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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 27, 2016
migration in first week of october  (1 Answer)

if i have to place a bet to see migration of wild beast in first week of october then where should i place my bet?
MARA or Northern of today the migration is located in mara,
depending on this i have to make my programme
inputs from experts will be appreciated

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2015
Budget for visiting Masai Mara for a family of 4 adults  (2 Answers)

What would be the budget for four adults for a week long trip to Masai Mara considering no luxury accommodations.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2015
Hiring a safari vehicle for 4 in Masai mara  (8 Answers)

I booked for accommodation in a lodge in masai mara. The safari rates offered by the lodge is very high.
Is there an option to hire a safari vehicle in masai mara and pay the entry fees and go on safari.
Or do we have to hire the vehicle from Nairobi. we are a family of 4

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 22, 2014
entrance fees  (3 Answers)

Hi, We are going to the Masai Mara and would like to know if the 80 dollars for entrance fee have to be paid for each day that you are inside the park. If we drive to one of the Lodges inside the reserve and stay there for 4 days, do we pay 80 dollars times 4 at the entrance? don't the lodges include the entrance fees? what happens if later we want to stay longer? Do we also have to pay extra for driving a car?
Thank you!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2014
Access to the park?  (13 Answers)

Hi, I am currently working on a project in the Masai Mara area, but would really like to see the animals in the park. Is it possible to just arrange transportation to the park, pay entrance fee and arrange a game drive there? Most safaripackages are very expensive and include daylong drives to Nairobi. Is there a way to avoid this, but just arrive there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2014
Nairobi to Masai Mara via Safari Link  (3 Answers)

Hi, I am travelling in about two weeks time from Dubai to Nairobi and onwards to Masai Mara (Keekorock Lodge) by Safarilink flight. I heard that they have issues with baggage storage in the Safarilink flight. Does anyone know the flight can take in a normal soft top Delsy Suitcase ? Or are we supposed to carry only small bags ? Some guidance will help. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 09, 2014
May in Mara  (1 Answer)

We are going to Governors Camp in mid May 2014. Has anyone got a view of what the weather could be and also how prolific will the wildlife be at that time of year. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2014
Game drive costs  (7 Answers)

What is the typical cost to do a game drive? Can you request a time? When is the best time to do game drives? From my research it appears morning and late afternoon may be best. My preference is obviously to see what I can and to organize my time that makes the most sense. I will be traveling in mid July 2014. In advance, thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2014
Safety driving from Nairobi to Masai Mara  (7 Answers)

How safe is the drive from Nairobi airport to the Masai Game Reserve Area?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2014
Travel mates for safari  (1 Answer)

Hi, me and my boyfriend are doing a 4 day safari from Nairobi to Masai Mara (3 days) and Lake Nakuru (1 day). We are most certainly departing from Nairobi on february 9th. Anyone interested in travelling with us and sharing costs? We already have a tour operator contacted that a friend recommend us. We are also flexible with the dates. Let us know!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2013
Massai Mara in November  (3 Answers)

The weather forecast says its going to rain between 12th and 15th November, the same days that I plan to visit. Do you think its worth going? or will I see no animals because of the rain?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 18, 2013
Lake Nakuru. Is it worth it?  (7 Answers)

Our itinerary currently consists of 4 days in the Masai Mara. I have come across some mixed reviews about Lake Nakuru. I also read somewhere that there aren't that many flamingoes any longer in Lake Nakuru. Do you think it's worth the drive (5 hours from Masai Mara) to spend one day there? Should we stay at the Masai Mara one more day or take that trip to Lake Nakuru? Or do you have any other suggestions for what we could do for that one day?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2013
how to go to Lake Manyara from Masai Mara?  (2 Answers)

Does any body can suggest an itinerary on how to go from Masai Mara to Lake Manyara?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 18, 2013
Masai Mara or Serengeti in mid November?  (6 Answers)

I'm trying to plan a safari for my honeymoon in November, but I keep reading conflicting information. Would I be better off visiting Masai Mara or the Serengeti in mid November? Is this heavy rain season for either of these regions and what would be our chances of actually spotting game during this time? We are interested in seeing the big 5, of course, as well as other wildlife if possible. Any tour recommendations and/or camps/lodges suggestions would be of great help. I've been looking at Kensignton Tours...has anyone ever toured with them?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 17, 2013
Mara in June a good time for photography?  (3 Answers)

I am planning to visit Masai Mara around June 20th. Primary objective is photography. I am aware that the migration may not start by then. I am ok with it. But my question is, is it good time to spot all other animals?. I heard grass will be tall that time and photographing will be difficult. Is it true?

Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2013
Looking for best Safari experience with family of 5  (1 Answer)

Hi there. I am new to Virtual Tourist but would like to ask for advice on booking a 3 night Safari at Masai Mara. Travelling with my husband and 3 boys ages 17,14,12. I have looked at many different options for accomodations but have decided that a luxury tent at a smaller property is what we prefer. We would like to include private game drives in a 4 X 4 open jeep. There are SO many options that I feel overwhelmed with deciding on a property. I am looking at the Fairmont Safari Club as I have heard many good things about it but wonder if it's too big of a camp and we might not get the personalized unique experience we are hoping for.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 16, 2012
Advise for Masia mara trip this Dec 2012/Jan 2013  (9 Answers)

hello, i am from India and planning 5 nights masai mara trip (no lakes), just the game reserve. i do not know how the weather would be and where to stay/how to book guides etc. My budget is 1000USD/2 people and would like to be in the game reserve all 5 days going on safari. Can someone suggest the weather, accomodation, guides and the fees for 5 nights.
I plan to fly to Nairobi. Your advise to go to Masai mara from Nairobi is also appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 10, 2012
Maasai Mara natural reserve Fees  (2 Answers)

Dear Vter's,

I'm planning for a trip to Nairobi & Masai Mara in August. I need reply on following:

1) Masai Mara reserve fees is USD 70/night. Is it payable for each night of stay or one time online. we are spending 2 nights in reserve.
I've checked website of Narok city council, as per that "Daily fees” means fee for one day/ twenty four hours or thereof continuous stay within a specified site in the Maasai Game Reserve.

