Entry Gates To Maasai Mara National Reserve : Maasai Mara National Reserve is spread out over a wide region (1510 square kilometers), hence there are numerous entry points to the reserve. When traveling to the Masai Mara, choosing the right entrance can help you avoid driving for hours. The Masai Mara main reserve’s major gates are listed below, along with some general information on which lodges and camps are adjacent to which access points. The gates are closed at 6 p.m. after the entry and exit times of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. With the reserve warden’s approval, it might be permitted to enter or leave after these hours in unusual circumstances, such as when a car breaks down or bad weather might force the closing of a route.
The Maasai Mara gates are strategically placed at the most accessible and well-known locations that lead to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. If one wishes to travel to the Maasai Mara by road, they may do so through one of the reserve’s six gates, which are arranged to accommodate all visitors entering the area at any time.
On the eastern edge of the Masai Mara national reserve, in the middle of the huge Savannah plains, stands Sekenani Gate. Because it is on the major road leading from Narok Town, it is the main gate and the preferred entrance. Mara Sarova Game Camp, Keekorok Lodge, Mara Sweet Acacia Lodge, Mara Springs Safari Camp, Enkolong Tented Camp, Kimana Mara Tented Camp, oldarpoi Mara Camp, Sekenani Camp, and AA Lodge Maasai Mara are some of the best places to stay close to Sekenani Gates.
One of the Maasai Mara’s most advanced gates is Talek Gate. It is situated near the famous Talek River, which serves as a natural boundary between the Maasai Mara’s Eastern and Western regions, in the middle of a vast expanse of open Savannah grassland on the northwestern edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Mara Intrepids Tented Camp, Julia’S River Camp, Aruba Mara Camp, Tipilikwani Mara Camp, Mara Leisure Camp, Fig Tree Camp, Azure Mara Haven, Mara Simba Lodge, and Mara Serena Safari Lodge are some of the greatest places to stay close to Talek Gates.
On the opposite bank of the Mara River from Oloololo Gate, Musiara Gate is situated at the northernmost point of Maasai Mara National Reserve. Little Governors Camp, Governors Camp, Governors’ IL Moran Camp, Kandili Camps, Angama Mara, Karen Blixen Camp, Kilima Camp, and Nyota Mara Camp are some of the greatest places to stay close to Musiara Gates.
Oloololo Gate ( Mara Conservancy )
The Maasai Mara National Reserve’s Oloololo gate is situated just south of one of the Mara river’s tributaries in the area’s northeastern corner. C13 (Aitong road) and C14 (Singor – Kaboson road) are the two roads that go to the gate. Additionally, a short drive west of the Mara river and a comparable distance north of the Oloololo cliff can be reached by using this gate. The Mara Big Five Lodge, Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Entim Mara Camp, and Oltome Mara Magic Resort are a some of the top places to stay close to Oloololo gates.
The Oloolaimutia Gate is situated in the rugged Masai Mara national reserve on the fringes of Oloolaimutia town. The greatest places to stay close to Oloolaimuita gates include, among others, Ol Moran Tented Camp, Mara Sidai Camp, and Acacia Camp Mara.
Sand River Gate
The Sand river gate, a crossing place for the wildebeest migration and one of the tributaries of the Mara river, is situated on the northern banks of the Sand river. Additionally, it is a few meters from the Tanzanian and Kenyan borders as well as the Bologonja entrance to the Serengeti National Park on the southern edge of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The gate is rarely used because tourists are prohibited from crossing the neighboring border between Kenya and Tanzania, therefore most people use the Isebania border instead.