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Little Governors' Camp

Masai Mara Safari, Kenya

Little Governors' Camp tented camp is set by the Mara River in Kenya’s renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. The unfenced camp is built around a waterhole where there is good birding, as well as the spectacle of animals coming to drink.

Seventeen spacious and very comfortable tents are spread out and tucked among the trees. Tents have en suite bathrooms with hot and cold running water. Each has a private verandah from which to watch the wildlife. Gas and kerosene lanterns provide a traditional safari atmosphere.

Little Governors’ is in a prime game-viewing area. Not only do the Governors’ camps occupy the location once reserved for Kenya’s colonial governor, but the Big Cat Diary was filmed in this part of the Mara. The savannah supports plains game and herds of elephant and buffalo, prey for the cats for which the area is renowned. The bush around Rhino Ridge may provide sightings of one of the rare Black rhino. The Governors’ camps are on the route of the annual Great Migration. Little Governors’ is one of the few camps to offer three daily game drives with experienced driver-guides: one before breakfast, another mid-morning and the third in the afternoon. Game walks in a private concession area adjacent to the reserve, and accompanied by a qualified guide, are offered (extra cost), as are early morning balloon safaris.

The main camp area includes an open bar and dining tent with views over the plains, marsh and escarpment. The curio shop stocks a range of crafts and souvenirs. A professional beauty therapist is on hand to provide a choice of in-room spa treatments (advance booking advised).

Morning tea/coffee is served in your tent with the morning wake-up call. An excellent buffet breakfast awaits your return from the dawn game drive, with another good buffet for lunch. Dinner is à la carte. Weather permitting, breakfast and lunch are served outdoors, while dinner is served either in the candlelit dining tent or under starlit African skies.

Accommodation Reviews

Dear Helen

We had such a wonderful trip to Kenya and the visa issue was soon forgotten!  The lodges were both just fabulous - Suruni is obviously small and the service pretty much bespoke.  There were lots of options for safaris - we had breakfast out every day!  We only shared a jeep couple of times with a lovely American couple - obviously we co-ordinated our drives with them!  Food was delicious - a lot of it - we learned to pick and choose courses - but really excellent.  Staff were knowledgeable and just lovely.  We saw all

the animals we hoped to, apart from lion, but knew we would see them in the Masai Mara!  The drive to Samburu was relatively long - about an hour but we generally saw animals on our way!

Little Governors was also really lovely and of course the drive from the airstrip is very short with the bonus of spitting animals on our way there!  Great accommodation, food and staff!  Drinks not included, which was different to Suruni but the bar was well stocked!  We did early morning game drives and came back for breakfast (we were on our own in the jeep) and one day we had a whole day out which was amazing! Picnic lunch on the plain!  We loved our guide!  Relaxing and having lunch overlooking the waterhole was fabulous.  Gift shop a little underwhelming but think restock planned.

We saw everything we hoped to see apart from a rhino!

Afrochic was another lovely venue - 10 rooms and the most wonderful location and service.  Food was delicious and I had the best facial ever!  Not much to do out of the hotel and I don’t like being harassed by beach vendors but a few days of r&r was the perfect way to end our trip!  The staff made our trip up to Vipingo so easy and booked our ferry crossings for us!  We were greeted on our return as if we had been on an adventure by staff and Guests  alike!

Thank you once again for all your planning and research.  We really appreciated how smoothly everything went from the moment we got off the plane from London.

Hopefully Argentina for us next!

Best wishes 






Mr and Mrs Grant
February 17, 2022

The location is amazing, we saw so much in the marsh in front of our tent and the bird life in the camp was wonderful 

R Lee
November 1, 2013

From the minute we arrived to our departure it was like staying with friends. We had a few laughs especially when I was “sprayed” by a male lion - suppose it all adds to excitement.

S Whitfield
July 30, 2010

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Responsible Travel

Governors’ Camps support four schools in Kenya, one at Mara Rianda in the Koiyake Lemek Wildlife Trust area, which borders the Mara. Governors’ financed the construction of five classrooms, a library and accommodation for six teachers and installed solar lighting. It had equipped the classrooms, pays the salaries of four teachers and funds a number of bursaries. Guests can visit the school and make their own contributions. Funds from the BBC Big Cat Diary film units will be used to replace the mud and wattle classrooms with a permanent building with washroom facilities. Governors’ Camps has installed a bio-gas plant in one of the largest manyattas with the objective of reducing wood consumption and freeing women from the time-consuming task of wood-collecting.

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