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Masai Mara Big Cat Safari and Zanzibar

11 days from £2995pp plus international flights.

The Masai Mara is famous for its big cats. Lions, cheetahs and leopards and are all seen regularly here. This is a must for big cat lovers!

If you could choose just one safari destination, you could do no better than the Masai Mara. Famous for the abundance of lion, the annual wildebeest migration, and the Maasai tribe with their distinctive custom and dress, it is without a doubt one of Africa's most famous safari destinations.

This holiday gives you four full days in which to explore the national park and surrounding region.

In the company of an expert guide, you'll observe and learn about the wildlife, large and small.

We've based this trip on staying at Governor's Camp, which is well-known for being host to the BBC series Big Cat Diary. So come and meet the Marsh & Rhino Ridge prides, Olive the leopard and Shakira the cheetah - if they're feeling sociable!

After the safari excitement you'll be in need of some relaxation and the tropical island of Zanzibar in neighbouring Tanzania is just the place! You have a five night stay in a seaview room at the lovely Fumba Beach Lodge. With its friendly staff, ocean views and rustic charm this is one of our favourites on Zanzibar and is sure to become one of yours, too.

While relaxation is key there are opportunities for watersports and all manner of island excursions including a picnic on a deserted island, so there's plenty to keep you busy but you are left free to choose how to spend your valuable time. It's ideal.

Itinerary
Governors Camp, Masai Mara

DAY 1: NAIROBI TO THE MASAI MARA

When you arrive at Nairobi airport you will be met and driven across town to Wilson airport for the flight to the Masai Mara. You will be met on arrival and driven to Governors' Camp, where you will spend the next 5-nights. Settle in after your journey and look forward to the safari to come! 
Dinner  

Spotting lions on safari in the Masai Mara

DAY 2: IN THE MASAI MARA

Your safari begins. Your stay at Governors' Camp includes 2 extended excursions into the Masai Mara each day. Not only are grazing animals particularly common in this area but big cat sightings are also particularly prevalent. Indeed, the BBC's Big Cat Diary is largely filmed in this area. The bush lands around Rhino Ridge are also good areas for spotting one of the Masai Mara's 20 or so black rhinos. Between activities you have time to relax at the camp on your own private veranda or in the lounge with fellow guests.
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On safari in the Masai Mara

DAY 3: IN THE MASAI MARA

The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably one of the most famous wildlife regions in the world and provides the most diverse game viewing within Kenya. During the annual migration (July-October) around 2 million animals making the long and difficult journey from the Serengeti in Tanzania. Even outside of the migration season wildlife viewing is still magnificent, with the Mara supporting substantial resident wildlife populations including the Big Five. A fascinating array of around 550 species of resident and migratory birds is also present within the Masai Mara. 
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Cheetahs in the Masai Mara

DAY 4: IN THE MASAI MARA

As well as game viewing in the Mara, Governors Camp also offers chances to visit local Maasai villages (manyattas), for an insight into their way of life. There are also opportunities to see local schools and other community and conservation projects with which the camp is involved. 
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Lion on the Masai Mara big cat safari

DAY 5: IN THE MASAI MARA

Your final safari day. Enjoy game drives in this beautiful setting. It's hardly surprising that Governors' Camp was the setting for the film 'Out of Africa', and that much of the BBC's 'Big Cat Diary' was also filmed nearby. Governors' Camp can provide alternative means of wildlife viewing - on foot outside the National Park or with a complementary bird walk around the camp to admire the many species of bird. This evening relax with a sundowner as you chat with fellow guests and enjoy a candle-lit meal alfresco. 
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Leopard on the Masai Mara big cat safari

DAY 6: FLY TO ZANIBAR

You will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Wilson and assisted to Nairobi airport, where you board a flight to the Spice island of Zanzibar in Tanzania for the beach part of your holiday. You are greeted on arrival and driven the half hour to your new home, Fumba Beach Lodge. This small lodge is one of our favourites due to the friendly staff, cosy cottages and lovely location away from the crowds. It's an place to rest after your safari, soaking up the ocean views and enjoying some tasty food. Make yourself at home.
Breakfast, Dinner

Fumba beach

DAY 7: AT FUMBA BEACH

Treat yourself to lie-in, well earned after your early starts on safari, and a leisurely breakfast as you ponder the next few days on this tropical island. There's no hurry and no pressure to do anything other than relax, sunbathe and swim, stroll in the gardens and enjoy a massage at the spa. If you wish you can stroll to nearby Fumba village to get a sense for life in Zanzibar. If you want to explore you can hire snorkelling gear and kayaks and there's a dive centre offering excursions for experienced divers and courses for beginners. Back at Fumba Beach the open-air restaurant serves local and international dishes and, naturally, fresh seafood.
Breakfast, Dinner

beach bar

DAYS 8-10: ON ZANZIBAR

There's plenty to keep you occupied during your stay at Fumba Beach. You can take your pick of the excursions offered which include a trip to Jozani Forest to watch red colobus monkeys and a full day boat trip to a deserted island for you private barbecue lunch and snorkelling. Other options such as a boat trip to Prison Island, now inhabited by giant tortoises rather than criminals, and a guided tour of Stone Town with its impressive buildings, narrow alleys and busy markets, add variety to your holiday. Whatever you choose be sure to leave time to unwind beside the ocean at the lodge, where the beach bar, carefully constructed from an authentic Zanzibari dhow, is an idyllic setting for a sundowner.
Breakfast, Dinner

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DAY 11: DEPART FROM ZANZIBAR

The time has come to pack your bags and say your goodbyes to the staff at Fumba Beach Lodge, but not before you enjoy one last breakfast by the ocean. You are driven back to the airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2995 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 

2020 guide price pp based on 2 sharing:

Staying at Governors Camp

01 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 from £3775
01 Apr - 31 May 2020 from £2995
01 - 30 Jun 2020 from £3445
01 Jul - 31 Jul & 01 - 31 Oct 2020 from £4290
01 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 from £4675
01 Nov - 15 Dec 2020 from £4850 
16 Dec - 31 Dec 2020 from £3795

Staying at Little Governors Camp

01 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 from £3990
01 Apr - 31 May 2020 from £3195
01 - 30 Jun 2020 from £3580
01 - 31 Jul 2020 from £4460
01 Aug - 30 Sep 2020 from £5045
01 - 31 Oct 2020 from £4380
01 Nov - 15 Dec 2020 from £3995
16 Dec - 31 Dec 2020 from £5220

Includes: 

Accommodation on a twin share basis; meet and greet at Nairobi airport; return flights from Wilson to the Masai Mara and flight from Nairobi Wilson to Zanzibar; all transfers; meals specified as included; bottled water, twice daily excursions into the Masai Mara and surrounding areas, to local villages, schools and community projects while at Governors' Camp

If you'd like to upgrade to Little Governors it would add roughly £150 per person to the price (please ask). We can also recommend many other excellent Masai Mara properties, so please ask us

Excludes: 

International flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified as included; drinks; optional excursions; items of a personal nature; tips

Getting there: 

This holiday starts in Nairobi, Kenya and ends in Zanzibar, Tanzania. International flights from the UK start from around £XXX, depending on season and availability. We usually book these for you.

Departure dates: This is a tailor made safari which we can arrange for you at any time, subject to availability. Just let us know when you'd like to go.

places you will see

places you will see

Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve
The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably one of the most famous safari and wildlife regions in the world and provides the most diverse game viewing in Kenya.
Zanzibar Island (Unguja)
Zanzibar Island
The main island of the Zanzibar archipelago is called Unguja, but is usually referred to simply as Zanzibar!

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