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Kenya Safari

Little Governors' Camp

Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya

Balloon safari at Little Governors' Camp
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View images of Little Governors' Camp:  Little Governors' Camp Images
View images of Governors' Hot-Air Balloon Safaris:  Governors' Balloon Images
View images of Governors' Wildlife & Safari Activities:  Governors' Wildlife Images

LITTLE GOVERNORS' CAMP RATES: Little Governors' Camp Rates

Little Governors’ is intimate in character, with just 17 luxury en-suite tents tucked around a large watering hole that teems with both birds and wildlife. The camp is approached by a boat ride across the Mara River, then an escorted walk through the riverine forest. Vehicles are left on the far river bank, and the camp is therefore quiet and undisturbed.

In 1976 Little Governors' Camp, with its own independent character, was built around a small watering hole that teems with birds and wildlife. The camp is reached by boat and the exquisite, romantic setting has a serenity all of its own. Little Governors’ casts its spell over all who visit, from honeymoon couples to Presidents.

All Governors’ properties are unfenced, and at Little Governors’ there is a resident family of warthogs that wander freely through the camp. Guests may need to make way for elephants which sometimes visit the camp at lunch time.

Governors' Camps offers the following addtional safari camps in the Masai Mara:
  •  Governors' Camp
  •  Governors' Private Camp
  •  IL Moran Camp

Accommodation            For images of Little Governors' Camp, click Little Governors' Camp Images
Intimate in character, there are just seventeen tents tucked away amongst the trees. From every verandah the view changes constantly as giraffe, elephant, buffalo, hippo and warthog all come to drink or graze. Getting here is an adventure in itself. You first have to cross the Mara River by boat, then a short walk through the forest escorted by armed guards.

All the tents are comfortable and tasteful. Each has an en-suite bathroom, hot running water, even bidets. In keeping with safari tradition lighting is by gas and kerosene lanterns, or by candlelight. As dusk falls, the flickering lights in the forest make the Camp a peaceful and atmospheric place. Meals are in superlative standard, served outdoors during the day and in the candle lit dining tent by night. Come the evening it’s time for chilled drinks and tall tales around the blazing campfire. Then finally a delicious dinner and a hot-water bottle to keep you warm in bed.

Breakfast and lunch are served in the open air, and the resident family of warthogs frequently wander amongst the tables. Since all Governors’ properties are unfenced and in the heart of the Reserve, elephants may also stroll past. In the evening a warming log fire burns in front of the Bar Tent, and dinner is served in the nearby Dining Tent.

Information and Details:
Location Around a watering hole, close to the Mara River in the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Number of beds 17 tents (34 beds).
Double & Twins 12 Twins, 5 double tents, (tent 17 recommended for honeymooners).
Facilities En-suite bathrooms with shower, basin, flush toilet, bidet and hot and cold running water.
Tents Spacious luxurious safari tents entirely under canvas, each with private verandah.
Electricity Gas & Paraffin lamps in tents. 220/240 Volt UK plugs at reception.
Bar / Restaurant Open bar and dining tent with view over the waterhole, the open plains of the Masai Mara and the Oloololo Escarpment.
Room service Room service on request. Tea and coffee is served in the tents with the morning wake up call.
Bush meals Bush breakfast, lunch & dinner can be organised on request at a supplementary cost.
Souvenirs Curio Shop is open daily.
Laundry Arranged daily at no extra cost.
Credit cards Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, American Express and Traveller Cheques are accepted.
Communication Telephone, Fax and Email in camp. A satellite telephone is available. Radio contact with other camps and the Nairobi office.
Musiara Airstrip Length 1.600 m, all weather gravel airstrip, Coordinates: S 0117.98 E 3503.92

Activities & Wildlife            For images of Governors' Hot-Air Balloon Safaris, click Governors' Balloon Images
The best location, the best guides, the best vehicles and the widest variety of activities. Governors' offers some of the best game viewing in the Masai Mara. All the Governors’ Camps are inside the Reserve, so you won’t waste time getting to the action.

The Masai Mara is a unique area, with a constant and unrivalled flow of wildlife throughout the year. From July to October the Mara becomes a backdrop for one of the last great natural wonders of the world, when 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra surge up from the Serengeti plains in their annual search for the seasonal grasses that sustain them. The spectacle, as the vast herds cross rivers and sweep through the golden grasses, is punctuated by individual struggles with the predators, which are in turn drawn to take their part in this dramatic event.  Whilst the migration is spectacular, game viewing at all other times of the year remains almost unrivalled anywhere in Africa.

There are various activities on offer: game drives in open Landrovers, game walks or balloon flights over the wide plains of the Masai Mara. Day excursions to the Lake Victoria are also on offer. However, we recommend booking these excursions well in advance and combining the Lake Victoria trip with an overnight stay. All meals, three game drives daily as well as laundry is included in the price. Park entrance fees, drinks as well as other activities (such as walking, ballooning, Lake Victoria excursion, a visit to a Masai village) are to be paid separately. Please let us know special dietary requirements in advance.

Activities:            For images of Governors' Wildlife & Safari Activities, click Governors' Wildlife Images
Game drives 3 game drives per day, early and mid morning as well as the afternoon with experienced driver guides in the Masai Mara Game Reserve (included in the price).
Balloon Safari With professional balloon pilots daily, at dawn, in the Masai Mara Game Reserve followed by a champagne bush breakfast and game drive on return to camp (Additional charge).
Game walks Daily, with qualified guides in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve; morning with a champagne bush breakfast and afternoon with sundowners and canapés (Additional charge).
Culture Visits to a nearby Masai village (manyatta) can be arranged (to be paid locally) or visits to the local school, one of Governors’ Camps charity and community support initiatives.
Mfangano Island Camp on Lake Victoria Day excursions to Lake Victoria by light aircraft. Bird watching, boat rides, walking and fishing are available on Lake Victoria. Excursion with overnight at Mfangano Island Camp highly recommended (booking prior to the trip is advisable) (Additional charge).

