This extended version of our popular Governors’ Safari includes the collection’s newest property: Mugie House in Laikipia. With stays in three very different areas of Kenya – including a special wildlife-rich corner of the Maasai Mara – you’ll really get to know the culture and ecosystems of this incredible country.
Suggested route & duration
9 nights from Nairobi
Nairobi: 1 night
Lake Naivasha: 2 nights
Laikipia: 3 nights
Maasai Mara: 3 nights
About this independent tour
Why you'll love this safari
Get an authentic behind-the-scenes safari experience in Laikipia
Spot rare wildlife like the Grevy’s zebra and Jackson’s hartebeest
Spot big cats in the Maasai Mara
See rhino on the shores of Lake Nakuru (a day trip is included)
Sleep in a classic safari tent and drift off to the sounds of the wild
Stay at a colonial-style farmhouse at Lake Naivasha that has a real family feel
Suggested itinerary details
Day 1: NAIROBI Arrive in Nairobi for a comfortable night ahead of your safari adventure.
Day 2: LAKE NAIVASHA Head off to Loldia House on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Explore the lakes and mountains around this private 6500-acre farm and see rhino at nearby Lake Nakuru. Stay 2 nights at Loldia House.
Day 4: LAIKIPIA Fly by light aircraft to Laikipia in northern Kenya. Discover the 40,000-acre Mugie Conservancy – spot rare wildlife, track lions with rangers, head out with the anti-poaching unit (bloodhounds and their handlers) and see the excellent community cattle grazing programme. Stay 3 nights at Governors’ Mugie House.
Day 7: MAASAI MARA Fly by light aircraft to an exceptionally wildlife-rich corner of the Maasai Mara. Head out on game drives to spot big cats with expert guides who know the local lions of the marsh pride by name. Stay 3 nights at Governors’ Camp.
Day 10: NAIROBI Fly back to Nairobi.
Community & conservation programmes
At Mugie House you can head out with the anti-poaching unit, and see the excellent community cattle grazing programme
Night game drives
Loldia House is on a private farm so you can head out after dark to spot leopards hunting
Governors’ Camp is unfenced – elephants often wander through the restaurant at lunchtime
Hot-air balloon flight
Add on a balloon safari to soar above the Mara’s rolling plains and roaming herds at sunrise
Tailor your tour
Make it your own
We’ve crafted this itinerary based on our own experiences and our customers’ feedback. It’s fully flexible so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.
Where to stay
We’ve recommended Loldia House, Mugie House and Governors’ Camp because they’re intimate and in the best wildlife-viewing spots, and so you can experience a colonial house, a tented camp and something a little different. For a splash more luxury in the Maasai Mara, upgrade to Little Governors’ or Il Moran.
Talk to us about arranging extra special experiences. On this itinerary you could take a hot-air balloon ride over the Maasai Mara plains, enjoy a romantic dinner out in the wild, do a walking safari, or go behind-the-scenes with an anti-poaching unit.
We think that 2 nights in Naivasha, 3 nights in Laikipia and 3 nights in the Maasai Mara is the shortest time you’ll want to spend on this safari. If you can stay longer, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for how you can extend your trip. Or if you can’t stay as long, take a look at our Governors’ Safari.
We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Zanzibar (it’s just a short flight from Nairobi) or fly direct from the Mara to Mombasa for a superb value post-safari beach stay. Or you could head to Mfangano Island on the peaceful shores of Lake Victoria – an island with no vehicles and where transport is by canoe.
Good to know
When to go
There’s great wildlife watching all year
The Great Wildebeest Migration is usually July to October
July and August are the most popular, busiest and most expensive
Rainy seasons are April to May and November to December – a good time to see new-born animals and get the best value