Airstrips of Maasai Mara Game Reserve
Airstrips of Maasai Mara Game Reserve are an important aspect to know that you may consider using them when accessing Masai Mara Game Reserve for your Kenya safari experience in the park. Masai Mara Game Reserve is located in Narok County in the Rift Valley Province. Masai Mara Game Reserve is a vast wilderness comprised of savannah grassland which inhabits a variety of wildlife that millions of travellers move for miles on end to encounter on a wild game viewing activity in the reserve, especially to watch the annual spectacle of the great wildebeest migration. Given that the Masai Mara is a vast wilderness, accessing it is most a times via air, though road transport is also possible with a 6-7 hour drive from Nairobi city.
There are a number of flights available every day of the week, sometimes twice a day, which serve Masai Mara Game Reserve, operated by among others Air Kenya, Safarilink, Mombasa Safari Air, Kenya Airways, among others. Below are the various airstrips in Masai Mara National Reserve that travellers can fly into, depending on the location one is specifically going to;
Keekorok airstrip has the code KEU, and is located in the south east of Maasai Mara National Reserve, easily reaching Lonwalet Hill and Ol Tukai Hill. Keekorok airstrip mainly serves Keekorok Lodge, Mara Sarova Game Lodge, Sekenani Camp, Mara Sopa Lodge, Ashnil Camp, Cottars Camp, and Mara Topi Safari Lodge.
Mara Serena Airstrip
Mara Serena Airstrip, code MRE, is located in the south western part of Kenya, in Narok County just near the Kenya-Tanzania border. Mara Serena airstrip is the largest civilian airstrip in Maasai Mara National Reserve. Only about 225 kilometres south west of Nairobi International Airport, Mara Serena airstrip mainly serves the Mara Serena Camp, and other lodges in the vicinity.
Mara North Airstrip
Mara North airstrip is inside the Mara North Conservancy, and is used by all travellers visiting not only Masai Mara Game Reserve but also the Mara North Conservancy, as well as guests staying at the Kicheche Mara Camp, Saruni Wild Camp and Saruni Mara Camp. Mara North airstrip has the code HKR.
Musiara Airstrip, Code MDR
This is the most commonly used, and is the most famous of all the airstrips of Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Musiara Airstrip is located in the northern region of Maasai Mara Game Reserve, and is just near the Governor’s Camp. Musiara airstrip mostly serves travellers staying at the Governor’s Camp, Neptune Mara Rianta Camp, and those communities around in Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Kichwa Tembo Airstrip
Kichwa Tembo airstrip is one of the most famous and used airstrips of Maasai Mara Game Reserve, situated in the northern part of the game reserve. Kichwa Tembo airstrip has the code KTJ, and serves Maasai Mara National Reserve and is fit for travellers intending to stay in Bateleur Camp, Kilima Camp, Kichwa Tembo Camp, Mpata Lodge and other accommodation in Maasai Mara Game Reserve which are within reach from the airstrip.
Siana Springs Airstrip
Siana Springs Airstrip is located in Siana Group Ranch, and is used by travellers visiting Siana Springs Camp, Mara Bush Top, Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, Leleshwa Camp and Porini Main Camp.
Ole Kiombo Airstrip
Ole Kiombo airstrip with code OLX is found in the northern part of the Talek River, and serves travellers flying into Maasai Mara National Reserve from either Wilson Airstrip or Nairobi International Airport. The Ole Kiombo airstrip also serves travellers planning to stay at the Mara Explorer, Fig Tree Camp, Mara Intrepids, and Naibor Camp, Kicheche Bush Camp, Tipilikwani Mara Camp, Base Camp, and Porini Lion Camp plus the neighbouring communities.
Ngerende airstrip of Code MSC serves those travellers flying from Nairobi International Airport and Wilson Airstrip, into Maasai Mara National Reserve. Ngerende airstrip serves travellers visiting Ngerende Island Lodge, Kicheche Mara Camp, Mara Safi Camp, Lokoswan Camp, Richard’s Camp as well as Saruni Camp on to of serving Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Olare Orok Airstrip
The Olare Orok airstrip, Code OLG, is one of the most used airstrips of Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Situated in the north region of Maasai Mara National Reserve, the Olare Orok airstrip is just inside the Olare Motorogi Conservancy. This airstrip also serves guests staying at the lodges and camps within the Orok Conservancy, as well as Maasai Mara National Reserve.
Angama airstrip is found at the Great Rift Valley in Maasai Mara area, northwest of Kenya. Angama airstrip has an IATA cod of ANA, and the flights are served by Mombasa Air Safari, Air Kenya and Safarilink. Angama airstrip serves not only Maasai Mara Game Reserve but also the nearby lodges, for those travellers travelling luxury.
Ol Seki Airstrip, Code OSJ
Ol Seki Airstrip is one of the many airstrips in Masai Mara Game Reserve. Ol Seki Airstrip is located in the north eastern part of Maasai Mara Game Reserve, at the bank of the ridge in Naboisho Conservancy. The Ol Seki Airstrip is just at the Hemingways Ol Seki Camp, only a 10 minutes’ drive away.
The above are the various airstrips of Maasai Mara Game Reserve, which travellers can use if flying in Maasai Mara Game Reserve is what you prefer. Be sure to have the right documents including your passport and visa, and book in time to be able to secure your seat. Reach out to a reputable tour operator, who is highly experienced in handling Kenya Safaris, including Kenya flying safaris to encounter the various wildlife of say Maasai Mara Game Reserve, among others.