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Mara Governors


... is an area of sweeping grasslands, riverine forest and wetlands in the northwest sector of the Maasai Mara reserve in Southwest Kenya.

It is a famously productive area for wildlife and the usual home base for the BBC's Big Cat Diary, so some of the animals here are celebrities in their own right. The are is centred on areas of beautiful open plains immediately to the east of the Mara River and with the impressive backdrop of the Oloololo Escarpment.

These plains host a rich and varied population of grazers year round, including giraffes, zebras, hartebeests and warthogs. The herds are accompanied by high densities of predators, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas and jackals. There are also considerable stands of forest along the rivers and seasonal marshes, which are home to a broader range of species notably including baboons, elephants, buffaloes, hippos and leopards. There are even a few rare black rhinos in the area. Although Mara Governors certainly plays host to the migration during the Jul/Oct dry season, it is often necessary to drive south into the Mara Confluence area for major river crossings.

Mara Governors is also home to the original balloon safari, which remains an outstanding, if costly, experience.

The four camps here are all owned by Governors Safaris, one of the longest-established operators in the country. These camps are relatively modest and old-fashioned by modern standards, but still quite pricey. The operator's well deserved good name ensures that occupancy rates at these camps remains consistently high. Between them they put out over fifty safari vehicles, which in itself makes the place feel rather busy.

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