Luxury colonial style Tented Camp in Masai Mara
Luxurious tent accomodation surrounded by wildlife. Full board and two safaris per day included. Masai safari viewing is better than Kruger and Tsavo (IMO) for two main reasons:
1) the bush is lower to the ground for miles around and hence wildlife more easy to spot.
2) when you see animals you can turn off the road and head directly towards it until you are right along side- in other parks it is forbidden to leave the roads.
Service excellent, including the security of having an armed guard sitting outside your tent all night to protect you from predators (!). Also the room service wake up call was marvellous - a butler delivering a pot of tea, ginger biscuits, lighting your bedside lantern and even running your shower for you so that it is nice and warm -all whilst you are still in bed!
British colonial feel to it all- breakfast and lunch on the lawns, cooked breakfast with finest English sausages and toast and marmalade, with a pot of tea. Friendly and smiling waiters everywhere.
Extortiantely expensive if booked with European tour operators, so we gambled and booked locally whilst in Mombasa on a post Tsavo-East safari through a hole in the wall tour operator. We saved 30-40% on brochure prices for two nights plus flights Mombasa direct to Governor's camp airstrip (can't remember exact price).
Didn't get to see leopard (they are shy) or rhino (hardly any rhino in Kenya we were told), but tons of elephants, zebra, giraffe and even a cheetah marking it's territory (spraying)! Weather in September was ideal.
Unique Quality: When you think about where you are (the middle of Africa) and how everything has to be flown in, the sausages for breakfast and toast and marmelade, plus lunch dessert buffet taste just that much better!
No swimming pool or stunning views, but open space and a very relaxing colonial experience.
We passed on the balloon rides for $400 per person including a champagne breakfast, crazy money.
Flying in, we wont forget the pilot of our ten man plane telling us to sit on certain sides of his plane to distribute the weight evenly, and then after dropping other tourists off at other camps, telling us that the Governor's camp was the next 'stop'. As we approached the private airstrip there were elephants and zebra on the runway, but no buildings next to it- just a Land Rover waiting to pick us up! Real wilderness - Great stuff.
Directions: flights from Mombasa/ Nairobi
- Royal Mara Safari Lodge
- Governors' IlMoran Camp
- Fairmont Mara Safari Club
- Mara Explorer Camp
- Kicheche Mara Camp
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- Governors Camp
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Address: C14, Keekorok, Kenya
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