Governors’ Camp

Tucked in a shady grove along the winding Mara River, Governors’ Camp was once reserved exclusively for Kenya’s colonial governors. Today, the camp remains one of Africa’s best, with 37 large, bright riverside guest tents enjoying interrupted views of the waterway or of the Masai Mara’s famous golden plains.

Everything is under canvas, from the bathrooms found in each suite to the open-sided bar and dining room. In good weather, dine beneath the trees or out in the bush. Game drives take place on the Masai Mara’s grasslands in custom-built 4WD vehicles, in search of the reserve’s celebrated wildlife. One and a half million wildebeest and tens of thousands of zebra and gazelle pass through the area surrounding Governors’ Camp from July through to October.

Other things to do at this magical camp include hot air ballooning – a truly unforgettable way to see sunrise over the savanna. Also available are Maasai cultural visits for insight into a way of life unchanged for centuries. Guests can also take an overnight trip to Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria – approximately 40 minutes’ flight away.

Location

How to get to Governors’ Camp

Fly to Musiara Airstrip by scheduled or charter flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport (approximately 45 minutes). Governors’ Camp is around 15 minutes by road from the airstrip. It is also possible to drive from Nairobi, a journey of around 6 hours along roads of varying conditions.

Activities at Governors’ Camp

  • Game drives in the spectacular Masai Mara
  • Bush dining and sundowners
  • Hot air balloon safaris
  • Maasai cultural visits
  • Lake Victoria island overnight excursion

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Governors’ Camp Highlights

  • One of the most magical camps in the Masai Mara
  • A classic safari lodge with a colonial history
  • Unbeatable location for wildebeest migration viewing
  • River or savanna vistas from every tent
  • Outstanding bird-watching

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Kenya Overview

Why should I travel to Kenya?
Since the early 19th century, Kenya has captivated visitors with its astounding quantity and diversity of wildlife as well as with its majestic scenery. The country has well-established tourist infrastructure and a good standard of accommodation.

When is the best time to see wildlife in Kenya?
Excellent gameviewing year round. Jul-Sep is popular when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara.

What is the culture of Kenya?
Maasai and Samburu pastoralists who continue their traditional way of life.

What is the climate in Kenya?
Temperate climate (22°- 25°C) due to high altitude but hot in low-lying areas like the Rift Valley (30°- 35°C). Hot and humid along the coast. “Long rains” take place in Apr/May, whilst “short rains” occur in mid-Oct to mid-Dec.

What can I combine Kenya with?
Tanzania, which is situated on Kenya’s southern border and is easily reached by road or air from Nairobi. Mt Kilimanjaro straddles the two countries and Kenya’s Masai Mara is part of Tanzania’s Serengeti ecosystem, the arena for the wildebeest migration.

How to get to Kenya?
The gateway to Kenya is Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Nairobi is linked by daily air services from Australia via the UAE or Qatar in the Middle East or via Johannesburg in South Africa.

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