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Governors’ Grand Safari

By Pam James
Travel Expert for Alfred&

Compile a lifetime of memories on this extended 10-day safari. While birdlife and wildlife share the limelight at the Great Rift Valley lakes, big cats steal the show in the incredible Maasai Mara. In Laikipia you’ll gain an intimate understanding of culture and conservation, tracking lions with rangers and patrolling the conservancy with an anti-poaching team.

Places

Length
10 days
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Guide price range
£4,895 - £7,795pp
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Laikipia

Visit the Mugie anti-poaching unit

Get licked to death by our adorable bloodhounds, then take part in a fun tracking demonstration...

Great Rift Valley Lakes

Adrenaline-pumping activities in the Great Rift Valley at Loldia House

Climb dormant volcanoes and discover geothermal landscapes near Lake Naivasha ...

Lion in the Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara

Spotting big cats in the Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is fantasy land, yet it’s real - it’s the Lion King on steroids....

Day by day
Itinerary in detail

1

Arrival in Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya. Upon arrival in Nairobi, a local representative will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to your comfortable hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax ahead of your safari adventure. Overnight at Fairmont The Norfolk.

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2

Nairobi & Lake Naivasha

After breakfast, start your adventure with a 2-hour 4x4 drive to the north-western shores of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. Your base for the next two nights is Loldia House, an original farmhouse on a private 6,500-acre farm. It is perfectly placed to explore the surrounding lakes and mountains, as well as the varied wildlife that reside here. Guests can enjoy a boat ride on a nearby lake, a vehicle tour of the ranch, or even a night drive with the chance of spotting leopard out hunting. Returning to the house you may well hear hippos grazing on the lawn. Overnight at Loldia House.

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3

Lake Naivasha

Today we recommend a visit to nearby Lake Nakuru National Park, a full-day excursion that’s included in your stay at Loldia House. Lake Nakuru is famous for its rich birdlife, with over 400 species including pink flamingos. The surrounding national park is home to lion, leopard, buffalo, zebra, impala and endangered black rhino. It’s a fantastic place for a game drive. Returning to the farmhouse, there’s time to relax in the beautiful infinity pool or indulge in a massage or treatment at the poolside spa room. Overnight at Loldia House.

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4

Lake Naivasha & Laikipia

Enjoy a colourful and scenic drive for 3.5-hours to the Laikipia Plateau, in the shadow of Mount Kenya in the north of the country. A 20-minute game drive leads to Governors’ Mugie House, your base for the next 3 nights. This beautiful stone property lies within the private 40,000-acre Mugie Conservancy, home to rich wildlife and endangered species. You’re even likely to see herds of elephants drinking at the waterhole close to the main house itself. Wildlife viewing is private and exclusive here, with only four safari vehicles heading out each day. Depending on your preference, you can join two or three games drives per day. Overnight at Governors’ Mugie House.

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5

Laikipia

Accompanied by an expert local guide, today you’ll enjoy game drives into the conservancy in search of leopard, cheetah and vast herds of elephants. There is rarer wildlife to be found too, like the Grevy’s zebra, Reticulated giraffe and Jackson’s hartebeest. Between game drives there’s time to relax at the house, take a refreshing dip in the infinity pool and enjoy the superb restaurant meals that are included in your stay. Overnight at Governors’ Mugie House.

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6

Laikipia

After breakfast, enjoy further wildlife viewing in the conservancy. During your time here there’s also the opportunity to learn more about the local culture and ecosystem of this incredible region. You can track lions with rangers, or head out with the bloodhounds and handlers that form the anti-poaching unit. You’ll also see the conservancy’s animal research programme in action and learn about the innovative approach to community grazing and livestock trading. A fascinating visit to a local school and community project can also be arranged. Overnight at Governors’ Mugie House.

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7

Laikipia & Maasai Mara

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic flight by light aircraft to Musiara airstrip, followed by a 15-minute game drive to Governors’ Camp. Your home for the next 3 nights will be a classic safari tent at this exclusive camp, set on the banks of the Mara River in a wildlife-rich corner of the Maasai Mara Reserve. The camp is unfenced so grazing animals often pass through. Your plans for the following days are incredibly flexible with two or three games drives per day, depending on your preference. You’ll be allocated an expert driver/guide who you’ll get to know well during your stay. They will know the very best places to spot wildlife and even know all the local lions by name. Overnight at Governors’ Camp.

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8

Maasai Mara

The Maasai Mara is home to one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the world and today you’ll begin to discover it. The region is deservedly famous for its big cats but is also a fantastic place to experience other wildlife including elephants, giraffe, zebra, antelope, impala, hyenas and warthogs. Visit during the dry season between June and October and you’ll witness The Great Migration, when over two million wildebeest thunder across the plains in search of lush grasslands. The Community & Conservation programme is also highly recommended during your time here. Visiting local Maasai villages, known as Manyattas, and a local school, you’ll experience the traditional way of life of the Maasai. Between game drives you can relax at the camp and enjoy excellent meals in the dining tent, or al fresco. Overnight at Governors’ Camp.

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9

Maasai Mara

During your stay at Governors’ there’s the opportunity to take a thrilling hot-air balloon safari to gain a whole new perspective of the Maasai Mara. Wake early and watch as the balloon is prepared, then take flight and drift upwards as the sun rises. The bright pink-orange haze is visible for miles across the vast savannah, as wildlife roam below. The memorable flight is followed by an impressive Champagne breakfast that will be set up as your balloon comes into land. This is our most popular optional experience in Kenya. The rest of the day is spent on further game drives into the heart of this wildlife-rich reserve with your expert driver/guide. Overnight at Governors’ Camp.

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Maasai Mara & Departure

After breakfast, fly back to Nairobi. Alternatively, if you’re travelling on to Kenya’s coast, you can fly directly from the Mara to Mombasa in the afternoon.

Another stop?

We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Zanzibar or its small sister island of Pemba in Tanzania, only a short flight from Nairobi.

Extensions

Extensions

Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 Apr - 31 May

£4,895

Mid Season

01 Jan - 31 Mar, 1 Jun - 30 Jun, 1 Nov - 15 Dec

£5,815

High Season

1 Jul - 31 Oct, 16 Dec - 31 Dec

£7,795

Alfred & Pam James

Keen to discover new experiences and cultures beyond Europe and North America, Pam set out to gain an in-depth knowledge of East Africa. Her most recent journeys through Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, have brought her into close contact with both the local people, as well as the wildlife. One of her fondest memories was of a curious young elephant who she met, literally face to face, through the window of her safari jeep.

Plan your holiday withAlfred&

Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Paul, who's travelled extensively in Kenya. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - the rangers who'll ensure you'll spot the best wildlife in the Mara, the village chiefs who'll give you a genuine insight into local life and the camp managers who can recommend the very best spot for your sundowner.

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