Governors’ Camp was once exclusively reserved for Kenya’s colonial rulers. Today, it remains one of the Masai Mara’s best safari camps.
Tucked in a shady grove along the winding Mara River, Governors’ Camp has 37 large, bright riverside guest tents enjoying interrupted views of the waterway or of the Masai Mara’s famous golden plains.
Everything is under canvas, from the bathrooms found in each suite to the open-sided bar and dining room. In good weather, dine beneath the trees or out in the bush. Game drives take place on the Masai Mara’s grasslands in custom-built 4WD vehicles, in search of the reserve’s celebrated wildlife. One and a half million wildebeest and tens of thousands of zebra and gazelle pass through the area surrounding Governors’ Camp from July through to October.
Other things to do at this magical camp include hot air ballooning – a truly unforgettable way to see sunrise over the savanna. Also available are Maasai cultural visits for insight into a way of life unchanged for centuries. Guests can also take an overnight trip to Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria – approximately 40 minutes’ flight away.
How to get to Governors’ Camp
Fly to Musiara Airstrip by scheduled or charter flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport (approximately 45 minutes). Governors’ Camp is around 15 minutes by road from the airstrip. It is also possible to drive from Nairobi, a journey of around 6 hours along roads of varying conditions.
Activities at Governors’ Camp
- Game drives in the spectacular Masai Mara
- Bush dining and sundowners
- Hot air balloon safaris
- Maasai cultural visits
- Lake Victoria island overnight excursion
*Some activities are available at extra cost.
Governors’ Camp Highlights
- One of the most magical camps in the Masai Mara
- A classic safari lodge with a colonial history
- Unbeatable location for wildebeest migration viewing
- River or savanna vistas from every tent
- Outstanding bird-watching
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