Despite its incalculable ecological value and beauty, the Masai Mara National Reserve is mostly known worldwide for the migration of more than one million wildebeests that arrive each year between the months of June and July, populating the immense prairies of the reserve until the month of October. However, the variety of wildlife that can be found here throughout the year, as well as the more than 550 species of birds that live there, make of Masai Mara the most visited reserve in Kenya. The thousands of miles of green pastures dotted with acacias are breath-taking. They become infinite and yellow during the dry season, with its mighty river Mara full of life and the cliffs offering magnificent profiles during the sunset. With such an abundance of herbivores, Masai Mara becomes a paradise for predators, with the biggest Lion population in Kenya. The Mara River is also popular for its extensive herds of elephants, crocodiles and hippos that inhabit its shores
Extension: 1.672 km2.
Location: 270 km from Nairobi.
Wild life: Lions, cheetahs, giraffes, impalas, dik-dik, baby bush, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, zebras, hippos, Thomson's Gazelle and up to 100 different animal species and more than 550 recorded bird species.
Kandili Camp is located within the conservation area of the Leopard Gorge in the Koiyaki area, very close from the Masai Mara National Park, just 10 minutes away from the Musiara entrance and 20 minutes from Kichwa Tembo entrance. It is 90 kilometres away from the City of Narok.
By air: The airlines SafariLink and Arikenya have two daily flights to the Musiara aerodrome (8 km away from the camp) or to Kitcha Tembo (12 km from the camp).
By road: From the city of Narok, Take the detour on the Narok-Mulot Tarmak road and continue for about 36 kilometres. Turn left at the Ngorengore signpost, continue along this dirt road for about 14 kilometres. Turn left at Ngorengore junction. From there, it is 15 kilometres until Lemek and an extra 21 kilometres until the Aitong crossroads. Continue from there another 23 kilometres to the Kandili Camp. 4 kilometres before arriving to the Mara Rianta town, take a detour to the left, by the Kandili Camp signpost, and continue towards the Leopard Gorge. 2 kilometres after taking the detour, one can see the camp from the road. It is essential to use a 4×4 vehicle during the rainy season, and it is advisable during the rest of the year.
The GPS coordinates are: S 01.23314 DEGREES E35.
Kenya occupies an area of 586,600 kilometres. The country borders on Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Tanzania. The capital of Kenya is Nairobi, the highest city in East Africa (1700m). The official language in Kenya is English, together with the local language, Swahili.
In such a big country as Kenya, with so many ecosystems and with an unpredictable weather, it becomes very difficult to predict the best time of the year to visit the country. The most important point to know about the weather is that there are two rainy seasons. The main rainy season takes place during April and May; during November, there are short storms taking place intermittently during the afternoon. In Mombasa and on the Kenyan coast, we find a constant year-round temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius. These areas are usually warm and sunny with a gentle breeze coming from the ocean. The best months to enjoy from the crystal-clear beaches are from December to March, where you can enjoy from water sports. The climate in the highlands of Nairobi, the Rift Valley, or even Masai Mara, is a combination of mild temperatures during the day and a decrease in temperature in the evenings. Most people travel to Kenya to do a Safari between the months of June to September and from November to March. Travelling during these months increases the chances of seeing animals, since the grass is shorter and it is easier for the animals to leave at dusk to go to the drinking troughs.
The time difference is GMT+3, meaning one hour more in Kenya than in Spain in summer and 2 hours more in winter.
The Kenyan local currency is the Shilling (KES). The currency exchange against the Euro is approximately 110 Shillings per Euro. It is possible to obtain Kenyan Shilling at the local banking institutions, in foreign exchange offices centres and in airports. It is recommended to bring some cash in the local currency, or to exchange at the Nairobi airport to pay for tips, taxis or buses, buy souvenirs or drinks and snacks. In most hotels and shops of the capital and big cities, you can pay by credit card (American Express or Visa). Travel cheques, Euros and Dollars are also accepted. There are also many ATM’s.
Spanish citizens need a visa to enter Kenya, regardless of the reason for their trip. The tourist visa can be obtained at the Embassy of Kenya in Spain or on arrival at Nairobi airport by filling in the corresponding form and paying 50 USD in cash.
