Nothing beats the original
Think Masai Mara, think Governors' Camp. The small collection of properties has become synonymous with the Masai Mara and none more so than the original Governors' Camp. Set in the shade of the riverine forest along the banks of the iconic Mara River and overlooking the vast, rolling plains, the camp was originally built in 1972 to set the standard for a new breed of luxury camps. Save for a few (welcome) changes here and there, the camp remains largely as it once was. Entirely under canvas, in a magical location and with an excellent selection of activities on offer, this is a classic and hard-to-beat Mara safari.
At the lodge
As with all camps worth their salt, the heart of Governors' is the campfire. Surrounded by classic safari chairs, this is the perfect spot for morning tea, an evening G&T and anything else in between, accompanied by views of animals grazing on the plains. Just behind is the dining tent and on the other side, with equally as splendid views of the Mara River, is the bar tent and an open deck for al-fresco dining.
There are actually 37 rooms at Governors', but you really wouldn’t know it. Each canvas tent is a considerable distance from the next and hidden amongst the trees for maximum privacy. Inside, there are either king or twin beds and the beige canvas and pretty African textiles create a light, airy atmosphere. Bathrooms are big and have a flushing loo and traditional bucket shower and the verandas at the front look out either over the river or the surrounding plains – both are fabulous.
Governors' has all the ingredients for an excellent Mara safari and activities are no different. On offer are day game drives, walking and tracking with experienced Maasai guides, ornithological tours, sunrise balloon safaris and visits to the nearby villages and communities. And if you visit anytime between July/August and October, the plains will be filled with the 1.5 million wildebeest of the Great Migration as they cross the Mara River from the Serengeti in Tanzania. Spectacular.