GOVERNORS' CAMP - MASAI MARA RESERVE
Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile in one of the best wildlife viewing areas in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
Set on the banks of the Mara River in the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya
Governors’ Camp was the first permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara and it occupies one of the best wildlife viewing location in the National Park. The camp is perfect for couples, families and friends wanting to experience a tented camp in the Masai Mara.
The guest tents at Governors' are tucked into the forest overlooking a waterhole frequented by a myriad of animals. Some enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River and others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. The tents are spacious, bright and allow lots of sunlight and all have an ensuite bathroom, polished wooden decks and large verandas to enable you to relax and enjoy the wildlife visiting the watering hole in front of the camp.
There are 8 family tents which all overlook the plains of the Masai Mara. The family tents are the same as the classic safari tents and have an extra children's bedroom area on the front of the tent. The main sleeping area is behind this and an ensuite bathroom with a shower at the back of the tent. The family tents all have a verhanda to enjoy the wonderful views of the Mara.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the open air and the resident family of warthogs frequently wander amongst the tables. Since all Governors' properties are unfenced and in the heart of the Reserve elephants may also stroll past. In the evening a warming log fire burns in front of the bar tent, and dinner is served in the nearby dining tent.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
The camp is in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Masai Mara and you go out twice a day into the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and surrounding areas. Governors' driver-guides are hand-picked and undergo a continuous guide training scheme mentored by experts in the field. Having operated in the Masai Mara for 40 years the driver-guides have an fantastic knowledge of the reserve combined with a deep understanding and respect for the importance of this wilderness area, its flora and its fauna.
From July to October 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra arrive from the Serengeti plains in their annual search for the seasonal grasses that sustain them. The spectacle as the vast herds cross rivers and sweep through the golden grasses is punctuated by individual struggles with the predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and crocodiles. Whilst the migration is spectacular, game viewing at all other times of the year remains outstanding.
Game Drives - the camp combines the best location in the Masai Mara with the brand new best-designed LandCruisers that seat a maximum of 4 guests, and exceptionally highly trained and experienced guides to give our clients un-matched game-viewing and photographic opportunities in the world’s prime wildlife area.
Hot Air Balloon Safaris - the adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp. The flight lasts an hour or so drifting wherever the air currents take you and with ample opportunities for photography. A champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land, in included and the Balloon Safari ends with some leisurely game viewing on the way back to Camp.
Guided Bush Walk - leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with an experienced and qualified naturalists - down on the same level as the animals you will experience the untamed beauty of the Mara. Walking safaris take place in the morning in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve and the walk takes approximately two and a half to three hours but can be tailored to suit you.
Cultural Visit - the Masai people of East Africa are a striking image synonymous with safari, a proud people with many traditional practices still very much alive in their culture. During your visit you will learn about this fascinating culture.
Visit Community Projects - visits to Governors' responsible tourism projects can be organised from camp. Mara Rianda Primary School and Mara Rianda Medical Centre are two inspirational projects supported by Governors’ Camps.
Mara-Meru Cheetah Project - since the beginning of the 20th Century the cheetah population has fallen dramatically from 100'000 individuals to 7'500 individuals with human activity a major cause. It is therefore important to understand the cheetah-human interface which is one of the key works of the Mara-Meru Cheetah Project, led by Dr. Elena Chelyseva. Governors' Guides play a critical role in the data collection for Dr. Elena and her team reporting through sightings and behaviour observations of cheetah spotted. Dr Elena enjoys sharing her expertise on the cheetahs in the area with guests through talks or by accompanying guests game drives. Please let us know if you would like to pre-book a talk or a guided game drive with Elena when booking your safari for advice on costs.
GOVERNORS' CAMP IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
THE CAMP WELCOMES CHILDREN AGED 8 AND OVER