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Governor's Camp
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Reviewed August 25, 2009

I can not say enough about this place. It was amazing from start to finish. Elephants in the camp through the first night, hippos the next. The balloon safari over the Mara-breathtaking. The picnic breakfast by the hippos in the river-awesome. It is a little pricey but so worth it. Can't wait to return as 3 nights is not enough.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your stay at Governors Camp. We are delighted you had such a lovely and memorable time with us all.

Thank you again and we have passed your feedback onto the rest of the team,
We do hope to see you return one day soon.

Best wishes,

The Governors Team

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Reviewed August 23, 2009

On the contrary to a recent previous review we found our stay here brilliant. (But yes we are British Colonial Wannabes). Seriously though that is the kind of feel the camp has and being over 30 years old it's not too surprising.

We arrived for Lunch - being 2 minutes from their own airstrip. We had a table waiting where our waiter Moses introduced himself. They serve an excellent 3 course lunch out in the open Mara and yes there are a few flies and bees but what would you expect?? If you prefer they will move you into the bar area or dinner tent but we stuck it out. They do have food nets over you sugar etc again contrary to the previous review.

After lunch we witness two elephants and a calf appear over the other side of the river. From our table we watched them make their way down the bank to the Mara river to drink which was a great surprise! The camp has a bar and viewing deck also but we didn't spend much time there!

The tent we had (no. 23) was great. Good beds, a large en-suite bathroom and overlooking the river where we saw crocs swimming on more than one occasion!
Yes they could probably do with renewing the tents but it was clean and added to the 'camping experience. Our first night we were surrounded by animals - elephants, hippos and wart hogs. We awoke (not that i slept much) to find elephants had pushed over the wood fence at the top of the bank - metres from our tent! Was great to listen to at 4 in the morning! We were told 'visitors' are regular but have never attacked a tent. It really gave something to the whole experience. Don't be scared, they have 'rangers' working through the night and after dark you are escorted to and from your tent - very exciting. The second morning an elephant was still hanging around behind our neighbours tent and a ranger was waiting outside our tent to take us safely past!

We went for our first game drive at 15:30 - 18:30. The next morning you're up early, awaken with tea or coffee for a 6:30 leave, back for a barbecued English breakfast, then back out at 10:30 back for 12:00 lunch.
All the drives were great and we let the guide (Gideon) show us the sights. He was really helpful - would find animals on request and gave a lot of info on each animal. Our only issue was the two Italian ladies we had to share with - asking if they could stroke a lion and screaming loud enough to scare most animals off but we couldn't do much about them. If you have the option take the drives with just your party, would be worth the extra expense. The land rover we were in would take 4 so was still good to be a small group compared to some other vehicles we saw! Our biggest surprise was how independent the driver acted - no walkie talkies between drivers so most of the time we were the only vehicle around each animal occasionally bumping into others. The river crossing was a spectacle but also were the 30 or so vehicles from all over. No croc kills but saw them all munching on a dead buffalo. We saw lots of lions - the marsh pride from BBC Big Cats, Cheetahs, a Cheetah kill, lots of elephant, buffalo, giraffes, zebra, eagles, vultures, BIG crocs, hippos, foxes, hyenas, and all the antelopes and of course zillions of wildebeest. It takes just one to make a move and in five minutes there's a line of them all thundering off for miles.
We were disappointed not to see leopard or Rhino but think we ticked off most other animals that aren't entirely nocturnal. That will be our mission next time.

Dinner is served in a large tent, again a surprisingly excellent quality 3 course - better than our hotel. The staff are excellent, most of them Masai people. After dinner we tended to take a well deserved early night ready for our next early morning. In the evening they bring in gas lamps and hot water bottles - not that it was cold but a nice touch.

We pre booked through a local Kenyan company close to our hotel on Diani Beach. The company was called Kenyan Adventures and Beyond Safaris and i cannot recommend it enough. We paid 600 USD each for our 3 day trip flying in from Diani. I think many spent thousands getting here booking through big tour companies. The only difference was that 'Doc' the company owner drove us to the airstrip himself. All the park taxes were paid and we received the same treatment as everyone! Please book through a Kenyan company so they get some money rather than paying into the pockets of international businesses!

I would definitely return here and were surprised by how well organised it was and how much you were were pampered. There is a small shop for gifts, a battery charging room and balloon rides available - again something we will do next time.

Overall if a 'camping' experience is what you want - this is the place, the best camp with the best location - minutes from the action. Be aware other camps may have to drive you 30 - 60 minutes to get to animals. Having no fences really adds to the excitement so now you've done your research - book it!!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your stay at Governors Camp. We are delighted you had such a lovely and memorable time with us all.

Thank you again and we have passed your feedback onto the rest of the team,
We do hope to see you return one day soon.

Best wishes,

The Governors Team

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Reviewed August 14, 2009

Awful, especially since we chose this over Serena, Safari lodge and a host of other excellent properties. They have extremely poor quality landrovers, one broke down while we were in it (clutch came off in the driver's hands). Driver/Guides are full of attitude and you need to take charge pretty fast or you will see the obligatory lion and cheetah that everyone sees and then he sticks his hands out for a tip. Very difficult to get our guy to drive to Mara river; he kept telling us that there was nothing there, during migration season! The flies and wasps are all over the camp - they do not maintain basic hygiene - i.e. even a net over the food pans is missing. No hot water except for half an hour at 5:30-6 am and one hour from 5:30-6:30 pm.
To add insult to injury, they dropped us off (with young children) one and a half hours before our flight was supposed to arrive at the airstrip (this after telling us that they would keep in touch with the plane to get an accurate idea of the landing time). Then, they made us get off and used the car to pick up someone else at the airstrip, so we were waiting in the hot sun.
Rotten hospitality, better suited to a motel in a dreary county Louisiana - definitely not worth the >$700 / day rate.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your stay at Governors Camp. We are delighted you had such a lovely and memorable time with us all.

