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Governors' Main Camp

Masai Mara

Days 1 - 3: Masai Mara

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Governors' Camp sets new standards in luxury for a tented camp, and is today still one of Africa's best.

The setting is magical. Governors' Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile. Some of the tents line the riverbank, with uninterrupted views over the Mara River, and others have views across the sweeping plains.

Guests here can enjoy twice daily game viewing excursions per day with experienced driver guides inside the Masai Mara National Park. Daily bush walks can also be arranged in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara, accompanied by one of the Masai Scouts, who provide a wealth of information on the traditional medicinal uses of plants and Masai folklore while you track game on foot.

Or why not marvel at the game teeming on the Mara plains from the advantage point of a hot air balloon. For an additional charge, take to the skies at dawn for an hours flight, followed by a champagne bush breakfast and game viewing on return to camp.

The 21 spacious and luxurious en-suite safari tents are entirely under canvas, and each have their own private verandah. You can watch and listen to birds, and you may even see larger animals which wander into camp. It is quite possible to wake up to the sound of hippo feeding on the grass outside your tent. Gas and paraffin lamps are used for lighting. There are also 8 family tents available for those people travelling with young children plus a honeymoon suite for those looking for privacy and romance .

The dining tent and the bar tent are the centre of the camp. A traditional campfire is lit at sunset every evening and after dinner clients enjoy sitting around the campfire, reminiscing about their safari in its evocative light.

The camp has also been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco-Tourism Kenya due to its sustainable tourism practices in place in camp.

Example Details For Governors' Main Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Luxury Safari Tent
Includes: Mara Reserve fees; airstrip transfers; all meals; house wine, beers, soft drinks, local spirits and drinking water; shared daily safari activities with a Governor's Main Camp guide; excursions to local villages; and a laundry service are included.

Children under the age of 12 years are not allowed to participate in walking safaris.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

 
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Rooms may be occupied from midday on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All tents have verandahs, some with views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara and others look over the banks of the meandering Mara River. They also have en-suite bathrooms with shower, hand basin, hot and cold running water and a flush W/C. Each tent also has a room safe and a hair dryer.

Each tent has electric lights. There is 24 hour power backed up by a generator.

The main area has a curio shop, a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and a dining tent with views over the plains.

There is a spa which offers a range of treatments such as massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures (additional cost).

The activities that are available at Governor's Camp include game drives, walking safaris and Masai cultural visits. Walks take around 2 to 3 hours and can either be booked in advance or at the camp reception.

Additional activities (additional cost) include hot air balloon rides and community visits.

Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards are accepted.

There is Wi-Fi and mobile phone coverage.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco-Tourism Kenya due to their sustainable tourism practices which are in place in camp.

Room service is available on request. Tea and coffee is served in the tents with the morning wake up call.

A laundry service is included.

The camp is a 10 minute drive from the airstrip.

For younger guests, the Mongoose Club is designed to excite and expire children through fun and informative activities.


Bush Walks / Walking Safaris

Children under the age of 12 years are not allowed to participate in walking safaris. A guided walk can last a couple of hours and involve walking over uneven terrain that may contain dangerous wildlife in potentially high temperatures. Guests may need to move quickly and for a sustained period through rough bush terrain if instructed to do so by their guide.

Regardless of age, the final decision on whether a guest can join a guided walk remains with the guide and lodge manager.

House of Waine

Nairobi

Day 4: Nairobi

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Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, and is the country's largest city, and is the arrival point for many visitors into the country. The main airport is Jomo Kenyatta International, located 15 km out of the centre of town, but many itineraries will also include flights into and out of Wilson Airport, located 11 km outside of the city centre, as this is the domestic hub for both scheduled and chartered domestic air traffic.

The capital city is not wholly separated from the great African wilderness that most people come to Kenya to enjoy. Just outside the city is the Nairobi National Park, 113 square km of plains, cliffs and forest. The Park is home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, giraffe, rhino, cheetah and a large number of lions - all living wild within 20 minutes of the busy city.

Other wildlife attractions of the city include the Elephant Orphanage, where visitors have the unique opportunity to experience the feeding of baby orphaned elephants and rhinos up close, or the Giraffe Centre where visitors can feed the resident giraffes.

You can also visit the Karen Blixen Museum, Karen Blixen's former home and which was donated by the Danish government to Kenya. Karen Blixen, also known by her pseudonym Isak Dinesen, is famous for her memoir, Out of Africa. The trained and knowledgeable guides at the museum are on hand to answer any questions on the history of the museum and on Karen Blixen's life.

House of Waine is a small boutique hotel situated in Karen, a leafy and quiet suburb of Nairobi at the foot of the Ngong Hills. Just 10 km south-west of the bustling city centre a stay here is ideal for day trips to the Nairobi National Park and visits to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Centre and the Karen Blixen Museum. It is also very near to Wilson Airport - just a 20 minute drive.

