Little Governors' Camp
Following the success of its bigger brother, Little Governor’s was built in 1976 in an equally as enchanting location in a patch of lush, riverine forest overlooking the Mara River in prime game-viewing terrain, the Mara Triangle. From the mini-boat ride across the water as you enter camp and the warthog strutting around the grounds to the evenings spent around the flickering campfire, the camp is truly magical. And to top it off, the 17 tents surround a pretty waterhole where birds twitter tunefully and dainty antelope drink at the water’s edge. Safari at its best….
At the lodge
A pretty, open-sided bar and dining room stands in the middle of camp but most meals and drinks are served in the dappled shade of the surrounding trees. There are no fences either so you may find yourself sharing your table with the resident warthog, or even some passing elephants… But that just adds to the excitement! Come night-time, there’s no electricity and light is provided by flickering lanterns, candles and of course, the campfire, in true safari-style.
Quiet, serene and totally peaceful, the 17 traditional tents are tucked under the trees around the waterhole. Bring your binos and watch the wildlife go by from the Director’s chairs on the polished wood verandas or siesta under canvas and listen to the sounds of the bush. Inside, the tents are roomy and tastefully decorated with splashes of traditional African textiles and bathrooms are also big, with hot running showers particularly welcome after a long day exploring! Of the 17, 12 are twins and five are doubles.
The Mara Triangle and surrounding Paradise Plains are game viewing heaven and 4x4 drives and walking safaris from Little Governor’s are consistently filled with excellent sightings of the resident big cats. For a different perspective on the wildlife, try a balloon safari and soar high above the plains before landing for a champagne breakfast. Or for an insight into the Maasai culture that defines this fascinating corner of the world, a visit to one of the traditional homesteads is unbeatable.