Governors’ Camps

Governor's Camps, Kenya

Governor's Camps, Kenya

Governors’ Il Moran Camp

Governor's Camps, Kenya

Governors’ Camp

Governor's Camps, Kenya

Governors’ Camp

Governor's Camps, Kenya

Little Governors’ Camp

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stamp3Why photographers love Governors’ Camps

Governors’ Camp invented the idea of a permanent safari camp with en-suite tents back in 1972. The camps are situated in the Mara’s prime game viewing area on the forested bank of the Mara River, which was once reserved exclusively for colonial governors and their guests. This is considered by many to be the best wildlife real estate in the world and wildlife action can be unbelievable. Photographers come for access to dramatic river crossings during the great migration. There are now several camps within a few kilometres, but each totally private amid the thick forest—Governors’ Camp, Little Governors’ Camp, Governors’ IL Moran Camp and Governors’ Private Camp.

How we rate Governors’ Camps

The camps differ widely in terms of intimacy with Little Governors and Il Moran being the most highly recommended for service. The stars below show the upper and lower limits of the accommodation.

Wildlife  starstarstarstarstar
Wilderness  starstarstar
Lodge  starstarstar to star
Dining  starstarstar to star
Vehicles  starstarstar
Guides  starstarstar to star

Governors’ Camp at a glance

  • 37 tents with en-suite facilities and verandas (24 twins, 12 doubles and 1 suite)
  • Some tents have views of the Mara River and others look out over the plains
  • Everything is under canvas, including an open-sided dining tent, a bar with a view of the Mara River, and curio shop
  • Tents have electricity, but 220v charging outlets are available at reception

Little Governors’ Camp at a glance

  • Across the river from main camp and assessed by boat ride for quieter camp experience
  • Open bar and dining tent with Mara river view
  • 17 luxury en-suite tents with private decks around a large water hole

Governors’ IL Moran Camp at a glance

  • A quieter camp with just 10 tents, each with en-suite bathroom and private veranda
  • 220v charging in tents
  • Open bar and dining tent with Mara river view

Governors’ Private Camp at a glance

  • Can be booked exclusively for family or group or on tent-by-tent basis
  • 8 tents with en-suite bathrooms and private verandas
  • 220v charging in tents
  • Open bar and dining tent with Mara river view

The area

Governors’ Camp is located in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve with access to the Mara’s main game-viewing areas and the great migration, which comes through between July and October. The camp is located on the Mara River near crossing points for the migration. Governors’ is also close to the Musiara Swamp, which has arguably the best game viewing in the Mara Ecosystem. The camp offers game drives in custom built vehicles, balloon safaris, and cultural visits. Predators in the Mara are abundant and there are over 450 bird species. The forest setting is great for birding, with rare Trogans, Turacos, and nesting Hornbills. Between July and September, more than a million wildebeest and zebra cross into the Mara in search of green grass.

The seasons

Governors’ camp is open year round and the great migration comes through the Mara from July to October. Peak season months are August, September and December. Wildlife, including big cats, are around all year. Short rains fall from October to December and the long rains come from April to May, when camp is much quieter. Rates are lower, but heavy rains can make it difficult to get around. Migrant birds are present from October to April.

What Governors’ Camps costs

Depending on season, Governors’ starts at $250 to $650 per person per night.

Photographers need to know

With several camps in the region, the area can be quite busy with vehicles and people. The bigger camps allow kids. If you want to avoid the crowds, choose one of the smaller camps, which also have the top guides. The larger Governors Camps are in need of an upgrade and its coming soon.

The good news

Governor’s camp has been awarded the silver eco rating from Eco-Tourism Kenya and is soon to be incorporated into Wilderness Safaris.

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