Day 1-Nairobi to The Great Rift Valley Loldia House
Arrive at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport off your international flight. Transfer by road (approximately a two hour drive) through the scenically beautiful Great Rift Valley down to Loldia House, nestling on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Enjoy a delicious lunch, al fresco style, on the lawn overlooking the lake and with Mt Longonot in the distance.
Spend the afternoon at leisure on the ranch, witnessing the prolific variety of bird-life within Loldia’s lush gardens and around the lake and the lakeshore. Dinner and overnight at Loldia House.
Day 2: The Great Rift Valley/Loldia House
You can either opt for a full day’s activities on Loldia Ranch; these include bird watching and boat trips on Lake Naivasha, visits to the local flower farm and a night game drive.
Alternatively, you can have a super early morning start and head off to Lake Nakuru National Park with a packed breakfast. Enjoy a morning game drive around Lake Nakuru, famous for its abundance of flamingos and a large variety of water birds. The park was declared a rhino sanctuary in 1983 and is currently home to both black and white species, which are both regularly seen – along with good sightings of leopard. A picnic lunch is served under the Acacia trees overlooking the lake, or you can head back to Loldia for a late lunch. There is also the option to stop at Lake Elementeita on your way back, a soda lake which is an important breeding site for many threatened bird species and famous for its population of flamingos. Dinner and overnight at Loldia House
Day 3: Loldia to Mugie Conservancy/ Governors’ Mugie House
Enjoy breakfast at Loldia, before heading off on a very scenic drive (approx. 4 hours) up to Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, where a delicious lunch will be waiting for you at Governors’ Mugie House. Depending on what you feel like doing, you can either head out on your first afternoon game drive and explore this pristine wilderness (which is home to some of Kenya’s northern rangeland species), lay by the pool, play a round of golf, indulge in some spa treatments or enjoy a siesta. Pre-dinner drinks around a fire, dinner and overnight at Governors’ Mugie House.
Please note that is it possible to fly with Governors’ Aviation direct from Loldia to Mugie Airstrip (minimum pax numbers apply
Day 4-5:Mugie Conservany Laikipia/ Governors’ Mugie House
Mugie Conservancy offers a range of signature experiences by which to enjoy the seemingly endless landscapes and ‘dry country’ wildlife species that are not seen elsewhere. From traditional game drives to canoeing on Mugie Dam (elephants might decide to take a playful dip beside you), to bush walks, bush meals and fishing on the Mugie Dam.
The conservancy also operates as a low impact cattle ranch and catalyst for community conservation initiatives. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the conservation activities, including the anti-poaching unit with the team of bloodhound sniffer dogs. You can also head out with one of our team to track down the conservancy’s collared lions and understand the work being done to prevent human-wildlife conflict.
If you’re lucky, you might get to meet Tala, the friendly resident Reticulated giraffe who wanders freely about the conservancy. End each day with a spectacular sundowner from one of many vantage points around the conservancy.
Days 6:Mugie Conservancy to Masai Mara/Governors’ Camp, Little Governors’ or Il Moran
Depart from Governors’ Mugie House after breakfast, flying directly from Mugie Conservancy to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with Governors’ Aviation, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation of choice with Governors’ (choose from Governors’ Camp, Little Governors’ or Il Moran). It’s a short game drive en route to the camp, before an al fresco lunch overlooking the Mara River (or marsh in the case of Little Governors’). Embark on a thrilling afternoon game drive at around 3:30pm and return in the dusk for drinks and chatter around the campfire, before your dinner. Fall asleep to the night-time chorus of the Masai Mara!
Day 7-8:Masai Mara Game Reserve/ Governors’ Camp, Little Governors’ or Il Moran
Arise early each morning to make the most of your spectacular location. Each day will offer you the option of three game drives within the Mara National Reserve, immersing yourself in this rich wildlife destination.
Depending on what you feel like, we have a range of activities to keep you occupied either side of game viewing; Masai village cultural visits, walking safaris, visits to some of our responsible tourism community initiatives located nearby – or – you can simply sit back, take a siesta or book yourself in for some of our safari spa treatments!
For a particularly memorable and unforgettable experience, enjoy a surreal journey in a hot air balloon, with Governors’ Balloon Safaris (please note that this is an extra cost), over the Masai Mara plains.
This adventure begins just before dawn; depart the camp at 5.15am to the Governors’ Balloon Safaris take off site, located just behind Little Governors’ Camp. The fabulous sunrise flight lasts approximately one hour depending on weather conditions. On landing, sit down to a delicious bush breakfast, freshly cooked on balloon burners in the middle of the Mara plains. Toast your return to Mother Earth together with your pilot over a glass of sparkling wine. Game drive back to your camp.
Day 9:Masai Mara to Nairobi/ Departure day
Enjoy a final early morning game drive, followed by breakfast in camp before heading to the airstrip in time for your Governors’ Aviation flight back to Wilson Airport in Nairobi.