This area of the Mara is teeming with bird-life, hippos and crocodiles. It is famous for its big cats, so much so that it was here that the BBC's "Big Cat diaries" based themselves when they were filming the famous Marsh pride of lions a few years ago. These predators are here for a reason; the plains are full of grazing animals who all make a great meal!
There are several Governors camps on this stretch of river. Our favourite is the smaller Il Moran. The original Governors camp is an atmospheric camp, beautifully located on the river. The tent's may be smaller and the spec not as high as the newer tented camps in the conservation areas but its ambience still makes it a special place and the location close to the Musiara Marsh speaks for itself.
The main Governors Camp is a medium size tented camp. Some of the 37 tents sit on the riverbank and enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River. The other tents have wonderful open views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. As you would expect from a traditional tented camp everything is under canvas. This doesn't mean you have to rough it. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. The spacious tents also have their own verandahs to soak up the views. There is also a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and a dining tent with views over the plains.
Governors’ Camp location means that game viewing here is superb. The camp has its own 4x4 vehicles and highly trained and experienced guides to give their clients incredible game-viewing and photographic opportunities in the world’s prime wildlife area.
Governors Camp also offer Hot Air Balloon Safaris over the Masai Mara. These start just before dawn from a launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp and are not included in the price.
Just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve is a traditional Masai community called Mara Rianda. There is a traditional Masai homestead or Manyatta which consists of 48 traditional houses surrounding a cattle enclosure. Governors Camp encourages clients to visit this manyatta if they are interested in Masai culture and would like to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries.