It’s all about big cats and the Big Five on this classic six-night safari. Travel to a colonial farmhouse where you can explore two of the Great Rift Valley lakes. Then fly over the rolling plains to a tented camp in a special corner of the Maasai Mara that was once reserved for Kenya’s colonial governors.

6nights INDEPENDENT TOUR

Suggested route & duration

6 nights from Nairobi

• Lake Naivasha: 2 nights
• Maasai Mara: 3 nights
• Nairobi: 1 night

About this independent tour

Why you’ll love this safari

• 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 that has a real family feel

• See some of the country by road and get a bird’s-eye view as you fly over diverse landscapes

Suggested itinerary details

Day 1: NAIROBI Arrive in Nairobi for a relaxing night before your safari.

Day 2: LAKE NAIVASHA Start your adventure with a 4x4 journey to Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley. 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: MAASAI MARA Fly by light aircraft to the rolling plains of the Maasai Mara. Head out on game drives to spot big cats with expert guides who know the local lions by name. Stay 3 nights at Governors’ Camp.

Day 7: NAIROBI Fly back to Nairobi.

Recommended highlights

Wild rhino

Take a day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park where there are black and white rhino

Night game drives

Loldia House is on a private farm so you can head out after dark to spot leopards hunting

Tented camp

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. This safari has been a favourite with our guests for many years, but it’s fully flexible so talk to us and we can create your perfect trip.

Where to stay

We’ve recommended Governors’ Camp and Loldia House because they’re intimate and in the best wildlife-viewing spots, and so you can experience a colonial house and a tented camp. For a splash more luxury in the same wildlife-rich setting, upgrade to Little Governors’ or Il Moran.

Unique experiences

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 visit the local Maasai community of Mara Rianda.

How long

We think that 2 nights in Naivasha and 3 nights in the Maasai Mara is the shortest time you’ll want to spend on safari. If you can stay longer, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for how you can extend your trip, like adding an extra night at Loldia House to slow the pace and give you time for more excursions.

Another stop

We recommend finishing your African adventure with a beach stay on the white sands of Zanzibar – it’s just a short flight from Nairobi. You could also 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 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