Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in Kenya since 1972.
We were the first operators to be permanently based in the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designed 'getaway' for the Governors of Kenya. Our camps are located in some of the best and most precious wildlife locations in the world.
We are a family with a colourful cast of characters that embodies the spirit of Safari, while placing the care of the environment, community and conservation at the heart of everything we do.
GOVERNORS` CAMP - The entire camp is under canvas, with all the comforts of a luxury hotel. The 37 tents are in the classic safari style. Some tents line the picturesque whilst others have spectacular views across the sweeping Mara Plains. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom with constant hot and cold running water, flushing toilets,even bidets. Miles from civilization, our cordon-bleu dinners by candlelight under canvas are a truly unforgettable experience. Clients staying at Governors` enjoy the true safari experience.
LITTLE GOVERNORS` CAMP - Little Governors` Camp is intimate in character. It has only 17 tents set in a tranquil and secluded spot. The Camp is located around a small Lake that is teaming with both animals and birdlife. In the Governors` tradition, there are no fences and hippo and Elephant are regular visitors to the Camp. The spectacle of game viewing from you tent surpasses expectations: Giraffe, Elephant, Hippo and Warthog.
GOVERNORS` IL MORAN CAMP - Governors` IL Moran Camp is a small intimate camp with only ten luxury suite sized tents. Set under spreading Fig trees along the banks of the Mara River, in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Large comfortable tents feature super king size beds which are fashioned from ancient fallen Olive Trees, and bathrooms have Victorian style baths to soap each days dust away. No barriers exit around the Camp where one can feel the intimacy with the wild of nature.
LOLDIA HOUSE - Loldia House nestles under Acacia tress on one of Kenya`s oldest farms. It was built in the Second World War on the shores of Lake Naivasha and has breathtaking views of the dormant Volcano, Mt Longonot. The house has only 9 rooms. The service at Loldia is exceptional and mouthwatering meals are served on the lawn and in the original dinning room. Guests staying at Loldia are ideally situated to take advantage of the wide variety of activities offered in the Rift Valley, where the scenery is spectacular, their is excellent bird and wildlife.
MFANGANO ISLAND CAMP is set in beautiful gardens on a secluded bay overlooking Lake Victoria. The six double rooms all offer spectacular vistas across the Lake, and they are very tastefully and newly decorated using local materials and crafts. Each morning fleets of brightly painted fishing boats glide past. Guests staying at Mfanagano can enjoy the abundant birdlife, the excellent Nile Perch fishing and can also experience the colorful local culture.
SABYINYO SILVERBACK LODGE is nestled underneath the peaks of Volcanoes National Park, home of the magnificent Mountain Gorilla. Nine cottages and suites are havens of warmth and coziness, with roaring log fires and bathtubs for an indulgent bubbly soak. Owned by the Sacola community, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a success story of community conservation and partnership.
Where we operate
- Bird Watching
- Mobile Safaris
- Mountain Climbing
- Riding Safaris
- Safaris - Fixed Camp
02 February 2021
With a qualified medical doctor stationed in the Masai Mara as part of our permanent staff, at Governors’ we are uniquely positioned to organise in-camp PCR Covid-19 testing for our Masai Mara guests.Read More
10 September 2020
Emergency support to communities in our areas of Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Laikipia and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda continued in August. August saw the most number of families helped so far, with 200 families helped in the Masai Mara, 40 in Lake Naivasha, 60 in Laikipia, and the 90 single mothers in Rwanda receiving now 19 weeks of support.Read More
26 June 2020
Governors' Camp Collection have facilitated their first community food drive in order to support eighty vulnerable families living in the Mara Rianda area. We distributed basic food supplies and hygiene products including 24kg of maize flour, 3L of cooking oil, 5kg of sugar, 100g of tea leaves, a bar of soap and a face mask to each of the families.Read More
19 February 2020
Late last year we were thrilled to introduce the newest member of the Sabyinyo team - our Polaris buggy! This nifty little vehicle was introduced to help with transporting our guests from the Sabyinyo car park to the main building of the lodge, carrying a maximum of 4 guests at a time.Read More
24 January 2020
The level of excitement is at an all-time high as we get closer to opening our newest property, Governors' Mugie House. In the lead up we're thrilled to offer a first look at the beautiful new property with our newly released photos! https://www.governorscamp.com/stay/governors-mugie-house/Read More
