Location of Masai Mara National Park
Location of Masai Mara National Park is a very important feature that every traveller looks at before they decide to travel to Kenya. Masai Mara national reserve location is on the Southern part of Kenya along the Great Rift Valley area. Its found Narok county few kilometres away from the main and largest Masai town Narok. Masai Mara national reserve is located 224 kilometres away from the capital Nairobi. The park borders the famous Tanzania Serengeti national park. The two parks are the part of the world’s oldest ecosystem that is Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem. The Mara-Serengeti is one of the largest ecosystems in Africa covering an area of 25,000 square Kilometres. Masai Mara is drained by three rivers those are Mara River, Sand River and Talek river.
The Masai Mara national reserve location is in the semi-arid area which is covered primary by the open savannah grassland dotted with circles of the Acacia trees. The Reserve borders the Great Rift Valley Escarpments o the East, Siria (Esoit) on the West, the Masai ranches on the North, Serengeti national park on the South. Masai Mara national reserve is easily accessible from different parts of the country. The main two ways of accessing the reserve is by Road and by air.
By Road: Masai Mara national reserve location is about 224 kilometres South western part of Nairobi along the great rift valley region. The reserve can be accessed by road using public means or private transportation. The public shuttles are found at the centre of the City that stops at Narok town which is few Kilometres from the gate. For tourists who want to explore more Africa Experience booking directly from the reputable operator is the best deal. This guided drive will enrich you with more African culture and scenic views of the great rift valley escarpments. You will always have a stop at viewing points of the Great Rift valley. The drive is scenic and full of the African experience. The drive is 6 to 7 hours drive from Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve through smooth road that stops at Narok town. After the Narok town, the road becomes bumpy with potholes till the entrance gate of the park. However much the drive is long but its scenic beauty is worth a drive than flying.
By Flight: Masai Mara national reserve can also be accessed from daily flights that depart Wilson airport or Jomo Kenyatta international airport in Nairobi. There are several domestic flights that are operated by a wide range of domestic private aircraft. The reserve has a good number of airstrips that are found inside the reserve. The flight take 45 minutes from Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve. The highlighted airstrips are Shikar Airstrip, Masai Mara Serena Airstrip, Kichwa Tembo Airstrip, Sian Springs Airstrip and many more. Masai Mara airstrips are serviced by wide range of domestic airlines like: Airkenya, Mombasa Air Safari, safari link, Fly540, Eastafrican.com, Silverstone air and many others. The reserve is also connected from other national parks across the East African region with direct flights. Depending on how you have planned and budgeted for your Masai Mara national reserve safari. Any of the two ways road or flight can lead you to the reserve.
Brief history of Masai Mara National Reserve;
Masai Mara national reserve which is also sometimes known as Masai Mara is the largest protected area found in the Narok County. The reserve is directly managed by the Masai locals unlike other national parks and game reserves of Kenya that are managed by the Kenya Wildlife Services. The Masai Mara was named in honour of the Maa people that occupy the land that the reserve sits. They are the ancestral inhabitants of the Masai land where they described the topography of the land using their local Language Maa as “Mara” which means looked from far. The Masai Mara national reserve of Kenya is one of the premium protected areas not only in Kenya but entire Africa. It was first established in 1961 as a wildlife sanctuary that was covering only 520 square kilometres. Later it was declared as National reserve in 1974 and the land was added to it though in 1976 the Masai Mara national reserve land area was 1,510 square kilometres till date.
The reserve is managed by the Narok Council till 1994 when the Trans Mara County Council which was started on the Western part of Masai Mara. In May 2001 not-for-profit Mara Conservancy was formed which took over the general management of Mara triangle.
Masai Mara national reserve location favours the guests who land in Nairobi or who have come for business trip at the capital and have brief small time to explore the land of Africa. The location adds an advantage on short possible safari like 2 days Masai Mara safari, 3 Days Masai Mara safari, 3 days hot air balloon safari and others. Masai Mara national reserve location also in the border gives guests a chance to explore more national parks in combination with Masai Mara like Lake Nakuru, Naivasha. If time is enough it is possible to cross to Tanzania Serengeti national park like our 6 days Kenya and Tanzania safari, 7 Days Masai Mara and Serengeti safari and others. Get right reputable local operator for the best offers and advise.