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Masai Mara & Seychelles

Fabulous Big Five game viewing in the Masai Mara Reserve based at the renowned Governor's Camp followed by peaceful relaxation in the tropical paradise of the Seychelles.

Tailor-made Classic 10 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,100 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Classic camp in the Masai Mara
  • Outstanding wildlife in prime Mara setting
  • Relax at an intimate Seychelles hotel

The Masai Mara is a vast national reserve bordering Tanzania’s Serengeti creating the gateway for the famous annual Wildebeest migration usually seen June to early September in Kenya. Year-round the open grassland plains play host to large game populations. Governors Camp was the base for the BBC Wildlife Series, "Big Cat Diaries" and it is easy to see why with the lion, leopard and cheetah families that call this corner of the Mara home. From Camp you will head out in open safari vehicles on guided game drives, either shorter morning / afternoon trips or take a picnic lunch and enjoy a full day on the plains. There is always a good chance of seeing lion, leopard, cheetah and ever present elephant, buffalo and wildebeest.

The Seychelles are a diverse archipelago of Granite and Coral Islands serving up an extraordinary amount of superb beaches with lovely calm waters. For this itinerary we are recommending a medium size Seychellois hotel on Parslin Island with a lovely beach, pool and access to variety of activities. Praslin is the second largest island in the archipelago with many islands nearby to explore. The Vallee de Mai is the largest intact coco de mer forest and is well worth a visit. There are a number of alternative options from simple guest houses, medium size hotels, well equipped resorts and private islands from the simple Bird island to luxury escapes fit for royalty and we would be pleased to discuss these options with you.

Day-by-day

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

DAY 1: Arrive Nairobi and transfer to Masai Mara
DAY 2: On safari in Masai Mara
DAY 3: On safari in Masai Mara
DAY 4: Transfer to Nairobi
DAY 5: Depart for Seychelles
DAY 6: Seychelles
DAY 7: Seychelles
DAY 8: Seychelles
DAY 9: Seychelles
DAY 10: Depart

FULL ITINERARY:

DAY 1: ARRIVE NAIROBI AND TRANSFER TO MASAI MARA
On arrival at Nairobi International Airport, you will be met and transferred by road to the domestic airport for scheduled light aircraft flight into the Masai Mara. In the late afternoon gather for first game drive to watch the sunset over the Mara from a well-selected viewpoint. An extended rare night game drive to observe nocturnal wildlife is possible on the way back to camp (if weather conditions permit).
Accommodation: Governors Camp
Meals Included: Dinner and afternoon game drive

DAY 2: ON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA
Get up very early for a 6am start after breakfast and spend a full day in the Masai Mara reserve on game drives. You’ll take along your picnic lunch to enjoy at the scenic Hippo pool on the banks of the Mara River. Ecologically Masai Mara is an extension of the great Serengeti plains and teems with abundant wildlife. We traverse the park in search of elephant, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and a whole ark-full of other animals. Expert naturalist guides ensure you get the very best chance of seeing most of these animals and understand their habits.
Accommodation: Governors Camp
Meals Included: All meals, scheduled shared game-viewing drives, and conservancy fees.

DAY 3: ON SAFARI IN MASAI MARA
Today you may want to rather do a morning game drive with return to camp to relax before the afternoon game drive.
Accommodation: Governors Camp
Meals Included: All meals, scheduled shared game-viewing drives, and conservancy fees.

DAY 4: TRANSFER TO NAIROBI
Final morning game drive and breakfast in camp before your return light aircraft flight to Nairobi. On arrival you will be transferred by road your hotel
Accommodation: Mayfair Southern Sun
Meals Included: Breakfast and morning game drive

DAY 5: DEPART FOR SEYCHELLES
Transfer to Nairobi Airport for your scheduled flight to the Seychelles Island of Praslin (Flight excluded). On arrival is it a short road transfer to the hotel
Accommodation: Hotel L'Archipel
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6: SEYCHELLES
Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles Archipelago with easy access from the main island, the verdant Vallee de Mai to explore and some charming nearby islands to explore.
Accommodation: Hotel L'Archipel
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 7: SEYCHELLES
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Hotel L'Archipel
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 8: SEYCHELLES
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Hotel L'Archipel
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 9: SEYCHELLES
At leisure on beach
Accommodation: Hotel L'Archipel
Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 10: DEPART
Road transfer to Praslin Airport
Accommodation: n/a
Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Governors Camp

Masai Mara

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Prime Mara location
- Family friendly
- Fantastic wildlife

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Historic Building
- Gardens & Pool
- Relaxing City Base

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Intimate hotel
- Variety of activities available
- Superb beaches

Details

Getting there

Daily flights to Nairobi with Kenya Airways or British Airways direct from Heathrow or a variety of options from regional airports.

There are currently flights four times a week from Nairobi to Seychelles.

Price includes

All accommodation, meals as mentioned, scheduled shared safari activities and transfers quoted in the itinerary.

Excludes: Items of a personal nature, visas, travel insurance, medical requirements, international flights from London to Nairobi / Praslin. Flight quotes available on request.

Price for ground arrangements is valid year round (except Christmas and New Year).

When is best?

It is best to avoid the long rains that run April and May. During this period it tends to rain through the night and into the morning. It is usually possible to get a dry spell between 10am and 2pm for getting out on safari.
The short rains bring some rain during September and October, but this is less of an impediment and they have usually cleared up by October half term.
December, January, July and August are peak season, expect flight costs to be substantially higher.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 607 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.

    Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.

    Missingpauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015

  • Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.

    Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.

    Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.

    The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).

    Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.

    Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.

    MissingTim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014

  • If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!

    We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.

    Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.

    We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!

    MissingJoanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014

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