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Little Governers' Camp
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.

The guest tents at Little Governors’ have recently been renovated and now have great wooden decks with large verandahs for guests to enjoy the constant game activity that takes place around the watering hole at the camp.

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.

Accommodation
The guest tents at Little Governors’ have recently been renovated. Each one is spacious with an en-suite bathroom, and now they have polished wooden decks with large verandas to enable guests to relax and enjoy the panorama of animals visiting the watering hole in front.

In the evening a warming log fire burns in front of the Bar Tent, and dinner is served in the nearby Dining Tent.

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.

Fact file  
Location
Around a watering hole, close to the Mara River in the Masai Mara Game Reserve
Tents
Spacious luxurious safari tents entirely under canvas, each with private verandah
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
Electricity
Gas & Paraffin lamps in tents. 220 Volt 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
Member of
Classic Safari Camps of Africa
Getting there  
Air Kenya or     Safari  Link

Twice daily (10:00 hrs & 15:00 hrs) scheduled flight from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Musiara Airstrip (duration approx. 45 minutes). Clients met on arrival and transferred by a Landrover to the camp (duration approx. 15 minutes). Return Musiara Airstrip – Nairobi twice daily (11:00 hrs & 16:00 hrs) 

There are scheduled flights from other airstrips in Kenya such as Nanyuki, Samburu, Lewa, Lamu, Malindi, Mombasa, Ukunda (Diani) 

Charter flights
From all airports/airstrips in Kenya to Musiara Airstrip
Road transfer
Ex / to Nairobi is possible. Duration approx. 6 hours (depending upon road conditions)
General Info  
Seasons
Open throughout the year. Peak season months August and September and 15 th – 31 st December.  High season months January – March inclusive and June, July, October, November and 1 st – 14 th December.  Green season – April and May
Children All ages are welcome and catered for.
Health Preventative Malaria medication is recommended
Luggage restriction Maximum 15 kg luggage per person in small air craft including hand luggage
Camp Description  
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. 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 our usual superlative standards, served, as is our style, outdoors during the day and in our 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.

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 viewing excursions 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 viewing excursions daily as well as laundry is included in our 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.

Please note: luggage restriction of 15 kg on all domestic flights. Extra luggage can be left at your base hotel in Nairobi. Safari arrangements and bookings can be made through your local ground handling agent or directly with Governors’ Camp.

Things to do
Masai Mara
The best location, the best guides, the best vehicles and the widest variety of things to do. We offer the best game viewing in the Masai Mara. All the Governors’ Camps are inside the Reserve, most of our competitors aren’t. You won’t waste time getting to the action.

“The following excursions are available from all Governors’ Camp properties in the Masai Mara ”

• Game Viewing in our Custom built 4wd vehicles
• Walking Safaris
• Cultural Visits
• Support of our local schools
• Lake Victoria day trips
• Hot Air Balloon Safaris
• Great Wildebeest Migration
• Spa
• Specialist guiding: ornithology, photography
• Meals & sundowners in the Bush
• Relaxation in Camp
Balloon Safaris
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 some leisurely game viewing on the way back to Camp.

It is a tradition of Governors’ that each passenger is presented with a certificate signed by the pilot to commemorate the flight.

Game Viewing
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.

We are in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Masai Mara Our vehicles are custom built 4 wheel drive landrovers. We take you out three times a day into the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and surrounding areas, at sunrise, late morning and late afternoon.

Our driver-guides are hand-picked and nurtured by us. They undergo a continuous guide training scheme mentored by experts in the field. Having operated in the Masai Mara for over 30 years our driver-guides have an un-paralleled knowledge of the reserve combined with a deep understanding and respect for the sanctity of this wilderness area, its flora and its fauna.


Walking Safari
Leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with one of our 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. Our walking safaris take place in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, where the scenery differs from inside the Reserve and picturesque acacia trees dot the hilly landscape.

You will also be accompanied by one of our Masai Scouts, who provide a wealth of information on the traditional medicinal uses of plants and Masai folklore.

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 uncover a hidden, fascinating and interconnected world of plants, tracks and insects. At the end of it all waits a sumptuous bush barbecue breakfast complete with champagne. You can enjoy some game viewing as you are driven back to the camp through the Masai Mara.

Walks can be taken either in the morning or afternoon, and take around 1½ to 2 hours.

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.


Wildebeest 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.

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.

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