Itinerary for Nairobi, Naivasha & Maasai Mara in Kenya

Full-day game drive in Maasai Mara

It was a 5-day trip to Kenya last Christmas of which, we spent one day in Nairobi, one day in Naivasha, three days in Maasai Mara. We have written exhaustively about our explorations and experiences over the last few months. In order to make it easy for you to locate all the information, should you be planning a similar trip, this post will give you a snap-shot of all the ‘must-dos and must-sees’. Simply click on the individual links to read the complete story.

Mandatory requirements of a Kenya trip:

  1. Polio and Yellow Fever – the compulsory vaccinations that you need to take before you embark on the trip.
  2. Visa, Immigration and other requirements at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

One-day Itinerary for Nairobi:

  1. Stay at Hotel Sarovar Panifric in Nairobi
  2. Must-See/Do in Nairobi

One-day Itinerary for Naivasha

  1. Drive from Nairobi to Naivasha
  2. Where to stay in Naivasha – Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort review
  3. Must-See/Do in Naivasha

3-day Itinerary for Maasai Mara

  1. Drive from Naivasha to Maasai Mara
  2. Tour of a Maasai Village
  3. Where to stay in Maasai Mara – Keekorok Lodge review
  4. Safaris in Maasai Mara
  5. Best time to go to Maasai Mara

Best tour operator for Naivasha & Maasai Mara – Africa Veterans Safari tour operator review

6 thoughts on “Itinerary for Nairobi, Naivasha & Maasai Mara in Kenya

  • Ravi


    We are planning to go to Kenya for a Safari from Chennai. Can we go there and get a visa on arrival? If yes what all docs do we need to carry?


    • WOOF Post author

      Hi Ravi,

      They only check valid passports — empty pages and validity of more than 6 months. They will check flight tickets and hotel bookings / safari bookings details. I took the receipts of forex as well just in case. A copy of your credit card is good to have as proof of your funding.

      Be very careful on the usd notes that you carry there. Everywhere in Kenya, they only accept the new series (2009 onwards) so please be very careful on the currency your carry. Carry small notes.

      The immigration / customs ladies there insist on bribes – so have $10 or similar handy.

    • WOOF Post author

      Hi Maanoj,
      We had availed the services of the African Veterans Safari tour operator. They had us picked up from our hotel in Nairobi and dropped us off at the Nairobi airport after one night in Naivasha and 2 nights in Maasai Mara. The total cost for for these 4 days were about 2 lakh INR. We made our own direct bookings for flights to and from Nairobi plus hotel & Nairobi sight-seeing. Do note, this was 3 years ago. Further, we didn’t go during the migration season. June-Oct is the migration season, and rates can be very steep during this time. We went during our Christmas holidays, got good weather, fewer tourists, and did see the wildebeest migration in a procession. Not as dramatic though as during the summer months.
      Hope this helps. Do let us know in case of further questions.

  • Shayati

    Extremely helpful information. Helped us greatly while planning our trip.
    Keep up your writing.

    • WOOF Post author

      Thank you Shayati…the blog needs the kind words and support of patrons and followers like you! Happy travelling to you and your lovely family 🙂

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