Today, we are on the last part of our seven-part “Plan a Perfect African Safari in Kenya” series.
To reach the safari camp in the Conservancy, your itinerary will have two major components. The first is getting to Kenya. The second is making your way from wherever you are in Kenya to the camp.
Typically you would fly into Nairobi International, take ground transport to Wilson Airport, and then take a prop plane out to the Maasai Mara. Our around the world trip took us through Turkey on Turkish alines and we landed in Nairobi around one in the morning.
Arrival at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
For the most part you will need to fly into Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (airport code: NBO).
If you’re flying out to Maasai Mara, you’ll most likely need to go to Wilson Airport. Wilson airport doesn’t open until the morning daylight hours. This presents a dilemma if you arrive very late at night or really early in the morning into NBO. Should you stay at NBO and wait around until it’s time to head to Wilson airport for your departing flight or should you book a room at an hotel? It’s up to you but we decided it was not worth the time and expense to go to an hotel for only an hour or two of sleep. We decided to tough it out at NBO. We arrived at 1am and were out of baggage claim around 2am. Our driver picked us up to go to Wilson at 6am.
One tip, if you decide to wait around the airport, try to not exit the baggage claim area. We made the mistake of exiting out into the arrivals hall to find that there are almost no seats available once you exit baggage claim!
Nairobi Wilson Airport
Prior to us landing in Nairobi, we booked transportation with a well reviewed car service operator. He picked us up at 6am from NBO. Nairobi has very bad highway congestion and it took us an hour to reach Wilson Airport.
When flying out of Wilson Airport you will by flying on a small aircraft. Do note that there is a weight limit but if you have too many bags you’ll have to leave it behind. Fortunately you can rent a locker with Air Kenya at Wilson airport when you check in. We left our large duffel bag there and we had no issues picking it up on the return.
Mara Landing Strip
On landing you’re met by a representative of your camp. Depending on how far the camp is, this becomes your first game drive of your safari!
That’s it for our series on Kenya. We couldn’t cover everything so if you have questions let us know!
Also if you have an idea on a location you want to go, but not sure how to plan it all out? We have traveled around the world so if you have a question about a place, we probably have been there. =) So leave a comment below. Your destination may just be our featured location next month.
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