Overview of Governors’ Camp

Tucked away on the forested 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 among 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.

 

Make a Positive Impact Through Travel

Governors’ Camp Collection has been working hand in hand with its community neighbours and local conservation organisations to protect the unique wilderness areas and the species that flourish within them in the diverse areas of operation. Together with guests and partners, they make life-changing differences for the better.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Beautiful views over the Mara River
  • Highly trained and passionate guides
  • Authentic safari experience – one of the oldest camps in Kenya still in existence
  • Wildebeest Migration viewing (about July to October)
  • Hot-air balloon rides, cultural visits and guided nature walks
  • Romantic candlelit dinners in the forest or along the river
  • Superbly designed photographic safari vehicles to use on an exclusive basis
Bird watching

Bird watching

Bush dining

Bush dining

Cultural visits

Cultural visits

Day tours

Day tours

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning

Local village visits

Local village visits

Rooms at Governors' Camp

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    Superior Tent

    Most of the camp’s 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.rnrnFamily units are also available for groups or those travelling with young children. These tents are situated away from the river with large lawns for kids to play on.

    General Facilities

    The bar tent opens out onto a spacious deck that overlooks the Mara River. 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.

    Head to the spa tent for a range of treatments like massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures.

    Bar

    Bar

    Lounge

    Lounge

    Mess dining tent

    Mess dining tent

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    Both breakfast and lunch at Governors’ Camp are served on the shady riverbank. 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.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    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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    Traveller Reviews

    • YM

      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
    • EM

      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
    • TT

      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
    • MA

      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
    • AS

      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
    • AS

      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
    • AS

      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
    • CB

      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
    • CB

      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
    • CB

      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
    • TM

      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
    • TM

      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
    • TM

      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
    • SD

      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
    • SD

      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
    • SD

      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
    • N&M

      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
    • N&M

      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
    • N&M

      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