Flying is an excellent alternative to driving for getting from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, especially if you’re short on time or prefer not to navigate the rugged terrain by road. The flight is generally scenic and takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

There are daily scheduled flights from both Wilson Airport in Nairobi to various airstrips in the Maasai Mara, such as the Keekorok, Kichwa Tembo, Serena and Olkiombo airstrips. The most common airlines offering these flights include AirKenya Express, Safarilink Aviation, and East African Safari Air Express.

The cost for a one-way ticket ranges from around $150 to $200 USD per person.The cost can vary based on factors such as the time of year, demand, and how far in advance you book your flight. Return flights are generally cheaper if booked together, and children often travel at a reduced rate.

Upon arrival at one of the airstrips, you will typically be picked up by your lodge or camp for the transfer to your accommodation, which is often included in the cost of your stay. You can also arrange for a private transfer if needed.

Please note that luggage restrictions often apply on these small aircrafts, generally around 15kg per person in soft bags, so it’s essential to check this when booking.