Governors' Camp: Our View
The Governors’ collection of camps were some of the first camps to open in the Masai Mara Reserve in the early 1970’s which meant that they could choose wherever they wanted to locate their camps - and they definitely chose well! These camps are located in a very scenic area with possibly the best game viewing in the whole reserve. The Musiara Marsh nearby provides a year-round source of water which attracts abundant wildlife to the area. Big cat sightings are especially good. It was in this area that the famous BBC ‘Big Cat Diaries’ were filmed.
As soon as you leave Governors’ Camp on game drives you are surrounded by the vast grass plains that the Masai Mara is famous for. Governors’ Camp is situated on the Mara river - so during the migration some of the best river crossing points are just a short drive away. The location of the camp really is superb.
Governors' Camp is one of 3 camps operated by the same company in this area - the other 2 camps are Little Governors’and Il Moran Camp. Governors’ Camp is the most reasonably priced of the 3 but also the largest with 37 tented rooms. This means it is one of the larger tented camps in this area of the Masai Mara and during the peak season, when it is usually fully booked, it can feel very busy. But with almost 50 years experience it is not surprising to find that the camp is exceptionally well managed and both service and guiding are excellent. One thing we especially like here is the real focus of the camp on game viewing, as well as the flexible approach that they have with the timing of game activities.
Other camps in this price bracket in the Mara may be smaller or have larger or more upmarket rooms. But they do not have the location of Governors' Camp. The combination of this and the highly professional service and guiding that the camp offers explains why it is still one of the most popular camps in the Masai Mara.
Governors' Camp: Quick Facts
- 37 tented rooms with ensuite bathroom including 8 family tents
- Located in one of the best game viewing areas in the Masai Mara with some of the best migration river crossings on the Mara River close by
- Camp is unfenced with wildlife roaming through camp all the time
- Children of any age permitted
- 3 daily game drives offered or option of all day game drive with picnic lunch
- Very close to the launch point for hot air balloon flights (extra cost)
- Spa & curio shop
Governors' Camp: The Details
Governors' Camp has 37 tented rooms in total. Many of the tents face the Mara river whilst others face onto open grass plains. Most of the latter are the family tents. The tents are smaller than most other camps in this price bracket in the Mara but still very comfortable with twin or double beds and ensuite bathroom with flush toilet and shower. The tents are quite classic in style with dark wood furniture and a small verandah at the front with table and chairs. The family tents are again on the smaller side compared to other camps with an extension added on to the front of the tent with extra beds for children. Overall, despite the large size of the camp we have always found the setting to be very peaceful and tranquil. We also especially love the fact that the camp is unfenced and that you are right in the heart of the wildlife here. Wild animals can be roaming through the camp at any time!
Other facilities include the lounge tent with bar and deck overlooking the Mara River, a dining tent and a Spa tent. Wi-Fi is available in camp and it may be possible to get a signal in some of the rooms although it is often necessary to go to the communal areas to access that. There is no swimming pool at the camp which is typical of many camps in the Masai Mara.
It is the game viewing that is the real highlight at Governors' Camp though and it really is superb! With nearly 50 years’ experience the camp knows how to take full advantage of their excellent location. At any time of the year you are going to have fantastic sightings. This area is Big Cat heaven with lion, leopard and cheetah regularly seen. If you visit during the migration season, then you have the bonus of viewing one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth with the grass plains surrounding the camp teeming with wildlife. There is also a real focus on maximising the time that the clients are out on safari. The camp offers 3 game drives per day - an early morning drive departing at sunrise, a late morning drive, and an afternoon game drive. Alternatively, clients can opt for a full day game drive with picnic lunch. The last time that we visited the camp this was an extremely popular option for many of the clients.
In addition to game drives, clients can also book hot air balloon flights which are spectacular (additional cost) and the camp is very close to the launch point for these. Governors´ have their own hot air balloon company too. These balloons depart from Little Governors' Camp which is a 30 second boat ride across the Mara River from Governors' Camp.