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Cheetah, Masai Mara

3 great days in Masai Mara, Kenya

Visiting Masai Mara from anywhere outside of Kenya can be crazy expensive, so instead of booking a pre-fabricated tour from home, I decided to do a DIY trip instead.

Nairobi tickets are fortunately relatively inexpensive so that was easy enough to arrange.

The next part of the trip took some more digging around – there are 2-3-4 day tours organized by tour operators from Nairobi of course, but they too were insanely expensive. Instead I found a campsite who did the same thing, so here is what I got for just over 300 EUR (1 x single person):

Day 1 transport from Nairobi (pickup at hotel at around 6.30 AM). We drove through the Great Rift Valley and the entire trip took about 7 hours, including a short stop or 2.

Rhino Tourist Camp, Masai Mara

Rhino Tourist Camp is located just 1 km or so from the park entrance, so we had a quick lunch and then went off on a game drive for the rest of the day.

Masai Mara is known for having excellent wildlife viewing all year round, but to get a truly spectacular experience, go during the great wildebeast migration which is roughly from July to October.

Wildebeast, Masai Mara

And where there is wildebeast, there are big cats

Lion at Masai Mara

Day 2 leave early for full day game drive

Fantastic drive with lots and lots of sightings of lions, wildebeast, zebra, wild dogs and much much more.

Midday we reached the Mara river, sometimes referred to as blood river because of the yearly bloodbath that takes place here. We had a packed lunch here and this was the only place in all of the drives we were allowed out of the vehicle – but only accompanied by an armed guard!!

Blood River, Masai Mara
Mara River crocodile – well fed!

Day 3 Morning game drive followed by lunch at the camp before returning to Nairobi.

Cheeta, Masai Mara

Transport, full board (not drinks), park entrance and all game drives came to a total of approximately USD 320. Not bad for a DIY trip.

I’m sure it can be done even cheaper, but I found this to be my best option with a minimum of hassle.

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