Maasai Mara Village
We offer our guests an authentic look at Maasai life and culture today, much of it largely unchanged for hundreds of years. The village is limited to one group of 2-10 visitors at a time to provide you an experience tailored to your interests and to minimize the impact on the community.
Prices are $70 USD per person daily, which includes a guide, all meals, nature walks and village activities. The revenue from your visit goes directly to your host village, with at least 25% directed to the Semadep Local community development programmes.
A Wildlife Safari in the Maasai Mara is full of beauty and wonder, with frequent sightings of the Big 5 (Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffalo and Rhinoceros) and hosts the Great Wildebeest Migration, voted as one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Africa”, where more than 1 million Wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of Zebras plunge across the crocodile infested Mara river.
Plus, all our safari guides are local Maasai and have grown up in local villages bordering the Mara. We believe, and have been told by our guests, that gives you a better experience, while providing work and instilling a sense of value and preseration of this natural habitat for future generations
Your visit helps
The substantial amount of money generated by places like the Mara reserve, is shared by the tour operators, camp owners and air line owners, with only a tiny amount being accessed by the local community. As a result, the Maasai are amongst the poorest people in Kenya. Your visit can change that!
The Maasai Mara Village stay is committed to uplifting lives through sustainable tourism, cultural exchange and community development. All profits are split between the families in your host village and the SEMADEP Community Development Foundation, which provides clean water, education, medical facilities & computer training for over 6000 Maasai.
What our guests say:
Your experience can be as unique as you would like. In the many years we’ve had guests, we know that no two guests want the same thing. With each visit limited to one group we have the flexibility to create a schedule uniquely for you and your interests, for however long you want to stay.
You can spend most of your time on Safari hunting the perfect photos, join in teaching songs to our preschool children, tour our community centres, rise with the sun and enjoy bonfires under a starlit sky.
Sample packages and prices are below. Please note that all visits are full board as we provide and prepare all food and can cater for special diets with advance notice. Please contact us for availability and prices for your stay.
Location & Directions
There are 3 ways to get to Ewangan Village from Nairobi, Kenya. The village is situated 3km away from Sekanani Gate of Maasai Mara National Park. There is no way to reach the village from Tanzania directly, as the roads connecting Serengeti Park in Tanzania and Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya are for the rangers use only.
All the directions below are from Nairobi, Kenya. Whichever way you choose to travel, James (the community leader) will be happy to advice you further and make sure arrangements are made to welcome you in the village.
We can arrange for your Maasai guide or one of our community leaders to pick you up from any location in Nairobi. As we travel to the Maasai Mara and your host village we will gladly share our knowledge of the area and stop for photos at some breathtaking sites along the way. We often spot giraffes, zebras and other wildlife as we approach the Maasai Mara.
The drive time is usually about 6 hours.
Travel time from Nairobi Wilson Airport – 1 hour flight + 30 min drive
Safarilink is currently the only airline flying to the Mara Siana airstrip, with two flights daily, however other airlines often provide seasonal service. Many travel agents can find charter aircraft, which you may want to consider.
We will have a guide pick you up from Mara Siana for the 30 min drive to the village. Cost for the pick up and return to the airport at the end of your stay is 8000KSh (~$90 usd) for up to 3 passengers.
It is a full day in travel so plan to leave Nairobi no later than 10am.There is no direct route, so you must switch buses in Narok. Prices are subject to negotiation for each leg of your journey (recent guests have paid 400-500KSh (~$4.5-5 usd) for each leg of the journey per person.
Leg One – Narobi to Narok: 3 hours
- The “Narokline” mini-bus service operates from Cross Road in the north eastern part of central Nairobi. Mini buses leave when they fill up. Any taxi can get you to the Narokline pickup location.
Leg two – Catching a “Matatu” (bus) from Narok to Ewangan Village (3km from Sekanani Gate)
- When you arrive in Narok town the Narokline shuttle is likely to terminate at the gas station. You will need to find your way to Mara Bus station, which is about 500m away. There are frequently bus company representatives at the gas station that will try and sell you a seat on their bus and then take you to the bus station. Before committing, ask to see the bus. And don’t be shy or feel compelled to say yes. You can insist on just getting directions.When you get to the bus station there are often several buses, you may want to try and get the first departing bus. If it has been raining, make sure to take one of the larger buses to ensure the roads don’t pose a problem. The last bus departs at around 2pm.Ask to be dropped at Ewangan Village, which is about 3km before the Sekanani gate into the Masai Mara Game Reserve.Call or text James when you book your matatu – to let him know the name & colour of the matatu. James and his guides will come out to meet you, help you with your luggage and show you into the village.The second leg of the journey is quite challenging (expect the matatu to be overcrowded, full of parcels & supplies, and the road to be bumpy). Most Maasai can’t afford a car or private transport so our only way of getting around is by these public buses. These 3-4 hours on a local matatu may be more insightful than you can ever imagine.