Covid-19 testing for Governors’ guests

In Kenya and Rwanda, we are pleased to offer Covid-19 testing arrangements for our guests to make life easier while on safari!


To depart Kenya, guests must take and produce a negative Covid-19 test to board their flight if that is the requirement of their destination country.

With a qualified medical doctor stationed in the Masai Mara as part of our staff, at Governors’ we are uniquely positioned to organise in-camp PCR testing for our Masai Mara guests, meaning extra nights in Nairobi at the end of a safari may not be necessary. We are, however, not able to certify a Rapid (Lateral Flow) test if this is what is required. This has to be done via a recognised laboratory in Nairobi and an ‘in house’ test can be arranged if required

The logistics of testing are key, as there are strict testing protocols to be met as well as meeting the testing timeframe requirements for Kenya and our guests’ resident countries. Testing kits are obtained from our partner labs in Nairobi, sampling is conducted by our in-house doctor, and the samples are then transported back to Nairobi by plane where possible. If a plane is not available, then the samples are transferred by road to ensure it meets the 24hr window of sample delivery to the lab.

While making your booking with us, we’ll work with you to plan around the timeframe requirements and your itinerary.

The total costing of the tests will be based on the final transport requirements of the samples. Each test kit is $150, and if a plane is not available, then the transfer by road is $300 per vehicle.

Results are received via email, as a digital and printable certificate, and via SMS, and will be certified with the new Trusted Traveller Certification Code required by Kenyan health authorities.


We have established relationships with several authorised and trusted laboratories and operators offering PCR-testing, with services such as 24hr turnaround for results. Please discuss your itinerary and testing requirements with your consultant at the time of booking.



Please note that rapid testing will be available daily at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, on a complimentary basis for our guests. For rapid testing done elsewhere (not at the lodge), the cost is generally about USD 5 per test.

RT-PCR tests are conducted at Volcanoes National Park Headquarters, where the cost is USD 50 for the RT-PCR test (chargeable to the guest), plus additional costs such as transport may apply.

In extreme cases, for example, if the guest is unwell and a nurse or doctor has to travel to the lodge to accommodate the test, then doctor’s fees and other costs such as transport will apply.

Currently, the turnaround times of an RT-PCR test is a maximum of 24 hours and the rapid test is 15 minutes. These RT-PCR test results will be received/accessed via the same online platform as the RT-PCR test on arrival.