Maasai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kenya and is known for its exceptional wildlife. Here’s a general guide on how you can travel by road from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Please note that the conditions can change, so it’s always best to check with local services or travel agencies for the most current information.

  1. Nairobi to Narok: Start from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and head west on the A104 road. The drive to Narok town, which is approximately halfway to the Maasai Mara, is about 140 kilometers and usually takes around 2-3 hours depending on traffic. The road is paved and is in reasonably good condition. Narok is a good place to stop for a rest, fuel, or food if needed.

  2. Narok to Sekenani Gate: From Narok, continue on the C57 road, this road is more rugged and less maintained than the previous leg of the journey. The distance to the Sekenani Gate, one of the main gates of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, is around 80 kilometers and usually takes about 2 hours.

  3. Enter the Maasai Mara National Reserve: Once you reach the Sekenani Gate, you will enter the Maasai Mara National Reserve. There may be entry fees which you’ll need to pay, and you should check these in advance. After paying, you can proceed into the park.

In total, the journey from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara National Reserve is about 220-230 kilometers and can take around 5-6 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Hire a 4WD vehicle: The roads, especially from Narok to the Maasai Mara, can be rough and a 4-wheel drive is recommended.

  • Travel during the day: It’s safer and easier to travel during the day. Wildlife can often wander onto the roads, which can make night driving dangerous.

  • Check the weather: During the rainy seasons (April-May and November-December), the roads can become difficult to navigate, especially the stretch from Narok to the Maasai Mara.


  • Always adhere to the rules of the park.
  • Stay in your vehicle unless in designated areas.
  • Follow the speed limit.
  • Do not litter.
  • Do not interfere with the wildlife.

Enjoy your journey and your visit to the Maasai Mara!