Masai Mara National Reserve Journals

Splashing out at Govenor's Camp

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A travel journal to Masai Mara National Reserve by MichaelJM

Hippos on the Masai Mara Photo, Nairobi, Kenya More Photos
Quote: The second part of our trip was at Govenors Camp. Back to nature? Well not quite...

Governors' IlMoran Camp

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Hotel | "A little bit of luxury"

Governors' IlMoran Camp Photo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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We could have stayed cheaper at other sites in the Masai Mari but decided to push the boat out and stay at Governor’s Camp for the second part of our holiday. We’d heard what a great camp Governor’s is so decided, despite the fact that it is significantly more expensive than others, to give a whirl. It was hoped that it would make a superb finale for our first holiday on Safari and hopefully one that would create a lasting memory for us all.We’d flown in from Amboseli and the wheels had barely touched the tarmac before our meet and greet party was unloading the luggage to carry to the jeep. A marker plaque advised us that we were now at Governors’ Camp in the Msai Mara and were 5160 feet a...Read More

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Governors' IlMoran Camp
C14, Keekorok - -Masai Mara Reserve-
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Birds at Governors Camp Photo, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Life on the open tented camp was always guaranteed to be exciting as animals had a right of way through the camp. During the day time we were treated to viewing of small animals, butterflies and birds and at night as the sun set and the moon had risen things started to happen on camp.......But let me first recall the day time activities. Although we had three drives a day there was still time to sit and relax and take in the wildlife sights. We soon had spotted a small veranda overlooking the river and for the most part the four of us were the only humans sitting there. But we were never alone. As we sat there was endless bird sightings, but the most memorable was the elegant Malachite Kin...Read More

In search of the Big Five

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Hippos in watering hole Photo, Kenya, Africa
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We were pleased that we had the same guide throughout our stay at Governor’s Camp and it was an added bonus that the four of us had him to ourselves. Each of our Safaris was totally different and Governor’s, different to most other camps, manages to fit three in to a day (one early morning before breakfast, post breakfast up to lunch and then mid afternoon to sunset). This morning Safari was destined to be something special......We’d seen four of the Big Five (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and Rhino) on previous outings and we, semi jokingly said to our guide that we just needed to see the Leopard to complete the set. He nodded solemnly and indicated that he’d "try his best"...Read More

Life alongside the hippos

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Hippos on the Masai Mara Photo, Nairobi, Kenya
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If I were asked what my favourite part of the Safari was I would firstly say "all of it", but if pushed I say that I thoroughly enjoyed viewing the Hippopotamus. The Hippopotamus Amphibious (to give it its full scientific name) or, as it’s more affectionately known, the Hippo is the third largest land mammal and can weigh up to 3.5 tons. Indeed with that weight and its formidable body (13 feet long and 5 feet tall) it is almost free of predators. Occasionally there are reports of crocodiles killing the Hippo (or River Horse) but often they live side by side and show each other reasonable respect and of course a hungry lion will be prepared to "have a go". Although it is fair to say that the Lion will...Read More
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This early morning Safari was to be our last trip out at Governor’s Camp before heading off for some R&R at an all inclusive hotel in Mombasa. We started off with low expectations because we reckoned we must have seen almost everything that the area around Governors Camp had to show us. At the point we left the camp the sun was not visible and our guide made sure that he got us into a great position to watch the sunrise. I have to say that I’ve seen many an unimpressive sunrise so once again I wasn’t holding my breath. But when expectations are low the reality will often exceed and it was certainly true of this sunrise. As the sun began to rise the horizon upwards became bright orange and the pla...Read More