(Departs daily from Kenya Coast or Nairobi city)
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 sq. kilometers of unspoilt wilderness. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming.
Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of colour and life.
Most stunning of all are the months between July and October, when the savannah teems with animals during the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Millions of wildebeest gather in the Masai Mara in one of the natural wonders of the world. Staying in one of the Governors’ Camp propertiesputs you right in the heart of the action, closer than anyone else to its incredible sights and sounds.
Governors’ Camp location, tradition and history, exclusive style, luxury and setting standard in Africa best camps in brief.
The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile.
Some of the 37 tents line the river bank, with uninterrupted views over the Mara River others have views across the sweeping plains. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.
Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets.
GOVERNORS’ CAMP DESCRIPTION
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 gallery with local paintings and handcrafts as well as 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 advance.
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 Masai Mara
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 at Governors’ 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 3503.92
Member of: Classic Safari Camps of Africa
Optional Activities at Masai Mara while in Governors Camp
Game Viewing in our Custom built 4 DW vehicles
Masai Mara Game Reserve Great Wildebeest Migration
Hot Air Balloon Safaris Masai Mara Game Reserve
Masai Mara Walking Safaris
Masai Mara Game Reserve Cultural Visits
The best location, the best guides, the best vehicles and the widest variety of things to do. We offer the best game viewing in the Masai Mara. All the Governors’ Camps are inside the Reserve, most of our competitors aren’t. You won’t waste time getting to the action.
“The following excursions are available from all Governors’ Camp properties in the Masai Mara”
1. Game Viewing in our Custom built 4 DW vehicles
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)
Governors’ Camp properties combine the best locations in the Masai Mara with the best-designed vehicles and exceptionally highly trained and experienced guides to give our clients un-matched game-viewing and photographic opportunities in the world’s prime wildlife area. We are in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Masai Mara Our vehicles are custom built 4 wheel drive landrovers. We take you out three times a day into the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and surrounding areas, at sunrise, late morning and late afternoon. Our driver-guides are hand-picked and nurtured by us.
They undergo a continuous guide training scheme mentored by experts in the field. Having operated in the Masai Mara for over 30 years our driver- guides have an un-paralleled knowledge of the reserve combined with a deep understanding and respect for the sanctity of this wilderness area, its flora and its fauna.
Crocodiles at the backside of Mara River
2. Masai Mara Game Reserve Great Wildebeest Migration
After the rains when the first flush of grass turns the Masai Mara’s golden savannah green, the most mesmerizing wildlife spectacle anywhere takes place here: The Great Wildebeest Migration.
Between the months of July and October one and a half million wildebeest, accompanied by vast numbers of zebra and gazelles make the long and dangerous trek from drier lands in Tanzania, northwards to this corner of Kenya.
Lines of animals stretch as far as the eye can see across the plains. They come to give birth to their young and the grasslands echo with the sounds of the new-born.
It is a time of plenty. But it is a time too when the predators are drawn from all around. High above on the hot winds the carrion birds, the vultures and eagles, soar. In the long grasses lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena prowl.
Most dramatic of all is the moment when the migration arrives at the Mara River. They must cross it to reach the rich grazing. As the animals throng, crocodiles cruise the waters. Then the bravest takes the plunge into the swirling currents and thousands follow.
Situated right inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Governors’ Camps are ideally placed to let you to be at the heart of the Great Wildebeest Migration.
3. Hot Air Balloon Safaris Masai Mara Game Reserve
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 (Additional charge)
The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you’ve flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience.
The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming.
Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with some leisurely game viewing on the way back to Camp.
It is a tradition of Governors’ that each passenger is presented with a certificate signed by the pilot to commemorate the flight.
4.Masai Mara Walking Safaris
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 (Additional charge)
Leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with one of our experienced and qualified naturalists for the true thrill of the bush. Down on the same level as the animals you will experience the untamed beauty of the Mara. Our walking safaris take place in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, where the scenery differs from inside the Reserve and picturesque acacia trees dot the hilly landscape.
You will also be accompanied by one of our Masai Scouts, who provide a wealth of information on the traditional medicinal uses of plants and Masai folklore.
You will track game, unsure what waits round the next corner: giraffe, buffalo, hyena, zebra or even lion. You will catch the scents and sounds of the wild Africa and uncover a hidden, fascinating and interconnected world of plants, tracks and insects. At the end of it all waits a sumptuous bush barbecue breakfast complete with champagne. You can enjoy some game viewing as you are driven back to the camp through the Masai Mara.
Walks can be taken either in the morning or afternoon, and take around 1½ to 2 hours.
Afternoon walking safaris are finished with sundowner drinks and canapés.
Participants in a walking safari should be in good health and be reasonably fit and active. There is no path as such and some parts of the walk lead through hilly and rocky areas. Children under 10 years are, for safety reasons, not allowed to participate in walking safaris.
5.Masai Mara Game Reserve Cultural Visits
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 initiatives
Take a drive out to visit a traditional Masai manyatta or homestead, to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries.
Visitors are always struck by the grace and beauty of the Masai people, and the colourful lifestyle they lead.
