Kenya Destinations

Governors Camp

The most magnificent natural theatre in the world, Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, is where the Governors' Family of Camps was born. Set in the heart of Africa's Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 sq. kilometres of unspoilt wilderness. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming. Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of colour and life. The famed "Big Five" - elephant, rhino, lion, leopard and buffalo - roam the reserve, together with hundreds of other species, from the fastest animal on earth, the cheetah to crocodiles and magnificent birds of prey.
Most stunning of all are the months between July and October, when the savannah teems with animals during the Great Migration. Millions of Wildebeest gather in the Masai Mara in one of the natural wonders of the world. Staying in one of the four Governors' Camps in the Masai Mara puts you in the heart of the National Park, closer than anyone to it's incredible sights and sounds.

Governors Camp

The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya's colonial Governors and their royal visitors. Now Governors' Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's waters teeming with hippo and crocodile. Some of the 36 tents line the riverbank, with uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains. Created in 1972 Governors' Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it's still Africa's best. Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. Here's how Travel and Leisure Magazine described us when it's readers voted us fourth in 'The Top 10 Hotels in the World' in 1998. "Governors' Camp is a site popular with both animals (who come to the river to drink) and people. As in the past the hotel emphasises enjoying the wild splendours of Africa in the highest possible style. Guests stay in well-appointed canvas tents, each with its own bathroom. Evenings are devoted to cocktails around a bonfire and dinner by candlelight." Each morning a breakfast feast is prepared over blazing coals: mountains of bacon, eggs the way you like them, fresh milk flown-in daily, hot-baked croissants, exotic fruits, and freshly-brewed Kenya coffee. Lunch, like breakfast is a buffet, this time roast meats hot and cold, fresh salads and delicious desserts. Both meals are served on the shady riverbank with views across the Mara's plains.

Little Governors

The Camp that Africa's old hands swear by, Little Governors' casts its spell over all who visit from honeymooning couples to Presidents. "Our favourite camp in the Mara" according to the guide 'Kenya's Best'. Intimate in character, there are just 17 tents tucked around a large watering-hole that teems with animal and bird life. From every veranda the view changes daily: Giraffe and Lion, Elephant and Warthog. Getting here is an adventure in itself, you first have to cross the Mara River by boat, then walk a short distance, escorted by armed guards, through the forest. All the tents are comfortable and tasteful. Each has en-suite bathroom, hot water, even bidets. In keeping with safari tradition lighting is by gas and kerosene lantern or candlelight. As dusk falls the flickering lights in the forest make the camp a uniquely peaceful and atmospheric place. Meals are of our usual superlative standards, served, as is our style, outdoors during the day or in our candlelit dining tent. In any Governors' Camp we're happy to cater for all tastes or needs, just let us know. Come the evening it's time for chilled drinks and tall tales around the blazing campfire. Then, finally, a delicious dinner and a hot-water bottle to keep you warm in bed.

Governors Lil Morem

The camp for those who want that extra bit of luxury. We've kept Governors' Ilmoran Camp as small as possible, with added touches that make this the top of the range safari.
We've recreated the atmosphere of the original hunting camps. Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest, are just 10 tents. They line the winding banks of the Mara River.
You'll be the personal guest of our manager, who'll look after all your needs. Game drives and game walks are included in the rate and complimentary wine is served with dinner.
ach spacious tent has a very private location and is furnished to a superior standard. Stunning beds are handmade from specially selected wood taken from ancient olive trees. Large en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a lovely big shower with piping-hot water, and a Victorian bath where you can soap the day's dust away. Every tent has an extended veranda. They're designed so you can take dinner in private at your tent if you wish. Or just relax and enjoy the sights and sounds. Birds and butterflies abound, elephant wander through the camp, at night leopard call nearby. During the day meals are served under the giant trees. There's fresh fruits, cereals and hot-baked breads together with a cooked. Breakfast barbecued before your eyes. For lunch a buffet that'll satisfy the hungriest appetites. Deep in the bush, our cordon-bleu dinners by candlelight are a truly unforgettable experience. Nowhere else can you get so far from civilisation, yet stay in such style.

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