06 January 2020
After a fantastic 2019 helping our guests master their cameras, Will Fortescue is joining us again in 2020 as our in-house photographer. Below are his residency dates for the Masai Mara. He will be on hand to provide advice and tips or in-depth tutorials to our guests on all elements of photography, including editing. Dates that Will is with us: Jan 1st – Feb 15th, April 16th – May 31st and July 11th – August 31st.Read More
18 June 2019
The original and first permanent tented camp in Kenya, Governors' Camp has been a favourite safari lodging for innumerable guests since 1972. Perhaps stemming from a desire of older generations wanting to share their Governors' experience with the newer generations of their family, Governors' Camp has become incredibly popular as a destination for famillies on safari.Read More
12 June 2019
Located in the richest wildlife area of the Masai Mara, over the years Governors' has hosted numerous documentary filmmakers - most recently BBC's Dynasties and Animal Planet's Big Cat Tales - as well as countless professional and amateur photographers alike, all seeking to capture on film a truly remarkable natural wonder.Read More
22 January 2019
We at Governors’ are thrilled to release two new marketing movies for our Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Rwanda. To protect gorillas, you have to look after communities. Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge is a world-class lodge that was conceived and is operated by The Governors’ Camp Collection. In partnership with The African Wildlife Foundation ("AWF") and The International Gorilla Conservation Program ("IGCP"), the idea was to develop a lodge whose revenue streams would improve the lives of local community members and directly support gorilla conservation. Owned by the SACOLA community via a trust, lease fees and a community development levy paid by every guest staying at the lodge are received by SACOLA.Read More
21 January 2019
After two months of hard work throughout October and November, Loldia House is looking exceptionally elegant and beautiful. We sought to upgrade and redesign an already wonderful product, but stay true to the rich heritage and settler-style comforts of the house. A new dining room in the main house, with high ceilings and deep green panelled walls, offers a warm and inviting space to enjoy a candlelit dinner. In the area that was previously the dining room, a new snug bar was created with lovely matt mahogany wood and blue-leather bar stools.Read More
18 January 2019
We are thrilled to unveil the new and stunning look of our Il Moran Camp! Extensive upgrade work over October and November has catapulted Il Moran Camp into a new league of luxury tented accommodation - it is perfect for those looking for the best accommodation in the best wildlife location in the Masai Mara.Read More
15 January 2019
Being situated in the richest wildlife area in the Masai Mara, we at Governors’ want to ensure our guests are offered the opportunity to capture their safari wildlife moments in the best way.From January to March 2019 Governors’ has Will Fortescue as our in-house professionalphotographer. He’ll be on hand to give any of our guests any photography assistance they might require.Will has a first class degree in Marine and Natural History Photography and is in to his 8th month wor…Read More
11 January 2019
Governors' enjoys the best location in one of the best wildlife areas in Africa. Our location is the wildlife area of choice for documentary filmmakers, such as the BBC, and professional photographers, as well as many keen and budding wildlife photographers!Read More
18 December 2018
We are delighted to let you know that our new website is now live! We are really happy with our new site and hope that you will find the new look fresh and exciting, as well as informative! When you try out the new site, www.governorscamp.com, please remember to clear your cache first as your browser may have already stored and downloaded a version of our old website, which it will attempt to load and you may see a warning message.Read More
17 December 2018
Mara Rianta Trust and Governors’ Camp Build New Girls’ Dormitory and Installs Reverse Osmosis at Mara Rianta School in Masai Mara
Working hand in hand with our community neighbours to support development and conservation efforts has been at the heart of what we do at Governors Camp for over 40 years. We are proud to announce that building of a dormitory for 160 girls at Mara Rianda Primary School is complete, and the 2019 school year will open with the new girl students moving in.Read More
07 November 2018
On the weekend Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge celebrated its 10 year anniversary with much fanfare and festivities
