How to travel to the Masai Mara?
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.
Airlines that fly to the Masai Mara
Scheduled flights to the Masai Mara from Wilson Airport can be booked with a number of domestic carriers:
Mombasa Air Safari
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.
What is the flight time from Wilson Airport to the Masai Mara?
The flight between Wilson Airport and the Masai Mara takes about 50 minutes, depending on the airstrip you are flying to.
How many flights are there between Wilson Airport and the Masai Mara?
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.