Little Governors

Maasai Mara, Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya, Kenya

At a Glance

  • Hot air balloon trips over the Maasai Mara take of from close to the camp

  • Stunning views from the main area over the plains

  • Little Governors' Camp is in one of the prime big cat viewing areas in the Maasai Mara

  • The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest

  • Sit on your deck and watch the resident warthog grazing in 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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This area is where Big Cat Diary is filmed!

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Little Governors' Camp is superbly located in prime game viewing area in the Mara Triangle within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. The camp has 17 tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with animal and bird life.

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.

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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 organized 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.



Sarah Clegg (Staff)

The atmosphere at Little Governor's was very relaxed and welcoming when I visited in late April 2013. The Mara was really green, from plenty of rain, and this typically busier corner of the Mara was relatively quiet at this time of the year. The tents at Little Governors are spacious and comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and good sized decks. In front of camp is a marshy lagoon area frequented by hippo, buffalo and elephant throughout the day, on an island in the lagoon is an heronry with a great variety of water-birds and waders. Meals at Little Governors can be enjoyed outside on the banks of the lagoon, under the shade of the large trees running along the bank. Governor's base their hot air balloons from a launching field just behind the camp, so this is a good spot to base yourself if you are keen to experience a dawn flight across the Mara.

Do be aware that this is a busy area in the Maasai Mara, and during peak season there can be a lot of vehicles using the game viewing routes around camp. The game in this area is incredible at all time of year, in just 48 hours we saw cheetah stalking impala, large prides of lion, buffalo, elephant, a distant black rhino and countless plains game. The birding, with the different habitats of river, forest, marsh and savannah is incredible.


  • 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.

  • 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.

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Maasai Mara, Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya, 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 unspoiled wilderness.

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