Private cars are banned in Maasai Mara safari – but there’s a solution

Recently, the Narok county government banned the use of private cars at the Maasai Mara National Park.

Most travellers prefer the use of personal vehicles because they enables them to connect with nature while immersing themselves in the wilderness. However, this may not be an option any more as the self-driven safaris have been banned in Maasari Mara.

Only three types of vehicles are now approved.

“In line with the implementation of the Maasai Mara Management Plan, we have banned the usage of private vehicles for game drives. The vehicles that will be used for game drives are only the safari trucks, safari land cruisers and safari vans. Kindly adhere to this strictly,” the Narok County Government ban statement read in part.

The main reason for this ban is to minimize the negative impacts that human presence has on the ecosystem, such as environmental degradation and wildlife disturbance.

Travellers can still enjoy the expansive biodiversity in the Maasai Mara by using the services of registered and trustworthy travel agencies, such as Royal Choice Travel.

The benefit of using such a travel company allows inexperienced visitors to navigate unfamiliar terrain, while ensuring personal safety and adherence to park rules and regulations. Sometimes, without a tour guide, visitors can miss elusive wildlife and even fail to understand the complex dynamics of the ecosystem.