Mandatory: Yellow fever, if one comes from an infected area. Otherwise, there are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers coming from Spain.
Recommended: Yellow Fever, Hepatitis, Typhus, Tuberculosis and Tetanus.
Prophylactic measures against malaria are also recommended (Especially during rainy season and if you are going to visit areas below 1,500 meters high, or located on the coast). Masai Mara is located more than 1,500 meters high and, therefore, the risk of contracting malaria is very low.
For more information on vaccination and health, please visit the relevant Ministry of Health web page.
The best way to dress in Kenya (especially if you go on a safari) is “dressing like an onion”, i.e., to dress in layers. Safari clothing must be light and comfortable, mainly loose cotton or linen materials. Please remember to wear clothing protecting you from insects (long sleeves) as well as waterproof clothing for rain. For cooler nights, it is recommended to wear warm clothing (fleece or similar).
Do not forget to bring binoculars, camera and enough batteries, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. When travelling by road or light aircraft, we recommend the use of medium size, soft luggage (less than 15 kg).
There are no direct flights from Spain to Kenya, although there are numerous airlines flying regularly between Madrid, Barcelona and Nairobi.
Some of these airlines stop in top European capitals, such as London (British Airways), Brussels (Brussels Airlines), Amsterdam (KLM / Air France) or Istanbul (Turkish Airlines).
It takes approximately 11 hours between Spain and Kenya, excluding transfers.
For those not used to travel in Africa by themselves, it is not advisable to travel alone by means of public transport or rental vehicle. Roads are difficult and it is hard to access Kenya's national parks entry points. The best option is to approach a travel agency or tour operator with proven experience in the destination. Alternatively, do not hesitate to contact us and we will help you organize your trip.
The most common means of transport in Kenya among travellers is 4 × 4 vehicles or vans adapted to drive around the national parks and wildlife reserves of the country.
The trunks of these vehicles are usually quite small, being advisable to use soft, medium size luggage.
There are frequent flights departing from Wilson airport, in Nairobi, and connecting with most national parks and coastal cities, such as Malindi, Mombasa or Lamu. The main airlines offering domestic flights are Air Kenya (www.airkenya.com) and Safarilink (www.flysafarilink.com). Tickets can be bought through its web page or through any official travel agency in Nairobi or Mombasa. The maximum allowed luggage weight is 15 kilos. Likewise to travelling by 4×4 vehicles or similar, it is advisable to carry soft, medium size luggage.
There is only one railway connecting Kisumu and Mombasa, passing through Nairobi.
The journey between Nairobi and Mombasa takes place at night and the journey takes about 12 hours. Travellers are advised to purchase the “De Luxe” ticket when travelling by train. Most Kenyans use “matatus” (mini-vans) as their usual means of transport. Larger cities also have public and private bus lines linking major urban centres.
There are taxis at the entrances of hotels, shopping malls and gas stations. It is recommended to negotiate the price of the journey before getting into the taxi.
The voltage in Kenya is 220-240 volts, and the type of plug used in the electrical outlets is made for three rectangular pin inlets, the same as the pins used in the UK.
There are Internet cafes in most Kenyan cities; most hotels also have internet connection and fax services. This is not the case in national parks hotels or in remote areas, where Internet access is limited to certain areas, or non-existent. There is mobile phone network throughout the country, and SIM and prepaid cards can be purchased at any shopping centre, electronic appliances shops or in most supermarkets. There are also public telephones that work with coins or cards. To call Kenya, the international code is +254.
Hospitals and Emergency Services
There are hospitals with highly qualified doctors both in Nairobi and Mombasa. Most hotels and lodges have medical staff and maintain contact with the association “Flying Doctor” by radio or telephone. This association provides emergency medical care and evacuations throughout East Africa. Most travel packages include Flying Doctor medical insurance schemes on the rates. To contact the emergency service, dial 911.
Spain has an Embassy in Nairobi, should you require their assistance
For more information:
Embassy of Spain in Nairobi Emergency line:
00 254 733 63 11 44 (from Spain); 0733 63 11 44 (from Kenya).