In October 2006, and to assist these communities with conservation of local woodland habitats, Governors’ Camp commissioned its first “Bio-gas” project at one manyatta. This will provide residents of that manyatta with methane gas generated from dung from the Masai’s own cattle. Methane can be used for cooking thus eliminating the need for the women to collect fire-wood which is both harmful to the local woodlands and takes up time that could be used in a more economically productive way. We welcome the assistance of our clients in these socio-economic and conservation
6. Mfangano Island Camp on Lake Victoria
Day excursions to Lake Victoria by light aircraft, bird watching, boat rides, walking and fishing are available on Lake Victoria. Excursion with overnight at Mfangano Island Camp highly recommended (booking prior to the trip is advisable) (Additional charge) Lake Victoria is the setting for a holiday that’s about as far away from it all as you can possibly get. It’s the world’s second largest freshwater lake and is the magical source of the Nile.
The Lake is rich in fish and bird life, its islands lush and verdant. The deep blue waters support an abundant ecosystem. Its shores are lined with groves of banana trees and fishing villages where you’ll always be greeted with a friendly smile and a wave.
The chance to catch the giant Nile perch draws many. Some come for the abundant birds, fish eagles, kingfishers and pelicans, others to glimpse the playful otters.
Above all Mfangano Island Camp is an ideal place just to relax, swim, fish, read and feel yourself a million miles from anywhere. A place to soothe your soul, to treat yourself to fish caught fresh that day, to fruit and vegetables from our own lakeside gardens.
7. General Information
Seasons: 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: All ages are welcome and catered for.
Luggage restriction: Maximum 15 kg luggage per person in small air craft including hand luggage.
DAY 1. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE (GOVERNORS’ CAMP, MEAL PLAN IS FULL BOARD)
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. On your arrival at the Masai Mara Game Reserve airstrip we you will be transferred by 4 x 4 WD land cruiser to the Governors’ Camp.
DAY 2. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE, GOVERNORS’ CAMP, MEAL PLAN IS FULL BOARD
Early morning tea or coffee followed by early morning game drive returning later for breakfast by a short rest then another mid morning game drive until time for lunch in the camp.
After a rest an afternoon game drive until in the evening. In the evening, entertainment of Masai dance and talks on Masai culture will follow in the lounge (on specific days), dinner and overnight.
Masai Village near Governors Camp in Masai Mara Game Reserve
DAY 3. FLY BACK TO KENYA COAST OR NAIROBI CITY
Early morning tea or coffee followed by early morning game drive returning later for breakfast then mid-morning game drive until time for lunch.
Guest relaxing out Governors Camp Tent Masai Mara Game Reserve
After lunch transfer to the airstrip for flight to Kenya coast arriving at about 1600 hours then be transferred to your hotel.
End of the safari.
PLEASE YOU ARE ADVISED FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT AND COMFORT TO CARRY THE FOLLOWING ITEMS.
All weather firm shoe pair, short and dress to use during the day, trouser for use in the evenings with long sleeved shirt, sweater or jacket, hat, swimming costume, sunglasses, camera, film, binocular, sun protection cream and insect repellent spray or cream.
” Governor’s Camp has a reputation as being the best safari in the world -and it lives up to it. The staff are excellent. The food is wonderful. The accommodation is…well, I’m running out of superlatives. I absolutely, 100%, totally recommend Governor’s Camp for anyone. It’ll be the greatest holiday you ever take. “
” A Brilliant Three Days. See you in our Dreams Karibu “
Peggy & Robert Ellis Guernsey Channel Islands
” The very best place in the Masai Mara “
Rand M Johnson Shopshire UK
” This is the oasis in the paradise! Wonderful!!! “
Marc Christopher Lehwald Frankfurt Germany
” Great Safari- wonderful people We loved staying here and were made to feel very welcome. We will definitely be back to see you all again – Asante!!! “
Danual Rubie Kate Lecomber London UK
” Thank you very much for wonderful days and experiences Hope to come back “
Reish Susanne Nisa Duisburg Germany
” Thank you very much for all you have done for us! Especially for my nice birthday surprise “
Tonja Swoboda Berlin Germany
” Fantastic Game Great Staff & Food “
Richard Healy New Zealand
” Very friendly staff Excellent Driver We’ll sure return !! “
Bittnor, Kati & Christopher Munchen Germany
” Our favorite place in the world We’ll be back for a fifth time “
Mark and Sue Cumbria UK
” Fantastic place and wonderful service, thanks for the perfect honeymoon “
- Jonathan & Elizabeth Odell London
” A superb camp with the best and friendliest staff. Great Game drives,
wonderful animals. I hope to return here next year! THANK YOU! “
Penny Carrington Atlanta Georgia USA
Child of 3 to11 years sharing a room with 2 adults is charged 75% of per adult rate.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Return flights to Masai Mara Game Reserve
Full board accommodation
All park fees,
Game drives in a 4 x 4-land cruiser
All our transport has insurance.
What is not included?
Tips for the service
Yellow fever vaccination
Things of personal use
EASTER SURCHARGE AND CHRISTMAS SURCHARGE
A surcharge would be charged per person per night on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Easter Monday and on 24th 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January.
THE SUPPLEMENT WOULD BE CONFIRMED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING FOR CLARITY REASONS.