Fabled for being the five most dangerous and difficult animals to hunt, the Big Five are now the most sought-after animals to capture on a point-and-shoot. Whilst sitting firmly at the top of every safari checklist, nature’s most magnificent animals are as elusive as ever before, making tracking them an exhilarating and unforgettable adventure. Home to all five showstoppers, the national parks of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana, are excellent destinations for a chance to see them all. On foot, by horseback or in the comfort of a 4x4, traversing the plains of sub Saharan Africa in search of these celebrated animals is the undisputed original safari experience.
Capturing the spirit of adventure that Africa is famous, our Marketing Executive Suzie recounts her first time on safari in Kenya’s famous Mara Reserve. Read how Suzie caught the safari bug…
Our off-the-beaten track options will excite even the most jaded traveller.
Safari and beach is a winning holiday combination and as the home of the big five safari, Kenya is a leading light. Increasingly after a safari on the Kenyan plains we look to more exotic climes such as the Seychelles, Zanzibar and Mozambique for our beach R&R. Here our Kenya specialists say why we should stay closer to home and stick to the Kenyan coast for beautiful beaches and top watersports.
Combining the wildlife rich plains of Kenya with its own palm flanked coastline or the shores of Zanzibar makes for a truly unforgettable safari and beach holiday. Offering wildlife encounters and ultimate relaxation in equal measure, this tried and tested combination promises the best of both in eastern Africa.
With over a decade of experience, Mara guide William Ole Santian has to be one of the most knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming guides we have come across on safari. He tells us what it is like to be a safari guide in the Masai Mara.
A safari holiday with the family has adventure at its core, and there are few better places to explore with children in tow than the home of safari itself, Kenya. From spotting the Big Five in the Masai Mara and camel riding in Laikipia to enjoying some down time on its tropical beaches, Kenya is a brilliantly varied destination; perfect for a family getaway.
The Great Rift Valley, stretching from Lebanon to Mozambique, is formed by diverging continental plates. The East African Rift, east of Lake Victoria, slices dramatically through Kenya, containing stunning freshwater and saline lakes, volcanoes (both active and extinct) and breath-taking wildlife. Here’s a lowdown on the lakes of Kenya’s Rift Valley…
Established in 1962, the Masai Mara is one of the world’s best known nature reserves and its wildlife rich plains provide the setting for some of nature’s greatest spectacles. Home to the Big Five, a catalogue of unique safari experiences and a number of fantastic lodges and camps, the Mara is arguably the poster boy of Kenya’s reserves. Yet, the emergence of private conservancies throughout the last 15 years marks the changing face of safari in Kenya, bringing you closer than ever to the call of the wild.
Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
Offering an outstanding safari experience, spectacular scenery and stunning Indian Ocean beaches, Kenya is a popular choice for weddings. From romantic ceremonies for just the two of you to traditional African jamborees lasting several days, here are our top three wedding spots in Kenya.
Kenya has long been regarded as the home of safari and offers an excellent big five safari experience. Here, our Kenya expert Emma gives us the low-down on riding safari options in Kenya, where you can make the most of the outstanding game viewing and spectacular scenery whilst galloping along with the wind in your hair.
Governors' Flying Safari
Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Rift Valley Lakes
Best for: Wildlife
This is the ultimate Governors' Kenya itinerary, combining the Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara and Lake Victoria in an incredible flying circuit.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
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As the pioneers of the African safari in its modern form, Governors know exactly how to deliver on all aspects of your safari experience! The unparalleled views of Lake Naivasha and it's healthy population of flamingo covering the lake is only the tip of the iceberg. Moving on to the Masai Mara will take you to wide open plains and provide excellent opportunity to view the 'Big 5' which includes animals like lions, elephants and wildebeest. You may even be lucky enough to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration if you're visiting during July to October. You're scenic tour of Kenya will end by the banks of Lake Victoria where you'll enjoy dazzling views of the lake and beautiful tropical gardens.
Day 1 - 2 : London to Nairobi
Days 2 - 4 : Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Stay at Loldia House for 2 nights
You arrive in Nairobi this morning where you are met and driven to Wilson domestic airport. Fly on Governors Aviation light aircraft to Loldia House on the shores of Lake Naivasha. You will spend the next 2 nights at Loldia House in a luxury room with all meals, drinks, safari activities and conservation fees included.
Activities range from day and night shared game drives, visits to local flower farms, schools, climbing Mt. Longonot, as well as boat safaris on the great lakes and more. A day trip to Lake Nakuru also comes highly recommended and provides great opportunities to see rhino and flamingos.
Days 4 - 7 : Masai Mara, Kenya
Stay at Little Governors' Camp for 3 nights
This morning you fly from Loldia to the Masai Mara. You are met on arrival at the airstrip and are transferred to Little Governors Camp where you stay in a luxury tent for the next three nights with all meals, safari activities and park fees included. The Masai Mara is prime 'Big 5' safari territory and is great for first timers and experienced safari lovers alike. See the infamous Marsh Pride of lions who are the focus of the BBC Big Cat Diaries. Activities are centred on shared game day game drives in the incomparable Masai Mara. Cultural visits are also included and we highly recommend speaking to one of our Kenya specialists about the best time to see the Great Migration, as well as to talk about first hand experiences of hot air ballooning from Little Governors Camp!
Days 7 - 12 : Rift Valley Lakes, Kenya
Stay at Mfangano Island Camp for 5 nights
Today you fly from the Masai Mara to Lake Victoria where you stay in a Luxury Cottage for the next five nights at Mfangano Island Camp where all your meals and activities are included. Your stay is amongst stunning tropical gardens, pristine lawns which hug the waterline, flowerbeds and rock gardens which all provide a veritable Eden for cormorants and monitor lizards.
Get involved with fishing, bird watching, cultural visits and trips to ancient rock art sites… or simply relax and unwind on the tranquil shores of Lake Victoria.
Day 12 - 13 : Nairobi to London
Today you fly back to Nairobi where you connect with your return international flights back to London.
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When to go
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
From $6044 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
Hot air balloon flight
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.