Discover the Ultimate Governors Camp Masai Mara Safari in 2024

Safari to Governors Camp Masai Mara
Governors Camp - Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Tucked in the riverine forest along the banks of the Mara River, Governors Camp is a haven for an unforgettable African adventure. It’s a place where luxury meets the untamed wilderness.

Imagine waking up to the roars of lions, dining under a canopy of stars, and experiencing the thrill of a hot air balloon safari with amazing views over the Mara plains. Governors Camp Masai Mara, Kenya, offers all this and more. 

In this article, we will share everything there’s to know about Governors Camp, our most booked Governors Camp safari, our contact details, and our multi-destination Kenya safari holidays.

Contact us to Start Planning Your Governors Camp Safari

The best time to plan your Kenya Safari to Governors Camp Masai Mara is now! We invite you to contact us via WhatsApp or phone at +254-704-532-105. We are also available through email at or We will get back within 12 hours.

The Governors Camp, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Governors Camp is nestled along the winding banks of Mara River

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Key Takeaways

  • Governors’ Camp is a luxurious safari-style accommodation within the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
  • It is Africa’s first permanent luxury tented camp and has stayed in its original site since 1972. 
  • The camp is ideally located on the edge of the Masai Mara National Reserve for unobstructed views of the Mara plains.
  • Some things to do during a Governors camp safari include enjoying thrilling game drives and hot air balloon safaris. 
  • Indulge in wellness treatments, leisure activities, spa services, and more amidst the wild for an unforgettable experience tailored for every traveler.

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Explore the Governors' Camp: A Jewel in the Heart of Masai Mara

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Governors Camp luxury safari tent in the heart of Masai Mara

Imagine a place where the untamed beauty of the African bush meets the comfort of a luxury hotel. This is Governors’ Camp, a jewel in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. 

The camp’s prime location along the Mara River provides an unparalleled wildlife viewing experience, as the river serves as a lifeline for a diverse array of animals.

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Luxury accommodation, Governors Camp, Masai Mara

Aside from its remarkable location, this camp stands out with its unique accommodation. It showcases a harmonious blend of luxury and wilderness, characterized by its classic safari-style tented accommodation. 

Each tent comes furnished with en-suite bathrooms and private verandahs, offering the perfect vantage point for guests to enjoy uninterrupted views of the scenic surroundings and the abundant wildlife that frequents the campgrounds.

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Luxury dinner setup at Governors Camp Masai Mara

Mealtime at Governors’ Camp is a memorable experience. Whether you’re enjoying a hearty breakfast in the morning, a sumptuous lunch under the African sun, or a romantic dinner under the stars in the evening, each meal is a celebration of local flavors, served in an unforgettable setting.

The Allure of the Mara River

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Mara River flowing through the Mara wilderness

The Mara River, snaking through the reserve, serves as an indispensable lifeline for numerous wildlife species. It plays a crucial role in the Masai Mara ecosystem, supporting all types of plants and animals, including the forest, and hosting dramatic wildebeest crossings during the annual migration. The river is home to:

  • Lion
  • Elephant
  • Rhino
  • Leopard
  • Buffalo

As well as a multitude of other species, making it the best wildlife viewing location and a hotspot for wildlife viewing, with the foreground complimented by their natural habitat.

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Family enjoying stunning views of Masai Marai from the banks of Mara River

Guests at Governors’ Camp enjoy the unparalleled opportunity to witness the Mara River’s splendor. The Mara waters are full of hippos, crocodiles, and bird life, making it perfect for couples seeking to experience the best of a Masai Mara luxury safari.

Birding at Governors Camp in Masai Mara
A remarkable sighting of a crowned crane in Masai Mara

From game viewing and bird watching to boat safaris on the river and hot air balloon safaris, there are a plethora of activities to choose from. The camp’s deck overlooking the river serves as a tranquil spot for guests to relax and soak in the stunning views.

Safari Tents: Classic Elegance Meets Wilderness

Spacious and lavish tents at Governors Camp Masai Mara
Safari tents overlooking the vast Mara plains teeming with wildlife

Staying at Governors’ Camp offers a taste of luxury amidst the wilderness. The camp features:

  • A grand total of 37 spacious and opulent safari tents
  • Polished wooden decks and large verandas to relax
  • Panoramic views of the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara
  • Lounge/dining tent, souvenir shop, lawns and drinks terrace.
  • A comfortable refuge for guests amidst the wilderness.

