This was an amazing life experience for us; the animals and the proximity to them are spectacular, but before I tell you about that let me give you my first tip.
Regardless of what your travel provider might tell you, avoid driving into this camp. When you leave the main road from or to Nairobi you will have a 77 kilometer drive into the camp. This drive is backbreaking, it is on a pathway (can't call it a road) that is rutted and filled with holes the size of the vehicle. At times the vehicle will careen on its side and you'll swear you'll tip over. The dust that comes up is choking and is unpleasant. It takes over two and a half hours to cover the 77 KMS. You'll be exhausted and tired and dirty. All I could think of was that we had to do it again on the way out. (We didn't, we changed plans and flew out) Take the flying option if you can.
Now to the good stuff... Once you get there it is amazing! The camp staff is wonderful and care for your well being. The tents are reasonably equipped considering you are in a national park, you'll be comfortable. The food is quite good, well prepared and always fresh. There is even limited WiFi available.
You will have a choice of three drives per day, or a two drive option. On the two drive option, you'll stay out longer in the morning and travel further. Your guide will bring a "bush breakfast" which you'll eat in a serene portion of Masai Mara. I recommend this, its fun.
We were there in late July during the Wildebeest migration. It was remarkable to see hundreds of thousands of these animals in every direction. We drive into the herd, never more than a foot to two way from them. We also saw several lions (male and female) as close as six feet away, leopards who had made kills and were eating their kills in a tree, countless Buffalo, Topee, gigantic crocodiles, Elephants, a dozen Hippos, Baboons, Gazelles, Impalas and numerous warthogs. There is even a warthog named Wiggly who likes to walk into the camp right next to your breakfast table and makes himself at home.
On one of your drives you will visit a Masai village, quite fascinating and educational. Morning drives commence at 6:30 am. You will have a cup of coffee or tea in your tent before you go and you'll see the sunrise over the Masai Mara from your Land Rover. Few things are worth rising this early for but this is one of them. Back to the camp by 9:00 for a hearty breakfast, then another drive at 10:30 returning at 12:30 for lunch and a rest. Then out again at 3:30 for the evening drive and back around 6:30 for a hot shower in your tent and dinner.
It sounds long but you will be amazed at how quickly the time goes by. The guides are all superb and well prepared to answer your questions and accommodate your requests to see specific animals.
Tip number two; bring the best camera you can with a long telephoto lens. A 300 mm lens would be fine and hopefully a zoom, so you can get close ups. You'll want a big data card because you'll snap hundreds and hundreds of shots. Shoot without limitation and cull the unnecessary shots when you get home.
Tip number three, take several changes of clothes. You will get pretty dirty on each drive from the dust that gets kicked up. And it gets into everything. There is a reason why most of the locals wear Khaki colored or green clothing. It doesn't show the dust! By the way, the camp does offer same day laundry service. Avoid wearing light colors like white and beige.
If you apply sunscreen, make sure you use one that absorbs into the skin quickly. If you have any light residue left on your skin the dust will cling to it and you'll find the end result makes you look like a bushman.
My last tip to you is to bring a warm sweater or fleece, one that you don't mind getting dusty so dark colored. It's cold in the mornings and early evenings on the drives and you’re in an open vehicle traveling at 30-40 MPH. You will get quite chilled.
Don't let all this put you off, it's an amazing experience and you'll have memories for a lifetime. We were three or four feet from lions, watched them eat a kill. We saw Wildebeests crossing the river and crushing themselves in panic. Dozens of them floating away in the river and being eaten by huge crocodiles and vultures. And while that sounds gruesome, it is nature and the way of life in the wild.
Governors Camp is a wonderful place and will deliver an experience you will always cherish.
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