Rating: Deluxe Price from: £220-£390 pp full board
Little Governors Camp is situated at the heart of one of the most game rich areas of the Masai Mara National Reserve. It is set on the Musiara Marshlands, which are watered by the Mara River, the area having traditionally been reserved for Kenyas colonial Governors. The area surrounding Little Governors Camp is home to substantial herds of elephants, hippos and buffalos whilst also providing a home for the herds of migrating zebra and wildebeest. The nearby plains are the classical image of savannah Africa, dotted with acacia trees and fringed by the inspiring Siria escarpment. It is hardly surprising that Little Governors was the setting for the film 'Out of Africa'.
Little Governors Camp consists of 17 tents spread around the shores of the Musiara waterhole, which acts as the focal point for the site. From the shade of your tent veranda you can relax and enjoy the views as giraffe, elephant, zebra and warthog pass by. During the evening hippos and elephants graze in the grounds of the camp making the Masai askari (warden) guiding you back to the tent especially comforting. The tents are comfortable and spacious with the shower room being especially well-equipped.
The proximity to the Mara River ensures that the action during the migration season (July-October) is only a short game drive away. Whenever you travel the game viewing will be superb. Not only are grazing animals particularly common in this area but big cat sightings are also particularly prevalent. Indeed, the BBCs 'Big Cat Diary' is filmed here. The bushlands around Rhino Ridge are also good areas for spotting one of the few black rhinos in the Masai Mara. You can also explore on foot with a guided walking safari just outside the reserve.
Location: Little Governors Camp is a short distance from the Mara River with accommodation arranged a waterhole. It is in the Masai Mara Reserve. The nearest airstrip is Musiara, a 15 minute drive from the camp. The vehicle takes you to the river, which you cross by boat and then have an escorted walk to the forest to the camp.
Rooms: There are 17 spacious canvas tents with en-suite bathrooms with shower, hand basin, flush toilet and bidet. There is hot and cold running water and electricity. The tents are set on wooden decks and have large verandas with views of the waterhole and attendant wildlife.
Activities: The camp offers game drives in the Masai Mara Reserve, walking safaris in a private concession and hot air balloon rides at dawn. You can also visit a traditional Maasai community and learn about their culture and way of life.
Facilities: The camp has an open bar and dining tent with views of the waterhole and plains. Dinner is served in the tent or by the fire. Breakfast and lunch are usually taken in the open air. Bush meals can be arranged on request, at a supplement to be paid locally. There is a curio shop. The camp provides a free laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The camp is unfenced and children must be kept under supervision at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is wi-fi internet access and cellphone reception.
It is possible to visit the nearby Mararianta School, which has been completely rebuilt and developed with funds generated by Governors Camp and the BBC. This establishment provides education for students who walk up to 10km through the bush each day.
Tribes Travel, The Old Dairy, Wood Farm, Ipswich Road,
Otley, Suffolk, IP6 9JW.
Office hours: Monday - Friday: 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01473 890499