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Maasai Mara National Reserve Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Maasai Mara National Reserve, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

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Overview+

Language Swahili, English
Time Difference 3 hours
Currency Kenyan Shilling
Voltage 230V

Synonymous with the ultimate Kenyan safari, the Maasai Mara National Reserve spreads across 1,510km² in the southwest of the country. The stretching plains, dense thickets and mighty Mara River are home to an abundance of brilliant wildlife and birdlife, including the African Big Five. The choice of accommodation in this arresting landscape is vast – from traditional bush camps, to modern lodges.

Highlights+
Wildlife

Home to the ‘Big Five’ as well as cheetah, warthog, zebra and some 570 bird species, there is plenty to look out for on your Maasai Mara safari. Guests visiting between July to October may be able to witness one of the greatest wildlife spectaculars on the planet – the Great Migration. Watch as millions of wildebeest and zebra graze the fresh shoots whilst hungry predators lie in wait.

Maasai Tribes

As you explore the Mara, look out for the vibrant red clothes of the Maasai tribes. They are often seen on the edge of the park, grazing their cattle. For a greater insight into their fascinating and welcoming culture, many lodges can arrange a visit to their traditional boma where you can learn more about their unique way of life.

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Nairobi: 8 hours, 25 minutes.

From Nairobi, an onward flight will take you to the Maasai Mara airstrip in around one hour.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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