Is that means we've to pay total USD 70 for our stay, as we will stay inside Reserve and making only 1 entry. Please confirm.

2) We are group of 6 persons with 2 children, looking forward to arrange transportation facility by ourselves, instead of tour package, in order to do things as per our convinience. Any recommendations.

3) Our flight is reaching 2.30 am to Nairobi. Is it safe to start driving for Masai Mara around 4.30am/5.00am in the morning.

Thanks in advance.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2011
What is a November safari like?!  (3 Answers)

I'm planning on going to the Masai Mara on a four day safari around 20th November 2011 (staying at Mara Intrepids) and just wondering if anyone else has been at this time of year? If so, please could you give me an idea of what to expect in the way of wildlife? Plus any tips you can think of?! (It's my first time outside of Europe, let alone to Africa on safari!) Thanks : )

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 06, 2011
Masaii Mara  (9 Answers)

on a tight budget wishing to visit Masaii Mara around Nov 22 2011
I want a wildlife drive & to stay in a campsite using tent & equipment for a 1 or 3 day stay. Prices quoted so far are way beyond my budget. Can anyone help?
Alternatively I could go for a day's visit, incorporating a wildlife drive. How much is this & please could you suggest who to go with? Or perhaps another cheaper game reseve could you suggest?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2011
Masai Mara to Mombasa  (14 Answers)

Hi All,
We ( a team of 4 adults and 2 children) are planning for a Kenya trip this Aug end.
I would like to have a safari trip originating at Nairobi for Masai Mara and ultimately ending at Mombassa.
Is this possible ? Has anyone have similar experiences?
If so, can you kindly provide me the link/contacts for the organizer?
We have about 4-5 days for this trip and would be going on luxury terms/ but with mostly basic comforts.
All suggestions are welcome.
Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 08, 2011
Students on Me to We  (1 Answer)

Has anyone on VT ever been on a student trip with the Me to We organization. I would be interested in your comments.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2010
Is Masai Mara low risk for malaria  (18 Answers)

I will be staying in the Masai Mara for 3 days,Lake Nakuru for 2 days and 1 night in Nairobi at the end of October. I saw the nurse at my GP surgery last week for advise for injections and malaria. I have had the recommended jabs but she said that there is only a low risk of malaria and therefore I didn't have to take any tablets. I was surprised at this - Lake Nakuru is shown as low risk on the Travax website which health professionals use but to me it looks as if the Masai Mara is in an area which has a substantial risk. I am now worried that I may have been given incorrect advise and should seek a second opinion. I would be grateful for any advise. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2010
Masai Mara or Lake Nakaru?  (12 Answers)

Does anybody have recommendations on whether it would be better to do a 4 day Masai Mara tour (Nairobi - Masai Mara, so losing half a day on both ends), or to do a 4 day Masai Mara with Lake Nakaru tour? From itineraries it looks as though I would lose a full Masai Mara day to go to Lake Nakaru. Is it worth it? I'm most interested in seeing big cats and the wildebeest migration, but want to see wildlife in general. Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 29, 2010
Sameco Tours?  (2 Answers)

Hi All

Has anyone used Sameco tours and would they recommend them? The iterniary they proposed looks great but I would like a recommendation if possible?

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 05, 2010
mara bush camp - internet  (4 Answers)

safaricom is e.g. "offering a USB 3g/EDGE modem for 2000 KES, which comes with a sim card."

question: does anyone have experience if it works in the mara bush camp area ?

thanks for your help.
wolfgang, vienna, austria

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2010
Oloolaimutia village  (2 Answers)

I have seen photos taken of a Masai village, Oloolaimutia village, in the Masai Mara Resrve. Does anyone know the location of this village? The siaze of the village?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2010
Private Campsites  (5 Answers)

Towards the end of our 2 weeks self-drive around some of Kenya in mid July we are going to spend 2/4/5 days in the Mara.

Having used similar sites in Mana Pools, we are hoping to stay at one of the Private Campsites.

Does anybody any experiences / preferences ?

The Mara Triangle recommends hiring a couple of askaris for "night-time security". Is this in respect of visits from animals (not so much a problem) or people (may be a bigger problem) ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 15, 2010
Safari Suggestions  (7 Answers)

Hello all. I'm going to be heading to Kenya for some field work, and at the end of the week some of us were thinking of tacking on a 2 or 3 day safari excursion to Masai Mara Park. However, there are literally hundreds out there, and so trying to sort through them has been a Herculean task. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions as to outfitters that are good, reliable, and reasonably priced (don't have an exact figure for that, since none of us have gone before). Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 24, 2009
Safari Time: When is the best time to go on a Safari in the Masai Mara?  (6 Answers)

Hi all,

I am visiting both Masai Mara and Serengeti this October. I have been given 2 safari options. One is to start for an early game drive at 6 AM and complete the safari at 10 AM and again do an afternoon game drive. The other option is to start the game drive after breakfast at around 8.30 AM and continue on the safari till 6 PM. That means we are on the safari the whole day without returning to camp till evening. My question is: Which will be the better option? I want to see the Big Five as well as the Wilder Beast Migration. If I start after 8.30 AM, will I still be able to view the big cats or is it better to start early at 6 and return, then start again for a late afternoon game drive.

Thanks to anyone who can clarify.

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