Masai Mara National Reserve Gates
Masai Mara National Reserve Gates are the points of access for travelers looking to access the reserve for different wildlife activities to fulfill their Kenya Safari. There are different entry gates into the Masai Mara reserve which is located in the south western part of Kenya. These gates are used by tourists who access the reserve by road means for entry and exit during the safaris.
Different categories of tourists visit the Masai Mara reserve to see its various attractions such as the wildlife and bird species, experience the wildebeest migration, visit Masai villages, for nature walks among other activities. The Masai Mara National Reserve gates include;
- Oloololo gate is located in the northeastern part of the Masai Mara reserve. There is a public campsite close to this gate which provides camping facilities for tourists. This gate also displays rules and regulations in which tourists using the gate are expected to follow during their safari in the Masai Mara reserve which includes leaving the tourist vehicle at designated points after ensuring there is no danger. Accommodation facilities near this gate include Kilima camps
- Oloolaimutia gate is the main east gate of the Masai Mara reserve. The drive from Narok to this gate is about two and a half hours. This gate is also referred to as the Oloolaimutiek gate. Wildlife species such as elephants and giraffes can be seen as tourists drive through the reserve using this gate. Other attractions which can be seen by tourists who use this gate are the Oloolaimutia hills. A Masai village is also found near this gate which gives tourists the chance to experience the unique culture of the Masai and engage in watching traditional dance performances, seeing local arts and crafts such as the beaded jewelry, shukas, visiting the homesteads of the Masai which are called “manyattas” among others. There are accommodation facilities near the Oloolaimutia gate and they include Enchoro wildlife camp.
- Sekenani Gate is located about 82 km from Narok in the south western direction from Narok and in the eastern part of the Masai Mara reserve. This gate is also the main entrance to this reserve and is a short drive from Nairobi through Narok. Accommodation facilities near this gate include Oltome Mara magic resort.
- Musiara gate is an entry point that is found in the northeastern part of the Masai Mara reserve. This gate is located a short distance from the Ololoolo gate on the opposite side of the Mara river which makes it a good starting point to witness the wildebeest migration in the reserve as well as sightseeing during a safari. Attractions that can be seen include the Musiara swamp. The Musiara airstrip is also an available option for tourists who wish to fly to the Masai Mara reserve.
- Talek gate is located in the northwestern part of the Masai Mara reserve. Some of the attractions which can be seen by tourists who use this gate include the Talek River which acts as a boundary between the eastern and western parts of the Masai Mara reserve.
Other forms of Accessing the Masai Mara Reserve include flying to the different airstrips around the reserve such as Shikar airstrip, Ngerende airstrip, Musiara airstrip, Ol kiombo airstrip, keekorok airstrip, Sian springs airstrip, Mara Serena airstrip, Kichwa Tembo airstrip among others.
There are also public transport means such as matatus which tourists can use to access some of the Masai Mara National reserve Gates with beautiful views of the scenery via Narok.
Some of these Masai Mara National Reserve gates also lead to the private conservancies which are found around the Masai mara reserve which include Mara North conservancy, Olare motorogi conservancy, Ol kinyei, Ol choro oiroua, Lemek conservancy, Siana conservancy among others.
The best time to visit the Masai Mara reserve for wildlife viewing and other tourist activities is during the months of July to September when the roads are in better conditions making the safari experience memorable for the tourists.