Little Governors’ Camp is located at the edge of the national reserve and can easily be accessed by a small boat ride on the Mara River. After the boat ride, you take a walk through the Riverine forest to get to the camp that solely operates on solar. In 1976, the Little Governors’ camp was constructed around a small waterhole. The rooms are discretely located around the waterhole offering guests the privacy that they need. Unlike other camps, there is a small bridge connecting the camp to the mainland and many of the safari vehicles are left on one side as tourists are ferried in a boat to get to the camp. The adventure at the Little Governors’ camp starts right from the time you get to Masai Mara, cross over to the camp and the climax comes with the numerous safari activities that are offered at the camp.
Little Governors’ Camp is not fenced, which is why at night guests are escorted to their tents by experienced guides and an armed ranger to ensure that they are safe. Due to its unfenced nature, animals can be heard and seen clearly from the comfort of your room.
Activities at Little Governors Camp
Safari activities are the highlight of every safari and Little Governors’ camp is there to make sure that you have all the fun and comfort as you enjoy your safari to Masai Mara. The following activities are available at the Little Governors’ camp.
Hot air balloon rides:
These usually come at an extra cost but are one of the alternative ways in which tourists can explore Masai Mara. They start early morning with each balloon basket carrying a rough maximum of 8 people, do not forget your warm clothes, binoculars, and cameras as you prepare for the balloon rides. After the one hour of the balloon ride, champagne and a bush breakfast await you.
Game drives in Masai Mara:
A safari in Masai Mara is incomplete without a game drive and the camp offers game drives in 4×4 safari vehicles to the guests. Various animals and bird species can be seen during the game drives including the big five, wildebeests, zebras, crocodiles, hyenas, hippos, and black-backed jackals among others. The best time to go game viewing is during the dry season from June to October.
Cultural trips to the Maasai Villages to learn more about their traditions, cultural visits also help in the development of the villages.
Enjoy the annual wildebeest migration best seen between June and October.
Photo safaris, sundowners, bird watching, guided walking safaris, trips to Lake Victoria, and supporting the local community schools. Day excursions are organized to the Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria by flight and you will need to book in advance for this for proper planning. Activities that are carried out on the Island include spa days, trail walking, bird watching, water sports, a visit to the village and primary school, fishing along the lake, swimming at the pool, sundowners, and guided nature walk.
The Masai Mara National Reserve is a unique place with unrivalled numbers of wildlife throughout the year. July to October is the best time for visiting Masai Mara because the wildlife especially the big five are best seen during the dry season including the wildebeest migration that starts in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania towards Masai Mara as they follow the rains. The wildebeest migration is the top highlight of Masai Mara however wildlife viewing can be done all year round.
a few considerations as you book at the Little Governors’ camp are: it is open all year round, the high/peak season is between July and December, the mid-season is from January to March, children of all ages are allowed and the maximum luggage per person is 15kgs if you are using an aircraft to get to the camp and this includes hand luggage.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a small, private, and luxurious place to stay on your safari to Masai Mara then Little Governors’ camp is the right place for you. It will also give you the true African experience with all the lanterns and candles.
Little governors’ has 17 spacious luxurious en-suite tents that are gathered all-round the watering hole where wildlife both the animals and bird species gather. The luxurious rooms at the tent are furnished with an en-suite bathroom that has a bathroom and shower with both cold and hot running water, and a flushing toilet, all the rooms are either fitted with double or twin beds and you get to choose what you prefer, there is no electricity so you will have to light candles and kerosene lanterns, and sitting areas among others.
The rate per room is about $635 per person per night sharing, although this is just an estimate and can either go low or high during the peak season. The rates have exclusions and these are premium drinks, park entrance fees, international flights, personal purchases, and gratuities. The rates however include laundry services, airport transfers, two game drives per day throughout your stay, meals, complimentary bottled water, and accommodation.
Children of all ages are welcome at the camp and families are also catered for and we advise families with young children to try out the little governors’ camp since it is well-fitted with facilities. You should however note that this is a malaria zone and you should carry antimalarial drugs.
The open-sided dining room is located at the side of the lagoon and a bar is surrounded by a cluster of trees where most of the meals are served. The camp does not run on electricity and the whole camp is lit by candles and lanterns giving the dining area a romantic feel as guests enjoy their meals. Meals that are served at the camp vary and these include both local and international cuisines with guests with dietary issues being put into consideration (only if you have informed the restaurant about it on time). Three meals are served per day which include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Other great luxury tented camps in the Masai Mara include the fabulous Ilkeliani Masai Mara Camp. We can offer a great Masai Mara safari using this camp if you like it.