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Hi I’m planning to visit the Masai mara in November for a 4 night 5 day safari travelling from Mombassa, the question I have is would I be guaranteed to see Rhino’s during my visit to the mara or would I have a better chance if i split my safari with another of the national parks if so which would you suggest any help would be gratefully appreciated

Many thanks Les

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Les, anyone will tell you there is no such thing as a guarantee. many of the guides we used had not seen one in a long time in the Mara, they are there, but its such a vast area.

To ensure I did see the big 5 we went up north as well and stayed at Porini rhino camp, we were lucky enough to see 22 rhinos in one day!

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Correct. NO guarantees. It is not a zoo.

Black Rhino are in there but you can hedge your bet if you wish by visiting Lake Nakuru NP where White Rhino are far more visible.

Further afield so not applicable for your time frame is Ngorongoro in Tanzania where you should almost be certain of seeing Black Rhino.

but for a real Rhino fix head for Namibia and go looking for them on foot.

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The easiest place – by far – to see both species is Nairobi National Park. There are some very impressive beasts there, and plenty of young.


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Hi Les,

if you go to Ol Pejeta conservancy 3-3 1/2 hrs north of NBO you will see, I guarantee rhino and the chance to see all three, nothern white rhino, only 7 known left in the world of which the last 4 of breeding possibility are there, the southern white rhino and of course the many black rhino, we have been 4 times and have never failed to see rhino everytime, chk there site


Hope you go there, it's fantastic also other rarities include african wild dogs, grevy's zebra and jacksons hartebeest.

i hope this helps you


some pics on our blog


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Hi Les

Will you be on a road safari, or flying safari? If a road safari, then Mombasa - Mara - Nakuru/Ol Pejata and back to Mombasa will be a huge trek with at least 25-30 hours of driving.

If you are flying, then Fly from Mombasa to the Mara and then onto Nakuru (may have to be a charter).

Alternatively you can look really really hard in the Mara, and maybe see one:)

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6. Re: Rhino,s

As Mfuwe says, Nakuru NP is where you are mostly likely to see rhinos.

There's a Rhino Sanctuary @ Lewa NP. if you want to head in that direction.


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I would second richard's suggestion. If flying through nairobi, take time out to go to the NP there. The small area makes it relatively easy, particularly if you're with a guide who knows the area. As browsers, black rhino prefer to eat the leaves of certain bushes. Know which bushes and where they are helps to locate the rhino. Add to that their terrratoriies and sightings become relativey easy.

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There is a small protected area north of the Mara, on the Mara North Conservancy where there are two or three large rhino (momma and poppa) and last I heard, a baby of maybe 3/yrs.

Otherwise, there's Lewa where you'll find both white and black...also at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, and white rhino at Lake Nakuru.

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