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Masai Mara Big Cat Safari and Zanzibar Itinerary

Enjoy the vast plains of the Masai Mara and all the wildlife found here. This is big cat country. End your holiday relaxing on a beach on Zanzibar. The perfect combination.

11 days from £3300pp plus international flights.

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Masai Mara big cat safari

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

Masai Mara big cat safari

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.

Full board

Masai Mara big cat safari

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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Masai Mara big cat safari

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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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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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

Masai Mara big cat safari

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

Masai Mara big cat safari

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

Masai Mara big cat safari

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

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