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Governers Camp

1 of 3 hotels in Masai Mara

5 out of 5 from 4 reviews
5 stars
Masai Mara, Kenya

4 Reviews

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Dave Edwards
Magical safari experience
5 years 2 months ago
Booked a 2 night safari @ Governors flying in from Ukunda airstrip on the coast. Plane was running late so we were driven direct to the camp to check in and have lunch; but on the short drive we saw a huge number of animals including 3 lionesses lazing by the roadside just outside the camp entrance!

The accommodation was extremely comfortable, with plenty of hot water - we were in tent 5 which seemed to be furthest from the main reception area overlooking the Mara River; we heard animals outside both nights - certainly a hippo and buffalo were munching the vegetation very close to our tent!! And on the final morning a hippo was on the bank just below our tent having a final feed before returning to the water.

Food was very good at all meals - service by our waiters Tom and Daniel, was exemplary; we were joined for one meal by Basil the warthog who appears to be a camp regular!!

The overall organisation of the camp was extremely good, the managers were out and about at all meal times and in the evening, making sure that the guests had everything that they needed. My thanks to Katie!

The game drives were spectacular - we were only disappointed that we missed out on sightings of rhino and leopard - but we had a number of close encounters with lions including a very special 20 minutes with a pride of 3 males ,3 females and assorted cubs.

On the 2nd afternoon we were in the centre of a torrential downpour, that area of the Mara swiftly transformed from a dust bowl to a swamp - our driver, Jeffard, certainly earned his $$s as we slid in and out of the muddy ruts, sometimes traveling sideways in a 4WD Land Rover!

I would definitely recommend Governors Camp to anyone who wants to experience safari in Kenya - it is a huge plus to be able to fly to this camp direct from the coast. So much less tiring than the road safari we had done last year to the other National Parks!!!
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Roger And Glynis Hopgood
8 years 8 months ago
We took a trip from our main holiday resort on Diani Beach to the Masa Mara and stayed for two nights at Governors Camp. It was expensive, but a truly amazing experience. The location is superb, the opportunity to see game was incredible, and the service, food and attentiveness of the staff was out of this world. We took a balloon flight with a champagne breakfast, and several game drives. We saw most of the lions and cheetahs which were featured in the BBC 'Big Cat Diaries'. The food was brilliant. A truly wonderful experience with numerous photos and video shots to keep as memories. Make sure this place is on your 'bucket list'.
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Travel operator: Thomson

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Josie And Tony
12 years ago
We booked our safari with DM Tours before leaving for Kenya as we didn't want to run the risk of not getting in at Governors.

It's a dream I never want to forget. The tents are more luxourious than I could imagine, remember that your in the Masai Mara! We arrived after a 2 hour flight from Mombassa in a 19 seater plane to see zebra, antelope and wildebeast scattering as we touched down. After a short drive to the camp we were checked in while we had a very welcome drink at the bar watching the hippos sun themselves on the banks of the river Mara below.

I was amazed at how green everything was. Whilst I was unpacking 14 elephants wandered about 150 metres away from the entrance of out tent which opened right out onto the plain. There are 3 game drives a day the first before dawn when you are woken by hot coffee and cookies by one of the boys. The noises at night are amazing, you have to be ecsorted by one of the guards during the dark hours, they have torch system which works very well. One morning they had to move hippo from right outside out tent! In one day we saw 17! different lions including 6 one week old cubs.

On arrival you are allocated a guide who will do everything he can to ensure you have the safari experiece you are looking for. The knowledge of these guys is incredible. The food was great, good wine list, once again remember your in the middle of the Masai!

The staff put on a bit of a show and can't do enough for you. You have the same waiter and drinks waiter all the time. We tipped all the staff we came into contact with at the end of our stay. It's an experience I'll treasure always and if I ever have an opperunity to return I won't go unless I can go to Governers again, from speaking to others at our hotel (Serena Beach, also first class!) Governors is definatley the best!!!
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Travel operator: DM Tours

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Shelly
12 years 3 months ago
Little Governors Camp
We flew to the Masai Mara from the local Ukunda airstrip. This was about a 2 hour flight.

We were booked into the main Governors camp and were delighted when we found out that we had been moved to Little Governors. You access little Governors by boat across the Mara River which is teaming with hippos and crocs.

Little Governors has just 17 tents set around a marsh area. Again, this is an unfenced camp and you are escorted everywhere
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Travel operator: DM Tours

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