9 Days Masai Mara and Ngorongoro Crater US$4,979.-pp

Safari  in Masai Mara Reserve with shared vehicle safari

Explore the “Big-5” in Ngorongoro Crater in private safari vehicle

Bush flights for birds-eye view over the Mara and Serengeti

AccommodationDestinationBasisRoom TypeDuration
Ole Sereni HotelNairobiB&B1x Superior Room2 Nights
Governors’ CampMasai Mara National ReserveFB+1x Tent3 Nights
Rhino LodgeNgorongoro CraterFB+1x Double room2 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

BEST TIME TO GO:

Wildebeest Migration in Kenya – July through October

Wet Season: April and May

Price

US$4,979.- per person, twin room; during June 2021

Please inquire for other dates.

Journey starts at Nairobi International airport and ends at Kilimanjaro Airport.

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package, flights as per package, all transfers, 2 daily safari activities plus cultural and community visit at Little Governors Camp, Ngorongoro Crater National Park safari; shared safari vehicle in Kenya and private safari vehicle in Tanzania;

Excluded

International flight to Nairobi and from Kilimanjaro airport. optional tours,  visas, travel and evacuation insurance,

Day 1:            Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi           

Kenya

Resting in the magnificent Great Rift Valley and presided over by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterised by hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife. The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast. Add to this: an exquisite tropical coastline fringed with breathtaking golden sand beaches; gorgeous coral gardens providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; and a slew of lively beach resorts, and it is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

Nairobi

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa’s most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day Itinerary

Our representative will be expecting you for the transfer to your hotel. Rest and relax.

Overnight: Ole Sereni Hotel

Located just off Mombasa road Ole-Sereni is the only hotel bordering a National Game Park. The title of the hotel is taken from the Maasai name for the area meaning ‘place of tranquillity’. Ole-Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi, which is the only city in the world that boasts a natural game park within its precincts. The hotel offers its guests views of animals in their natural surroundings at the waterhole in the park from the restaurants, bar, swimming pool and other parts of the hotel.

As ‘The City Hotel by the Game Park’ Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern City Hotel and a traditional wildlife lodge where guests can enjoy nature’s tranquillity from a very close range. Ole-Sereni is strategically positioned close to the Airport and the city centre, offering world-class facilities and personalized services to business as well as leisure travellers. The hotel also enjoys proximity to the central business district, international organizations, financial institutions, government offices and the industrial areas of Nairobi.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:            Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi           

Day Itinerary

Choose from the optional tours.

Optional

Karen Blixen Museum
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Bomas of Kenya

Karen Blixen Museum

The Karen Blixen Museum was once the home of the Danish author Karen Blixen. The renowned author made famous by the release of the Oscar winning movie ‘Out of Africa’, based on Karen’s autobiography of the same title. The museum displays many pieces of the author’s furniture and has a splendid view of the Ngong Hills, immortalized in Karen Blixen’s opening line, “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”

The Karen Blixen Museum is open to the public every day, with guided tours on offer. The museum shop features handicrafts, posters, postcards, the movie ‘Out of Africa’, as well as books and other Kenyan souvenirs.

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Founded in 1977 by Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, the DSWT claims a rich and deeply rooted family history in wildlife and conservation. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and it’s wilderness, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

To date the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 244 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo, claiming many healthy wild-born calves from former-orphaned elephants raised in care.

Bomas of Kenya

Situated a few kilometres from Nairobi city centre and past the main entrance of the Nairobi National Park, Bomas of Kenya features the beautiful diversity of cultures that make up the country. The word Bomas is derived from Boma, a Swahili word for an enclosed homestead. There are now many different Bomas, each one representing one of Kenya’s major ethnic groups. At Bomas of Kenya different aspects of the Kenyan culture is displayed including lifestyles, crafts, music and dancing.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 3:            Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve   

Masai Mara National Reserve

One of Kenya’s undisputed natural highlights is the Masai Mara National Reserve, which sprawls across more than 1500 square kilometres of the country’s southwest. The park protects a phenomenal array of game, including charismatic species such as elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo, as well as crocodile and hippopotamus in the Mara River. The birdlife is no less impressive, with over 450 resident bird species. However, the true highlight here is the Great Migration, recognised as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. To survive the dry months of July to September, some 1.7 million wildebeest,  migrate from the parched plains of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Along with much smaller numbers of antelope buffalo and zebra, they move to the more forgiving grasslands of the Masai Mara. In their wake come predators such as lion, hyena and cheetah, for whom these giant herds are an easy source of prey.

Day Itinerary

This morning take a flight to Masai Mara. Enjoy your first safari this afternoon.

Overnight: Little Governors’ Camp   View iBrochure

The award-winning Little Governors’ is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury ensuite tents dotted around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed. The guest tents at Little Governors’ have wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the camp’s watering hole. Guests may need to make way for elephants which often visit the camp.

Tent

The guest tents at Little Governors’ are all tucked into the forest overlooking a waterhole frequented by a myriad of animals. Each one is spacious with an en-suite bathroom, with polished wooden decks and large verandas to enable guests to relax and enjoy the panorama of animals visiting the watering hole in front.

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 and in the heart of the Reserve, elephants may also stroll past. In the evening a warming log fire burns in front of the Bar Tent, and dinner is served in the nearby Dining Tent.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 4:            Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve   

Day Itinerary

Search the African plains for wildlife during your morning and afternoon safari.

