Governors' Camp

At a glance

  • Excellent, friendly staff
  • Incredible wildlife-rich location in 'Big Cat Diary' territory
  • Sustainable eco-tourism

Governors' Camp


The original deluxe tented camp, in a wonderful location inside the Maasai Mara reserve.

Nestled in the forest by the Mara River banks, Governors' Camp's stunning setting was once reserved exclusively for Kenya's colonial governors. Today, it is the largest and most popular of the three Governors’ Mara camps – yet still has only 31 tents to ensure a welcoming atmosphere.

This traditional camp is unfenced so grazing animals often pass through. Guides will be on hand to escort you to and from your tent after dark! There's an open-sided bar tent with views over the Mara River and a restaurant tent for candlelit dinners. Breakfast and lunch buffets are served al fresco and the campfire is lit at sunset. You’ll be allocated an expert driver/guide who you’ll get to know during your game drives and who will know the very best places to spot wildlife, seeking out the likes of lion and leopard. They even know all the local lion by name. Governors’ also has an eco-friendly ethos that includes a 'zero waste' policy and a 40-year long commitment to local communities.

You’ll spend some memorable nights under canvas here. On going to bed you’ll find a hot water bottle waiting for you, and each morning before your first game drive there’ll be a welcome hot drink brought to your tent to ease you into the day. The classic safari tents all have double or twin beds and an en-suite bathroom area divided by a canvas wall, complete with a hot shower. Each tent also has electric lamps, charge points for cameras and phones, and a deck for wildlife viewing. Some lie secluded along the riverbank, while others sit out in the open with views of the rolling plains. For families, there are family tents sleeping two adults and two children.

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Key information

In a wildlife-rich corner of the Maasai Mara reserve, on the banks of the Mara River surrounded by lush forest

Airport transfer time: 45-minute light aircraft flight from Nairobi's Wilson airport to Musiara airstrip plus a 15-minute game drive
Rooms: 30

Governors' Camp Collection
Governors’ have four camps in the Maasai Mara. Governors' Camp the original, right in the middle of the action; the more intimate Little Governors' Camp while a short way upstream is Governors' Il Moran. There's also a private camp featuring seven tents, that you can reserve as a whole for a family or group holiday.

Our flexible Governors' Safari and Governors' Grand Safari both end with an incredible stay at Governors' Camp. Alternatively, you could stay at Little Governors' Camp or Governors' Il Moran.

Good to know

Luggage must be in soft bags weighing maximum 15kg.

Insider tips

Governors’ award-winning hot-air balloon safari – taking off at sunrise over the vast plains before landing in the middle of the bush for a Champagne breakfast – is a must, and it’s best to pre-book.

Accommodation information

30 tents including family tents


• Book the hot-air balloon safari* • Ask your driver/guide for an extended morning game drive and enjoy breakfast in the bush.


Dining tent, bar

What's included

Lodge Package • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining tent or outdoors • Bottled water • 2 or 3 game drives daily • Laundry • Airstrip transfers • Park fees.

A drinks upgrade option including house wines, beers and soft drinks is available for a supplement. Please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for more details.

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*Denotes local charge