena Airport, an airstrip in the Masai Mara Park.
Scheduled flights to the Masai Mara from Wilson Airport can be booked with a number of domestic carriers:
These airlines also connect various airstrips within the Masai Mara, including Serena, Mara North and Keekorok, making it easy for leisure travellers to get to their resorts within the Masai Mara Park.
The flight between Wilson Airport and the Masai Mara takes about 50 minutes, depending on the airstrip you are flying to.
There are up to 10 daily scheduled services, flying from Wilson Airport to the Masai Mara. There are also private charter flights that operate the route.
Mombasa is a coastal city in Kenya, the second largest in the country. It is possible to fly from Mombasa direct to the Masai Mara. Bluesky Aviation operates a once daily flight, which takes 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Ukunda is a popular coastal town in the southern part of Mombasa. The town is a popular gateway to visiting Diani beach, a popular tourist attraction, as well as those heading on Safari in the Masai Mara. It is possible to catch a direct flight from the Masai Mara to Ukunda - there are about 100 weekly flights. Bluesky Aviation is a popular airline which operates this route. The flight time is 2 hours and 20 mins, approx.
Diani Beach is a major beach resort in Kenya, and one of the most popular beach destinations in Africa. Tourists are attracted by the white sands and turquoise sea of long stretch of beach. The quickest way to get from Maasai Mara to Diani Beach is to fly, takes approx 3 hours. One of the best options is to fly from Maasai Mara Game Reserve Airport to Ukunda Airport - a direct flight takes 2h 20m.
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous island archipelago just off the coast of Tanzania, in East Africa. Tanzania borders Kenya. If you plan on discovering all that East Africa has to offer, then catching a flight between these two stunning and diverse destinations could be for you! It is likely that you will need to catch a connecting flight if you plan on flying to the Masai Mara from Zanzibar. The flight time will be about 4 hours and 30 minutes, via Nairobi. This route is operated by Safarilink.