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Governors Camp

Masai Mara Amboseli & the South

Rating: Mid-range    

Governors Camp overview

Governors' Camp is at the heart of one of the most game rich areas of the Masai Mara National Reserve, on the banks of the Mara River. The area is home to substantial herds of elephants, hippo and buffalo whilst also providing home for the herds of migrating zebra and wildebeest.

The nearby plains are the classic image of savannah Africa, dotted with acacia trees and fringed by the inspiring Siria escarpment. Hardly surprising that Governors' Camp was the setting for the film 'Out of Africa', and that much of the BBC's 'Big Cat Diary' was also filmed nearby.

Governors' Camp has 37 tents with views of either wildebeest herds on the distant Mara plains or elephants drinking from the river. 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. Evening meals are of a high standard from a buffet bar and generally are eaten alfresco.

Being a stone's throw away from the Mara River ensures that the action during the migration season (July-October) is a short game drive away. Not only are grazing animals particularly common in this area but big cat sightings are also particularly prevalent. The bushlands around Rhino Ridge are also good areas for spotting one of the Masai Mara's 20 or so black rhinos.

In addition Governors' Camp can provide alternative means of wildlife viewing - on foot outside the National Park or with a complementary bird walk around the camp to admire the 82 species of bird. Sunrise balloon safaris also begin from the camp offering a spectacular way of witnessing the diversity of the Masai Mara.


Open: All year round.

Location: On the banks of the Mara River, near the Musiara Marsh in the Masai Mara in Kenya. The nearest airstrip is at Musiara, about a 15 minute drive from the camp.

Rooms: There are 37 good-sized canvas tents in the camp, with 24 twins, 12 doubles and 1 suite. Each tent has a private verandah and electric lights. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, basin, flush loo and bidet. There is hot and cold running water.

Activities: This is one of Africa's best wildlife-viewing spots. Game drives are in 4WD Land Rovers with good guides. You will have two game activities daily. You can also take walks, and visit a Maasai village if you are interested. If you come at the time of the migration (July to October) you will be here at the time of one of the world's most spectacular wildlife events. Hot air balloon rides can be arranged, at additional cost.

Facilities: There is a dining tent, open bar and a curio shop. Laundry is free.

Dining: Meals are taken at private tables in the dining tent. Bush meals can be requested at extra cost. Room service is offered.

Children: Governors welcomes children of all ages.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: The camp has Wi-Fi connection and mobile signal reception.

Amanda Marks
Tracy Edwards
Sinead Bailey
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