It’s all about big cats and the Big Five on this classic 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.
Suggested route & duration
7 nights from Nairobi
- Nairobi: 1 night
- Lake Naivasha: 3 nights
- Maasai Mara: 3 nights
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 3 nights at Loldia House.
Day 5: 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 8: NAIROBI Fly back to Nairobi.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Complimentary additional night at Loldia House
3 nights in prime safari location in the Maasai Mara
3 nights on the shores of Lake Naivasha
2 game drives daily in Maasai Mara
Excursions to Lake Nakuru
Selected dates January to March 2021