Getting to Little Governors' Camp is an adventure in itself, crossing the Mara River by boat, then walking the short distance through the riverine forest, escorted by armed guards, beneath the canopy of the forest trees into camp. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed. All seventeen tents have en-suite facilities and are ideally situated with fantastic views over a large watering hole teeming with animal and bird life. From each verandah, the view changes daily with visits from giraffe, elephant, lion and warthog.
Little Governors’ is unfenced, and there is a resident family of warthogs that wander freely through the camp, grazing around the tents. Guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time.
Activities include game drives, guided walks, visits to the local Maasai village, hot air balloon flights and flying trips to Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria to fish for the elusive Nile Perch. Delicious meals are prepared throughout the day, and these are served both outdoors during the day and in the dining tent in the evening. As dusk falls, the camp is lit by traditional candlelight, gas and kerosene lamps, creating a peaceful and atmospheric setting.
There are 17 guest tents at Little Governors’ 12 twins and five double tented rooms. All of the tents have recently been renovated. Each one is spacious with an en-suite bathroom, with shower, basin, flush toilet, bidet and hot and cold running water. Every tent now has polished wooden decks with large verandas to enable guests to relax and enjoy the panorama of animals visiting the watering hole in front.
Little Governors' Camp welcomes children but is not suited to very young children as the camp is unfenced and for this reason children must be supervised at all times. Food can be tailored to suit children and earlier meal times can be arranged where necessary. Babysitting can be organised for those that require it.
In the evening, a warming log fire burns in front of the Bar Tent, and dinner is served in the nearby Dining Tent or under the stars on a clear evening. During the day meals tend to be al fresco under a shady tree. There is a well stocked curio shop. There is also limited wifi connection within the camp.
There are a number of activities available that guests can partake in during their stay at Little Governors/ Two daily game drives are included in the rate. Other activities such as Guided walks, hot air balloon trips and trips to Mfangano island in Lake Victoria can be arranged at an additional cost.
When to travel
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
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Location and directions
Maasai Mara, Kenya
Little Governors sits around a watering hole, close to the Mara River in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, in Kenya. The Maasai Mara boasts 1,672 sq. kilometers of unspoilt wilderness.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute transfer by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Two scheduled 45-minute flights operate from Nairobi’s Wilson airport on a daily basis, to Musiara airstrip. Guests are met on arrival and transferred in a Landrover to the camp (duration approx. 15-minutes).