The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors.
Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it’s waters teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Created in 1972, Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.
Governors’ Camp was the first permanent tented camp in the Masai Mara and it occupies the best wildlife viewing location in the National Park. The location of the camp was considered so good that during colonial times it was reserved for the colonial Governors of Kenya, hence the name Governors’ Camp. Today the camp enjoys the same prime location and is perfect for couples, families and friends wanting to experience the best of what a safari in the Masai Mara has to offer.
The entire camp is under canvas with all of the comforts of a luxury hotel. Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. The tents are big, bright and allow in lots of natural light. All tents are classic safari style each with en-suite bathrooms and a private verandah. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dinning tent with views over the plains. Please also be sure to enquire about our Spa tent which offers a range of treatments including facials, massages, manicures and pedicures.
Governors’ Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco – Tourism Kenya due to our sustainable tourism practices in place in camp.
Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
Mess tent with bar and deck overlooking the Mara River, dining tent, souvenir shop, reception and spa tent.
We have a lovely spa tent at Governors’ Camp offering a range of treatments such as massage, facials, body scrubs, manicures and pedicures. Please view the full treatment list HERE.
Breakfast is a continental and full English buffet. Lunch is served as a buffet with fresh salads al fresco and dinner is a la carte in the dining tent. Picnics / packed meals can be provided for those who would like to head out on full or half day game drives. Bush meals are available to book at an extra cost. We cater for special diets on request.
We offer three game drives per full day, these depart from camp at sunrise, late morning and in the afternoon. Game drives are inside the Masai Mara National Park.
Spacious luxurious safari tents entirely under canvas, each with private verandah. En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin, flush toilet and hot and cold running water. We also have family tents available for close groups or those with those traveling with young children.
Please note that we provide a lovely range of ‘Cinnabar Green’ toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and body lotion) in the tents. These products are refilled into reusable metal canisters so as to reduce on plastic waste. They are also handmade in Kenya with natural ingredients and are therefore in keeping with the sensitive environment in which we operate. We urge you to please use our products rather than your own. These toiletries are supplied for the duration of your stay with us, and if you would like to buy some to take onwards with you, we sell the full range in the camp gift shop.
Electric lights in the tents with 220 Volt UK plugs for charging cameras and phones. Wifi available in camp.
Daily flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara are available with Governors’ Aviation and other select airlines.
We now have a fabulous new spa tent at Governors’ Camp offering a wide range of treatments such as massages, facials, body scrubs, body masks, pedicures and manicures.
After a long flight, game drive or bush walk why not immerse yourself into the tranquil world of your Masai Mara surroundings while our fully-trained spa therapists pamper you using the finest face and body products by Terre D’Afrique, ensuring that you emerge feeling relaxed and recharged.
We welcome children of all ages to camp. Cot beds, high chairs and baby sitting service are available on request. Special children’s meals and early mealtimes available. Family tents sleeping up to four persons and a cot, are also available on request.
Room service available on request. Tea and coffee is served in the tents with the morning wake up call.
Arranged daily at no extra cost.
We would strongly encourage you to please pack your own water bottle which can be refilled as often as you like – we have Reverse Osmosis filtered water dispensers throughout our camps and lodges, which is perfectly safe to drink. This would help us immensely by reducing the amount of plastic waste in these precious wildlife environments.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Please note we cannot accept US dollar bills older than the year 2000.
Open throughout the year. Peak season months August and September and 15th – 31st December. High season months January – March inclusive and June, July, October, November and 1st – 14th December. Green season – April and May
Musiara Airstrip transfers, accommodation, meals in camp, two game drives daily and laundry.
Flights, drinks, Park entrance fees.
Preventative Malaria medication is recommended. More information is available on our Health Planning page. Please make sure you have fully comprehensive medical and travel insurance arranged before visiting Governors’ Camp.
Musiara Airstrip is the airstrip serving Governors’ Camp. Length 1.600 m, all weather gravel airstrip. Coordinates: S 0117.98 E 3503.92
Please note there is a strict 15 kg luggage allowance per person including hand luggage on all Masai Mara flights.
Classic Safari Camps of Africa.
Have a look at what our guest have to say about staying at Governors’ Camp
Governors' Camp, Masai Mara, Kenya
(+254) 20 2734000/5