Little Governors' Camp

  • 17 Tents are located around a waterhole
  • Just had a refurb
  • Home away from home feel
  • BBC Big Cat Diaries filmed around the Governors' Camps
  • Balloon Safaris run out of the camp
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Little Governors’ Camp was set up during the 1970s and its style is very similar to elder sister camp Governors’.

OVERVIEW:
This smaller camp is situated on the banks of an old oxbow lake near the Mara River, bordering a large waterhole attracting a wealth of wildlife.

ACCESS & LOCATION: 
Little Governors’ feels less busy than Governors’, but it too is close to the bustling Musiara airstrip and Musiara gate – and as it is the launch site of morning hot air balloon safaris, the early hours are pretty congested. However, the location is ideal if you are planning to take a hot air balloon ride yourself! And the resident elephants are also a major draw.

Little Governors’ is accessed via a boat ride over the Mara River. Guests descend a flight of steep steps to the river, board a very modest ferry for the crossing, and disembark to ascend another flight of steep steps and to be escorted through riverine forest to camp. The absence of vehicles lends a relatively tranquil air. 

ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES: 
Similarly to Governors’, the camp has a generously proportioned open-sided main tent with floor tiling, comfortable seating, and dining furniture inside and outside. The bar tent is positioned in the centre of camp and it has a very welcoming atmosphere. The camp’s shop stocks a range of practical items and curios, while the gallery houses a selection of guests’ photographs. As the property is unfenced, wildlife roams freely through camp. Elephants like to visit at lunchtimes, while a family of warthogs is often spotted trotting through!

The guest accommodation at Little Governors’ mirrors that of the larger camp, though all 17 tents here are classed as standard – there are no family units. All are spaced along the edge of the old lake, now marshland. Each is a good size, constructed on a concrete base and with a solid steel frame to support sturdy canvas walls. Two flysheets serve to protect guests from insects and strong sunlight. The floors are covered with wooden boards and a couple of rugs, and the beds are configured as either a double or twins. There are bedside tables, a compact dressing-table and chair, and two directors’ chairs on the veranda for guests to relax and take in the views! En-suite facilities are housed within each tent on an area with tiled flooring and wooden walls (half-height panels). Hot water is provided by a wood burner and power sockets produce electricity throughout the day and night.

ACTIVITIES:
Little Governors’ activities focus on viewing the local wildlife, with the camp’s manager discussing the next day’s itinerary with guests every evening. Game drives take place on the opposite side of the river, in the Musiara region of the reserve. This is a game-rich area, featuring the spectacular sight of the Great Migration from July to October, while all Big Five animals and a large assortment of other predators and herbivores can be sighted throughout the year! It is also possible to enjoy a hot air balloon safari – the launch site is a short distance from camp and this is an amazing opportunity to see the Maasai Mara from up high. Guests who like a little culture relish visiting the Maasai homestead of Mara Rianda, which is situated just outside the reserve. And a day or overnight trip to the beautiful Island of Mfangano is perfect for getting away from the crowds!

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