Each tent serves as a restful sanctuary and a portal to the captivating world of the African bush. The private verandah of the tents offers front-row seats to the spectacle of nature, with frequent sightings of diverse wildlife. Those wishing to unwind can grab Governors Reserve signature whisky with exceptional flavor and aroma, or socialize with fellow Masai Mara travelers over coffee and tea beverages.

Dining Under the Stars

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Dining under the African sky at Governors Camp

Picture yourself dining under the African sky, with the wilderness’s symphony as a background and the enticing aroma of freshly cooked local dishes filling the air. 

At Governors’ Camp in Masai Mara, this is not just an imagination but a daily experience. The outdoor dining setup, with tables and chairs arranged on a wooden deck, creates an inviting atmosphere for guests to savor their meal amidst the natural greenery under the starlit sky.

A safari dining experience at Governors Camp
Special night dining in the bush - Governors Camp

The culinary offerings at Governors’ Camp include:

  • Continental and full English breakfast buffet
  • A la carte dinner in the dining tent
  • Accommodation of various dietary requirements
  • Option for picnics or packed meals for game drives
  • Special bush meals

The camp caters to a range of palates and ensures that guests have a variety of dining options to savor.

A safari dining experience at Governors Camp
Fresh fruit salads are perfect deserts for hot days on safari

After a fulfilling day of adventure, there’s nothing like unwinding with a fruity almond-based dessert, drizzled with sweet honey, under the African sky.

Unforgettable Adventures in the Maasai Mara National Reserve

Game viewing adventure in Governors Camp Masai Mara
Buffalo herds staring at a rhino in Masai Mara

A stay at Governors’ Camp promises:

  • Luxury and comfort
  • The adrenaline rush of adventure
  • Prime location along the winding banks of the Mara River
  • A gateway to an array of unforgettable safari adventures
  • Thrilling game drives that bring you face-to-face with Africa’s Big Five
  • Breathtaking hot air balloon safaris
  • A new adventure every day

The game drives at Governors’ Camp are a highlight of any stay. They provide an opportunity to encounter the iconic African wildlife in its natural habitat. Most game drives are shared with other guests, but you can book a private vehicle if you want.

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Exciting game drive in Masai Mara National Reserve

During these drives, the camp’s experienced guides share their wealth of knowledge about the animals and their behaviors, enhancing the safari experience with their insights. With privileged access to specific reserve areas, the game drives offer a sense of exclusivity and immersion in the wilderness.

Game Drives: Get Up Close and Personal With Africa’s Big Five

Game drives at Governors Camp Masai Mara
Tourists viewing leopard from open-sided safari vehicle

Game drives at Governors’ Camp pave the way for memorable wildlife encounters in Masai Mara. Led by passionate and knowledgeable guides, these drives offer close encounters with Africa’s Big Five:

  • Lion
  • Leopard
  • Rhinoceros
  • Elephant
  • African buffalo
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A Tourist taking upclose shot of a relaxed lion

Whether it’s the majestic lion basking in the sun, a herd of elephants meandering through the savannah, or a leopard stealthily stalking its prey, each game drive brings a new adventure.

Game drives at Governors Camp Mara
Tourists resting after an adventurous day of game viewing

The game drives, usually spanning 3 to 4 hours, are strategically scheduled for early mornings and late afternoons when most wildlife is active. This timing ensures that guests get the best opportunities for wildlife viewing. 

And after a day of exciting game drives, returning to the comforts of the camp is a treat in itself. There’s nothing like ending the day with a delicious dessert featuring creamy vanilla flavors.

Ballooning Over the Savanna

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Balloon safari - The Governors Camp

If you’re looking for an adventure that’s a cut above the rest, a hot air balloon safari offers an exhilarating experience. Soaring above the savanna provides a bird’s eye view of the diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. It’s an experience that’s sure to leave you with memories that last a lifetime.

Governors’ Camp provides these safaris for a distinctively unique experience. As you ascend in the early morning light, you’ll witness the awe-inspiring beauty of the Maasai Mara unfolding beneath you. From the herds of wildebeest migrating across the plains to the elephants grazing in the early morning light, the view from the balloon is nothing short of spectacular.

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Governors Camp guests flying over Mara River on a hot air balloon

Ensuring the safety of guests is paramount at Governors’ Camp. The hot air balloon safaris are conducted by experienced pilots, and all necessary precautions are taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. 

With a capacity to accommodate up to 16 individuals simultaneously, the hot air balloon offers an intimate and shared experience that’s perfect for families, friends, or couples.

