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4.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“The Most AMAZING Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

I spent three nights at Governors Camp and cannot recommend it enough. I cannot wait to return. The staff cannot do enough for you - its both terrifying at night and exciting! The sound of baboons screaming doesnt exactly make you feel secure but you are safe in the knowledge that there are guards around at night to protect you.
The safari rides are also amazing - Soloman our guide made the trip!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2010

We loved goveners from the moment we saw it on the plain flying in, anyone who is thinking of taking a real safari this is it, we spent a wonderful 3 days at goveners main camp, we were made to feel like lords we did not want to leave. Thank you

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

Phenomenal location in luxury tents on the Mara river.
Had personalised valets and drivers throughout the stay ..
Attention to details and excellent dinners! caters to all cuisines..

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2010

We arrived at Governor's in a small group of couples for a one-night treat during a trip to Kenya. And what a treat! Our tent faced the river and we were able to sit on our small terrace watching the hippos and listening to the birds. Only one other tent was visible, and while you may hear people walking by, you really do feel secluded and in the middle of nature. All this obviously aided by the knowledge that the camp is not fenced off, and it is common for hippos and elephants to walk through it.
We slept very well and appreciated the surprisingly well-appointed bathroom. The wake-up call in the morning - tea and biscuits before your first game drive - are a nice touch. Food in general is perfectly good - both the bbq buffet for lunch and the more formalised dinner - and there's plenty of time to enjoy it and a rest in between game drives.
Our driver/guide was friendly and courteous and went out of his way (literally) to give us wonderful animal viewing. Other camp staff were equally friendly and helpful. It really is the most relaxing and uplifting experience, I cannot recommend it enough. We will certainly return.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

Took a safari from the coast to Governors Camp last October (and are finally getting around the review!)

Having looked at LOADS of options and emailed lots of people before leaving the UK, we finally settled on Governors and booked it through DM Tours after arriving at Diani Sea Lodge. From start to finish it was amazing - from the light aircraft from the Diani air strip to Governor's private air strip in the Mara.

We were initially allocated tent 37, which is the last one in the row of tents that face the plains of the Mara. It has a spectacular view over the plains. We trotted off on our first game drive, with excellent driver and guide. Saw elephants, zebra, widebeest, buffalo, lions, warthogs, hyenas, giraffes, and many eagles, herons etc, And that was only the first day.

Each time you return to the tent you are escorted (just in case there are any animals around). When you are ready for dinner, you come onto the terrace of the tent and wave your torch. One of the rangers will then escort you to dinner. First night the dinner was fabulous, in the mess tent. It really is gourmet food! Whilst we were at dinner 2 hippotamus crossed the lawn!

We then retired to the bar for a beer, and had a sit around the camp fire. However, when it was time to turn in, we asked the ranger to escort us. He said there were elephants in the camp and radio'd his colleague. Tents 34 - 37 were out of bounds - due to a herd of elephants passing through! I knew the camp was unfenced, but had not appreciated exactly what this meant! Anyway, a couple of beers later, and a lot of checking on the walkie talkie later, we were 'rushed' to tent 37 when it was deemed safe. It is very cosy in the tent. We left the gas light on in the bathroom all night, as our steward advised us to do. Needless to say it was an eventful night, as at least one large elephant was chomping away at the back of our tent all night!

The next morning we were woken with tea, coffee and biscuits at 0545 and off for the first spectacular drive of the day. It really is worth getting up early in the Mara. I will never forget the first time we stopped by some lions munching on their breakfast. It takes your breath away, as there is nothing between you and them, just a couple of metres of air!

Back for a scrummy breakfast on the lawn (with great English style tea) then we popped backd to the tent. This was when we met our escort again, who had to check if a lion was still behind the tent, or if it was safe to go in!

At this point, we decided to move to the heart of the camp, by the river for our next 2 nights. Reception organised a move to tent 18 whilst we were on our mid-morning drive.

This tent had a view of the river and was in the wooded part of the camp. Both tents were really lovely, very luxurious and cosy. And they put hot water bottles in the bed before you turn in!

We spent two more fabulous days at Governors. Every day, we were so glad we had chosen Governors. Our driver and guide were excellent and often we were the only landrover at each site. We liked the fact that the landrover was open sided, and were lucky to share ours with only one other traveller.

Tent 18 still had it's share of excitement (something strange sleeping behind the tent!) and buffalo and elephants in the camp overnight. However, there are 2 paths to it, so you are less likely to be unable to return to your tent!

Overall an excellent stay, it lived up to and exceeded all our expectations, with quite a lot of added excitement! It is certainly worth saving up for.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2010

Animal viewing is top notch, but accommodations are fairly rustic by upmarket safari standards (tents are basic with no electricity.) Our particular tent and its furnishings were a bit ratty and needed to be updated. People with poor eyesight beware--the tents are extremely dark and the gas lanterns provided do not provide sufficient light to read or shave by. The food and location were excellent, however.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2010

We booked Governors Camp via Julius K. Nzumbi of J.T(JULIUS TACT SAFARIS) (www.julius-safariscom) who gave us an unbelieveable deal; me and the wife saved over £800 compared to other visitors we met there!

The camp itself was an experience to remember, being tented and unfenced it really felt as if you were in the wild - we had wild elephants through the camp every night, with one evening rubbing against our tent and feeding from the tree outside!

The food and service was first class here. You will not go hungry! The menus each day varied and were of a high restaurant standard. In the morning the staff will wake you up for your morning safari with hot chocolate in bed!

Our driver Gideon had supurb knowledge of the wildlife and was constantly amazing us with different stories and bits of information. The trucks themselves were very comfortable and being 4x4 could go anywhere.

I would recommend this camp to anyone, I honestly can't find a bad thing to say about it.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Governor's Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Governors' Camp nestles on the banks of the Mara River in the heart of the most prolific game viewing area of the Masai Mara. One of only a handful of camps located within the Masai Mara Game Reserve the setting is magical. Half of the tents overlook the rolling grasslands of Africa, with views of elephant, zebra and gazelle; the rest are tucked away in the forest lining the banks of the Mara River. ... more   less 
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Governor`s Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Governors Camp
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