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Affordable Hotels in Maasai Mara for International Budget Travelers

Written by Teresa Mwangi

The great migration is back with us once again and affordable hotels in Maasai Mara give you a reason to fly to Kenya.

This national reserve lies in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province, in Narok County to be specific. It is one of the most visited reserves in Kenya and a major wildlife habitat in East Africa.

Established in 1961 in an area of 1,510 square kilometers, the Mara is a magnet for international tourists. Wildebeests, topi, gazelle, buffaloes, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals, bat-eared foxes, and countless other kinds of animals and birds call Masai Mara home.

Countless species of avian life including vultures, marabou storks, secretary birds, hornbills, crowned cranes, ostriches, long-crested eagles, African pygmy-falcons, and the lilac-breasted roller call this home.

Yet, one of the most important aspects of any safari in the great Mara is choosing where to stay. There are three distinct price points to choose from: deluxe, standard, and cheap.

Although there are many inexpensive options, this post focuses on those with the best amenities for an affordable price.

Talek Bush Camp

Affordable hotels in Maasai Mara

Talek bus camp. Photo/TripAdvisor

Located just outside the gates of Masai Mara National Reserve, Talek Bush Camp is among the affordable hotels in Maasai Mara.

You’ll have a terrific time at Talek because of its prime location and kind hosts. Tents and campsites are available for guests. Tent cottages come in pairs, and there are camping facilities at the campsite.

Other things to expect here are:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Swimming pool
  • Camp fire
  • Concierge services for 24 hours
  • Tea/coffee shop
  • Rental for camera equipment

Oseki Maasai Mara Camp

Affordable hotels in Maasai Mara

Oseki Maasai Mara Camp. Photo/TripAdvisor

You find the superb Oseki Maasai Mara Camp about 2.5 kilometers from the Maasai Mara. Oseki. A sacred Maasai tree, is the inspiration for the camp’s name.

Accommodations at the camp are provided in the form of spacious, deluxe rooms as follows:

The Impala Room

It’s a 24 square feet in size and has two twin beds.

The Lion Room

A tent with a cozy 24-square foot space with 1 single bed and 2 twin beds, making it ideal for a family or small group of friends.

The Rhino Room

There are 1 single bed and 2 twin beds in the Rhino room, making it an ideal place to stay for a group of three friends on safari.

The room is equipped with its own private bathroom making it one of the affordable hotels in Maasai Mara.


It is a stone hut decorated in a classic and understated bush manner with two twin beds. It’s a good choice for solo or couple travelers.

The Zebra Room

It is great for families as it has 1 double bed and 1 single bed. There are 2 available twin beds and 1 available additional bed.

The local Masai community runs the Oseki Maasai Mara Camp.

Serian Vacation House

affordable hotels in Maasai Mara

Serian Vacation House. Photo/

Narok’s Serian Vacation house is a spacious 1,000 square meters. The house’s four double bedrooms make it an ideal place to stay for vacationers to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Mama Safari

The Mama Safari Guest House in Keekorok is a great option for those looking for a somewhere to stay on their own.  Being one of the affordable hotels in Maasai Mara, it is just 1.4 kilometers from the Sekenani health center.

It provides guests with free Wi-Fi, private parking, and comfortable bedrooms with mosquito nets.

Semadep Mara Camp

Affordable hotels in Maasai Mara

Semadep Mara Camp. Photo/

Semadep Mara Camp is located within two kilometers from Sekenani’s main gate and features 12 permanent tents, a camping area, and double rooms for guests. Most tents contain at least two single beds, and some even have three.

The camp provides the following amenities to its guests in addition to its comfortable tents and running water showers:

Restaurant with African, American, and Asian cuisines available on a buffet basis are available. There is a currency exchange, a tour desk, a luggage storage facility, private check-in/check-out, a garden, and a terrace.

Mara Frontier Hotel

Affordable hotels in Maasai Mara

Mara Frontier Hotel. Photo/

The Mara Frontier Hotel in Narok is a delightful place to stay. It is located about five kilometers from the Naivas store, and it has 40 comfortable Standard rooms tastefully painted and offer plenty of space.

Suites, Executive Suites, and Double Rooms are also available.  Each room has a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, a private bathroom with a shower and a toilet, and a coffee maker, as well as the option to order room service for a fee.

About the author

Teresa Mwangi

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, loves travelling and telling stories about tour and travel in Africa by every angle.

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