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Governors’ Camp

“A favourite for wildlife photographers and filmmakers”

Budget level: Mid-Range
Country
Kenya
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Lodge
Location
Masai Mara

Governors’ Camp lies on the banks of the Mara River in the west of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The first permanent luxury tented camp in the Mara, it was opened in 1972, on a site so beautiful, that it was designated the “getaway” for the historical colonial governors of Kenya.

Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. They were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, the site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action, the camps are located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world. They are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community & conservation at the heart of everything they do.

Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp, and pioneered the safari experience – one that many return to experience time and time again!

Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dinning tent with views over the plains.

Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco Rating for our sustainable practices in camp.

The area around Governors’ Camp, in particular, is renowned for is consistently excellent game viewing – a reason behind its historical selection as the designated retreat location for the colonial Governors of Kenya. Four resident lion prides, as well as the other big cats, many elephants and a profusion of plains game ensure one of the most incredible safari experiences to be had.

From July to October the Mara becomes a backdrop for one of the last great natural wonders of the world, when 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra surge up from the Serengeti plains in their annual search for the seasonal grasses that sustain them. The spectacle as the vast herds cross rivers and sweep through the golden grasses, is punctuated by individual struggles with the predators, which are in turn drawn to take their part in this dramatic event.

Why we like it

  • The first and original permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara
  • Unfenced and in the heart of the action
  • Located along the Mara River, in an area of abundant game
  • Couples, families, large and small groups, special occasion groups

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