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Governors’ Safari

By Pam James
Travel Expert for Alfred&

It’s all about big cats and the Big Five on this classic 7-day safari. Explore two of the Great Rift Valley lakes, a haven for colourful birdlife and endangered black rhino. Then fly across rolling plains to a luxury tented camp in the unparalleled Maasai Mara. Once reserved for Kenya’s colonial governors, now it’s the realm of the world’s most spectacular wildlife.

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Length
7 days
Best months to go
January to March, June to October
Guide price range
£3,145 - £4,715pp
including international flights

Top Experiences
Itinerary Highlights

Maasai Mara

Stay at Governors’, the Maasai Mara’s original tented camp

We were the first permanent tented camp in Africa and offer all the comforts you could need...

Governors' scenic flight over the Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara

The scenic flight over the Maasai Mara

Just before landing, you might see an ostrich to the right, an elephant to the left and a herd of topi straight ahead ...

Leopard spotting on the Loldia House night safari
Great Rift Valley Lakes

Explore the nocturnal wonders of Lake Naivasha from Loldia House

Join one of our night-time game drives and discover the nocturnal wildlife around Lake Naivasha...

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 flocks of pink flamingos who feed on the blue-green algae that thrives here. 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 & 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 lion by name. Overnight at Governors’ Camp.

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5

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 thunders 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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6

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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Nairobi & 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 Diani or Mombasa on the Kenyan Coast. Zanzibar or its small sister island of Pemba in Tanzania, are also fantastic options only a short flight from Nairobi.

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Holiday Budget
Guide price information

Low Season

01 Apr - 31 May

£3,145

Mid Season

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

£3,695

High Season

01 Jul - 31 Oct, 16 Dec - 31 Dec

£4,715

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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