Governors Camp

Mara Lodges, Kenya

The hotel

Almost a century ago, the Governors' Camp location was reserved for Kenya's colonial governors accommodation and their royal visitors. Today, it's known as the home of the 'Big Cat Diaries', a first-class destination, setting new standards in luxury and enjoying a magical setting on the Mara River, teeming with hippo and crocodile. Fly directly into the camp's airstrip and spend your stay in the reserve spotting the 'Big Five'. There is amazing detail to service here. Each morning before you set off on your game drive, tea/coffee and biscuits are delivered as your wake up call by a friendly attendant. Of course you could even receive a natural alarm call - the camp is unfenced, so the animals can roam as they please…and do. It is not unusual to see tracks past your tent in the morning! You can enjoy a packed breakfast out in the bush on your early morning game drive or choose to dine privately in the bush or round the camp (local charge). To complete your stay, sundowners can be arranged so that you can sip your favourite tipple and watch the sun set across the plains of the Masai Mara, whilst taking in topi, gazelle and zebra as they graze and settle for the night.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Governors’ Camp boasts a huge private concession within the Mara Triangle and Musiara region of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, along the winding banks of the Mara River. Perfect for year round game viewing and the wildebeest migration expected Jun-Aug. Flight time from Nairobi Wilson to Governors’ airstrip: 45 minutes. Transfer time from airstrip: 5 minutes.

Hotel information

37 tents, some line the riverbank, others enjoy sweeping views of the plains and all located right in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Masai Mara. All guest tents have been recently redecorated and combine classic safari style with the comforts of a luxury hotel including an en-suite bathroom with shower and basin, running cold and hot water, as well as a flush toilet and private veranda. Tents sleep maximum 2 adults and 2 children making them great for families.

Full Board (Governors' Main Camp/Little Governors') includes: full board accommodation, bottled water, welcome drink and laundry, rates exclude drinks. Morning and afternoon game-drives, park entrance fees.

Il Moran includes full board accommodation and all soft drinks, beers, house wines and laundry.

Little Governors’ Camp is more intimate and set a short way up the Mara river, which you cross by small boat to reach the camp entrance. The 17 guest tents now boast great wooden decks from where guests can look across to the camp’s water hole and enjoy the constant game activity that takes place there. Tents sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

For that extra bit of luxury, Il Moran, with just 10 luxurious tents, is set along the banks of the river offering a very high end safari experience with perceptive staff managing your every need. The tents all enjoy amazing king-size beds made from ancient fallen olive wood and stylish Victorian baths. This camp is perfect for those looking for a real special occasion to remember. It includes full board accommodation and all soft drinks, beers and house wines and laundry. Tents sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child (only children over 8 years of age will be accommodated in this camp).

Dining tent, campfire and bar tent are in the centre of the camp. Ladies vanity area for personal hairdryers and hair straighteners. Reception, small gallery with local paintings/handicrafts, small souvenir shop. Room service on request. Sundowners, bush breakfasts and dinners can be arranged at a local charge. Complimentary WiFi is available.

3 nights at all times. 

Price includes 3-night itinerary below staying at Governors' Camp

Day 1
Fly with Governors’ air direct from Nairobi's Wilson Airport direct to Governors’ private airstrip. You will be met and transferred to the Camp. Afternoon game-drive. (D)
Days 2-3
At Governors’ Camp with game-drives in the Masai Mara. (B/L/D)
Day 4
Light aircraft transfer from Governors’ Camp back to Nairobi’s Wilson Airport for your onward flight arrangements. (B)

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Sep 3, 2020 Astelz Nairobi, Kenya

Unique experience. Luxury tent camp either all needs catered for. Food was top notch and well presented. Staff were always ready to help but yet unobtrusive making you really feel comfortable. The drivers for the game drives were exceptional. Their knowledge and eyesight for spotting animals was way above normal. Only thing which prevents 5… Read more
Unique experience. Luxury tent camp either all needs catered for. Food was top notch and well presented. Staff were always ready to help but yet unobtrusive making you really feel comfortable. The drivers for the game drives were exceptional. Their knowledge and eyesight for spotting animals was way above normal. Only thing which prevents 5 stars is the extremely slow WiFi. Although whole camp is covered, to download your daily photos to the cloud was unattainable. My last day I had to restrict my photos as I was running out of storage. Read less
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Aug 28, 2020 skvarose Nairobi, Kenya

