Masai Mara, Kenya, the crown jewel of African safaris! Here, amidst the vast savannahs and acacia-dotted landscapes, you’ll witness the world’s most spectacular wildlife gatherings.
The Great Migration, one of nature’s most incredible spectacles, occurs annually in Masai Mara. Hundreds of thousands Serengeti wildebeest embark on their epic journey in search of fresh grazing, they cross the Tanzanian-Kenyan border and navigate the dangerous Mara River, where crocodiles lurk hungrily in wait.
Fortunately, our travel dates coincided with the Great Migration, and we were so excited to witness this magnificent spectacle. We can assure you that this unforgettable sight will stay imprinted in your memory forever.
80 USD / FULL DAY
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If you haven’t figured it out so far, going on a safari always is a costly experience. So let’s quickly summarize the cost we have had. Make note, that we did it “the budget-friendly way”, hence there is always the option to spend more.
Vehicle and Fuel (330$): We rented a 4×4 vehicle equipped with a roof-top tent. Rental costs were 120 USD per day. As we stayed two days inside Masai Mara we had a total cost of 240 USD. As we drove every route within the park we used a full tank for around 90 USD (fuel prices may change). Also, be aware, that these costs do not include the drive to and from Masai Mara.
Entrance Fee (283$): We stayed two days in the park and exited the park before 10a.m. on the third day. As the discounted entrance fee is 70$ per person if you decide to stay inside (-10$ cheaper) this costed us 2x 140USD = 280 USD. And a 3$ vehicle fee.
Accomodation (120$): We chose to stay two nights at a public campsite. The costs are 30$ per person and night, therefore resulting in a total of 120$ spent.
Meals (15$): We went shopping the other day, to be able to cook for ourselves when being at the park campsites. We averaged the prices for groceries and spend around 7.50USD per person per day.
Safari Guide (0$): We have chosen the “if there are a lot of cars, we look for something interesting”-type of guiding. However, you always have the option (and we would even recommend it, if you are new to safaris) to book a guide. Either one right from the gate that will join your car or one organized as part of your safari tour agency or lodge.
So overall we spent a total of 748$. Keep in mind that if you decide to visit Masai Mara for a single day only you will spend half of the costs. Still, visiting Masai Mara will be an expensive adventure – but also one that will last a lifetime…