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Governors Camp

Governors' Camp is situated on the banks of the Mara River in the west of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Created in 1972, it set new standards in luxury as a tented camp, putting particular emphasis on comfort and service, complimented by the sort of good food, which would have been impossible in the bygone days of the grand safari. Maintaining these unique qualities as a tradition, the camp has been refined and improved through the years.

Special care has been taken to preserve an atmosphere in which today's traveller can share the same elemental landscape that inspired Hemingway and magnetised adventurers the world over. The site and size of a safari camp is critical to its vitality. Governors' Camp, with its 38 tents set amongst the trees along the Mara river, also has unrivalled views over the plains and is visited and re-visited by guests who find its continued excellence, personal style and family feeling quietly reassuring.

The Masai Mara is a unique area with a constant and unrivalled flow of wildlife throughout the year. From July to October the Mara becomes a backdrop for one of the last great natural wonders of the world, when 1.4 million wildebeest and zebra surge up 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, which are in turn drawn to take their part in this dramatic event.

Each morning a breakfast feast is prepared over blazing coals: mountains of bacon, eggs the way you like them, fresh milk flown-in daily, hot-baked croissants, exotic fruits, and freshly-brewed Kenya coffee. Lunch, like breakfast is a buffet, this time roast meats hot and cold, fresh salads and delicious desserts. Both meals are served on the shady riverbank with views across the Mara's plains.

Travel and Leisure Magazine described Governors Camp fourth in ‘The Top 10 Hotels in the World' in 1998. Governors' Camp is a site popular with both animals (who come to the river to drink) and people. As in the past the hotel emphasises enjoying the wild splendours of Africa in the highest possible style. Guests stay in well-appointed canvas tents, each with its own bathroom. Evenings are devoted to cocktails around a bonfire and dinner by candlelight.


Some of the 38 tents line the riverbank, with uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains. All guest facilities are under canvas and keep the authentic, traditional safari atmosphere. All guest tents have en-suite bathrooms with shower and basin, running cold and hot water as well as a flush toilet. Gas and paraffin lamps are used for lighting.

The privately located Justus Suite is perfect for honeymoon couples.


  • Game drives - 3 game drives per day, early and mid morning as well as in the afternoon with experienced driver guides in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. 

  • Balloon Safari with professional balloon pilots daily, early morning in the Masai Mara Game Reserve followed by a champagne bush breakfast and game drive back to the camp (optional) 

  • Game walks with qualified guides in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve daily, morning with a champagne bush breakfast and afternoon with sundowners and canapes (optional) 

  • Culture - Visits to a nearby Masai village (manyatta) can be arranged (optional) 

  • Lake Victoria - Day excursion to Lake Victoria by charter flight. Boat rides and fishing on Lake Victoria. Excursion with overnight at Mfangano Island Camp highly recommended (booking prior to the trip advisable) (optional) 


Accommodation & all meals, three game drives daily or applicable local activities, transfers ex/to local Airstrip, and laundry.

Peak season rates are US$481 per person sharing per night.


Drinks, Park fees & optional activities.


 All ages welcome. Children under 12 pay 50%.

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*Prices may vary according to season

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