Masai Mara National Reserve 2024: Entrance Fees, Tourist Concerns, and Guidelines

Masai Mara game reserve is part of the larger Mara ecosystem and is renowned for the big five mammals. Administered by Narok County and the Mara Conservancy, it boasts of open grasslands, seasonal rivers, and acacia trees. The reserve is managed by elected Masai chiefs, and the Mara Triangle is known for the migratory wildebeest. It is a significant wildlife conservation area in Kenya, hosting a native black rhino population.

Entrance Fees Update and Tourist Concerns

The 2024 Masai Mara Park entrance fees have sparked concerns among tourists, as reported by Spectator Australia. Tourists, unaware of the additional charges, expressed disappointment and frustration, regretting that they would not have undertaken the trip had they known about the increased fees.

According to the Australian publication, tourists who had pre-booked trips now face unexpected additional expenses beyond their initial budgets. A British couple, for instance, discovered they were required to pay an extra $200 for a one-hour tour in an orphanage in Nairobi.

Government Actions and Tourist Reaction

Both national and county governments increased park fees for specific months, including August, October, and December, with the latest increments taking effect on January 1. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) raised charges for all national sanctuaries, such as Nairobi Orphanage, Nairobi Safari Walk, and Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, in response to the changes.

The rationale behind the fee increases, as stated by KWS in August 2023, was to enhance the quality of services offered to visitors. Tourists expressed reservations about the unforeseen additional costs, particularly referencing the increase in Masai Mara Park fees for 2024, communicated by the Narok County Government in December 2023.

The announcement specified a rise to $100 per non-resident adult per day from January 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024, and $200 per non-resident adult per day from July 1, 2024, onwards.

Entrance Fees and Guidelines

Masai Mara Park Entrance Fees for 2024 have been revised by the Narok County Government to support conservation efforts and enhance visitor experiences. The rates are as follows:

  • Non-Resident Adults:

    • January 1 to June 30, 2024: $100 per day
    • From July 1, 2024 onwards: $200 per day
  • Children (all year):

    $50 per day

Note: Rates are applicable from January 1, 2024, and will be updated for all existing and tentative bookings.

Camping Fees

For visitors planning to camp in Masai Mara in 2024, additional fees apply. Private campsites require a booking fee of $70. Public campsites include Oloololo, Eluai, and Iseiya; Private campsites include Kiboko, Dirisha, Kijito, Ndovu, and Kishanga.

Accommodation rates in Masai Mara are relatively high. Sometimes travelers opt for hiring a car with a rooftop tent for a more comfortable and cheaper camping experience.

Vehicle Entrance Fees

For those driving into Masai Mara National Reserve in 2024, vehicle entry fees are as follows:

Capacity Fees
6-12 Seats $7
13-24 Seats $21
24-44 Seats $28
45 Seats and above $35
Less than 6 Seats $3


Capacity Fees
1-3 Tons $5
4-7 Tons $18
8 Tons and Above $25

Ranger Fees

Ranger fees for various activities in 2024:

  • Game Drive (more than 6 hours): KES 3,000
  • Game Drive (less than 6 hours): KES 1,500
  • Full Night Camp Security: KES 4,000

Private campers must hire at least two park rangers for night-time security.

Other Activities Fees

Activity Adult Child
Hot Air Balloon Tour (Per person) $50 $20
Horseback Riding (Per Horse Per Day) $11 N/A
Annual Research Permits (Non-Resident) $400 N/A


Park Rules and Regulations

If you plan to visit Masai Mara, adhere to the following rules:

  • Slow down when approaching wildlife.
  • Maintain speed limits.
  • Do not drive off-road in high-use areas.
  • Avoid chasing or harassing wildlife.
  • No littering.
  • Leave the park or report to camp by 7 pm.
  • Limit vehicles at wildlife sightings to 5.
  • No shouting, clapping, or cheering.
  • Do not stand on vehicle roofs.
  • Do not cross into Tanzania.
  • Pay fines before leaving Mara Triangle.



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