Game Drives
Governors’ Camp properties combine the best locations in the Masai Mara with the best-designed vehicles and exceptionally highly trained and experienced guides to give our clients un-matched game-viewing and photographic opportunities in the world’s prime wildlife area.

Walking Safaris
Leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with one of the experienced and qualified naturalists for the true thrill of the bush. Down on the same level as the animals, you will experience the untamed beauty of the Mara. The walking safaris take place in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The scenery here differs significantly from the Masai Mara. Picturesque acacia trees characterise the hilly landscape and you can enjoy walking through either in the morning or afternoon. The walk takes approx. 1.5 to 2 hours.

You will track game, unsure what waits round the next corner, giraffe, buffalo, hyena, zebra or even lion. You will catch the scents and sounds of the wild Africa and at the end of it all waits a sumptuous bush barbecue breakfast, complete with champagne. Your drive back to the camp again is a game drive through the Masai Mara. Afternoon walking safaris are finished with sundowner drinks and canapés.

Participants in a walking safari should be in good health and be reasonably fit and active. There is no path as such and some parts of the walk lead through hilly and rocky areas. Children under 10 years are, for safety reasons, not allowed to participate in walking safaris.

Masai Cultural Visits
Take a drive out to visit a traditional Masai manyatta or homestead, to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries. Visitors are always struck by the grace and beauty of the Masai people, and the colourful lifestyle they lead.

In October 2006, and to assist these communities with conservation of local woodland habitats, Governors’ Camp commissioned its first “Bio-gas” project at one manyatta. This will provide residents of that manyatta with methane gas generated from dung from the Masai’s own cattle. Methane can be used for cooking thus eliminating the need for the women to collect fire-wood which is both harmful to the local woodlands and takes up time that could be used in a more economically productive way. We welcome the assistance of our clients in these socio-economic and conservation.

Hot-Air Balloon Safaris            For images of Governors' Hot-Air Balloon Safaris, click Governors' Balloon Images
The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies and the hot air balloon fills, then rises.

Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you’ve flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience.

The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming. Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with a leisurely game drive to Camp. It is a tradition of Governors’ that each passenger is presented with a certificate signed by the pilot to commemorate the flight.

The Great Migration
After the rains when the first flush of grass turns the Masai Mara’s golden savannah green, the most mesmerising wildlife spectacle anywhere takes place here: The Great Wildebeest Migration. Between the months of July and October one and a half million wildebeest, accompanied by vast numbers of zebra and gazelles make the long and dangerous trek from drier lands in Tanzania, northwards to this corner of Kenya

Lines of animals stretch as far as the eye can see across the plains. They come to give birth to their young and the grasslands echo with the sounds of the new-born. The herds right outside Governors Camp It is a time of plenty. But it is a time too when the predators are drawn from all around. High above on the hot winds the carrion birds, the vultures and eagles, soar. In the long grasses lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena prowl.

Most dramatic of all is the moment when the migration arrives at the Mara River. They must cross it to reach the rich grazing. As the animals throng, crocodiles cruise the waters. Then the bravest takes the plunge into the swirling currents and thousands follow. Situated right inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Governors’ Camps are ideally placed to let you to be at the heart of the Great Wildebeest Migration.

Lake Victoria Day Trips
Mfangano Island Camp is a tranquil retreat on an island with no vehicles, where transport is by colourful local canoes. It offers a perfect place to relax and unwind, either at the beginning or the end of your safari. The following activities are available at Mfangano Island Camp:
• Birdwatching
• Fishing for Nile Perch and Tilapia
• Cultural Walks
• Relaxing
• Watersports
• Visit Nyakweri Primary School and Village
• Visit the caves containing pre-historic rock art
• Spa
• Swimming pool
• Trailwalking
• Further afield… day trip by aircraft to Kakamega Forest – one of Kenya’s premier bird watching areas.

Other Activities
• Spa
• Specialist guiding: ornithology, photography
• Meals & sundowners in the Bush
• Relaxation in Camp

Community Support Projects
Together with its clients, Governors’ Camp has been supporting Mara Rianda Primary School near the Masai Mara for many years. To date, their support has included:
• Construction of 5 classrooms & one library
• Construction of accommodation for 6 teachers
• Installation of rainwater collection & storage systems
• Installation of solar lighting
• Payment of salaries of 4 teachers
• Sponsorship of 3 exceptional students through Secondary School
• Donation of books, stationery and teaching materials
• Equipping all classrooms with desks
• Constructed a bio-gas plant to provide the community with free cooking fuel

Mara Rianda Charitable Trust, a UK registered charity established in 2004 by clients of Governors’ Camp has, together with Governors’ Camp:
• Installed a borehole to supply fresh water
• Constructed a fence around the school
• Paid the salaries of 3 teachers
• Donated large quantities of books, stationery and teaching materials
• Provided bursaries to exceptional students

Other Considerations
• Seasons: Open throughout the year.
     Mid Season (01Jan to 31Mar;  01Jun to 15Jul;  01Nov to 14Dec)
     Green Season (01Apr to 31May)
     High Season (16Jul to 31Oct;  15Dec to 31Dec).
• Children: all ages are welcome and catered for.
• Luggage: Maximum 15 kg luggage per person in small air craft, including hand luggage. Extra luggage can be left at your base hotel in Nairobi.

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