• Governor's Main Camp

Governors' Main Camp

The heart of the magical Masai Mara.

The setting of the Governor's Camp is so magical that when it opened it was reserved exclusively for Kenya's colonial Governors. Nestled among trees on the banks of the Mara River, the camp is in a prime position to view its bird-life, hippos and crocodiles. An authentic safari experience, the canvas tents are luxuriously furnished with ensuite facilities and private verandas. From July to October the camp is the perfect place to experience the magnificent wildebeest migration.

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Hotel highlights

  • On the banks of the Mara River
  • Views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara
  • 2 Game drives per day in 4x4 vehicles
  • Awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco- Tourism Kenya

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 37 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 15 minutes drive from Musiara airstrip
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Eco-friendly
  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Governors' Main Camp

  • National park
  • approx. 15 minutes drive from Musiara airstrip
1167 Reviews 98% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1032
  • Very Good 108
  • Average 19
  • Poor 5
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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Feb 09, 2020

A must visit

Basingstoke, United Kingdom

A wonderful place to experience in Africa. We got to see lots of animals during our stay. We were lucky enough to see the leopard and cheetah (with a baby) along with lions, elephants, jackals, hyenas, buffalos, wilder beast, zebras, deers, ostriches, baboons, crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, giraffes, eagles, mongoose, vultures, and also a rhino. Our guide and driver Issac was really good at finding the animals for us. The landscape for the game drive is breathtaking. The staff at the camp were also very nice. The toilet flush of our camp was not working but upon request to the manger he quickly changed our camp. The view of the river was beautiful from our camp. The lunch and breakfast was good but the set dinner on our first two nights was not enough for us and we felt a little hungry during the night after all that game driving but on the 3rd night they had arranged a really good filling buffet dinner. We also went on the balloon safari. We did not get to see that many animals from the balloon but the ride was an amazing experience on its own. We really enjoyed our time in Masai Mara. My suggestion would be to pack warm clothing as it can get quite chilly during the night and some light clothing for the day time and take some snacks to munch on.
Feb 02, 2020

Amazing 3 days

Maidstone, United Kingdom

My husband and I stayed at Governor's Camp for 3 nights. It was our first safari trip and it truly was amazing. All the staff at the camp are so friendly and helpful. Our guide Issac was so knowledgable and enthusiastic and managed to find so many animals for us to see. So thank you so much Issac! The drives out were fantastic, just with scenery alone but to see the animals in their natural environment was amazing. The memories of this trip will stay with us forever. We have many many fantastic photos that we can’t stop looking at. The tents are so comfortable and the food absolutely delicious. Many thanks to our waitress Gladys and drink waiter John. Such a nice touch to have the same waitress and waiter throughout your stay. This truly is a wonderful place to stay!
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Hot Air Ballooning

Add on a hot-air balloon safari to any of the Governors Camps (payable locally). We recommend booking early as numbers are limited.

Walking Safari

Leave the vehicles behind and experience the untamed beauty of the Mara.

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Game Drives

From one of the best locations in the Masai Mara you can enjoy un-matched game-viewing and photographic opportunities as you explore one of the world’s prime wildlife area's with exceptionally highly trained and experienced guides from the comforts the custom built 4 wheel drive Landrovers.

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Room Types

Luxury Tent

The Luxury Tents at Governors Camp, as you can imagine, are unique, spectacular and will leave you with just two words on your lips to describe your experience in the Masai Mara – SIMPLY AMAZING! Each luxury tent has either one king bed or two twin beds, a large private bathroom and an extended verandah with uninterrupted views over the Mara River, or views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. The entire camp is under canvas and is still considered to be the best in Africa.

  • Butler Service
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
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Food & Drink

Bush dinner

Open Bar and Dining Tent

Enjoy dining in the Open bar and Dining tent which has views of the stunning Mara River and the open plains of the Masa Mara.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

All meals (drinks excluded) and game drives are included in the Full Board package.

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