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... to sell us all sorts of souvenirs that they had made. I mean, there were coming in through the windows and not letting us shut them. It was a little unsettling. I felt bad we refused to purchase anything but it we had just spent loads of money at the market.
We went on through the park and it took about 5 more minutes of dirt paths until we finally arrived. We arrived at the gate and the scenery changed from dirt and bushes to beautiful plants and cobble ...
... we had about an hour to relax before our first safari. In our free hour we all went to the pool and relaxed for a little. While we were all enjoying the pool the little monkeys from the trees above started to come and explore what we were doing. Obviously, from our past experiences with monkeys, some of us were feeling a little skittish at this point.
At around 4pm we were on our way out for our first safari. Unfortunately, it ...
... it to people from Denmark, England and two cute kids from outside Nairobi. I asked them if they had seen any big cats as I was still looking for them, and the 7 year old piped up and said, "I sleep with one every night." After we had eaten the cake (I forgot to save myself a piece) a dozen Masai warriors marched in and chanted! Then when we went back to our room we found an anniversary cake beside our bed that had been turned down with the netting pulled around it. Pinch ...
... is playing with the mouse or trying to eat it. That question is soon answered when she begins to screw her face into all kinds of weird expressions.
Bill has the answer. The lioness is experiencing neophobia. This condition occurs when a young lion tastes a type of food which has not been introduced by the mother. Our lioness’ taste glands are trying to determine if the substance is safe to eat or not. In the end, she decides to leave the mouse on the ground ...
... bring food for everybody that is a member of their family. Our first encounter with lions was at dinner time. They were just enjoying quite a big buffalo when we approached their group. Some of them were still eating, the rest of them was just too full so they were chilling and digesting a few meters apart. We were so close to them and they seemed not to care at all. Most likely they were already used to cars approaching them quite often. In any case it was a very ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Governor's Camp Masai Mara National Reserve
Just a short one;
This place is fantastic. We spent 2 nights here and it was worth every penny.
We were sick of the sight of LIONS by the time we left.
JUST DO IT.
I spent three days / two nights at this camp which is plenty of time. The camp itself is lovely and absolutely every person who works there from the security guards to the waiters and drivers are so friendly and helpful.
We booked our safari with DM Tours before leaving for Kenya as we didn't want to run the risk of not getting in at Governors. It's a dream I never want to forget. The tents are more luxourious than I could imagine, remember that your in the Masai Mara! We arrived after a 2 hour flight from Mombassa in a 19 seater plane to see zebra, antelope and wildebeast scattering as we touched down. After a short drive to the camp we were checked in while we had a very welcome drink at the bar watching the hippos sun themselves on the banks of the river Mara below. I was amazed at how green everything was. Whilst I was unpacking 14 elephants wandered about 150 metres away from the entrance of out tent which opened right out onto the plain. There are 3 game drives a day the first before dawn when you are woken by hot coffee and cookies by one of the boys. The noises at night are amazing, you have to be ecsorted by one of the guards during the dark hours, they have torch system which works very well. One morning they had to move hippo from right outside out tent! In one day we saw 17! differient lion including 6 one week old cubs. On arrival you are allocated a guide who will do everything he can to ensure you have the safari experiece you are looking for. The knowledge of these guys is incredible. The food was great, good wine list, once again remember your in the middle of the Masai! The staff put on a bit of a show and can't do enough for you. You have the same waiter and drinks waiter all the time. We tipped all the staff we came into contact with at the end of our stay. It's an experience I'll treasure always and if I ever have an opperunity to return I won't go unless I can go to Governers again, from speaking to others at our hotel (Serena Beach, also first class!) Governors is definatley the best!!!
We have just returned from the Governors Camp.
On the 21st February, 2006, my lovely wife and I embarked upon a truly wonderful experience at the Little Governor's Camp in the Masai Mara.
I never imagined that the picture that existed in my mind's eye of Africa could be so true to the real thing. It seemed too much to hope for, but we knew from the moment we arrived to be greeted by a family of elephants just yards away from our tent that we were in for treat. I had asked in advance for a tent facing the river and what a great feature that was. Before we even went on our first game drive, we had seen elephant, hippo and huge crocs, basking in the early morning sun just yards from our verandah.
We spent two nights in Governor's camp and a further three nights in the nearby Governor's Il Moran camp.
This was the highlight of our stay in Kenya.(OCT 2005) We stayed for 3 days, 2 nights and had 6 game drives. This is a tented camp, but the beds are very comfy and you have an en-suite bathroom. The food was fantastic, too much if I'm honest. You are woken up at 5am with Tea/coffee and biscuits. Then you set off on your first game drive. You come back to camp at 9.30 ish and are served a full English breakfast. You then have another drive until Lunch. Lunch is buffet style with a good selection. You have some time in camp until about 3pm when you set off for your last game drive of the day. Dinner is served set menu style with a couple of choices for each course.
We flew to the Masai Mara from the local Ukunda airstrip (South Mombasa). This was about a 2 hour flight. We flew on the 31st July 2005.
The Best in the Mara
The highlight of our safari was staying here. The Mara is THE place to go on safari, as you can drive off-road and so get really close. The driver we had was excellent (really knew his stuff) and we shared a large 4x4 with just one other couple. The camp has just 17 tents - well spaced and well equipped (ensuite). Hippos got so close at night you could hear them chewing, baboons played around the camp and at one point a small herd of elephants walked between our tent and the next one. But the guards were everywhere and you always felt safe. The staff were very friendly, the food was surprisingly good and the service was excellent throughout. We wouldn't even consider staying anywhere else in the Mara.