maasai mara Little Governors’ Camp

Little Governors’ Camp is a secluded and intimate luxurious tented Camp in the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve located in a unique area -near a natural waterhole, with a constant and unrivalled flow of wildlife throughout the year.

This is said to be the camp by which Africa’s old hands swear; casting its spell over all who visit it; from honeymooning couples to Presidents. Quoting the guide "Kenya's best", this is simply their "favorite camp in the Mara".

Getting to the luxury camp is an adventure in itself; first, the Mara River has to cross by boat, then a short distance walk through the forest, escorted by armed guards. Nowhere else can you get so far from civilization, yet stay in such style; this exquisite and romantic setting has a serenity of its own!

The camp can be easily accessed by road, 320 km southwest from Nairobi or by light aircraft landing at the Musiara Airstrip. All Governors’ camps hotels and lodges are unfenced, and at Little Governors’ camp there is a resident family of
warthogs that wander freely through the camp. Guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes tour the camp at lunch time. There are very large herds of buffalo, wildebeest and various antelope.

In addition hippo, giraffe, elephant, cheetah and leopard are frequently seen. But the Masai Mara is renowned for its magnificent black-maned lions with their large prides that spend most of the day sleeping in the shade of the acacia trees. The Masai Mara normally hosts the wildebeest migration between late June and mid October on their annual trek from the southern plains of the Serengeti.

Little Governors’ Camp Hotel Accommodation
Intimate in character, there are just seventeen tents tucked away amongst the trees. From every verandah the view changes constantly as giraffe, elephant, buffalo, hippo and warthog all come to drink or graze. Getting here is an adventure in itself. You first have to cross the Mara River by boat, then a short walk through the forest escorted by armed guards.

All the tents are comfortable and tasteful. Each has an en-suite bathroom, hot running water, even bidets. In keeping with safari tradition lighting is by gas and kerosene lanterns, or by candlelight. As dusk falls, the flickering lights in the forest make the Camp a peaceful and atmospheric place. Meals are in superlative standard, served outdoors during the day and in the candle lit dining tent by night. Come the evening it’s time for chilled drinks and tall tales around the blazing campfire. Then finally a delicious dinner and a hot-water bottle to keep you warm in bed.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the open air, and the resident family of warthogs frequently wanders amongst the tables. Since all Governors’ properties are unfenced and in the heart of the Reserve, elephants may also stroll past. In the evening a warming log fire burns in front of the Bar Tent, and dinner is served in the nearby Dining Tent. The guest tents at Little Governors’ have recently been renovated.

  • 17 Spacious Safari Tents offering 34 beds 12 Twins 4 Double Tents 1 Tent -No. 17 Recommended for Honeymooners
  • All the tents are comfortable and tasteful, each with:
  • Private Verandah
  • En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin, flush toilet, bidet and hot and cold running water
  • Gas & Paraffin lamps
  • 220 Volt plugs at reception
  • Room service on request
  • Tea and coffee is served in the tents
  • Morning Wake-Up Call.


As dusk falls, the flickering lights in the forest make the Camp a peaceful and atmospheric place. Meals are all served, as is the camp style, outdoors during the day and in our candle lit dining tent by night. Come the evening it’s time for chilled drinks and tall tales around the blazing campfire. Then finally a delicious dinner and a hot-water bottle to keep you warm in bed.

The Masai Mara is a unique area with a constant and unrivalled flow of wildlife throughout the year. From July to October the Mara becomes a backdrop for one of the last great natural wonders of the world, when 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra surge up from the Serengeti plains in their annual search for the seasonal grasses that sustain them. The spectacle as the vast herds cross rivers and sweep through the golden grasses is punctuated by individual struggles with the predators, which are in turn drawn to take their part in this dramatic event. Whilst the migration is spectacular, game viewing at all other times of the year remains almost unrivalled anywhere in Africa.

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