10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Missing the warthogs already
"We stayed at Little Governors for 4 nights in July and it totally surpassed all our expectations. The tents were large, roomy, comfortable and exceptionally clean, the food was amazing and we had the best driver for our game drives who taught us so much about all the animals we saw (and we saw lots!). We couldn't fault anything about the camp and it's resident warthogs and night-time visits from baboons and hippos just added to the experience."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of August 2008
Little Governors Camp
"Just returned from Kenya after a friends wedding at Little Governors camp. All staff were fantastic and combined to make a memorable stay.
Our drivers Stanley and Jacob really knew their stuff and could spot a leopard from any distance! The jeeps used were new land rovers in A1 condition and fully kitted out with radios (drivers also had mobile phones)
The people of Kenya really need our tourist Â£s at the moment. Our friends wedding was only the second in Kenya this year and there are normally over 300. We saw/had no trouble out there at all and things now seem to be back to normal.
Very highly recomended holiday!!"
- Travel date: Thu 26th of June 2008
Amazing Camp, luxury & Fantastic location
"Hi, we have just returned from 2 weeks in Kenya. Me my wife and our 10 year old son. The safari surpassed all our expectations we arranged it with Joseph at Top Africa Safaris http://www.topafricasafaris.com/ Everything went as smooth as possible!!!!!
We flew from the local airport at Ukunda that is next to Diani Beach, this took 2 hours direct to Masai Mara. We were then picked up by 4x4 land rovers and taken straight to the tented camp already seeing lots of animals. We had to cross the mara river by small boat and guided to the reception by armed guards. The camp was unbelieveable overlooking the watering hole that is immediately oppposite the camp and all the tents. We saw giraffe, elephants, baboons, and heard hippos at night, and this is just from the camp!! The staff were friendley and food just fantastic,the tents made the safari pure luxury with all mod cons. The game drives in the go anywhere safari vehicles were really comfortable and we saw all the Big 5 except for the Rhinos. We spent 3 days 2 nights at the camp and loved every minute. We then flew direct back to Diani and back to our luxury hotel, Diani Reef Beach & Spa hotel. Lots of beautiful memories"
- Travel date: Wed 11th of June 2008
"We've just returned from a 4 night stay at Little Governors Camp. This is the first time I have ever bothered to write a review after years of travel throughout the world. In spite of the grim situation currently facing the Kenyan tourist industry, the staff at Little Governors were, to a man, extraordinarily friendly and helpful. At less than 80% occupancy, some places might have let standards slip in either the food or service department. Not here ! I would urge anyone to go to Kenya right now and, in turn, to head to Little Governors. The short flight from Nairobi bypasses any trouble spot and you will almost have this amazing place to yourself !"
- Travel date: Thu 28th of February 2008
The Fantastic Little Governor's Camp
"Little Governor's Camp is absolutely fantastic. We have just returned from a 3 night stay there as part of an organised tour, our group took over the whole camp which made it really special. We were lucky enough to stay at Little Governors instead of the main camp which was much more intimate, the tents were set around a massive watering hole which meant we were surrounded by animals. You have to be taken there by a tiny little boat too with lots of Hippos and Crocs nearby which was great. To be woken on the first night with 3 hippos outside the tent was very surreal !
The food was out of this world (especially the puddings!) we had champagne breakfast overlooking the Masai Mara river when we arrived with several chef's serving us lovely food. The plane ride from Nairobi airport to the Masai Mara was also fun, landing on a little muddy road was a bit scary but its all part of the experience.
The first game drive we went on was the best, we came across a pride of lions eating their fresh kill and Charles our driver got us so close to the action I could have reached out and touched them....the pictures I got were great, what an experience !
We had dinner out in the bush on the second night which was lovely, again a line of chefs cooked us a 'Mongolian BBQ' whilst the guards kept all the animals away.
We took part in every game drive offered and there were three a day so we saw every animal possible apart from the elusive Leopard which our driver Charles tried desperately to find for us, there were sightings but he was being very shy.
All in all it was one of the most amazing holidays I have ever been on, the camp, the food, the staff and the wildlife were spectacular, I would recommend it to anyone."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of November 2007
Little Governor's is Great
"We were at Little Governor's as part of a custom tour. Our group had the entire camp. What a fantastic experience! The tents are very spacious and comfortably appointed. The location right adjacent to a large watering hole brings the best of Africa to the doorstep of your tent. Each night we were visited by hippos and elephants grazing nearby. Warthog families co-exist with the staff and guests. There was an excellent variety and quality of food and drinks. The staff were responsive to all needs. We took the pre-dawn hot air balloon ride to watch the migrating wildebeast and had our champagne breakfast in the bush. The game drives were so exciting that each one topped the other. Joshua, our game drive guide, was the best. His knowledge was vast and his English was great.