The property was originally built in the 1970s as a private home, and was acquired by a local family and carefully refurbished without losing the charm of a family home, and blends the elegance of gracious living with the spirit of modern living. Set in 2.5 acres of serene and peaceful gardens, the spacious communal areas include a heated swimming pool, a relaxing lounge area, a bar and a dining room.

The 10 rooms and one suite are all themed and decorated differently, and boast spacious bathrooms. There is also a separate 2 bedroomed cottage situated in the gardens - an ideal option for families.

Example Details For House of Waine

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: Half Board Package: Breakfast and dinner are included.
 
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Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

Constance Ephelia

Mahe

Days 5 - 11: Mahe

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Undoubtedly, Seychelles is rated as one of the most sought-after tropical destinations. This Indian Ocean archipelago is made up of 115 individual islands, of which Mahé is the largest.

Mahé offers a myriad of stunning beaches, lush tropical forests and complete tranquility, plus a plethora of activities to choose from if you want to be more active. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, there is something for everyone here.

The island has an exceptional mix of African, European and even Asian influences. Local art, music and architecture are different from what you will find anywhere else in the world. The Creole cuisine is an explosion of different flavours just waiting to be tasted and enjoyed - the local food is one of the highlights of a stay here.

With year-round warm and balmy weather, Mahé is the perfect destination no matter when you plan to travel. The water of the Indian Ocean is perfect for swimming and for almost any water activity imaginable.

Situated on two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé, overlooking the marine National Park of Port Launay, Constance Ephelia enjoys a unique location set within 120 hectares of land with luxuriant and rare vegetation.

The Indian Ocean offers excellent weather for outdoor activities and the endless options for sports and activities will please those who enjoy a more active break, including pedal boats, catamarans, windsurfing, kayaking, diving, tennis and squash, wall climbing, zip lining, and bicycle hire.

Feast on delicious dishes and cocktails while marvelling at the deep blue of the Indian Ocean with a private dinner on the beach or in one of the 5 restaurants. For a truly pampering moment, choose from a range of treatments at the Constance Spa while your kids are having their share of adventures and fun at the Constance Kids Club.

For your accommodation, you have a wide choice to find one that perfectly suits your needs - whether it is one of the Tropical Garden View Rooms, the magnificent Junior or Senior Suites, a Beach or Hillside Villa, or even the unique Presidential Villa. All suites and villas are spaciously designed and stylishly decorated with breathtaking views on either the luxuriant garden or partial view of the Indian Ocean.

Example Details For Constance Ephelia

Nights: 7 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Junior Suite (25% Early Booking discount applied - selected periods only)
Includes: Breakfast and dinner are included. PLEASE NOTE: The Environmental Sustainability Levy is not included and is payable in Seychelles Rupees direct to the hotel on check in/out. The Early Booking discount (CEBB03) includes a 25% providing the booking is confirmed 60 days prior to arrival.
 
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Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by midday on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All Junior and Senior Suites have air conditioning, a ceiling fan, bathroom with bath tub, double vanity washbasins, separate shower, WC, hair-dryer, sitting area, complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TV, mac mini (iPod connection CD and DVD), telephone, mini-bar and safe.

The Villas comprise of an en-suite bathroom, private swimming pool or own pluge pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD TV, mac mini (iPod connection CD and DVD), telephone, mini-bar, mini wine cellar with a selection of wine, a safe, pillow menu, and tea/coffee facilities.

In addition the Presidential Villa has its own gym, a private spa, private pool, deck and outdoor dining kiosk.

The Resort facilities include restaurants, bars, a spa (equipped with steam room, thermal pool, jacuzzi, still pool, Kneipp foot path, reflective pool, yoga pavillion, hair dressing salon, manicure and pedicure treatment room), swimming pools, departure lounge, helipad, boutiques, internet access, infirmary, laundry and pressing service, Kid Club (4-12 years) open 09:00 to 22:00.

Sporting activities included are fully equipped gym, tennis, squash court, bicycles, non-motorised watersports such as pedalos, catamarans, hobie cats, paddle boards, snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaks.

Sporting activities (extra cost) include fishing, diving (PADI) with supplement, rental of tennis equipment as well as lessons, and yoga lessons on request.

While swimming trunks, beach wear, and shorts are acceptable during the daytime around the hotel, the hotel requires guests to dress appropriately for dinner in the restaurants - for men, this is long trousers, t-shirts with a collar or shirts and shoes; for ladies, this is smart casual wear, including trousers, skirts or dresses.

Guests booked in a Junior Suite are entitled to a breakfast buffet at the main restaurant Corossol. Guests book in Senior Suites and Villas are entitled to a breakfast buffet at the beach restaurant Seselwa.

Guests booked on Half Board/Full Board packages are entitled to dinner at Corossol (buffet), Helios (buffet or set menu), Seselwa (buffet or set menu), Adam & Eve (a la carte), Cyann (a la carte/set menu with a credit).

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