Flights To Masai Mara From Mombasa : Flying is the quickest way to get to Masai Mara for a safari from Mombasa, this is ideal for travelers interested in a Masai Mara safari starting and ending in Mombasa. A flight from Mombasa to Masai Mara National Reserve takes approximately 3 hours including transfers, booking a flight to Masai Mara is an easy process and travelers have to note that the flights take off and land from the Mombasa Moi International Airport though certain limited connections may be booked from the Malindi and Diani – Ukunda airport including charter flights from upon request.
Flights connecting Masai Mara and Mombasa are offered by mainly Mombasa Air Safaris.
Schedule and Cost of Flights
Mombasa Air Safari offer a daily scheduled flight with the same plane returning back to Mombasa – Moi International Airport after every set of flights. The flight time is usually 3 hours though actual flight depends on how many interim (hops) stops the flight will make as they land and drop to drop or pick up passengers from various Airports or airstrips.
Most flights limit stops to the fewest possible so the timing of 3 hours to the Mara is practically fairly accurate, flights from Mombasa to Masai Mara range from US$ 330 – 380 per person while a return flight (two way) costs about from US $ 430 – 490 per person including taxes, however the prices depend on the season and availability.
DAILY FLIGHTS TO MASAI MARA FROM MOMBASA
High Season: 16 December – 31 March & 1 July – 31 October
Low Season: 1 April – 30 June & 1 November – 15 December
Mombasa Air is the main airline that offer direct flights from Mombasa/ Diani and vice versa, the airline generally have an excellent safety record and operate to high standards with professional staff.
Moi International Airport, Mombasa
Moi International Airport is an international airport in Mombasa – the second largest city in Kenya. The airport lies approximately 424 kilometers (264 miles), by air, southeast of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – the largest and busiest airport in the country.
The airport has two terminals that is Terminal 1 which is primarily used for international flight and Terminal 2 which is used for domestic flights.
Diani – Ukunda Airport Mombasa
Diani – Ukunda Airport is an airfield near Diani Beach in Kwale County, Kenya. The airport services the local areas of Diani, Yiwi and Msambweni. The airport operates Air Kenya Services to and from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport. It also operates private charter services providing tourists access between the beach resorts and inland game reserves.
Airstrips In Masai Mara
There are about a dozen of airstrips in Masai Mara including the community wildlife conservancies and game ranches surrounding the main reserve, it is imperative to book your flight to the airstrip nearest to your accommodation to avoid unnecessarily long transfer which also happens to be rather expensive.
Airstrips in Masai Mara National Reserve include Keekorok, Siana, Musiara, Ol Kiombo and Serena airstrips.
Why fly to Masai Mara (Advantages and disadvantages of flying to Masai Mara)
The advantage of flying from Nairobi to Masai Mara is to save time especially useful for shorter safaris such as an overnight or two-night trip. Since it is a 3 hours flight versus driving there, secondly with the routes to Masai Mara being bumpy and dusty in places, passengers with a medical or back conditions that can become worse with road travel should only consider flying.
The disadvantage of flying to Masai Mara include
- the cost of the flights especially if there are more than two passengers in a group
- Buggage is limited to only 15 kilos per passenger and this includes carry on and check-in.
- Though the road trip is long, it gives travelers a real free for the Kenya and offers a more adventurous journey to your destination, further increasing your adventure of being in the wilderness.