By October, most of the herds have reached the grasslands of the Masai Mara. It's a short stint, however; in November, they begin their journey back to the southern Serengeti to be there in time for the green shoots on its plains. They arrive by December when the cycle starts to pick up again.
It is situated very close to the river's popular crossing points, yet tucked away from the busy roads - which means less passing vehicles and more privacy. You will also have access to additional river crossing points where there are less crowds and better viewing opportunities.
By late October, when the short rains start falling on the Serengeti's short-grass plains, filling seasonal waterholes and bring new flushes of growth, the wildebeest start heading south again.
The herds trek down through the eastern woodlands - 90% of the female wildebeest are pregnant with the calving season that generally starts in February. Tightly grouped as they pass through the wooded country, the wildebeest scatter and spread out again once they reach the open plains of the Serengeti.
The herds are yet again in a pretty identical position in the northern Serengeti area of the Kogatenda and Lamai. The early light rains are pushing the herds south, however, this takes a long time as there are many of them!
The chances are even if you are visiting the north in late October, that a good few of the herds will still be lingering in the north.
The Great Migration is on the move, heading back down south, as the Masai Mara is starting to get hotter. The grassy plains have been denuded and the rain clouds are gathering in the Serengeti.
The predators follow the mighty herds, but only as far as their territories allow them to. The cats and hyenas are loathed to enter one another's territory. During this season, the lioness have cubs that they must feed and take care of, so they can not go too far away.
Henryk Sarat waited for about four hours while the herds traveled along the river and stopped at multiple points to sniff if there were any crocodiles in the water. In this instance, there was a hippo that wanted to attack a crocodile. This is a perfect example of where an "enemy of an enemy is my friend".
The hippo was just relaxing and sleeping in the water and all of a sudden, thousands of wildebeests trample over the hippo. The hippo ended up swimming away because it wasn't sure what was going on. The hippo's day was for sure ruined. It was hilarious watching the hippo confused!
There are crocodiles in the river and other predators waiting elsewhere. Unbeknownst to Maralee Park, there was a lioness hiding in the tall grass waiting for the right moment to attack. It happened so fast that Maralee Park didn't see it right away, but in the action happened in front of them - a lioness attacked one of the wildebeest. After a few minutes, Maralee Park's ranger moved the vehicle a little closer. The lioness actually killed at least 2, maybe 3 wildebeest while they were there.
Kenya’s Masai Mara is one of Africa’s greatest wildlife viewing areas and the jewel of Kenya. The nearly 600 square mile Masai Mara National Reserve is remarkable for its year-round density of big game wildlife and spotting Africa’s Big Five is almost a guarantee. It’s a no-brainer when selecting a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. The one thing you might not have considered for your safari, though, is taking to the skies in a Masai Mara hot air balloon safari. And a hot air balloon Masai Mara experience simply needs to be on your bucket list.
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Governors has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. 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 & conservation at the heart of everything we do.
The setting is magical. So much so that almost a century ago it was reserved, exclusively, for Kenya’s colonial Governors. Governors’ Camp nestles in the forest along the winding banks of the Mara River, it's watered teeming with bird-life, hippo and crocodile, in the heart of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.
Some of the 37 tents line the riverbank, tucked into the forest they enjoy uninterrupted views over the Mara River, others have views across the sweeping plains of the Masai Mara. Created in 1972 Governors’ Camp set new standards in luxury for a tented camp. Today it’s still Africa’s best.
Everything is under canvas, all tents have en-suit bathrooms with hot and cold running water and flushing toilets. There is a bar tent with deck overlooking the Mara River and dining tent with views over the plains.
Governors Camp has been awarded a Silver Eco-Rating for our sustainable practices in camp.
Governors' has been pioneering immersive and transformational safaris in the Mara since 1972. We were the first operators to be permanently based inside the Mara, our site was chosen for its prime location and was the designated “getaway” for the Governors of Kenya. Unfenced and right in the heart of the action. 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 & conservation at the heart of everything we do.
Newly refurbished in 2018, Il Moran Camp is hidden in the cool shade of the riverine forest that follows the bends of the Mara River. Each tent enjoys a private location from which to enjoy the beautiful and serene setting. Hippos wallow in the river waters below, elephants wander through camp, and the night time is punctuated by hyena whoops and lion calls.
Each canvassed room is expansive and newly furnished to a superior standard. Beautiful old wood furniture and muted natural tones are a natural extension of the environment around. Each stylish bathroom boasts a Victorian style bath and his & her vanities. A large verandah is designed for relaxing in comfort in the peaceful surroundings.
Small and supremely personal in nature, Il Moran is a chic and intimate retreat in the best wildlife location in Kenya and arguably Africa. A brand new dining and lounge area set along the riverfront is beautifully furnished and our superior team of chefs create dishes that tantalize the eyes and taste buds.
Our walking safari camp is part of the Wayo Africa Walking Safari experience. It is truly one-of-a-kind and is the highlight of many people's safaris. The aim of our camp is to access remote areas in the easiest manner possible while maintaining high levels of comfort. Our camp is designed to fit on a small trailer that can easily be towed in to the bush, allowing for movement as the animals move.
Tents are 3-man dome style tents that are easy to set-up with plenty of floor space for two people. It is great for a good nights rest in a really remote area. Sleeping is on comfy 4-inch mattresses on the ground and the bedding is cotton covered duvets and cotton sheets.
This is the jewel in the Governors’ Camp crown; for those who want an exclusive taste of the Governors’ experience. Private Camp can either be booked by one family or group at a time, so it’s yours to enjoy, as the name suggests, in private or can be booked on a tent by tent basis. It means up to 16 people have, to themselves, a beautiful bend of the Mara River.
NB: If booked on an exclusive basis the minimum requirements are four guests to book the Private Camp for a minimum of three nights.
Only eight tents ensure peace and privacy at Governors’ Private Camp. Large comfortable tents are designed to offer guests the traditional safari experience of times gone by. The tents are luxurious with handmade furniture.
Bathrooms have hot and cold running water shower and basins and flush toilets. The tents are positioned on wooden platforms with extended verandahs. There is electric lighting in the tent and charging facilities and a new bar and dining tent overlooking the Mara River with wifi. Meals are served on fine china and crystal. You can even tailor your own menus with the camp’s Executive Chef.
The camp is in the heart of one of the best wildlife viewing areas, which means you won’t waste time getting to the action. All the guides are highly trained, enthusiastic experts who know this area of the Masai Mara and its wildlife like their home.
Guests enjoy game-viewing by 4 wheel drive safari vehicles and have the option to book (at a supplement) Hot Air Balloon excursions, cultural visits and meals in the bush.
Sustainable tourism is at the heart of Little Governors' Camp. As one of the first camps to be located in the Masai Mara, Boasting only 17 luxury tents, the camp can only be reached by a scenic boat ride across the Mara River and finally, a walk through the stunning riverene landscape. Quiet and undisturbed, the camp welcomes resident elephants who visit during lunch time, as well as wildlife at the natural waterhole in front of the camp. Although one doesn't need to go far to enjoy the unfenced, wildlife-rich surrounds, the Masai Mara itself is one of the best places on the planet to see Africa's Big Five, plains game and of course, offers front row seats to the Wildebeest Migration*.
In addition, Little Governors' Camp has been awarded a Gold Rating from the Eco-Tourism Kenya. This is luxury with heart at its best...