Luxuries Amidst the Wild: Amenities at Governors’ Camp

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Stones massage in Governors Camp spa salon

Governors’ Camp offers a collection of luxurious amenities, including:

  • Wellness treatments
  • Leisure activities
  • Rejuvenating spa treatments
  • Pool lounging

After a day of thrilling game drives or hot air balloon safaris, guests can indulge in these luxuries amidst the wild.

Wellness forms an integral part of a great safari experience. The camp offers various wellness treatments, including:

  • Massages
  • Facials
  • Body scrubs
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
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Woman getting facials at Governors Camp

All accessible in their serene spa tent. Whether you’re looking to relieve the tension in your muscles after a game drive or simply indulge in some pampering, these wellness treatments offer a perfect blend of relaxation and rejuvenation.

In addition to wellness treatments, a variety of leisure activities are available at Governors’ Camp, including:

  • Exhilarating game drives
  • Tranquil hot air balloon safaris
  • Guided nature walks
  • Cultural visits to Maasai villages

There’s plenty to keep you entertained. After a day full of activities, return to the comfort of your tent or unwind with a drink at the bar tent, soaking in the sights and sounds of the African bush.

Wellness in the Wilderness

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Enjoy full body massage in the wilderness

Wellness is at the forefront of the Governors’ Camp experience. Amidst the untamed East Africa wilderness, the camp offers an array of wellness treatments, from soothing massages to revitalizing facials. 

The treatments are provided in a charming spa tent with picturesque views of the tranquil Mara River, allowing guests to unwind in the heart of nature.

All treatments are conducted by trained wellness professionals, ensuring a high standard of care and expertise. The use of environmentally conscious natural toiletries further enhances the wellness experience, aligning with the camp’s commitment to sustainability.

Whether you choose a relaxing massage or a rejuvenating facial, the wellness offerings at Governors’ Camp ensure a holistic safari experience that goes beyond wildlife viewing.

Leisure and Relaxation

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Guests basking in the African sun by the Mara River

Governors’ Camp provides an abundance of relaxing leisure activities. After an exhilarating day of adventures, guests can unwind by the camp’s swimming pool, soaking in the African sun or indulging in a refreshing swim.

The spa services at Governors’ Camp are designed to enhance relaxation and well-being. From the ‘SOLEFUL’ Spa Pedicure and Governors’ Signature Manicure to various massage treatments, the camp offers a myriad of options to relax and rejuvenate. 

After a day of thrilling wildlife encounters, there’s nothing like unwinding with a holistic wellness treatment, amidst the tranquility of the African bush.

Sustainability and Community: The Ethos of Governors’ Camp

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The Governors Camp GOLD eco-rating seal

Governors’ Camp effortlessly marries luxury with sustainability. In fact, the camp has been awarded a GOLD Eco Rating from Eco-Tourism Kenya, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable tourism practices.

This award highlights the camp’s dedication to environmental conservation. For perspective, the camp runs on 100% solar power to minimize environmental impact. Besides, it makes do with huge, bright tents that let in lots of natural light to reduce the need for artificial light.

From eco-rating each camp to supporting local communities in protecting surrounding wild spaces, Governors’ Camp is actively engaged in minimizing its environmental footprint while enhancing the well-being of the local community.

Sustainable practices at Governors Camp
Governors Camp supports the local community

The camp’s commitment to sustainability extends to wildlife conservation efforts. Collaborating with local conservation initiatives like The Kenya Wildlife Trust/Mara Predator Conservation Program and the Mara Elephant Project, Governors’ Camp plays an active role in preserving the rich biodiversity of the Maasai Mara.

Through these initiatives, the camp contributes to the protection and conservation of the wildlife that the local communities rely upon, reinforcing its ethos of sustainability and community partnership.

Tailored Experiences for Every Traveler

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Governors’ Camp does not subscribe to a one-size-fits-all approach. Catering to a broad spectrum of travelers, the camp offers tailored experiences to suit individual needs and preferences.

Whether you’re a family looking for an adventurous vacation, a couple seeking a romantic retreat, or a group of friends seeking a unique safari experience, Governors’ Camp has something for everyone.

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Governors Camp honeymoon packages

Safaris tailored for families are a standout feature at Governors’ Camp. The camp offers numerous activities tailored for families, including:

  • Customized family game drives
  • Educational programs for children
  • The camp’s ‘Mongoose Club’ which offers fun and informative activities to keep children entertained and engaged during their stay

With dedicated family tents and a multitude of family-friendly activities, Governors’ Camp ensures a memorable and enjoyable safari experience for families of all sizes.

