Governors' Camp

Lodge location Masai Mara National Reserve

Africa’s best-kept traditional Kenyan safari camp secret.

First established in 1972, Governors' Camp set the standards for all luxury tented camps. Today's Governors' Camp is no different, offering some of the best and most luxurious amenities of any camp in the Masai Mara National. Awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco-Tourism Kenya, Governor’s Camp continues to be a pioneer in delivering the best, most immersive and transformational safari experience across Africa.

At a glance

Hot air balloon

Catch a balloon

Hot-air balloon safaris are available (additional cost).
Safari bush walk

Walk on the wild side

Safari bush walks are included.
Tented accommodation

Luxurious tented rooms

21 tented rooms and 8 family rooms.
Child friendly

Bring the family

Governors Camp welcomes children of all ages.
Nearest airport

Nearest airport

Easy access through the Musiara Airstrip.
Spa wellness

Treat yourself

Indulge yourself in a spa treatment (additional cost).
Cultural excursion

Meet your hosts

Community experiences available (additional cost).
Sensational wildlife viewing

Sensational wildlife viewing

Prime location for viewing big cats.
Family rooms

Stay together

Governors Camp has eight family tents.

Stay connected

Wifi is available at Little Governors' Camp.
Gourmet food

Foodies be ready

The camp is known for an incredible food experience.

A safari of the senses along the Mara River banks

Situated within the Masai Mara National Reserve proper, Governors’ Camp takes pride of place beside the winding banks of the Mara River where birds, hippos and crocodiles are among the tantalising sights to be seen. Governors’ Camp is nestled within a riverine forest where guests are given respite from the warm Kenyan climate and awarded once-in-a-lifetime glimpses of an untamed, wild natural ecosystem. Governors’ Camp is a magical setting where rustic comfort and unbridled beauty collide.

In the Masai Mara National Reserve, a lioness and her cub roam free across golden plains while antelope and wildebeest march through the Mara River, leaving nothing to the imagination and everything to the visual delights of Governors’ Camp guests.

With 30 tents placed along the riverbank, including 21 classic safari tents, 8 family tents and 1 safari suite, Governors’ Camp is an exclusive location with nothing but canvas to separate guests and the vast expanse of the Kenyan landscape. Hidden within the forest, each tent enjoys an uninterrupted view of the Mara River or the Mara bush. Light, bright and airy, tents at Governors’ Camp have private verandas that proudly display the landscape in its glory throughout all weathers and all seasons. All tents at Governors’ Camp are complete with en-suite bathrooms including a shower, basin, flush toilet and both hot and cold running water for your comfort.

Meal times at Governors’ Camp include continental and full English breakfast, alfresco lunches and a la carte dinners while picnics and packed meals are available for those heading out on excursions. Speciality bush meals are also available at an additional cost.

Awarded the Silver Eco Rating, Governors’ Camp offers a range of Cinnabar Green toiletries that are handmade in Kenya with natural ingredients to protect the surrounding environment. Products including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and body lotion are refilled into reusable canisters to reduce plastic waste. Guests at Governors’ Camp are both welcomed and encouraged to use these products during their stay.

Governors’ Camp is complete with a luxury spa where massage, facial, body scrub, manicure and pedicure treatments are available for guests to enjoy after a day in the great African savannah. Above all else, Governors’ Camp is a welcome haven of comfort and exhilaration. 

Activities at Governors' Camp

Within the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Governors’ Camp has plenty of activities for guests to enjoy – not least, its unforgettable game drives. Commonly referred to as a safari of the senses, a Governors’ Camp game drive is the time for guests to spot Masai Mara’s plentiful year-round resident game. With three game drives on offer each day, guests can choose to depart from camp at sunrise, late morning or mid-afternoon for the opportunity to witness the sights and sounds of life within the great African expanse. All game drives are led by experienced and qualified guides. Equipped with first-hand, unparalleled knowledge of the reserve, Governors’ Camp guides will show guests around Masai Mara’s best locations for Big 5 spottings within an open-top, all-terrain, off-roading vehicle. Every game drive offers unrivalled game-viewing and photographic opportunities in one of the world’s most beautiful wildlife areas.

Governors’ Camp also offers hot-air balloon safaris (at an additional cost) over the Mara River, forests and open plains. Starting out on the adventure of a lifetime, guests leave camp just before dawn and depart in the balloon from a natural launch site near to base. A hot-air balloon safari is the ultimate way to spot a selection of Masai Mara’s most astounding animals and wildlife – all while enjoying the thrill of being suspended in a basket high above the ground. As the balloon lands, guests will toast their return to the ground with a champagne breakfast and more leisurely game viewing on the way back to camp.

Sunrise walking safaris are another great way to experience the raw beauty of the Masai Mara. Led by experienced guides, guests will be thrilled by the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife in their natural habitat. After a bright and early stroll around the reserve, guests will be delighted by a bush breakfast and a game drive back to camp, just in time for a delicious lunch.

All at Governors’ Camp are proud of their African heritage and guests are welcomed to take part in a camp-organized visit to the local villages. Governors’ Camp excursions include visits to local Maasai villages to connect with the residents and learn about the local culture, community and way of life.

Tripadvisor comments Governors' Camp

Perfect Out of Africa Experience. Wonderful game drives, lovely dining on the lawn or under the tent. Tents were well decorated and cool nights supplemented with hot water bottle! Staff was 10 star.

Globalhopscotch from Minneapolis

The food was delicious, and as a vegetarian, I especially appreciated that Simon (who took care of our meals) prepared the daily menu with extra care.

DeeptiJainn from New Delhi, India