Named after the Maasai people who inhabit the area, and the Mara River, which flows through this great reserve, the Masai Mara National Reserve is a land of breathtaking vistas over endless game-filled plains. Contiguous with Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, it is known the world over for the awe-inspiring spectacle of the annual Great Migration over the golden savannahs. Whilst the migration is spectacular, the Masai Mara offers a constant and unparalleled flow of wildlife throughout the year.
The exclusive Governors’ Private Camp is the jewel in the Governors’ Camp crown, and offers guests a very special safari. The intimate camp, set along a meander in the Mara River, offers luxurious seclusion in harmonious surroundings where colourful birds flit through the forest, and hippos grunt lazily in the river as elephants escort their calves down for a swim.
Governors’ Private Camp is just that, private. Personal attention is the hallmark of a stay here, where the manager is your host and assures that your every need is met. Paraffin lanterns cast a warm glow, creating the romantic ambience of an old hunting camp. Highly specialised staff and an executive chef ensure that your Kenyan safari in this unspoilt wilderness will be remembered not only for the remarkable game viewing, but also for impeccable service and outstanding cuisine.
Governors’ Private Camp may be booked exclusively by one family or group, with a minimum requirement of four guests for three nights required. Offering the exclusivity of a private safari camp, Governors’ Private Camp accommodates a maximum of sixteen guests in eight luxurious and spacious safari tents positioned on wooden platforms. The tents exude warmth and comfort, with polished wooden floors, hand-made wooden furniture and colourfully ethnic soft furnishings. Private en-suite bathrooms offer his and hers bucket showers, and the large secluded verandahs offer the perfect space to sip a sundowner while overlooking the river and the multitude of animals quenching their thirst.
Between July and October each year, 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra surge up from the Serengeti plains in search of sustaining seasonal grasses. The spectacle of the vast herds crossing rivers and sweeping across the golden savannah is an unrivalled safari experience, and predators lie in wait to snare an ungulate. At all times of the year, game viewing is spectacular. The forest around the camp is home to many beautiful birds including rare trogans and turacos, and nesting hornbills.
The open savannah and undulating hills of the Masai Mara are home to a large diversity of game, including cheetah, hyena, and the famous black-maned Mara lions, which prey on the herds of zebra, wildebeest, Thomson’s gazelle, buffalo, kongoni and topi that abound in the golden grasslands.
The bird list totals over 450 species, ranging from the large (Common Ostrich), to the small (Cardinal Quelea). Six of the seven species of Kenyan vulture (Egyptian, Hooded, Griffon, Nubian, White-backed and White-headed) can be seen in the reserve. The Mara is also home to three uncommon woodpeckers (Golden-tailed, Little Spotted and Fine-banded), and the rare and elusive African finfoot and Blue quail.
- Child Friendly
- Game Drives
- Swimming Pool
- Wellness & Spa
- Game drives
- Walking safaris
- Local village visits
- Wine tasting
• Although Governors’ Private Camp welcomes children, it is not suited to very young children as the camp is unfenced.
• For this reason, children must be supervised at all times.
• Malaria occurs throughout Kenya, right through the year.
• Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for all travellers to Kenya.
• Inoculation against Hepatitis A and typhoid is also recommended.
• South African Passport holders do not require a visa for visits to Kenya.
• Please check the visa requirements before your visit.
• The best time to visit the Masai Mara for the Great Migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest is between July – early August and the end of November, although due to varying rainfall patterns, the exact timing varies from year to year.