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Governors Camp family packages

Governors’ Camp curates a variety of experiences for couples yearning for a romantic escape, designed to forge unforgettable memories. From secluded accommodations to intimate bush dinners under the stars, every aspect of the stay is designed to exude romance.

Whether it’s a first date, a honeymoon, or a romantic retreat, Governors’ Camp provides the perfect setting for couples to enjoy their time together amidst the enchanting wilderness of the Maasai Mara.

Family-Friendly Safaris

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Governors Camp group packages

Governors’ Camp offers a wide array of activities and family-specific accommodations, making it an ideal backdrop for a family-friendly safari. Some of the activities available include:

  • Balloon safaris
  • Game drives
  • Bird watching
  • Boat safaris on Lake Naivasha

The entire camp also provides dedicated family tents, ensuring comfortable accommodations for families of all sizes.

The camp’s focus on education and conservation is evident in its offerings for children. The Mongoose Club for Kids provides a blend of educational and entertaining experiences suitable for all age groups. Through activities focused on ecosystems, tree planting, and Masai culture, children gain valuable insights into the local environment and culture.

With no age restrictions for their family-friendly safaris, Little Governors’ Camp ensures a memorable safari experience for the entire family.

Romance in the Bush: Honeymoon and Couples Retreats

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Governors Camp honeymoon packages

Governors’ Camp curates numerous experiences for couples in search of a romantic retreat, promising to create indelible memories.

Nestled in natural surroundings, the secluded and spacious accommodations provide a tranquil haven for couples. The honeymoon suites, complete with carpeted bedrooms and tiled full bathrooms, enhance the luxury experience.

Beyond the luxurious accommodations, couples can indulge in a variety of romantic activities, such as:

  • Dining under the stars in the heart of the African bush
  • Soaring over the savanna in a hot air balloon
  • Enjoying private dining options for intimate meals in a secluded environment.

Whether it’s celebrating a honeymoon or simply seeking a romantic getaway, Governors’ Camp ensures a memorable and romantic safari experience.

Planning Your Stay: Practical Information and Tips

Accommodation at Governors Camp
Little Governors Camp

With a plethora of practical information and tips at hand, planning your stay at Governors’ Camp becomes a breeze. From accommodations and rates to travel details, everything you need to plan your safari adventure is at your fingertips. The rate at Governors’ Camp includes local airstrip transfers, accommodation, meals, up to three game drives daily, and laundry.

The package does not cover flights, champagnes, selected fine wines, premium spirits, and liqueurs. It also excludes park fees, community fees, bush meals, as well as personal expenses such as gratuities, gift shop purchases, and spa treatments..

When preparing for a flight to Governors’ Camp, here are some important things to note:

  • The luggage allowance is 15 kg per person in soft bags, including hand luggage.
  • Flights arrive at the Musiara Airstrip, situated at coordinates S 0117.98 E 3503.92.
  • Visitors to Governors’ Camp are advised to take preventative Malaria medication.


In brief, Governors’ Camp offers a unique safari experience where luxury meets the untamed wilderness. With its prime location in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve, luxurious accommodations, unforgettable dining experiences, and a range of adventures from game drives to hot air balloon safaris, Governors’ Camp promises an African adventure like no other.

Whether you’re a family looking for an adventurous vacation, a couple seeking a romantic retreat, or a group of friends wanting a unique safari experience, Governors’ Camp awaits to offer you the ultimate safari experience.

Governors Camp Safari – Frequently Asked Questions

Next, we look at the most asked questions about Governors camp safari.

How is Governor Reserve Whisky?

Governor Reserve Whisky is smooth yet complex with excellent maturity, a mellow sweetness combined with balanced oak and fruit. It has golden honey notes of warm toffee and rich fruit, with a delicate floral flavor and aroma, and a long, clean, warming finish.

What are the inclusions in the rate at Governors’ Camp?

Governors’ Camp’s rate features transfers, accommodation, meals, up to three game drives daily and laundry, providing an all-inclusive experience.

What types of wellness treatments does Governors’ Camp offer?

Governors’ Camp offers a variety of wellness treatments, such as massages, facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures, to promote relaxation and rejuvenation.

What leisure activities does Governors’ Camp offer?

Governors’ Camp offers numerous leisure activities, including game drives, hot air balloon safaris, guided nature walks, cultural visits to Maasai villages and bird watching.

What specific activities are provided for families at Governors’ Camp?

Governors’ Camp offers plenty of activities for families, including balloon safaris, game drives, birding, boat safaris on Lake Naivasha, and visits to the Samburu.