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When is the best time to visit?
You can enjoy game drives in Masai Mara all year around.
Most of Kenya has warm sunny days, with temperatures rarely exceeding 27°C (80°F), and dropping to 10°C (50°F) at night. This makes you feel quite chilly, and we call it a two-blanket climate.

Although Kenya is an all-year-round resort, if you want cloudless skies and tropical heat, try and visit the country in December, January or February.

The long rains come in April and May and the short rains in November. However the rain is not constant and is interspersed with sunny days, or at least with sunny hours.

June and July are also dull and cool, however June to October is the period when many tourists from the northern hemisphere travel abroad for summer holidays. This season coincides with the northward migration of wildlife from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the Masai Mara. Tourists and wildebeest then rendezvous on this great scenic natural stage - the plains of Masai Mara.
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How can I make a reservation?
Please go to "Contact Us" page and submit your inquiry.
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Do I need to take a yellow fever vaccination?
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if arriving in Kenya from an infected area, but no other vaccinations or immunisations are required by law in Kenya, although some are advisable.
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What is the baggage allowance for domestic flight in Kenya?
Baggage allowance is strictly 15kg per passenger, inclusive of hand luggage in soft bags. Furthermore, a large suitcase might be refused by the airline company and excess baggage will be charged at prevailing rates and only carried subject to space availability, so that it is advisable to carry a small soft bag less than 67x51cm.
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What is the weather in Masai Mara like?
It is often said that Kenya is a cold country with a hot sun, as the blend of high altitudes and tropical sun make for a unique and variable climate. This should be kept in mind when packing for a visit. Both temperatures and climate vary drastically from region to region and even throughout a single day. Basically the traveller should come prepared for hot, cold, wet and dusty conditions.

Monthly average min/max temp at Mpata Safari Club (°C)

Casual, lightweight, and comfortable clothing is recommended. Warm clothing (fleece or light jacket) for early morning and late afternoon game drives should also be brought all year round.
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What is the Park Fee?
All visitors to the Masai Mara National Reserve are obligated to pay Park fees. The fees are used for managing wildlife, anti-poaching measures and the maintenance and development of the infrastructure of the Mara. The fee can be paid directly at the Oloololo Gate when entering the reserve. The table below shows the Park fee per person per night.

  ADULT CHILD
NON-RESIDENTS US$ 80 US$ 45
RESIDENTS KSh 1,200 KSh 500
CITIZENS KSh 1,000 KSh 300
  • Park entry fees are valid for 24 hours.
  • A CHILD is anyone 17 years old or less.
  • No ticket required for INFANTS 2 years old or less.
  • Everyone is assumed to be NON-RESIDENTS. With a Kenyan drivers license/Work permit, visitors can pay as RESIDENTS. With a Kenya passport or Kenya ID card visitors can pay as CITIZENS.
  • CITIZENS or RESIDENTS of Uganda or Tanzania can pay as RESIDENTS.
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I would like to book a balloon safari...
You can book a balloon safari at the Club after checking in, However, We can book a balloon safari for you in advance to secure your seat. The prices vary in seasons ranging from US$394 per adult. The payment can be made at the club after the flight by cash (Kenya Shilling, US dollar, sterling Pound, Euro and Japanese Yen), traveler's check or credit card (VISA and MasterCard ONLY).
Please note that the balloon safaris are conducted by Musiara Ltd., not by Mpata Safari Club.
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I would like to book an optional activity...
Apart from balloon safaris and Maasai wedding, bookings of all optional activities are to be made after checking in.
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Is electricity available for 24 hours?
Rooms are supplied with 220/240volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs in use are the 3-square pin (BF-type).
However, since we use diesel-powered generators as a source of power, we endeavour to minimise the operation hours for the environment.
The operation hours for the generator are 5:00AM - 10:00AM and 6:00PM - 10:30PM.
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Can I drink tap water?
Although tap water is available in rooms, it is advisable to drink bottled water. Bottled water is available at the club in various sizes.
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Does the restaurant have dress code?
The restaurant does not have dress code. Casual and comfortable clothing is recommended.
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What mode of payment do you accept?
At the Club all bills are payable at the reception upon check-out. Payment can be made by
  • Cash (Kenya Shilling, US dollar, sterling Pound and Euro) and/or
  • Credit cards (VISA and MasterCard ONLY)
Although foreign currency exchange to Kenya Shilling is available at the Club, if you have enough small notes of US dollar there is no need of exchanging.
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Is the internet service available?
Because of the location, there is no service available.
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What kind of food can I expect?
Western food served with table d'hote is our standard with some ingredients directly come from our vegetable garden every day. Sometimes, however, we provide buffet service with Kenya-style barbecue. The variety and inventiveness of our ever-changing menu is guaranteed to enhance your stay.

  Example-1 Example-2
Breakfast Choice of fruit juices from Mango/Passion/Tomato/Pineapple/Orange
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Assorted fresh fruit
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Choice of cereals from Cornflakes/Weetabix
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Choice of drinks from Tea/Coffee/Hot chocolate
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Choice of bread from Croissant/Danish pastry/Toast
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Choice of eggs from Omelette/Boiled/Fried/Poached/Scrambled eggs
with bacon/sausage
Lunch Leeks and potatoes soup with chives
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Beef brochettes with mushroom sauce
or
Barbecued pork fillet with ginger sauce
with selection of Mpata garden vegetables
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Banana tart set on fruit coulees
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Tea or Coffee
Cream of spinach soup
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Spicy vegetable pizza
or
Grilled spring chicken with ginger sauce
with French fried potatoes and seasonal vegetables
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Profiteroles filled with cream on chocolate coulees
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Tea or Coffee
Dinner Egg Russian salad set on assorted lettuce
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French onion soup with cheese crouton
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Braised lamb chops with mint gravy
or
Poached king fish with mousse line sauce
with croquette potatoes and seasonal vegetables
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Cheese and orange cake set on fruit coulees
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Tea or Coffee
Mixed vegetable salad topped with ham
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Seafood soup with garlic crouton
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Braised ox-tongue with mushroom sauce
or
Glazed pork chops with barbecue sauce
with French fried potatoes and seasonal vegetables
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Mocha mousse set on chocolate sauce
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Tea or Coffee

Some examples
Main dish Dessert
WHAT TO BRING
Items Importance Remarks
Passport High A valid passport with a minimum of 6 months left to run is required for entering the country.
Visa High It's advisable to obtain the visa from the Kenya Embassy/High Commission in your country prior to departure.
Yellow
fever
vaccination
certificate
High A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required if arriving in Kenya from an infected area.
Cash
(US dollar)
High US dollar can be used directly so coming with some US$1, US$5 and US$10 makes your stay easy.
Credit cards Intermediate VISA or MasterCard is widely accepted including the Club.
Warm
clothing
High Warm clothing (fleece or light jacket) for early morning and late afternoon game drives should be brought all year round.
Long-sleeved shirts and
Trousers
High It's advisable to bring them for sun protection.
Swimming
costume
Intermediate There is a swimming pool at the club.
For those staying at suite rooms, you will need the costume for using outdoor Jacuzzi.
Hat High Wide brimmed hats are preferable to baseball caps for sun protection together with sunglasses.
Camera/
Video
Intermediate Extra batteries and memory cards should also be brought.
Binoculars High Good binoculars will show you another world
Batteries Intermediate Extra batteries for camera/video are always helpful