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In March this year we took our second vacation at Governors Camp and it was as fabulous as before. We were a little more restricted this time due to unusually heavy rains in February which mean that a lot of the Mara was inaccessible but nevertheless it was still a magical experience helped in no small part by our excellent guide Sopia. Having breakfast on the river bank watching the hippos, following herds of elephants and giraffes, up close to Lions and Hyenas and so much more. Food was excellent and we were well looked after, particularly so one night when we were going to Dinner and an enormous Hippo charged through the camp. An exciting experience but we never felt in any danger. Yes the camp is quite old now but we did note some renovations going on, and this all adds to the charm and authenticity of the place and I wouldnt like to see it changed too much, it is so good as it is. In these difficult times now our thoughts and Best Wishes are for all of the wonderful staff and we will hope to see you for a third visit when things return to normal. Highly recommended and a very special place.
Governors’ Camp Masai Mara is a totally canvas-tented facility, well-appointed and comfortable, and even luxurious. All staff is extremely courteous, pleasant and helpful (as indeed are all Kenyans I interacted with). The food is gourmet standard, created fresh by a team of expert chefs. The accommodation tents are spacious and well-appointed and have everything one can need. En-suite toilets have running hot and cold water, separate tap for drinking water and all quality fittings. The safari jeeps are strong and in good condition, and the driver-cum-guide knows his Mara! Governors’ Camp also operates its own Cessna planes to bring you from Nairobi and back. The only unpleasant experience I had with Governors’ Camp was on return flight to Nairobi on March 01, when the flight scheduled for 10.45 am left at 11.15 am, just because one guest/passenger had reached the airstrip without settling all his accounts, mainly the park fees, and then spent half an hour with park rangers sorting it out at the airstrip, while all other passengers were made to wait in the aircraft. This was frankly ridiculous and he should have been left behind to take a later flight, instead of inconveniencing all other passengers. My own schedule for the rest of the day in Nairobi got messed up because of this.
Such an over-rated tired place
Having been to several camps in Masai Mara I was truly disappointed with this one which is one of the older ones around. The tents are small and very tired. There is no element of luxury considering the charges. There is accommodation I was told to allow a capacity of 100 people. I shudder to think what happens when it is full. We were there at an off peak time and already saw several times how the service suffered in the staff trying to accommodate only a third of capacity. The lounge / bar area is small. The location of the camp makes it impossible to go out of a very small area as it is surrounded by rivers - this means that over two days you are covering the same ground over and over, if you cannot cross the river as has been the case in the recent months. It seems there has been little provision for the recent rains - there were not enough umbrellas for guests to walk to and from your tent - ours was at least a 15 min walk away in the rain. In the two days we were there quite a few random guests were asked to be in our safari car for game drives - and so we had to be a little bit squashed for space. First time in all the 5/6 times I have been to Mara, despite other cars leaving the camp with one or two people. Plus points - very good driver - in the recent rains, the driving has become challenging and our driver coped very well. And good food. Overall - I would not return as there are much better run places for better value.
Truly fantastic first Safari
What can I say about this place that hasn’t already been said. What an amazing experience we had at governors camp it’s a truly magical place. The staff are all so helpful, friendly and so knowledgable from the moment we arrived we were made to feel so welcome by everyone. Our safari guides Jacob and Lucas were fantastic tried there best to make sure we saw everything possible and had a bit of a knack for finding the lions for us every day we were there! We’re happy to answer all of our questions about any of the animals. I would recommend that you do the full morning game drive with bush breakfast you can go so much further and see much more on these drives we managed to see a leopard on one of these. Our first night in camp we had elephants join us at dinner they just wander freely through the camp whilst the staff keep everyone safe then we got back to our tent to nice warm beds with hot water bottles - a nice touch as the evenings were a little cool. Our tent faced the river so it was nice to fall asleep to the sounds of the hippos in the river every evening. Overall an amazing experience and I hope to see you all soon!!
Amazing safari at Governors camp, organised through Julius @ JT Safaris
Julius Nzumbi was recommended to us by friends who had used him many times to arrange their safari and deep sea fishing trips in Kenya. We were not disappointed. The safari that Julius arranged for us to GOVERNORS CAMP in the Masai Mara was AMAZING. We were picked up from our hotel ( Baobab resort & spa in Diani Beach) by one of Julius’ team and taken to the nearby airport (Ukunda) where we boarded a 12 seater plane flying past Mount Kilimanjaro up to the Governors Camp. The camp was outstanding, service outstanding, the safari amazing. Our guide was so knowledgeable and friendly and service at the camp was excellent. We loved every minute of it and can’t wait to return. We highly recommend the Governors Camp & JT Safaris and thank Julius Nzumbi and his team for their excellent service.
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