There is no way to describe Governors' Camp, or the Masai Mara in general, other than amazing.
The staff in Governors were wonderful, well trained and welcome you with a genuine smile each morning, noon and night. Upon entering the camp you are welcomed by the guard at the entrance, "Smiler" who shouted "Jambo, welcome/have a good trip" as you are leaving/entering! His enthusiasm sets you up for what is the most special of places.
At Governors you are allocated a food and drinks server who attend to you each meal time, meaning that you are able to build up a rapport during your stay. We had the absolute pleasure of being served by Frank and Lemeria, each of which could not do enough to make each meal time special, including moving our table into the sun, remembering that I was vegetarian and checking that we had everything we needed. I couldn't, and wouldn't want to, fault them in any way. Philip, the hotel manager, was
Our safari driver, Solomon, was beyond any expectation we had (which was high given that our parents had 'bigged it up' for the years before our trip). We found every type of animal we wanted to see, including the big 5 within 24 hours. His genuine love of what he did was evident in each drive we went on, which made it all the more special for us. He went above and beyond to try to allow us to get good pictures/see the types of animals that we wanted. I don't agree with a previous review which refers to the vehicles being uncomfortable - it was perfectly comfortable and we were given blankets when it was chillier in the mornings and the evenings! Do your research and work out the temperature it is likely to be during your stay – you can't complain about it being cold really given that the hotel has no control over the temperature (and this information is easily available on the web). Bring a jumper and long trousers as it does get chilly in the mornings and evenings but you can easily counter this by packing correctly/using the blankets provided.
The food was great. Starting from a great coffee/tea (with biscuit) in the morning, buffet breakfast and lunch and 3 course dinner, we had more than enough food. I struggle to see how you could eat more than 3 courses each meal!!! I am vegetarian and my alternatives were delicious, including a great roasted vegetable risotto on one of the nights.
The location of the camp is brilliant. You are literally 'in the midst of it' with Buffallo and Hippos roaming the area at night, however, don't worry the area is watched by guards!
We took a balloon trip on our second morning there. I was a bit apprehensive as I had never been on a balloon but David was fabulous, explained everything and immediately put me at ease. I can safely say that the balloon trip was the most incredible thing I have done, with awe inspiring views of the migration (we had a birds' eye view of a lion with baby cubs!), ending with a wonderful champagne breakfast set up in the middle of the reserve, where you land, once you are finished. The breakfast was amazing, with several glasses of champagne, all before 9am!
The tent was lovely. It had a large double bed, with dressing table and separate bathroom. I thought I might be a bit cool at night given that it was chilly in the evenings but it was absolutely fine, and aided by a hot water bottle placed in your bed in the evening, such a nice touch!
I couldn't recommend this place more. I completely understand the sentiment that you never truly leave Africa as it stays in your heart. I very much hope that I will be able to return and would encourage anyone of having a trip to the Masai Mara to stay at Governors' Camp.
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