The first tented camp to be established in the Masai Mara, Governors' Camp stands on the banks of the famous Mara River. First opened in 1972, it stands on the site of Teddy Roosevelt's camp, where he entertained aristocracy, stars and royalty. Popular with American visitors, the camp now offers two additional camps, ‘Little Governors' and ‘Private Governors'. Specialists in providing both luxury and comfort whilst retaining the authentic flavour of true safari life, Governors' is not fenced, thus the animals are free to wander close or even into the camp.
The Masai Mara is 270 miles from Nairobi (five hours by road).
Little Governors' Camp is reached via boat across the Mara River. Standing in a glade it offers 17 tents curved around the edge of a wetlands area which attracts many birds and animals.
The Camp offers 30 twin bedded tents and 8 double tents each with private verandah and shower room.
There is also a private and secluded honeymoon tent.
Each tent has a covered outdoor veranda with two safari chairs and a small table. Simple tent furnishings include twin beds, a wardrobe rack a desk and safari chairs. None of the camps uses electricity to light the tents, candles and lanterns are provided. All the tents have private tented bathrooms (with flush WC and hot showers), some have bidets.
DINING & BARS
Governors' prides itself on the high quality of its cuisine and retains a French Chef. The Private Camp has its own executive chef and meals are planned exactly to the specifications of the clients. Meals are served on a timbered deck overlooking the river. At night the area is lit by lanterns in true safari style. There is a comfortable and well-stocked bar.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
- Walking safaris
- Fishing - Lake Victoria and Governors' Mfangano Island Camp is 40 min plane ride - you may fish for Nile Perch - the birding is also very good
- Picnic lunches
- Art Gallery displaying works of local artists
- Special bush dinners and sunset cocktail parties provided on request
CAMPS & LODGES IN MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
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:: Mara Sopa Lodge
:: Ilkeliani Camp
:: Siana Springs Tented Camp
:: Mara Sarova Tented Camp
:: Keekorok Lodge
:: Mara Simba Lodge
:: Fig Tree Camp
:: Tipilikwani Camp
:: Mara Leisure Camp
:: Mara Serena Lodge
:: Governor's Camp
:: Little Governor's Camp - High End
:: Sanctuary Olonana Camp - High End
:: Cottars Camp - High End
:: Saruni Camp - High End
:: Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp
:: Bateleur Camp - High End
:: Mpata Safari Club
:: Mara Base Camp
:: Mara Ngenche Camp - High End
:: Mara Crossings Camp
:: Fairmont Mara Safari Club
:: Sala's Camp
:: Neptune Mara Rianta Luxury Camp