Think you’ve got to save up a few weeks’ holiday to make the most of an luxury African safari? Not the case! There are organized tours out there that will whisk you out for a long weekend and ensure you get to enjoy the best of what this kind of holiday has to offer in just three or four days of your time.
June to February offers the best wildlife-spotting weather in Kenya, especially with the wildebeest migration underway at this time of year. So, you could set aside the August Bank Holiday Weekend for a little jet-setting. What are you waiting for?
Appreciate the laid-back side of Kenya from some its most beautiful and expertly-run lodges. Both Governor’s Camp and Kicheche Mara Camp both offer flexible, eco-friendly safaris and tours that will take you right up close to nature without necessarily clambering aboard a noisy truck.
Governor’s Camp is one of the oldest camps in Africa and occupies a prime site for spotting wildlife. Elephants tend to wander through the grounds and wildebeest canter past on their annual migration. Staying here is your best chance of seeing as much wildlife as possible with the limited time you have. Luxury tents and a warming campfire make this a really welcoming place to stay, and fantastic guides will take you on safari by horseback, on foot or in the more traditional jeeps.
Kicheche Mara Camp is a smaller spot to hangout, with just eight tents and a simple, rustic vibe. Keen photographers will love it here, as one of the owners is a photographer himself, keen to hand out hint. Like the Governor’s Camp, Kicheche Mara provides something for everyone, from walking and horseback safaris, as well as trips to local schools and Maasai villages.
Sights and Activities
A thrilling flight aboard a light aircraft from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi will get the adrenalin pumping. Cruising over the Rift Valley to the Masai Mara, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the very place in which modern humans are said to have evolved, and your little plane may even spook some giraffes or zebras upon landing!
A morning’s drive to your camp for the next few days might see you ticking off your first spot of a lot of the Big Five before lunch. For the following three days, you’ll enjoy guided safaris through the stunning Masai Mara National Park searching for game. In the evenings, you’ll get to spend time simply lying back and watching the stars from your cozy spot beside the campfire.
Eating & Drinking
Both camps have brilliant kitchens. At Governors’ Camp, dine by the warm light of paraffin lamps in the open air, although if it is a little cooler, you can eat inside the dining tent. Communal tables are the name of the game at Kicheche where you can compare stories from the day with your fellow guests.
Most of these short breaks end up with a late afternoon flight back to Nairobi. We’d recommend a meal at Carnivore, where you’ll get to sample surprisingly juicy ostrich steaks and crocodile meat skewered on swords – very tribal!