• 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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National park
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Hotel highlights

  • On the banks of the Mara River
  • Views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara

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
1126 Reviews 98% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 992
  • Very Good 109
  • Average 17
  • Poor 5
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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  • Value
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Sep 22, 2019

Wild ride

Had the best time ever in kenya at governor's main camp the tents are awesome the staff are brilliant and the animals are wild. Big thanks to musa our guide who made our adventure memorable definitely one for the bucket list
Sep 16, 2019

Holiday of a lifetime

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

We stayed in tent 10 for four nights from the 2nd September 2019, and right from the start our stay was amazing. All the staff are attentive, welcoming and friendly. Our tent was the ultimate in glamping, I have stayed in far worse hotel rooms, you get a comfortable queen size bed, a full bathroom including shower and bidet, complimentary toiletries and filtered drinking water and they are immacuately cleaned daily. Our tent attendant was William and he woke us every morning in time for our first drive of the day with tea coffee and biscuits, then brought us a hot water bottle at evening turn down. You have three game drives a day with the same guide each day so you get to know him and he will tailor the drives to suit you. Our guide was Bernard and he was brilliant, he was knowledgeable, friendly and went out of his way to make sure we got to see everything we could, and he didn't fail, if he is still there when we return, I would specifically request he be our guide again, he was so good. The food is excellent, and my wife was surprised with a birthday cake by a group of dancing Masai warriors during an evening meal. You have breakfast either as a picnic on your landrover on the savannah, or overlooking the planes in the camp, its your choice, lunch is in camp overlooking the Marra river and watching the hippos and crocs. Don't be surprised if you look up from your meal or drink and see a fully grown elephant walk by or have a warthog eating his lunch beside you. You are completly safe as you are escorted by guards during darkness around the camp. You should do the dawn balloon trip, its an incredible experience, you are sailing over the savannah and the tree tops, spotting the animals and then have a full champagne breakfast on the plains. Our pilot was Sean from New Zealand and he was great, full of humour and great at spotting wildlife, I did ask him if he had thought of working for a living and he said, "Not a chance", and I don't blame him. I could rant on all day about how good this place is, but if you want any advice, just go and try it, you will not be disappointed, it was the best holiday we have had and we will be going back.
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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.

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.

Governors' Main Camp

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
Governors' Main Camp

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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Special Offers

Early booking discount

Early Booking Discount

Reduced rates for travel in 2019, bookings must be confirmed by end of December 2018 

Sunday, December 16, 2018 to Sunday, December 15, 2019

Sale campaign

Rate Reduction

Save up to 10% per person per stay !!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to Sunday, June 30, 2019

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