GOVERNORS‘ CAMP Masai Mara, Kenya
Located on the banks of the Mara River, Masai Mara, Kenya
(open throughout the year)
Governors’ Camp is situated on the banks of the Mara River in the west of the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Created in 1972, it set new standards in luxury as a tented camp, putting particular emphasis on comfort
and service, complimented by the sort of good food, which would have been impossible in the bygone days
of the grand safari. Maintaining these unique qualities as a tradition, the camp has been refined and
improved through the years.
We have taken special care to preserve an atmosphere in which today’s traveller can share the same
elemental landscape that inspired Hemingway and magnetised adventurers the world over.
The site and size of a safari camp is critical to its vitality.
Governors’ Camp, with its 37 tents set amongst the trees along the Mara river, also has unrivalled views over the plains and is visited and re-visited by guests who find its continued excellence, personal style and family feeling quietly reassuring.
All guest facilities are under canvas and keep the authentic, traditional safari atmosphere. All guest tents
have en-suite bathrooms with shower and basin, running cold and hot water as well as a flush toilet. Gas and
paraffin lamps are used for lighting.
Our privately located Justus Suite is perfect for honeymoon couples, as is tent 37 which has incredible
views over the Mara plains and its wildlife.
The dining tent, our campfire and the bar tent are the centre of the camp. Next to the reception is a
small souvenir shop. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, alfresco. Dinner is served in the dining
tent. For dinner the menu offers a choice of four courses, including a choice of main courses.
A traditional campfire is lit at sunset every evening and after dinner clients enjoy sitting around the campfire,
reminiscing about their safari in its evocative light.
The Masai Mara is a unique area with a constant and unrivalled flow of wildlife throughout the year. 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. Whilst the migration is spectacular, game viewing at all other times of
the year remains almost unrivalled anywhere in Africa.
There are various activities on offer: game viewing excursions in open Landrovers, game walks or balloon
flights over the wide plains of the Masai Mara. Day excursions to the Lake Victoria are also on offer.
However, we recommend booking these excursions well in advance and combining the Lake Victoria trip with
an overnight stay. All meals, three game viewing excursions daily as well as laundry is included in our price.
Park entrance fees, drinks as well as other activities (such as walking, ballooning, Lake Victoria excursion, a
visit to a Masai village) are to be paid separately. Please let us know special dietary requirements in
Please note: luggage restriction of 15 kg on all domestic flights. Extra luggage can be left at your base
hotel in Nairobi. Safari arrangements and bookings can be made through your local ground-handling agent
or directly with Governors’ Camp.
Information and Details
Location: On the banks of the Mara River in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Number of beds: 37 tents (74 beds)
Double & Twins: 24 Twins, 12 double tents, 1 Suite (Justus Suite)
Facilities: En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin, flush toilet, bidet and hot and cold running water
Tents: Spacious luxurious safari tents entirely under canvas, each with private verandah
Electricity: Gas & Paraffin lamps in tents. 220 Volt plugs at reception
Bar / Restaurant: Open bar and dining tent with view over the Mara river and the open plains of the
Room service: Room service on request. Tea and coffee is served in the tents with the morning
wake up call
Bush meals: Bush breakfast, lunch & dinner can be organised on request at a supplementary cost
Souvenirs: Curio Shop is open daily
Laundry: Arranged daily at no extra cost
Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, American Express and Traveller Cheques are accepted
Communication: Telephone, Fax and Email in camp. A satellite telephone is available.
Radio contact with other camps and the Nairobi office
Musiara Airstrip: Length 1.600 m, all weather gravel airstrip, Coordinates: S 0117.98 E 03503.92
Governors’ Camp was recently voted as the World’s Best Wilderness Experience by
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Game viewing excursions: 3 game viewing excursions per day, early and mid morning as well as the afternoon
with experienced driver guides in the Masai Mara Game Reserve (included in the price)
Balloon Safari: With professional balloon pilots daily, at dawn, in the Masai Mara Game
Reserve followed by a champagne bush breakfast and game viewing on return to camp (Extra cost).
Game walks: Daily, with qualified guides in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara
Game Reserve; morning with a champagne bush breakfast and afternoon with sundowners and canapés
Culture: Visits to a nearby Masai village (manyatta) can be arranged (to be paid locally) or
visits to the local school, one of Governors’ Camps charity and community support
Mfangano Island Day excursions to Lake Victoria by light aircraft. Bird watching, boat rides,
Camp on Lake walking and fishing are available on Lake Victoria. Excursion with overnight at
Victoria: Mfangano Island Camp highly recommended (booking prior to the trip is advisable)
Open throughout the year.
Peak season months August and September and 15th –31st December.
High season months January – March inclusive and June, July, October, November and 1st – 14th December. Green season – April and May
Children: Of all ages are welcome and catered for
Rate includes: Airstrip transfers, accommodation, meals, 3 game viewing excursions daily and laundry
Rate excludes: Flights, drinks, Park entrance fees
Health: Preventative Malaria medication is recommended
How to get there and transfers:
Air Kenya & Twice daily (10:00 hrs & 15:00 hrs) scheduled flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport to
Safari Link Musiara Airstrip (duration approx. 45 minutes).
Clients met on arrival and transferred with a Landrover to the camp (duration approx. 15 minutes).
Return Musiara Airstrip – Nairobi twice daily (11:00 hrs & 16:00 hrs)
There are scheduled flights from other airstrips in Kenya such as Nanyuki,
Samburu, Lewa, Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa, Ukunda (Diani)
Charter flights: From all airports/airstrips in Kenya to Musiara Airstrip
Luggage restriction: Maximum 15 kg luggage per person in small air craft including hand luggage
Road transfer: Ex / to Nairobi is possible. Duration approx. 6 hours (depending upon road conditions)