• 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
1176 Reviews 98% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 1040
  • Very Good 108
  • Average 19
  • Poor 6
  • Terrible 3

What to Expect

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


Mar 29, 2020

Practically faultless!

Karachi, Pakistan

Governors’ Camp Masai Mara is a totally canvas-tented facility, well-appointed and comfortable, and even luxurious. All staff is extremely courteous, pleasant and helpful (as indeed are all Kenyans I interacted with). The food is gourmet standard, created fresh by a team of expert chefs. The accommodation tents are spacious and well-appointed and have everything one can need. En-suite toilets have running hot and cold water, separate tap for drinking water and all quality fittings. The safari jeeps are strong and in good condition, and the driver-cum-guide knows his Mara! Governors’ Camp also operates its own Cessna planes to bring you from Nairobi and back. The only unpleasant experience I had with Governors’ Camp was on return flight to Nairobi on March 01, when the flight scheduled for 10.45 am left at 11.15 am, just because one guest/passenger had reached the airstrip without settling all his accounts, mainly the park fees, and then spent half an hour with park rangers sorting it out at the airstrip, while all other passengers were made to wait in the aircraft. This was frankly ridiculous and he should have been left behind to take a later flight, instead of inconveniencing all other passengers. My own schedule for the rest of the day in Nairobi got messed up because of this.
Mar 13, 2020

Such an over-rated tired place

Nairobi, Kenya

Having been to several camps in Masai Mara I was truly disappointed with this one which is one of the older ones around. The tents are small and very tired. There is no element of luxury considering the charges. There is accommodation I was told to allow a capacity of 100 people. I shudder to think what happens when it is full. We were there at an off peak time and already saw several times how the service suffered in the staff trying to accommodate only a third of capacity. The lounge / bar area is small. The location of the camp makes it impossible to go out of a very small area as it is surrounded by rivers - this means that over two days you are covering the same ground over and over, if you cannot cross the river as has been the case in the recent months. It seems there has been little provision for the recent rains - there were not enough umbrellas for guests to walk to and from your tent - ours was at least a 15 min walk away in the rain. In the two days we were there quite a few random guests were asked to be in our safari car for game drives - and so we had to be a little bit squashed for space. First time in all the 5/6 times I have been to Mara, despite other cars leaving the camp with one or two people. Plus points - very good driver - in the recent rains, the driving has become challenging and our driver coped very well. And good food. Overall - I would not return as there are much better run places for better value.
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Governors' Main Camp


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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.

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