Governors Main Camp

Maasai Mara, Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya, Kenya

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  • Take a dawn trip in a hot air baloon over the Masai Mara

  • Learn how to track on a walking safari with Governors' experienced guides and trackers

  • Enjoy a sundowner from the deck of the bar whilst catching any drama at the rivers edge below

  • Time your arrival with that of the 1.5 million wilderbeest after the years first rains

  • Catch sight of an elusive leopard moving through the riverine forest close to camp

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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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Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, its waters teeming with hippos and crocodiles. Tents enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River or views across the sweeping plains.

Governors' Camp is set in the heart of Kenya's Masai Mara in the riverine forest along the bank of the iconic Mara River. The magical location was reserved almost a century ago for exclusive use of Kenya's colonial Governors.

Governors' Camp was created in 1972 in a bid to set new standards for a luxury tented camp. Recent upgrades and extensions to the original tent sizes have helped maintain this standard. The camp is entirely under canvas thus maintaining the classic safari atmosphere.

The views from Governors' are split between the Mara River and the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Some of the 37 en-suite tents are set along the river back providing excellent opportunities for viewing the great diversity of bird life and the large crocodile and hippo population. Other tents enjoy views over the seemingly unending plains of the Masai Mara with its large populations of plains game.

As with the Guest tents, the communal areas are split between the river and the plains. The deck of the bar tent is a great spot to enjoy a sundowner with a view of the Mara River, whilst the dining tent provides views over the plains.

Activities include game drives and walking safaris with experienced and knowledgeable guides and trackers.

Governors also provides its Guests with the opportunity to take a trip in a hot air balloon. Silently drifting across the Masai Mara as the sun rises is an experience not to miss.

Governors Camp is set in an environmentally sensitive area and the Camp is proud to have been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco- Tourism Kenya due to the sustainable tourism practices in place in camp.

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Governors' Camp has 37 luxury all canvas tents each providing the comforts of safari enjoyed in luxury.

Governors' Camp has recently enjoyed a complete renovation and upgrade. Classic safari tents have new beige canvas creating a light and bright atmosphere. Each tent has en-suite bathrooms and large private verandahs from which to enjoy the views and wildlife from this stunning location. Some of the tents have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara, others look over the banks of the meandering Mara River.


Activities include game drives and walking safaris with experienced and knowledgeable guides and trackers.

The magical experience of hot air ballooning across the Masai Mara at dawn.

Between July and August, with the arrival of the first rains, the wilderbeest migration moves up from the dry areas of Tanzania to the area around Governors' Camp.

Cultural visits to a traditional Masai homestead or Manyatta situated just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve which consists of traditional houses surrounding a cattle enclosure. Governors' Camp encourages clients to visit this manyatta if they are interested in Masai culture and would like to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries.


  • Game drives in the Maasai Mara

    Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.

  • Maasai Mara Balloon Safari

    Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.

  • Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle

    Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.

  • Riding in Maasai Mara

    Horseback safaris are the most exciting way to see the bush and in Kenya they are without a doubt the most exciting and adventurous safari you can do.

  • The Great Migration

    The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.

  • Walking in the Maasai Mara

    Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.

Location & directions

Maasai Mara, Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya, Kenya

Located on the bank of the Mara River in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve.

How to get there

Fly to Nairobi International Airport, transfer to Nairobi Wilson Airport and fly by light aircraft direct to Governor's Camp.

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