Governors’ Camp

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.

Location

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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Kenya Overview

What are the best things to do in Kenya?
Kenya has so many exciting and wonderful experiences to enjoy that the options are endless. Top experiences include:

  • Witnessing the great wildebeest migration (September to October) in the Masai Mara.
  • Exploring Samburu Game Reserve with its big game as well as rare endemic species.
  • Breakfast with the Rothschild’s giraffes at Giraffe Manor.
  • Thousands of flamingos and pelicans on the Rift Valley lakes .
  • Getting close to rhino in Laikipia.
  • Meeting the Samburu or Maasai and learning about their culture.

What is the climate like in Kenya?
The highland areas have a temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to the high altitude, however  it is hotter in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). The coast is hot and humid most of the year. Kenya has two rainy seasons, the ‘short rains’ that take place over 5-6 weeks in November and December and the ‘long rains’ that occur during March to May.

How do I get to Kenya?
Kenya’s major capital Nairobi is the main entry point into the country. Major airlines that fly into Nairobi include British Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa and Air France. From Nairobi, Kenya Airways offers flights to other popular African destinations including South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

What can I combine Kenya with?
Kenya is often combined with neighbouring Tanzania, and with Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Kenyan safari.

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