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1 Day Trip Masai Mara National Reserve (5 Hours Game Drive - See the Big 5)

1 Day Masai Mara National Reserve Safari is perfect for budget travelers and families who want a Big Five safari adventure. It’s a short and easy Kenya safari, with Masai Mara lying a 4.5-hour drive from Nairobi. This is an action-packed day safari in Masai Mara National Reserve, starting and ending in Nairobi.  On safari in the Masai Mara, you can expect to see the Big 5, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and more. There are thousands of antelope from tiny dik-diks to gazelles and eland intermingle with zebra, wildebeest, and other large herbivores like giraffes, buffalo, and elephants.

For bird watchers, the Masai Mara is home to around 450 resident species including large species like ostriches and kori bustards, almost 60 species of raptors including the impressive bateleur, long-crested eagle, and vultures as well as a plethora of smaller colorful and diverse species like lilac breasted rollers and violet-backed starlings. Please sit back and relax while your experienced guide takes you on exciting game drives in search of the Big Five and more, sharing his or her knowledge as you explore. A  lunch stop is also included in your Full-day Masai Mara Safari. 

1 Day Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari
1 Day Masai Mara National Reserve Safari

1 Day Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari is a wildlife adventure for those pressed for time and spontaneous. Maasai Mara is one of the best wildlife safari destinations in Kenya to do a day trip. It has been said that even an hour in paradise is a rewarding experience and this can also be said to be true of Africa’s greatest wildlife park, the Maasai Mara.

An hour is rewarding, but a whole day is a life-changing experience. Game viewing from open safari vehicles in the Maasai Mara has to be one of the ultimate safari experiences in Africa and being able to do this in a day is ideal for those with limited time available. Maasai Mara National Reserve is a 5-hour drive from Nairobi.

Please note: our 1 Day Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari includes 6 hours of game-viewing in the park, a lunch break at a scenic spot, and round-trip road transportation from Nairobi (each way takes about 5 hours).

1 Day Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Highlights

Picnic lunch in scenic spots by the Mara River
You will be in the company of a knowledgeable local guide
Encounters with amazing wildlife, and natural beauty of the Maasai Mara
Best chance of seeing all the members of the Big 5 – Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo on a single safari

1 Day Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Itinerary

0400 Hours: Depart your hotel/ residence in Nairobi (with picnic lunch box) by road to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.

0900 Hours: Arrive in Maasai Mara. The driving time from Nairobi is about 5 hours (270 km). Game drives start from the Sekenani gate. The Maasai Mara is well-known for its boundless opportunities to spot the famous African Big Five – Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, and of course Lion. The famous wildebeest migration also takes place at the Mara.

The Mara is also home to the richest concentration of wildlife, including zebras, antelope, gnus, Oribis, hyenas, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles, hartebeests, hippos, crocodiles, and others. The park has the largest concentration of African lions, including the black-maned lion. For bird lovers, the Mara birds come in every color and size.

More than 400 bird species have already been recorded, including birds of prey. You can enjoy a colorful view of birds such as vultures, ostriches, long-crested eagles, pygmy falcons, secretary birds, marabous, owls, bustards, and many others.

With so much on offer, our 1 full-day Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari is the best way to experience the Mara if you have limited time and want to learn more about the park from a knowledgeable guide.

1300 Hours: You will enjoy your packed lunch at the picnic site before proceeding with your game drive

1600 Hours: Depart the reserve for your return journey back to Nairobi

2100 Hours: Arrive back in Nairobi and transfer to your hotel/ residence

1 Day Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Prices

1-Day Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Prices Include:

Picnic Lunch box (choices of protein, vegetable, fruit, etc) + Relevant Government Taxes + Park entrance fees (worth 80 US Dollars per person + Drinking bottled water in the safari vehicle + Services of our English-speaking safari driver/ guide + Round trip transportation from Nairobi or Narok to Maasai Mara and back to Nairobi or Narok & 6 Hours game-drive in the Masai Mara Game Reserve (+ visit to the Mara River) & Safari departs at 0430 Hours and return back at 2000 hours)

Dates From Dates To Price Per Person Children Aged
3 to 11 Years
1st January 2023 31st December 2023   Request for rates Request for rates


* Additional information confirmation will be received at the time of booking
* You will have an opportunity to visit an authentic Masai village (at an extra cost of 20 US Dollars per person payable to the chief in the village)

* You could also opt for our flying-in 1-Day Maasai Mara Flying Safari Package from Nairobi: at 0915 Hours Depart Nairobi in the morning by air to the Maasai Mara. Meet your driver guide, enjoy a 6-hour game drive + picnic lunch, and later at 1615 Hours board the evening flight for Nairobi to arrive at 1745 Hours. Click Here for Full Details

1-Day Masai Mara National Reserve Safari Prices Exclude:

* Visa Fees
* International flight
* Personal Insurance
* Expenses of personal nature such as; drinks, tips, laundry, telephone, cigarettes, accommodation & meals not indicated in the itinerary, and optional activities

1 Day Masai Mara National Reserve Safari
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1 Day Maasai Mara National Reserve Safari

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