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Governor's Camp
Certificate of Excellence
Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
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“So wonderful :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

I stayed this Governor's Camp with my mom for 2 nights last week.
My mom visited me here, Kenya, from South Korea.
It was just so good.
All staffs were very nice and kind including driver.
Our driver is so professional ! we could see all the Big 5 !!
The food was so good, especially, I loved beef steak. I've never tried this good fillet even in Nairobi.
The tent was so cozy and good.
during daytime little mongoose came into our tent~ so we need to be helped by Masaai security guy :)
All the experiences here were so memorable :)
Thank you!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, 16 February 2017
Dear Thomas,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

We had an excellent time at Governor's camp Masai Mara....our tents were right infront of the river Mara. We stayed for 3 nights and 4 days. The food, the hospitality and all the staff there took very good care of us....the free laundry was of great help. Overall a wonderful place and would love to go back again. I hightly recommend Governor's Camp to all the readers.

Room Tip: Our tents were way inside, so we felt a little scared though we had guards with us all the time...so...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Thank you for posting a review of your safari, we are delighted that you found the experience to be awesome, thank you for recommending us.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

Governor's was amazing! The staff were super friendly, the food was great and of course the animals were incredible. We were only there for two nights but our safari guide Musa was able to find the lion, cheetah and leopard all eating. Truly unbelievable how many animals we saw!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, 16 February 2017
Dear Thomas,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

I had a specific goal of visiting Governor's to spend time with The Marsh Pride which I had followed during various seasons of Big Cat Diary and other online opportunities. Having done a number of safaris in East/Southern Africa I have a good idea of what to expect when staying in a camp. Governor's Camp offers the traveller the amazing opportunity of being inside the park. The lack of fences means that animals roam freely and the views from your tent is literally a live version of Nat Geo Wild.
All of the staff are very accommodating and remember you by name. The tents offer comfortable beds and great hot showers. The food was plentiful and never did I feel hungry.
I was lucky to spend my days with Jacob who updates the Governor's FB website about The Marsh Pride. His wonderful help in placing the car in the right place for videos/photos of the pride meant I left with some awesome memories. Jacob was also happy to spend hours with the lions to observe their behaviour and to see what would happen.
Low season in The Mara means that the animals can be a hit/miss affair. The upside is that there is generally no other cars at a sighting. This is an experience that money can't buy. The magnitude of the area is only enhanced with the chance to not see any other cars around you and the silence is only interrupted by the presence of the animals. Saying that I did concentrate my time with the lions but had a great mornings drive seeing lion, cheetah and leopard which was a real treat.
Governor's is a camp that caters well to all types of traveller. As a solo traveller I do prefer a little bit more quiet which can be a problem when families with children are present. The staff were very understanding and moved me to a tent that was away from a number of loud family groups. This was really appreciated.
I would definitely recommend Governor's. It was a great experience and the icing on the cake is the amazing Marsh Pride.

Room Tip: The tents overlooking The Mara have views to die for.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, 16 February 2017
Dear Thomas,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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Kent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

We spent 3 days 2 nights at Governors Camp and had are really great time. The rooms/tents were clean and comfortable with all the mod-cons you would expect - hot water, shower and flushing toilet included. They even laundered are clothes free of charge! The food and service was good and the manager, Mr Peter, made us feel very welcome. 'Captain' David on gate duty made you feel good with his enthusiastic greetings even at 6:30am! The game drives were great with many animals seen and well worth the visit. The guides were very knowledgable and nothing was too much trouble. Hopefully we will be able to visit again.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, 16 February 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

My Partner & I stayed at the Governor's Camp in April for 3 nights. This was such an amazing experience. We arrived around 2pm ish after sharing the plane journey with the BBC. ;-), and were immediately greeted by such friendly staff. We sat down for lunch, and were greeted by Peter the Manager, such a friendly man. After being shown to our tent, we took our first drive. We were suprised how spoilt we were with the amount of animals we seen that afternoon. We went on all the drives, 6.30am - 9.00am, 10.30am - 12pm and 3.30pm - 6.30pm. We took waterproofs expecting some rain, but the weather was wonderful. We only needed fleeces on the morning drives as it was alittle chilly. Our driver Issac was fantastic, so knowledgable. Each evening we were escorted to our tent by a member of staff, as it was dark, and our bed was ready with a hot water bottle. So thoughtful. The food was also lovely, could not fault it at all. My partner was 40 during our trip, so the Masai Mara men came down with a cake to sing Happy Birthday. It was a brilliant evening.
We were asked each evening what time we would like our wake up call for, and they would wake us up with tea or coffee with homemade shortbread.
You could have any laundry washed each day too, which is so useless if you can only take the bare minimum with you.
The tent was huge, so much space. The bed was so comfortable, and shower facilities brilliant. With toiletries also provided.
Overall, we could not fault our trip at all. It was the best experience we have ever had. And we would certainly like to return to the Governors Camp.
Thank you so much to all the wonderful staff.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, 16 February 2017
Dear Thomas,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

I would not know how it could have been any better!
The experience was a dream come true. The tents were luxurious with attention to detail. Hot running water, dressing gowns, wooden framed beds, every detail was anticipated and provided for.
We were welcomed by Peter who made the experience even more special.
He gave us a brief introduction and an overview of the history of the camp. He also had the perfect balance of looking after us but not being in our face.
Its hard to imagine such a elegant setting in the middle of a game park. Eating a 5 course meal on a white cotton table cloth whilst overlooking the Mara river, watching hippos and baboons.
We find it difficult to describe it, the place is absolutely magic and made us nearly cry.
Due to the site not having fences you are constantly in the company of the masai mara inhabitants. Everyone working on the site has a good knowledge of the environment and are more than happy to provide information as well as being dedicated to providing the best service possible.

The game drives were incredible and made by the company of Duncan who, as a real Masai grew in the surrounding area. He knew about everything and was excited about everything.
He is absolutely incredible and his great energy was very infectious. Again we find that words are inadequate to describe such an overwhelming experience.
We saw 1000s of animals including shagging lions, baby lions, elephants, giraffes, shagging hippos, hippos, ostriches, crocodiles, lots of different birds, water crossing of Zebras and Wildebeest and much more. Its surprising how close you can get to them in a jeep and there were never more than 5 people in a car. On the second day we asked Duncan if we could have our breakfast as a picnic and yet again that was an incredible experience.
If you have a one night stay over this is a great way to make the most of your trip.

The only thing we regret is that we booked 1 night only. We could have easily stayed for a week.

We will definitely come back!

Thanks Duncan, Peter, Daniel, Clement, Richard and everyone else for making us feel very special.

(BTW we booked the trip with D.M. travel (Dennis Moser) in Diani Beach

Room Tip: we stayed in tent 33 and had the most amazing view. we watched animals walking past from our tent
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Musiara, Manager at Governor's Camp, responded to this review, 16 February 2017
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our property, your comments are very much valued and we are so glad you had such a memorable stay with us.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you on your next trip to the incredible Masai Mara!

Best wishes,

The Governors Team
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Property: Governor's Camp
Address: C14, Keekorok, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Governor's Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
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. ... more   less 
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