My Safari experience – Masai Mara
Even though I am a frequent traveler and I enjoy planning and organizing trips, having to plan this Safari was not an easy task at all.
It’s a jungle out there, trying to figure out where to stay, how many days, the prices and much more. There is a reason why there are safari tours that plan everything for you. But I enjoy planning my trips by myself.
I will try to cover the main points in organizing a safari trip to the Masai Mara.
1. The right season
Choosing when to go. The peak season to go for a safari at the Masai Mara is between January and March, and if you want to see the wild migration it would be between August and late October.
We decided to go during the low season, which was in May, it’s called the green/rainy season. The reason we decided to go during the low season is because there are not many tourists, therefore not many cars and congestions around the animals, and the prices are also lower.
Please bear in mind that there are some hotels and camps that are closed during the low season.
2. The location
Trying to understand the difference between staying at a private conservancy outside the Masai mara park or staying at the park itself was quite difficult to understand and needed some research.
We chose to stay at a private conservancy mainly because not everyone is allowed to enter the area, which means you will not have issues with mass tourism. In addition, many of the fees that you pay go directly toward assisting the local community.
You can also go on walking safaris and night safaris at the conservancies, but you cannot do that at the National park itself.
In general, staying at a conservancy is more expensive but the experience justifies the cost.
The big hotel chains are located in the park itself, whereas the camps and boutique tents are in the conservancies.
3. The place
When trying to research you will find an unlimited list of hotels, tents and other type of accommodations. From the very beginning I knew I wanted to stay in a tent, but a luxury tent that offers all the amenities of a hotel but without being in a hotel. I also wanted something authentic and small. We chose Entumoto Safari Camp and it was the absolute perfect choice.
I can go on and on about how amazing it was, but to keep it short I’ll refer you to the camp’s website to read more about the details.
We stayed at the main camp, and the tents were luxury tents with everything you need and an amazing view on top.
Read my full experience on my tripadvisor review, where I explain what I loved about this place and the different things that you need to consider.
4. The cost
Going on a safari is expensive, but it is worth every penny! It’s an unforgettable experience.
It was my sister and I and we paid 1000$ each for 2 nights, during low season and it was all inclusive. So actually, when you think about it, it’s not that expensive.
5. All details
We flew from Copenhagen to Nairobi with Turkish airlines, when we arrived to Nairobi, we landed at the international airport then we took a taxi to Nairobi Wilson airport where the small local flights operate. We then flew from Wilson to Mara Keekorok, where we were picked up by our guides and they drove us to the camp.
Both the Turkish airlines flight and the local air Kenya flight were booked by us online.
The local flight from Nairobi to the Mara is around 45min and costs 200-300$ return.
We also booked Entumoto Safari camp online and made the payment on arrival. We chose the main camp, with the all-inclusive option.
Remember that we are all different and what I like might not be exactly what you are looking for, but in general try to focus on the different things that I mentioned above in order to make your Safari experience unique and unforgettable.