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Masai Mara National Reserve
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Masai Mara National Reserve

Masai Mara National Reserve at a Glance

Masai Mara is a fascinating place to visit. Meet the indigenous Masai who herd cattle, lead safari tours and maintain much of their traditional way of life. Meet the wildlife who number in the millions and who crowd the landscape during the astonishing annual Great Migration.

Animals of all kinds live on the Kenyan side of the Serengeti. Wildebeests, crocodiles, hippos and fierce lions make up some of the star players. Watch the predators hunt and kill individual members of a flowing pack of zebras or springbok. Smell the kill by the time the jackle and hyenas have gotten there. If predators aren't your thing, watch graceful giraffes bend down to get water. Admire the herds of elephants shaking the ground in the distance. Marvel at the hippos blowing bubbles in muddy pools. This is a cool place to visit. 

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July - October, December - February
Low Season
November, March - June
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers to Kenya need a valid passport from their country of origin and a visa. Visas can be acquired ahead of time by contacting a Kenyan Consulate's office. Some nationals can apply for a visa in the airport upon arrival in Kenya. All travelers must have proof of yellow fever vaccination in order to be admitted to the country. American citizens can learn about the process by referencing the U.S State Department's website. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Wet season begins in March for most parts of Kenya and April sees heavy rainfall and hoards of mosquitoes.   It is hard to travel at this time. 

      Safety Concerns Kenya is frequently under travel warnings sent out by the Canadian, American and British governments. American citizens can check the U.S State Department's website for travel alerts to Kenya and for detailed descriptions of safety and security risks. All travelers should avoid displaying or wearing anything valuable, keep windows rolled up when driving and not resist if their vehicle is overtaken by hijackers. Violence and terrorism is especially pronounced near the Somali boarder and in some areas of Nairobi. 

      Health Concerns: Travelers should come prepared with a water filtration system and with an international certification of vaccination. Yellow fever vaccines are required to enter the country. Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to discuss health risks and to set up vaccination appointments.