Activities

Game Drives
Cultural Visit
Visit Community Projects

Optional

Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Game Drives

Governors’ Camp properties combine superb locations in the Masai Mara with custom designed vehicles and exceptionally highly trained and experienced guides to give our clients un-matched game-viewing and photographic opportunities in the world’s prime wildlife area. We are in the heart of what is widely considered to be the best game viewing area of the Masai Mara. Our vehicles are custom built 4 wheel drive landrovers. We take you out twice a day on a game drive into the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and surrounding areas. Our driver-guides are hand-picked and nurtured by us. They undergo a continuous guide training scheme mentored by experts in the field. Having operated in the Masai Mara for 40 years our driver-guides have an un-paralleled knowledge of the reserve combined with a deep understanding and respect for the sanctity of this wilderness area, its flora and its fauna.

Cultural Visit

The Masai people of East Africa are a striking image, synonymous with safari. A proud people with many traditional practices still very much alive in their culture. Visit a local Masai village and learn about who they are in their own words.

Visit Community Projects

Visits to our responsible tourism projects can be organised from camp. Mara Rianda Primary School and Mara Rianda Medical Centre are two inspirational projects supported by Governors’ Camps.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris

Governors Camp Collection offers Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Mara River, plains and forests of the Masai Mara. The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a wildlife viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you’ve flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience. The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with a transfer back to camp.

Hot Air Balloon Safaris are available at an additional cost. We recommend booking before arrival to avoid disappointment.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 5:            Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve   

Day Itinerary

Same activity options as previous day.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:            Little Governors’ Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve   

Same activity options as previous day.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:            Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater        

Tanzania

The name Tanzania conjures up images of wildebeest stampeding across vast savannah, rain forests teeming with monkeys and birdlife, and great plains brimming with legions of game. All of these natural wonders and more are on offer in this exceptionally diverse African nation. Visitors typically visit Tanzania to partake in at least one of the four well known Tanzanian tourist experiences: a relaxing seaside vacation on the picturesque island paradise of Zanzibar, an underwater tour of some of the world’s most renowned dive sites around the gorgeous Spice Islands, a safari adventure in some of Africa’s most impressive game reserves, or a hiking excursion around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Whichever of these incredible holidays you choose, you will undoubtedly be welcomed by some fabulously friendly and peaceful inhabitants who, despite being divided into 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, live in harmony with one another and provide some of the most wonderfully exotic local cuisine you could imagine. With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 meter deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants.The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that it is one of Tanzania’s major tourist drawcards Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes. It is also one of the view places where hyenas can be seen roaming during the daylight. Outside of the crater Masaai herdsmen can be seen tending to their flocks of goats and herds of cattle.

Day Itinerary

This morning head for Tanzania by bush plane, The actual border crossing will involve short vehicle transfers. Our representative will be expecting you for the transfer to your lodge on the slopes of Ngorongoro Crater.

Overnight: Rhino Lodge        

Located within the Ngorongoro Cater Rim, Tanzania, Rhino Lodge is an excellent option for a nature vacation. The property features a selection of 24 comfortably furnished rooms which are equipped with bathrooms and wood-burning stoves. Breakfast is served daily, and guests can enjoy meals and drinks at the on-site dining room and bar.

Note: The advantage of this lodge is it’s location near the entrance of Ngorongoro Crater which allows you to be amongst the first to enter the crater floor early morning before other guests staying further away arrive. If you prefer to stay at a more upmarket lodge, please advise.

Double room

Double room with king size bed.

Desk area and bathroom with shower

Each room has its own outside deck with safari chairs

Extra blankets are provided for the cool winter nights

Each rooms features a wood stove

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:            Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater        

Day Itinerary

Early rising this morning for your exciting descent into the Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Search for the “Big-5” in this amazingly scenic area.

Optional Walks that can be accomplished after your Crater Safari if you only spend half day in the crater or by spending another night at this lodge:

Crater Walk:

Drive to the starting point on the Crater rim about 5 kilometres from Rhino Lodge. The walk is along the Western rim of the Crater past the Oloirobi viewpoint. There are patches of forest to begin with and later it opens up into thicket and grassland, giving beautiful views down into the Crater on your right and eventually equally good views towards Olduvai Gorge, the Serengeti and the Gol mountains to your left. This is an easy-paced walk with no arduous climbs, just a few short gradients. It lasts about 2 hours and can be done at any time of day. A good time would be either early morning before departure on a game drive, or late afternoon on arrival at the Lodge after a day’s game viewing.

Viewpoint: Drive to the starting point about 8 kilometres from the Lodge on the road to Endulen. This is open grassland giving beautiful views of Mount Oldeani to the left and Makarot to the right. You will see several Maasai villages dotted around the valley, and you may well encounter men herding their cattle and goats. For about 45 minutes you climb gently upwards along the shoulder of Mount Oldeani, eventually reaching a spectacular view as the land falls away to Lake Eyasi, the western wall of the Rift Valley and the Serengeti plains. This walk can also be done at any time of the day. Total duration: about 2 hours.

Price for these walks vary depending on the amount of people in the group. A ranger will have to accompany you as you might encounter dangerous game.

Activities

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 meter deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants.The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that it is one of Tanzania’s major tourist drawcards Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes. It is also one of the view places where hyenas can be seen roaming during the daylight. Outside of the crater Masaai herdsmen can be seen tending to their flocks of goats and herds of cattle.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:            End of Itinerary     

Day Itinerary

Take a drive through the countryside and villages on your way to Kilimanjaro with a picnic along the way.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast, picnic lunch

Flight Information

DateFlightAirlineDeparture AirportTimeArrival AirportTimeClassRef
 Charter Flight Wilson Airport [WIL] Little Governors’ Camp   
 Charter Flight Little Governors’ Camp Airstrip serving Rhino Lodge   

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