• Location: Kenya, Masai Mara
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Comfortable


Tucked away in a forest on the banks of the Mara River, Governors' Camp is located in a pristine spot of wilderness which is home to an incredible array of wildlife. Perfect for those seeking a down-to-earth safari experience, the comfortable tents at Governors' Camp are ideally situated for a remarkable Masai Mara experience. Begin the day with an early morning game drive, searching for Africa's legendary elephants, lions and leopards or perhaps even witnessing the Great Migration from about mid-year.

Another unforgettable way to start the morning in the Masai Mara is with a hot-air balloon safari. A nature walk, guided by the experienced and qualified naturalist, will have you learning all about the environment, while a visit to one of the traditional Maasai villages will give you the chance to learn more about their fascinating culture.

All the guides at Governors' Camp have at least a silver qualification from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association, making them about the most knowledgeable in the area. The camp's formidable site was established in 1972, making Governors' one of the oldest tented camps in Kenya.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Condé Nast Traveler Gold List - Top 5 Hotels in Kenya 2014
  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #16 in Top 30 Resorts in Africa: Reader's Choice Awards 2015


  • Beautiul Mara river setting & plains views
  • Highly trained & passionate guides
  • Authentic safari experience 
  • Migration viewing between July & October 
  • Hot-air balloon rides, cultural visits & walking safaris
  • Romantic candlelit dinners in the forest or along the Mara

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The bar tent opens out onto a spacious deck that overlooks the Mara River and the vast plains beyond.

Relax here, with your favourite drink in hand, and take in the sunset after your day of adventure. Hippos have been known to cross the lawn in the evening, toddling out of the river for a night's grazing.

General Facilities

    Computer facilities
    Laundry service
    Wi-fi available


Both breakfast and lunch at Governors' Camp are served on the shady riverbank with views across the Mara's plains. After your early morning game drive, you will return to a breakfast buffet cooked over the coals and accompanied by hot croissants, fresh fruit and freshly brewed Kenyan coffee.

Lunch is also buffet-style, this time featuring roast meats, fresh salads and delicious desserts. Dinner is served in the candlelit dining tent and offers a stylish, 4-course meal, with a selection of main courses. After dinner you can sip cocktails around a bonfire, and chat about your day's sightings.

Superior Tent

Most of the 37 luxury tents offer uninterrupted views over either the Mara River or the endless Masai Mara plains, both of which are a memorable sight to enjoy first thing in the morning. Each tent is spacious and comfortable and has an en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and flush toilets. The water for your shower is heated by eco-friendly briquettes, part of Governors' commitment to conservation.

Superior Tent AMENITIES

    En-suite shower only
    Outdoor area


  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Cultural tours
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Local village visits
  • Guided walking safaris
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $610 Game Package
  • 01 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017 $485 Game Package
  • 16 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $610 Game Package

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Governors' was great as always. Wonderful guide and friendly staff. We were very happy that we had our own private vehicle for 3 days!

    Yoko Mock, December 2015
  • Just to say I had an amazing trip. All contacts made very well, flights and lodges, fantastic, as was the food at all times. The guides at each camp/lodge were great as was the jeep transport. The Big 5 I saw many times; also two migrations, one at Governor's Camp by zebras mostly and one at Olakira Camp, thousands of wildebeest; hunting lions, a pride of 9 lions, leopard several times, cheetah several times including a chase, all other African wildlife, black rhino, hippos, crocs, birds. Monkeys, snake, giant lizard, tortoise and of course elephants, giraffes etc, so all in all everything I had looked for in this trip came true. Fabulous photography at all times. I make photographic books for each trip and to select from the thousand photos is going to be very difficult!

    Elizabeth Mason, October 2013
  • Yes, we are back. In one word, the vacation was “fabulous”, one of the best vacations we ever had. The chef at Governor’s camp did not make any extra effort to make vegan meal, but nevertheless, there were enough items – salad, pasta etc. that we can eat. Also, they need to better take care of flies floating on the salad. I put a comment to that effect on their survey. Game drives were all excellent and exciting. The drivers in both the camps are very knowledgeable and made all the best efforts to make sure we see as many animals as possible. In Masai Mara we even got to see the migration and crossing of the rivers by Wildebeest. That was the highlight of the entire tour, as I was very excited about it. Thanks to our driver, who drove us 2 hours through treacherous trails to get to the crossing point. Of course, I insisted on going there.

    Tuhin Tuhin, August 2013
  • At Governors' the drivers could go off-road and drive within 20-30 feet of the animals. Can you tell that we absolutely loved the Masai Mara!

    Marilyn Ablett, August 2012
  • Wonderful people in the camps, the camps showed the different parts of the area and terrain. I was a little nervous going by myself but everyone was watching out for me. The managers at the camps were lovely to me and made sure I had everything I needed. Food was outstanding!!!

    Anne Sturm, April 2012
  • Very fine establishment. The service was excellent and the food and the fishing very good. Our fishing guide was great, showing us several fish eagles and throwing them fish so that they would swoop down to pick it up while we watched and photographed.

    Cindy Brown, September 2010
  • Everything was well organised and we had no problems. Accommodation was excellent and the food and service were both excellent. Safaris were amazing - got to see everything we wanted :)

    Tanja Mojsin, January 2010
  • This was amazing - the best service we ever experienced. The move to main Governors was very easy and not a big deal at all. I would say that I preferred the intimacy of Little Governors - the boat across to it made it seem very special indeed!!

    Suzanne Donnelly, April 2008
  • This was absolutely outstanding. We've been to other camps in South Africa and this is in a different league - plentiful game, wonderful accommodation and excellent staff. The whole experience is going to be hard to beat!

    Nigel & Mary Ellen Bart, April 2008

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Anja Naude

Anja Naude

Africa Safari Expert

"Situated in the Masai Mara National Reserve with views onto the open plains as well as onto the Mara River, Governors’ is a great option for a Masai Mara experience, in particular during the annual Migration!"



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Everything was well organised and we had no problems. Accommodation was excellent and the food and service were both excellent. Safaris were amazing - got to see everything we wanted :)

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