An amazing trip again.. Well done for getting everything up and running again. Very hygienic and careful. Had an amazing time, our driver was great and we got to see everything, except Leopard and that could change with our last early morning game drive... It truly, as always, has been great.. Luck enough to catch the migration at the river..… Read more
An amazing trip again.. Well done for getting everything up and running again. Very hygienic and careful. Had an amazing time, our driver was great and we got to see everything, except Leopard and that could change with our last early morning game drive... It truly, as always, has been great.. Luck enough to catch the migration at the river.. Always the best three days spent.. There have been many visits here. Thank you Read less
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Aug 21, 2020 kazijuu Nairobi, Kenya

The most odd thing about this place is that they insist on charging everyone in Dollars and smacks of colonial atmosphere. They don't seem to expect local tourists. Our visit to this so called premium outlet was average. The tents structure is crying for an upgrade and the wood works could do with a little of new paint and varnish. The menu … Read more
The most odd thing about this place is that they insist on charging everyone in Dollars and smacks of colonial atmosphere. They don't seem to expect local tourists. Our visit to this so called premium outlet was average. The tents structure is crying for an upgrade and the wood works could do with a little of new paint and varnish. The menu lacks planning, passion and is very basic. The only saving grace is the game and the rooms though the Shower did not have enough water pressure! NO entertainment at all and evenings can be very boring! Read less
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May 17, 2020 Choofie London, United Kingdom

In March this year we took our second vacation at Governors Camp and it was as fabulous as before. We were a little more restricted this time due to unusually heavy rains in February which mean that a lot of the Mara was inaccessible but nevertheless it was still a magical experience helped in no small part by our excellent guide Sopia. Having… Read more
In March this year we took our second vacation at Governors Camp and it was as fabulous as before. We were a little more restricted this time due to unusually heavy rains in February which mean that a lot of the Mara was inaccessible but nevertheless it was still a magical experience helped in no small part by our excellent guide Sopia. Having breakfast on the river bank watching the hippos, following herds of elephants and giraffes, up close to Lions and Hyenas and so much more. Food was excellent and we were well looked after, particularly so one night when we were going to Dinner and an enormous Hippo charged through the camp. An exciting experience but we never felt in any danger. Yes the camp is quite old now but we did note some renovations going on, and this all adds to the charm and authenticity of the place and I wouldnt like to see it changed too much, it is so good as it is. In these difficult times now our thoughts and Best Wishes are for all of the wonderful staff and we will hope to see you for a third visit when things return to normal. Highly recommended and a very special place. Read less
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Mar 29, 2020 zalishariff Karachi, Pakistan

Governors’ Camp Masai Mara is a totally canvas-tented facility, well-appointed and comfortable, and even luxurious. All staff is extremely courteous, pleasant and helpful (as indeed are all Kenyans I interacted with). The food is gourmet standard, created fresh by a team of expert chefs. The accommodation tents are spacious and well-appointed and… Read more
Governors’ Camp Masai Mara is a totally canvas-tented facility, well-appointed and comfortable, and even luxurious. All staff is extremely courteous, pleasant and helpful (as indeed are all Kenyans I interacted with). The food is gourmet standard, created fresh by a team of expert chefs. The accommodation tents are spacious and well-appointed and have everything one can need. En-suite toilets have running hot and cold water, separate tap for drinking water and all quality fittings. The safari jeeps are strong and in good condition, and the driver-cum-guide knows his Mara! Governors’ Camp also operates its own Cessna planes to bring you from Nairobi and back. The only unpleasant experience I had with Governors’ Camp was on return flight to Nairobi on March 01, when the flight scheduled for 10.45 am left at 11.15 am, just because one guest/passenger had reached the airstrip without settling all his accounts, mainly the park fees, and then spent half an hour with park rangers sorting it out at the airstrip, while all other passengers were made to wait in the aircraft. This was frankly ridiculous and he should have been left behind to take a later flight, instead of inconveniencing all other passengers. My own schedule for the rest of the day in Nairobi got messed up because of this. Read less