A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Masai Mara vs. Antsiranana for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Masai Mara or Antsiranana?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Masai Mara and Antsiranana. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Masai Mara or Antsiranana?

Masai Mara

Masai Mara National Reserve is a beautiful, scenic, nature reserve in southwest Kenya, just west of the capital city, Nairobi. The reserve belongs to the Masai people and was created in order to protect the land and the people and animals living on it. Masai Mara is considered to be one of the best reserves in all of Africa, offering the quintessential African safari experience.


Antsiranana is the capital of Madagascar's northernmost province, Diana, and until 1975 it was known as Diego Suarez. The city has a port that has become a site for naval repairs and is the largest in the entire Indian Ocean. The port is mainly used for tinned fish and bottled drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The city has a population of a little over 100,000. The French used the city as a military base after independence from 1960 until 1973, after the socialist revolution.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Safaris in Kenya, The Best Luxury Tours to Kenya, The Best Adventure Tours to Madagascar, and The Best Wildlife Tours to Madagascar.

Which place is cheaper, Antsiranana or Masai Mara?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Masai Mara is $111, while the average daily cost in Antsiranana is $89. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Masai Mara and Antsiranana in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Masai Mara $38
    Antsiranana $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Masai Mara $76
    Antsiranana $84
Compare Hotels in Masai Mara and Antsiranana

Looking for a hotel in Masai Mara or Antsiranana? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Masai Mara

Hotels in Antsiranana

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Masai Mara Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Masai Mara $48
    Antsiranana $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Masai Mara

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Masai Mara:

  • Airport Transfers: $40

Is it cheaper to fly into Masai Mara or Antsiranana?

Prices for flights to both Antsiranana and Masai Mara change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Masai Mara $34
    Antsiranana $35

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Masai Mara $61
    Antsiranana $18

Tours and Activities in Masai Mara

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Masai Mara are as follows:

  • 1Day Tour Nairobi Park ,Giraffe Center,karen Blixxen Guided tour: $50
  • 5 hours Nairobi national park Private tour: $150
  • 3-Days Maasai Mara Camping Safari on 4x4 Land Cruiser Jeep: $285
  • A day tour to Nairobi National Park and Giraffe Center: $52
  • Day Tour To Mt. Kenya : $285
  • Day Tour to Lake Nakuru with optional boat ride in Lake Naivasha: $274
  • Day tour to Hell's gate and optional boat ride at lake naivasha : $98
  • Day trip - Lake Nakuru National Park Tour From Nairobi: $130
  • Full Day Tour Nairobi National Park, Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center: $275
  • Half Day Giraffe Center,Baby Elephant&Karen Blixxen Guided Tour: $38
  • Half Day Tour Elephant Orphanage,Giraffe CenterKobe Beads Factory: $38
  • Half Day Tour to David's Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage: $42

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Masai Mara $27
    Antsiranana $9.88

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Masai Mara and Antsiranana, we can see that Masai Mara is more expensive. And not only is Antsiranana much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Antsiranana would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Antsiranana and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Masai Mara would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Masai Mara than you might in Antsiranana.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Masai Mara Expensive? and Is Antsiranana Expensive?.