Thank you again and we have passed your feedback onto the rest of the team,
We do hope to see you return one day soon.

Best wishes,

The Governors Team

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Reviewed July 26, 2009

Booked safari through DM Tours over the internet, they were very efficient, no problems at all. Governors camp was a wonderful experience, we saw all the animals apart from a rhino and was amazed that you could see for miles without another car, person building ! Our guide was called Gideon and he made our trip, searching out all the things we wanted to see and finding lost of others which we hadn't spotted. On our last morning we took out a picnic breakfast as we were still in search of the elusive leopard, we found one which actually used our jeep as cover while hunting antelope! We were so thrilled.
The food and service were 5 star, eating breakfast while looking at crocodiles and elephants. Here is a link to a video of our experiences ! .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GeNb00VhEw

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your stay at Governors Camp. We are delighted you had such a lovely and memorable time with us all.

Thank you again and we have passed your feedback onto the rest of the team,
We do hope to see you return one day soon.

Best wishes,

The Governors Team

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Reviewed June 23, 2009

We stayed at the Governor's camp for 2 nights/3 days but wish we had booked longer. When I told people I would be staying in a tent they were surprised until they saw the pictures. The bed is a good size possibly, king size, and later in the evening two hot water bottles are put in it and this was needed. The bathroom consists of a flushing toilet, basin, bidet and shower (so all you need). There is no electricity but there is a separate room for charging batteries near reception and also an area for you to dry your hair ladies. The location itself is amazing and as there are no fences you certainly get very close to the wildlife. Our first night there we heard the lions, hippo's and an elephant decided to sleep behind the tent next to us so not much sleeping that night but this adds to the adventure. The food was also fantastic and you had a table allocated to you for your stay. This is setup outside (weather permitting). Breakfast consisted of cold and hot buffet food. The hot buffet was cooked to your requirements. Lunch and dinner were 5 courses which included a choice of mains and desserts. You are also woken for your morning drives with a drink of your choose and biscuits. All staff here make you feel very welcome.
Now for what we really came for, the wildlife. You will not be disappointed. This started very well with our drive from the airstrip to the camp we saw the marsh pride and a male lion. Over the three days we had 6 game drives and on each drive saw exceptional wildlife. The lions I could watch continually as they are such amazing animals, especially as you get so close to them. We were also lucky enough on the third day to see Shakirah and her 3 boys. She had not been seen for about a week or so before this sighting. Other animals you see included giraffes, baboons, elephants, gazelles, blue jeans, hippo’s, warthogs, jackals, hyenas, zebras, ostriches, buffalos and a wonderful array of birds. On our first night there a baby elephant had been born, which we saw the afterbirth of on the following morning drive. We were then lucky enough to see the 1 day old elephant on the following days morning drive. We did not see a black rhino, but I believe there are only 6 there and they are quite a rare slight. Our driver JoJo was very good and with a great knowledge of the area and animals. As you are in 4x4 jeeps this allows you to go everywhere and means you get very close to the wildlife. I would definitely recommend this camp and hope that I will go back in the future and for a longer period.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your stay at Governors Camp. We are delighted you had such a lovely and memorable time with us all.

Thank you again and we have passed your feedback onto the rest of the team,
We do hope to see you return one day soon.

Best wishes,

The Governors Team

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Reviewed May 26, 2009

My husband and I spent 4 wonderful days and nights at Little Governer's Camp. Although my husband had always wanted to go on Safari, it was not something that had interested me, however the balloon flight picture in the brochure sold the idea and off we went in February. It was truly amazing. It exceeded all expectations. The daily game drives, tents, staff, food in fact everything was wonderful. I could not fault a single thing. Our guide surprised us every day with a new experience or sighting. The balloon flight is an absolute must. It was the most terrific experience and the breakfast the followed was excellent.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your stay at Governors Camp. We are delighted you had such a lovely and memorable time with us all.

Thank you again and we have passed your feedback onto the rest of the team,
We do hope to see you return one day soon.

Best wishes,

The Governors Team

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Reviewed May 16, 2009

We flew from Nairobi to Governor's Camp and stayed for 3 days/2 nights in late March and loved every minute of it. We liked the comfortable tents and the open unfenced camp which gave it more of a wilderness feeling. The food and the service were excellent. The game drives were outstanding and we saw much more wildlife than we ever dreamed we would. We booked our safari through Antony Musyoka of Wildlife Kenya Safaris who gave us flawless service at the best price.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely and informative review of your stay at Governors Camp. We are delighted you had such a lovely and memorable time with us all.

Thank you again and we have passed your feedback onto the rest of the team,
We do hope to see you return one day soon.

Best wishes,

The Governors Team

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Address: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 146 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $542 - $1,230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Governor's Camp 3.5*
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. Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community and conservation at the heart of everything we do. ... more   less 
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