On Saturday Romi and Dominic Grammaticas, co-founder and MD of Governors’ Camp Collection, were present as the SACOLA community unveiled their latest projects funded by revenue from Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge - 4 new houses built for widows of the Genocide and their families, 6 new school classrooms, and new water points making water available within a distance of a kilometre for up to 1000 people.Read More
23 October 2018
Happy 40th Birthday to Governors’ Balloon Safaris! For forty years Governors’ Balloon Safaris have been flying hot air balloons, pioneering the enthralling experience of gliding over the Masai Mara’s expansive and game-rich scenery, launching at dawn just as the sun’s golden light starts radiating out over the landscape.Read More
18 September 2018
Governors' Camp’s Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Rwanda is a uniquely community-owned lodge, with revenue received by the surrounding SACOLA Community. In August, we reached an incredible milestone when revenue earned by the community surpassed $3.25 Million. On 7th September Rwanda celebrated Kwita Izina, the annual national celebration where new baby gorillas are named in an event attended by heads of state, world conservation figures, and celebrities.Read More
21 June 2018
Governors’ Loldia House and Il Moran Camp are launching into the upcoming busy high season with brand new looks after Phase 1 of a two-step refurbishment process was completed. Over April and May, the two properties received brand new soft furnishings and upgrade work, the results unveiled in early June.Read More
12 February 2018
Governors’ Camp’s Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge was built 10 years ago as a uniquely community-owned lodge next to Volcanoes National Park. With our partners African Wildlife Fund (AWF) and International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP), the SACOLA Community Trust was created to hold ownership of the lodge. Through lease fees and a Community Levy incorporated into a guest’s stay, US$3.1 Million has been transferred from the Lodge to the SACOLA community in the last 10 years, providing them the means to achieve an incredible list of socio-economic projects.Read More
05 February 2018
This year Alex Millar will be at ITB for Governors' Camp. We have LOTS of news to update you on, including big and exciting refurbishment projects that have happened and will happen this year throughout our portfolio in Kenya and Rwanda. For an appointment please contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at ITB!Read More
12 January 2018
2017 was a very busy year at Sabyinyo! Throughout the year extensive refurbishment works were going on at the lodge, upgrading both its front and back of house, to make the Sabyinyo guest experience even more exceptional. And now, to kick-off our 10th anniversary year, we are very excited to reveal the fabulous results, with the new look Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge!Read More
18 December 2017
Being eco-friendly and sustainable are important concerns to today's conscientious traveller. Governors’ properties have the privilege of being located in some of the world’s most precious wildlife locations, so having minimal impact on our pristine environments is incredibly important to us too. This is why we are on a mission to minimalize our carbon footprint as part of our wider ethos dedicated to conservation and positive impact on neighbouring rural communities. After recently eliminating plastic drinking bottles, we’ve taken the next important step and installed a solar system at Little Governors’ Camp.Read More
30 January 2014
An amazing story unfurled in the Masai Mara this month, when a small lion cub was separated from its mother, survived nine days alone and then was successfully re-united with its mother and the rest of the pride. The incident began when two lionesses, called Lippy and Sila from the Marsh Pride of lions went hunting. Lippy and Sila brought down a hippo and together with Lippy’s three, three and a half month old cubs began to feed on the kill. Shortly afterwards a group of lionesses f…Read More
14 October 2013
We are delighted to announce the opening on Friday 4 October 2013 of a new Health Centre at Mara Rianda just outside the Masai Mara National Reserve for our Masai community neighbours. The construction of the Health Centre and the clinic fit out were funded by private UK donors. The organisation of the construction including fit out and provision of the infrastructure was carried out by The Mara Rianda Charitable Trust in conjunction with Governors Camp Collection. The clinic was …Read More
25 April 2012
BBC's Planet Earth Live Film Crew have arrived and are setting up at Governors Camp, Masai Mara. The BBC's latest wildlife documentary Planet Earth Live will be broadcast live in the month of May and the team staying at Governors Camp will be focussing on the Marsh Pride of Lions of the Masai Mara for the series. We are delighted to he hosting the BBC film crew and look forward to the series when it airs.Read More