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Governor's Camp
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King's Lynn
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4 reviews
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“The most exciting adventure ever...”
Reviewed November 11, 2010

As much as I had read and researched to try and expect what a safari would be like, nothing prepared me for our stay at Governor's in October this year. We obviously had an idea that it was going to be good having read a lot of reviews, but nothing beats your own experiences so we had an open mind. The moment we stepped from the plane and were met by a member of staff and driven the short distance to the camp we were under the spell. In my excitement at seeing two Cheetahs on a termite hill by the track my sun glasses fell out of the Landrover. My first instinct was to just get out, run back and pick them up until I remembered exactly where we were!! However, there was not one moment when we felt in any danger, even though these beautiful animals are free to roam wherever they please. We were so lucky to be given Dominic as our driver for our 4 day stay. We were even more fortunate that we had him all to ourselves for the entire time. He was just amazing and meeting him went a long way to making this adventure so perfect. The camp itself is fabulous. I am not naturally a camping sort of girl but this is not camping as I have ever known it. Showers, plenty of hot water, the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in and the most wonderful location. My husband and I were celebrating a special wedding anniversary and the staff really made a fuss of us. We have never felt so privilaged and we can't wait to return.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, February 16, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2010

We have recently returned from Governors camp and it was wonderful. We took our two teenage daughters age 18 and 17 who loved every minute of it. The airstrip is approximately 2 minutes from the camp entrance but we hadn't checked in when our driver spotted a pride of lions lying in the sun. Incredible. Our driver for the stay was Moses who was very knowledgeable and knew where the leopard might be or the cheetah with her cubs. The balloon ride was stunning but be prepared for a bumpy landing!! The tents are basic but you are in the middle of the african bush! The food is good but not exceptional. The hot water bottle is a nice touch in the evening along with early morning tea and biscuits. A magical holiday with many happy memories.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, February 16, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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East Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 5, 2010

We stayed in Governor's Camp for three nights travelling with our daughter and son-in- law who live in Kenya. It was an exceptional holiday, the game reserve, the accommodation (overlooking the river) was magical. On the first safari we saw lions, wilderbeast, giraffe etc . Would certainly recommend our guide and driver Maini, he was very knowledgeable but fun with it. We had a landrover to ourselves and that meant we could stop and start as we wanted for photgraphy etc. Ask for him and they try to oblige.

The meals at Governors camp were good quality and varied and the evenings in the tented dining room and beforehand having a drink around a fire or in the bar were really memorable. The odd hippo walking by!!

Sleeping under canvas (albeit with a lovely ensuite etc!) was marvellous -the noises and movement outside were interesting but having the security of guards was reassuring.

We had probably the most interesting and enjoyable holiday we have ever had in this idyllic place.

  • Stayed October 2010
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, February 16, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 25, 2010

Having read Trip Adviser we did have some reservations , having been there we have no reservations about recommending Governors to anyone.
It really was the holiday of a lifetime in fact it was a life experience completely different than any other holiday we have had , it was as if we stepped into another world for the 4 nights we were there.
What everyone says about the game dives,the staff,the food,the tents,the location are all true because it is no single thing but everything taken together which make a stay at Governors such a special event.
We shared our vehicle with a couple who had been on safari several times in South Africa also Tsv East and West and they found the Masai Mara and Governors to be far superior in every way particularly in the amount and variety of the game.We will return.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, February 19, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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London
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

Brilliant, brilliant,brilliant. Great, great visit. Fantastic drives, fantastic tent, fantastic food.

My husband and I (in our early 30s) stayed at Governors for 2 nights in Sept. We had a fabulous tent. We ate wonderful food. We saw cheetahs and lions and elephants and wildebeest and zebras. We spent our 2nd night with 4 masai warriors outside our tent as we had a mother elephant and her calf chomping their way through the hedge row but it wasnt frightening. We had a great guide and great jeeps. We just cannot recommend this camp enough.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, February 19, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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nairobi
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

- Excellent staff and management ( always making sure you are content)
-Early morning game drives with coffee and biscuits in your tent
- Hot water and electricity in the tents
- Very flexible with meal times and game drives (good when you have little kids)
- Hot water bottles at night :)
-Excellent bird watching
-no frivilious charges drinks very resonable
-Little soap-stone hippos on your pillows at night and real hippos outside your tent!
-Game viewing from your bed
-a dedicated staff member to cater your every whim
-gourmet food !(in the mara!)
-very flexible with kids menu.
-on the mara river
- excellent drivers and guides
-the best safari off my life. well done and keep it up!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, February 19, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

The game & safaris were fantastic! You can see the big 5 (and much more) in a morning! The staff were fantastic, the food was out of this world with some interesting combinations you won't find everywhere else! To have 5 course meals twice a day was out of this world (remembering that you are out there with the closest town far away)! My compliments to the chef and management! The tents are not 5 star hotel rooms, but they are fantastic for somebody on safari! The hippos (and elephants and buffalo sometimes) chomping outside at night was quite an experience. We were in tent 33 and I could see why tent 37 is the most famous! The balloon trip is a must!

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, February 19, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a fantastic stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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Property: Governor's Camp
Address: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 138 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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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