• Governor's Main Camp

Governors' Main Camp

The heart of the magical Masai Mara

The setting of the Governors' Camp is so exceptional that when it opened it was reserved exclusively for Kenya's colonial governors.

Nestled among trees on the banks of the Mara River, the camp is in a prime position to view bird life, hippos and crocodiles. Offering an authentic safari experience, the canvas tents are luxuriously furnished with en suite facilities and private verandahs. From July to October the camp is the perfect place to experience the magnificent wildebeest migration.

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Guide Price

 £2,699  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
National park
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Hotel highlights

  • On the banks of the Mara River
  • Views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara
  • Two game drives per day in 4x4 vehicles
  • Awarded a Silver Eco Rating from Eco-Tourism Kenya

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 37 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 15 minutes drive from Musiara airstrip
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Eco-friendly
  • Lodge
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Governors' Main Camp

  • National park
  • Approx. 15 minutes drive from Musiara airstrip
1154 Reviews 98% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1019
  • Very Good 109
  • Average 19
  • Poor 5
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness


Nov 14, 2019

Incredible setting primed for a perfect safari

Brentwood, United Kingdom

My husband and I stayed at the Main Camp for four nights as part of our honeymoon and were blown away by the location and friendliness of the staff. Our tent was overlooking the river and our morning alarm clock was the sound of our neighbours, the hippos. Our guide, Johnson, worked incredibly hard to ensure we had the best experience possible. He even managed to track down a leopard out in the open. He also never tired of our endless questions about various animals. Staff in the bar and restaurant knew you by name and could remember which of the big five you had ticked off your list. Clement and Richard were particularly attentive making sure we got our favourite food and drinks. Thank you to the whole team for giving us memories we will treasure for the rest of our lives
Nov 13, 2019

Best safari❤️

We have been in governor’s for 2 night and we really regret that not for longer! The camp is amazing, tents are designed in old colonial style, the service is perfect. The dinner is served with a view at savannah and then you can take a drink on tarrace and watch hippos in the river- all these details are making that you are feeling like a part of good movie! Not mentioned the game drives and safari- our guide called Mandila was great- trying to show as much as was possible. Thank you for this amazing experience and I hope to see you soon! 👋🏼🇲🇼🐘🦒
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Hot Air Ballooning

Add on a hot air balloon safari to any of the Governors' Camps (payable locally). We recommend booking early as numbers are limited.

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Walking Safari

Leave the vehicles behind and experience the untamed beauty of the Mara on foot.

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Game Drives

From one of the best locations in the Masai Mara you can enjoy unrivalled game-viewing and photographic opportunities as you explore one of the world's prime wildlife areas with highly trained and experienced guides from the comforts of custom-built 4 wheel drive Land Rovers.

Governors' Main Camp

Room Types

Luxury Tent

The luxury tents at Governors' Camp, as you can imagine, are unique, spectacular and will leave you with just two words on your lips to describe your experience in the Masai Mara – SIMPLY AMAZING. Each tent has either one king bed or two twin beds, a large private bathroom and an extended verandah with uninterrupted views over the Mara River or across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. The entire camp is under canvas and is still considered to be the best in Africa.

  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included
Governors' Main Camp

Food & Drink

Bush dinner

Open Bar and Dining Tent

Enjoy dining in the Open Bar and Dining tent which has views of the stunning Mara River and the open plains of the Masai Mara.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

All meals (drinks excluded) and game drives are included in the Full Board package.

Governors' Main Camp

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