Little Governor's was our first stop on our safari- and by far the best. We flew in on Safarilink to their airstrip (quite the adventure on a tiny little plane)
The Camp itself is simple, but extremely luxurious. The tents were more chic and bathrooms much nicer than any other hotel we stayed in in Kenya. No comfort is missing- except electricity- which you will not miss at all!
Service- simply stellar. You might not notice, but at lunch when the sun comes on to your table, the moment you get up to get food they move your table into the shade. Incredible.
Food- limited options, but again, stellar. Much nicer than the vast, mediocre buffets we got everywhere else. Everything was top-quality and delicious. Tell them if you have special dietary needs in advance, they're very accomodating.
The camp is unfenced, so there are elephant, warthogs, and hippos, but they're never troublesome and the guards are very attentive. The game drives we did from the camp took us into the other side of the Mara river from the hordes of tourists, and we weren't usually crowded by 15 other cars as happened at other places in the Mara. Even the camp cars are of much much better quality than any other cars we used/saw.
We stayed at Lil Gov only for a night (since my dad needed the internet regularly and we weren't sure about the whole no-electricity thing), but wished we'd stayed much longer. Moved to Mara Serena, which was awfully kitschy after this place.
The ONLY complaint we had was- early in the morning, before going on our game drive, there were only gas lights in the tent to see with- which, for my older parents, was extremely difficult. The problem is very easily solved, just make sure you ask them for extra lights at night.
Sidenote- we're a family of insomniacs, especially first nights in new places, but perhaps because of the lack of artificial light and any distractions- I can say I've NEVER slept more soundly.
Please bring your own conditioner to Kenya though! Something about the water/shampoo/game drives made my hair a disastrous sticky tangle, and they don't give conditioner in any hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a forest in the heart of the Masai Mara, Little Governors' is intimate in character. The luxury en-suite tents are tucked around a large water-hole clearing that teems with life. Beyond, lie the grasslands of the Masai Mara and the deep blue Olololo Ridge Escarpment. Arriving in Camp is an adventure, leaving your vehicle behind you cross the Mara River by boat and are escorted on foot through the forest to the camp. 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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- Also Known As:
- Little Governors` Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Little Governors' Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve