There is nowhere better to answer the call of the wild than the renowned Masai Mara, and the iconic Governors’ Camp, its riverside setting superb for scenery and safari
Nairobi - 1 night
Masai Mara - 4 nights
Flight - 1 night
For fifty years, Governors’ has been pioneering safaris and setting the standard for tented camps. The original Governors’ Camp was the first permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara. Nestled in the forest by the banks of the Mara River, it occupies the best spot for year-round wildlife watching, a position considered so perfect that it was reserved for Kenya’s colonial Governors, and has been known, and revered, as Governors’ Camp ever since. From this iconic enclave, your safari explores the Big Five and Big Cat reserve, famed for the most thrilling wildlife event on earth, the annual Great Migration, when more than a million wildebeest, joined by thousands of zebra, make a grand circuit between ‘the Mara’ and neighbouring Serengeti. With five hundred species of birdlife recorded in the reserve, a list of the Mara’s mammals runs through the alphabet from aardvarks to zebras; covers the size range from tiny dik-dik antelopes to six-ton elephants, and graceful giraffes, the world’s tallest terrestrial animal; and spans the species types from porcupines to pangolins, wide-eyed bushbabies, comical warthogs, majestic topi, agile vervet monkeys, and angry buffalos.
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departure
Day 1 Fly direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi, and transfer to the 4-star Eka Hotel, for an overnight stay.
Day 2 Fly to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. ‘Maasai’ for the ancestral inhabitants of the area, ‘Mara’ translating from their language as ‘spotted’ – a description of the savannah landscape, dotted with bushes, scrub and clusters of trees. Enjoy an afternoon game drive. Four nights at Governors’ Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Rise early each morning to make the most of your spectacular location. Each day will offer you the option of game drives within the Mara, an immersive experience amid the rich diversity of wildlife in this game reserve, where lions laze, gazelles graze, and cheetahs choose their prey. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Perhaps begin the day with an optional, unforgettable, early morning balloon ride over the Mara (£370, pre-bookable), before game drives in the Big Five reserve, home to elusive leopards, elephant families, hook-lipped Black Rhinos, buffalo herds and lions. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Enjoy your final full day here in the haunts of the Big Cats. Separated from the Serengeti by the Mara River, the Masai Mara is at its most awesome during the Great Migration between the two reserves (usually July-September), when a miles-long, moving line of wildebeest stretches from horizon to horizon on their journey seeking sweeter pastures. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Early morning game drive before your flight to Nairobi; enjoy a Farewell dinner at the aptly named Carnivore Restaurant, its all-you-can-eat meat buffet, local music, and informal ambience making it one of East Africa’s most famous and popular venues; and transfer to the airport for the return flight. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Arrive London Heathrow.
Some travel is on unmade, bumpy roads and it may be necessary to ‘climb’ into the safari vehicle.
On occasion, alternative hotel of the same standard may be used in Nairobi.
A luggage allowance of 15kg per person is applicable for internal flights.
A contemporary style hotel located near the airport offering comfort and convenience. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 170 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
The original and pioneering camp, created in 1972 is under canvas with all of the comforts of a luxury hotel. Some of the 25 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest enjoying uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Mara. The tents are big and bright in classic safari style with private facilities and a private veranda. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the river, dining tent with views over the plains, a spa tent offering a range of treatments and Wi-Fi (free).
Lake Naivasha Extension
Extend your stay in Kenya and relax at the serene Loldia House, overlooking Lake Naivasha and its spectacular variety of birds, including fish eagles, white breasted cormorants, ospreys, lily-trotters. A number of animals can be found grazing on the lake shores. Includes full board, transfers and Lake Nakuru excursion.
Day 1 Fly from the Mara to Nairobi and drive (2 ½ hours) into the Great Rift Valley, enjoying the expansive views as you descend across the escarpment. Two nights at Loldia House on the edge of Lake Naivasha. (L, D)
Day 2 Full day visit to Lake Nakuru National Park, home to Black and White Rhino and abundant birdlife, and Lake Elementaita, a birder’s delight with its flocks of waterbirds and famed reflections on the lake shore. (B, L, D)
Day 3 Morning boat ride along the lake shore followed by breakfast overlooking the lake. Alfresco lunch served on the lawns of Loldia House, before a return drive to Nairobi for a feast at the world famous Carnivore Restaurant. Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (B, L, D)
Overlooking the serene Lake Naivasha, and set on verdant lawns grazed by impala, giraffe and warthog, Loldia House is a traditional house hearkening back to the days of the early settlers. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 9 rooms with tea/coffee making facilities.
Laikipia Extension - Post Tour
Extend your stay at Laikipia and explore the diverse array of wildlife at the Mugie Conservancy. Covering some 40,000 acres, Mugie Conservancy provides a key wildlife access route between the Laikipia plateau, the Mathews Range and the Samburu lands to the north and east. Vast acacia-dotted savannahs, olive forests and scrubby bush are a haven to a multitude of wildlife in plentiful numbers, including key endemic northern Kenyan species such as Grevy's Zebra, Jackson's Hartebeest and Reticulated Giraffe. Mugie Conservancy is at the forefront of conservation, operating as a low-impact cattle ranch alongside preserving delicate and productive eco-systems which host abundant wildlife. Mugie supports cheetah, wild dog and lion research, through collaring and monitoring projects.
Day 1 Fly from the Mara to Nairobi and transfer for one night at the Tamarind Tree Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 2 Morning flight from Nairobi to Laikipia and transfer for three nights at Mugie House. Enjoy an alfresco lunch served overlooking the Laikipia Plateau before joining an afternoon game drive across the Laikipia plains in search of the endemic Grevy's Zebra. Relax at a sundowner and then return for dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 3 A full day to explore this spectacular and unique part of Kenya with its diverse wildlife offerings. Today you can pick one of the activities offered by Mugie House. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Day at leisure enjoying Mugie House or enjoy one of the activities offered. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Fly to Nairobi. Enjoy dinner at the iconic Carnivore restaurant before your flight home. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Arrive London Heathrow.
This modern and centrally located hotel offers easy access to all parts of the city. Restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 160 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Set on a private conservancy, Governors’ Mugie House offers a myriad of activities by which to explore and enjoy Laikipia’s vast open landscapes and rare northern rangeland species. Restaurant, bar, spa, pool and WiFi (free). 7 Individual round stone cottages with wrap-around windows are set out around a hill giving sweeping views over theLaikipia plains and to Mt Kenya with luxurious baths and open log fires.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
Supplements per person
Single supplement £615
British Airways World Traveller Plus - On request
British Airways Club World - On request
Balloon ride over the Mara £370
Extension - Lake Naivasha
2 nights £1295 (Sep £1595)
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Feb/Mar/Jun/Nov (limited availability)
Single supplement £275
Extension - Laikipia
5 nights £2695 (Aug-Oct £4245)
Single supplement £745
Add £795 per person
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer with group included
Air travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, park entry fees, transfers, 5 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 5 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement fee, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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