Fly into Nairobi’s concrete jungle, taking a whistle-stop tour of its food and music scene before flying north to the high plains of Laikipia – one of Kenya’s upcoming safari destinations. Laikipia is home to half of Kenya’s 600 black rhinos, wild dogs, zebras and more than 2,000 elephants. Try the Ol Pejeta Conservancy for its chimpanzee sanctuary, which is open to visitors twice a day. From here, fly to the Masai Mara National Park, where you can see the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – as well as experience Mara village life. Fly back to Nairobi for your departure.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Masai Mara National Park, Nairobi, Laikipia
Activity Activity Safari, Luxury, Nature & Wildlife
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season January - December

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See a conservation success story at Laikipia

See a conservation success story at Laikipia

Day 1–3 in Laikipia

The high plains of Laikipia offer an excellent alternative safari experience to the better-known Maasai Mara. Here, adventurers can spot elephants, black rhino and zebra while staying at one of the many conservancies that protect the wildlife.

Big five safaris in the Masai Mara

Big five safaris in the Masai Mara

Day 4–6 in Masai Mara National Park

The world-famous Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most popular destinations, with safari-goers flocking to the reserve to glimpse lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalo and elephant. Come between June and October to see the great migration – when more than a million wildebeest and zebra enter the park from the neighbouring Serengeti.

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See dawn over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon

See dawn over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon

Take to the skies over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon and you’ll see the sun rising over the plains, the Mara River glistening and animals on the move.

See the famed Mara River crossing

See the famed Mara River crossing

Head to the Kenyan side of the Mara River between July and August to witness the great migration’s premier spectacle – the crossing of the Mara River. All it takes is one wildebeest taking the plunge to spark a frenzy – but beware of the lurking crocodiles.

Where to stay

Deluxe

Governors’ Camp

Created in 1972, this luxury tented camp is nestled in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Governors’ Camp was the first permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara and it occupies the best wildlife viewing location in the National Park. The location of the camp was considered so good that during colonial times it was reserved for the colonial Governors of Kenya, hence the name Governors’ Camp. Today the camp enjoys the same prime location and is perfect for couples, families and friends wanting to experience the best of what a safari in the Masai Mara has to offer.

Deluxe

Little Governors’ Camp

Located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve, each of the 17 luxury en-suite tents have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the large watering hole in front of camp.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the open air, and the resident family of warthogs frequently wander amongst the tables. Since all Governors’ properties are unfenced, animals are frequent visitors to camp — guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunchtime! In the evening, a warming log fire burns in front of the bar tent, and dinner is served in the nearby dining tent.

Deluxe

Il Moran Camp

The camp for those who want that extra bit of luxury — Governors’ Il Moran is small, peaceful and intimate, with added touches that place this camp at the top of the safari accommodation range. Widely regarded as the premiere camp in the Masai Mara, with the best game viewing right on your doorstep.

Hidden under ancient trees deep in the forest, are just ten tents which line the winding banks of the Mara River. Dark chunky wooden tables contrast with oversized blue couches and a central, colourfully beaded chandelier, while tribal portraits and African artefacts are dotted around. Meals are served on the raised wooden decking of the main mess and dining tent which offers a birds-eye view of the snorting hippos below. The main feature is a sunken fire pit which is lit in the evenings — the perfect spot to sit back with a cocktail of your choice.

Deluxe

Mugie House

Set in a 40,000 acre private wildlife conservancy, Mugie House offers a myriad of activities by which to explore and enjoy its vast open landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Perched on a hill are nine individual stone cottages, each with sweeping views of the Laikipia landscape. A large main house with open log fires will host guests for relaxing cocktails and scrumptious meals, prepared from a creative menu with ingredients sourced from their own vegetable garden. An infinity pool offers shaded areas and a casual alfresco dining area, while a large waterhole set in front of Mugie House attracts a variety of wildlife.

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This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators may cost between $3,229 and $4,546pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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