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Travel Blogs from Masai Mara National Reserve
I slept a little better with the ear plugs , but being up at 3.20 am, I was not well rested! The driver from the hot air balloon safari's had stayed at our camp that night and we set off at 3.50am. We were expecting about an hours drive, but 2 bone shaking hours later we arrived at Govenors Camp in the Masai Mara. We were not the last to arrive, …
... Then drove to river which is Tanzania-Kenya border. Thought initially river was full of hippos but turned out to be rotting bloated carcasses of wildebeest who'd tried to cross the river on the great migration had either been nabbed by crocs or trampled. Absolutely stank!! Returned back into park and came across a lion and lioness who mated in front of us, then three gorgeous cheetahs lying in shade below tree. Saw giraffe and ...
... are escorted in the dark by security from our tents to the bar for tea and muffins before the game drive. That morning we had a new recruit / intern with Dixon. Another young Masai Warrior called Francis. He looked typically Masai, tall and very thin, a sweet but quite a shy guy who was in guide school. We headed out just as it was getting light. We had hot water bottles and blankets in the truck to keep us warm. The ground was muddy and wet from the rains the ...
... them, it was strangely quiet. For ten minutes, I watched in awe and disbelief as the cubs rolled around and play-growled with one another. It was precious to watch the cubs rub up against their mother, and the mother, in response, lick their small ears affectionately. What a truly amazing encounter this moment was. We had finally found our pride of lions.
What amazed me is the lack of fear from the animals of the Masai Mara as we approached them ...
... it was slightly chilly and so we had blankets in our jeeps to keep us warm. The next couple of hours were pretty spectacular (photos don't do it justice), as the sun rose higher and higher in the sky and the animals started to wake up. Our first spot was a hippo making its way back to the river. They spend their nights grazing and their days cooling off in the water. We then saw a huge male lion walking along on its own, and if that ...
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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.