Oak Park Safari Veteran"
- Travel date: Tue 13th of November 2007
The most beautiful place on earth
"We stayed at LG for two nights, it certainly was the most enjoyable, fantastic experience of my life. The tents were fantastic, the bathroom was luxurious but the best part was at night when all you could hear was the hippos and the lions and the buffalos! it was so fantastic to be so close to nature aswell as being tucked up in your bed with a hot water bottle (so surreal). The staff were so friendly and attentive, and the rangers were so knowledgeable. We were relaxing on our verandah after lunch and a huge bull elephant decided to visit us in the camp, the rangers made sure we were safe and guided it back out to the bush but you feel so priviledged to see and to be so close. The food was outstanding, and the masai mara itself is extremely beautiful. I could live out there tomorrow. We went in april which was the rainy season and we got stuck in the mud twice, once where we had to be towed and the second time when we had to get out of the vehicle so he could try and drive it out but it all adds to the experience, and we certainly didn't feel preturbed, it added to the adventure. Its also a must to do a Hot air balloon ride, its the most beautiful experince especially over the masai mara and we were extremely lucky as we saw two rhinos which are rare, and you have the most loveliest breakfast sitting at a table in the middle of the masai mara with elephants in the background, it was truly fantastic, you also get a game drive with that trip aswell! its well worth the money. As you can tell I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and I would do it every year and stay at little governors, it certainly is a slice of heaven."
- Travel date: Sun 9th of September 2007
Far from the best
"Stayed at both Governors and Little Governors. Vehicles definitely not of the highest standard with poor radio equipment in event of emergency. Food was disitinctly average at both camps - 4 out of 10 at best as rated both by 2 teenagers and 2 adults. Thst being said, our guide/driver - Joash - was very keen and really cared about us having a good experience (and not because he was angling for a tip)."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
Inadequate equipped vehicles in Governors/Little Governors Camps
"We stayed in LG for four nights, August 9 through 12, 2007. On the last full day we set off to go to the Lookout Crossing but the truck broke down on the way, the accelerator cable broke after we stopped at the site with 4 cheetahs. Our driver Joash couldnât get out of the truck to fix it because of the close proximity to the cheetahs. Another car came by, a Safari Quest truck, he pushed our truck back a little, then act as a shield between the cheetahs and us so Joash could take a look at the engine. Joash did a temporary fix by using a rope and got us out of the immediate danger area. The truck died again a few minutes later, this time the cable completely snapped off. He tried to use the walkie talkie to raise the Governors, but no luck. The Governors trucks are old, but the biggest crime is that they are not equipped with either a radio, tools, or spares. A couple of self-drive truck came by and offered help. They loan us a ranch and a pliers, and Joash promised to return the tools to them at the crossing. After 90 minutes or so, we start the truck. We made it to the crossing but Joash was not too confident that the fix will hold. At about 10:45am, Joash saw someone with a big radio and asked him to radio the Governors Camp for a rescue vehicle. That person also has a SafariCom cell phone that works on the Mara, Joash asked him to phone also. So we know that at 10:45am Governors received our May Day call both on the radio and on the cell. We waited and waited in the heat, at 1:30pm still no rescue vehicle. We decided to take our chances and drive slowly toward the camp. We arrived at the Camp at 5pm, a 20km drive took 3 Â½ hours. I was furious, asked to speak to the manager. I told him it is not acceptable that he sent us out in the wild with no radio, no tools, and did not respond to our calls. He apologized, and promised to look into it. We saw him again on our way to dinner, he said it was a miscommunication that no one responded to our calls. Rick told him that is not the biggest problem, the biggest problem we have is that the truck was not equipped with adequate radio and tools. The manager said he will try to do something about it, it was a wake up call for him because no one had ever got stuck out there for such a long time. I hope he means what he said, it was quite scary to be out there knowing that there is no backup. We supposed to have a early morning game drive before we fly back to Nairobi, but there is no way we will go into another Governors truck for the game drive. I would make sure that the vehicle situation is resolved before booking with them."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of August 2007
"We stayed in the little governers camp for a 3 night safari whilst on our honeymoon! It was amazing!
The camp site is made up of about 11 spacious tents! They arent really tents - they have wooden floors & beams and a walk in power shower and private verandas!
We over looked a water hole where hippos would come down and play!
At night you can hear the elepahants and one occaission lion - right outside your tent!!!
The service was outstanding! The staff were so friendly - they couldnt do enough to help you! Charles was our helper - he kept our tent immaculate and brought us hot chocolate at 5:30 am and a hot water bottle every night! Stanley was our guide on the drives - he has worked there for nearly 30 years and clearly loves his job!
The food was amazing - i dont know how they do it - out there in the wilderness but somehow they did!
This is a great spot if you like to see cats - we saw plenty of lions, cheethahs & leopards! Along with plenty of elehapnts, Giraffes, hippos, baboons, crocs, etc etc!
It was PERFECT!"
- Travel date: Sat 11th of August 2007