Take a small boat across the Mara River to discover a tranquil camp teeming with wildlife.
If you’re looking for a friendly tented camp that’s intimate in character and sits in one of Africa’s best wildlife viewing spots, this is it. It’s the reason many of the guests here return year after year.
Little Governors’ lies a small boat ride across the river from its sister camps. There’s no vehicle access, with safari jeeps left on the far side of the riverbank, so it remains quiet and undisturbed. In fact the most commotion you’ll witness is if an elephant decides to wander through camp at lunchtime – that’s how close to the action you are here. It’s more than likely that you’ll hear hippos at night, and get up close with the resident family of warthogs. Breakfast and lunch buffets are served al fresco, there’s an open-sided bar tent and restaurant tent for candlelit dinners, and the campfire is lit at sunset.
Tents are set around the large watering hole. The lower numbered tents are tucked away in the forest, while the higher numbers sit further out towards the camp’s far boundary and are popular with honeymooners. As at Governors’ Camp, each tent has a double or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom area, electric lamps, and charge points for cameras and phones, plus a deck that provides the perfect spot for relaxed wildlife viewing.
As of 2017, a large bank of solar panels means that Little Governors' can run on 100% solar power. All water is now heated by solar water heaters and each tent has its own solar water heater installed.
Little Governors’ has one of the best locations in the Mara and the wildlife viewing here is incredible. In just one day we were lucky enough to take flight on a magical hot-air balloon ride over the vast plains at sunrise, enjoy a wonderful Champagne bush breakfast, spot all of the Big Five, watch a river crossing and see a crocodile kill. I loved getting the little boat back over the river to the camp each day – it feels so secluded and has a wonderful atmosphere, as well as excellent staff and amazing en-suite tents."
Siobhan O’Halleran, Senior Content Editor
A secluded forest setting on the Mara River bank, in the heart of the Maasai Mara reserve
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 just across the Mara River, 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 in the Maasai Mara which could be spent at Il Moran. Alternatively, you could stay at Little Governors' Camp or Governors' Camp.
Good to know
Luggage must be in soft bags weighing maximum 15kg.
• Seek out the big cats that are well known by the camps’ driver/guides • Book the hot-air balloon safari*.
Dining tent, bar
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.
*Denotes local charge