Governor's was the first part of our honeymoon and we were bowled over by the truly wonderful experience of seeing the wide range of animals in the Masai Mara. We went in November and nearly every animal had babies! From tiny elephants and hyena puppies to miniature warthogs and lion cubs, I wouldn't have wanted to have gone at any other time of year.
We were in 12a, the honeymoon suite which is a luxury tent with a gorgeous comfortable bed and a lovely hot shower. The food was excellent and all the staff were more than accommodating. Seeing hippos wandering around the camp at night was quite an experience and an even more dramatic experience was waking up in the night and hearing elephants right outside your tent, tearing down branches and grunting and shuffling about! Lying in bed listening to elephants and taking a quick peek through your window and seeing LEGS ... words can't describe how it feels to be that close to such huge animals. We were reassured that elephants will never trample the tent, they are only interested in feeding, but even so your heart races just a little bit quicker ... we took photographs through the mesh windows by torchlight and recorded the noises on our phones!! Wow!!
As soon as you opened the door to your tent a ranger would be there ready to escort you to dinner, or an early morning game drive. After dinner one would walk back with you and if there were elephants in the camp he would take us the safest way back! One night we walked to dinner 'the back way' as there was an elephant on the path. In the pitch black, walking with a ranger with a torch, it was both scary, dramatic and exciting!! All the ingredients for a great adrenalin rush, coupled with the feeling that you are safe because you have an experienced ranger with you who knows exactly what he's doing!
Our driver was Philip and he was very knowledgeable. He knew the names of all the animals and birds we saw and tried really hard on our last game drive to find us a leopard. Unfortunately we didn't see one but we saw all of the other 'big five' including a black rhino with her baby.
We asked Philip to take us to the nearest village as we had brought gifts for the children. This was a very humbling experience and we took some amazing photos, including both of us joining in with tribal dances! Following the village we visited the local school where 770 children board. We were welcomed as if we were royalty and shown around every classroom, the dining hall, the staff room and the dormitories. Again, another amazing experience and we felt inspired to organise a collection of gifts, to send to the school, from our own local school when we got home.
However, the highlight of our trip has to be the balloon safari. I have a fear of heights and it was very expensive. Two reasons not to do it.... But we decided it was a once in a lifetime experience and where better to take your first hot air balloon ride than over the Masai Mara.
Our pilot Sanjay was excellent and it was a fantastic experience. Floating over the trees in silence, hearing the sounds of the animals below, interspersed every now and again by the roar of the burners. Sanjay took us down so low at times it felt like we were skimming over the heads of the animals.... When we landed it was a bit bumpy and we tipped over, which was great fun and caused lots of screams and laughs! It was only 7am and we then had an amazing champagne breakfast in the bush including the best scrambled egg I have ever eaten in my life!!
After that we had a fab three hour game drive before crossing the river back to Little Governors camp and then taking the short drive back to our camp.
Our safari experience at Governor's was the first time for both of us and I wonder if any other camp in any other game reserve could ever beat what for us was the best holiday of our lives. We were so inspired want to go back and take our children.
Oh, and Governor's Aviation is excellent. If you go, make sure you book your flights in and out of camp with Governor's own airline.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Governors' Camp nestles on the banks of the Mara River in the heart of the most prolific game viewing area of the Masai Mara. One of only a handful of camps located within the Masai Mara Game Reserve the setting is magical. Half of the tents overlook the rolling grasslands of Africa, with views of elephant, zebra and gazelle; the rest are tucked away in the forest lining the banks of the Mara River. Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. Our camps are Located in some of the best and most precious Wildlife Locations in the world. We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of safari, while placing the care of the environment, community and conservation at the heart of everything we do. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Governor`s Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Governors Camp
- Governor's Camp Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve