People sitted beside a land cruiser in the safari
Angela and a friend enjoy the Mara view.

The easiest and most expensive way is to fly into one of the many airstrips located in the Mara and most flights are taken from Wilson Airport and the fights range from 16,000-18,000 Kenyan shillngs ($160-$180) for one way. Some travel agencies do have packages that include hotel stays and transport to the hotel. But does exclude the park fees. If you are International, you would need a Kenyan Visa and most of the above methods can be used, but the most convenient way when you fly into the international airport Jomo Kenyatta, you would get an Uber/taxi to Wilson Airport.

2. The Gate and Conservations Fees

There are currently 15 conservations in the Mara. For local tourists, payment of the gate is 1000 Kenyan shillings ($10) per day, for international tourists, it is $70 for adults and $40 for children and the conservation fees depend on where the camp is located. I stayed In Cottar’s 1920 Luxury Camp and it is part of Olderkesi Conservation and I paid 2,250 Kenyan shillings per day.

A reception tent of a camp
Cottar's 1920 luxury camp reception

3. What To Pack

Pack warm clothes, because it does get cold. Where I stayed was on the foothills of the hill so it was constantly cold. With breaks of sunlight, It does get a bit warm. For shoe sneakers or hiking boots are great, and also toothpaste. We forgot to pack ours ended up buying from the camp store.

Hand holding a cup of coffee with a safari view
Coffee with a view

4. What to Expect on your first Safari

I was told not to go into a safari, with the exceptions of seeing all the animals, that you have seen on National Geographic. Because the truth is you may not see them all…. I was lucky enough to see a herd of elephants when entering the camp (cottar’s 1920’s camp) and the next day on a morning game drive we were able to see 21 lions. The most animals you will see are jackals, Massai giraffes, zebras and antelopes.

A male lion resting in the grassand
A male lion in a pride of 21 lions

If you are an avid photographer because I am one, here is some gear you should carry.

  • Telephoto Lens
  • Battery Grip
  • Extra memory Card
  • A drone ( if you have one)
  • Go-pro ( I wish I had a couple cause I would have put one inside the safari truck, two on the hood of the car and one to take footage when the truck went into a river)
  • An extra camera like a Canon GXii for video
  • Tripod and a gorilla grip