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Post  Doogs on Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:33 pm

I know Lai Sad Even in such big pride as the Marsh Pride there is still fatalities - just goes to show what a tough job solitary cheetah and leopard mums have Crying or Very sad
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Post  Doogs on Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:49 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Wednesday 1st October 2014

A Very Governors Safari


These wonderful photos were sent to us courtesy of Susan Flegg who came on safari with us in June this year. These photos really give a flavour of the amazing wildlife around our camps, life in camp and what its like to come on a Governors Camp safari. Many thanks to Susan for sharing her wonderful images with us.

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Post  whitestarling on Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:06 pm

WOW Doogs some lovely pics especially of the male Lion, Lioness, and Lion Prides, a really great diversity of wildlife.

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:39 am

Doogs. Lovely photos and Governors are great at sharing them.

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Post  Doogs on Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:11 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Friday 3rd October 2014

James' Final Few


Our summer intern James is now back home and settled into University and he just sent us these wonderful photos from his last few days with us at Governors Camp in September. Many thanks to James Townsend for sharing these fantastic photos with us. James has a dedicated Facebook page where you can see more of his photos James Townsend Photography :- https://www.facebook.com/jamestownsendphoto

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Post  Laikipia on Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:08 pm

Doogs, I bet James had a wonderful time!

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Post  Doogs on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:24 pm

From the 'Marsh Pride of Lions" FB Page today . . .

Sad news to report, lioness Sila lost one of her cubs to a Martial Eagle over the weekend. The Martial Eagle flew in picked up one of the cubs, dropped it and came back again for it later. She now has 2 cubs with her.

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:18 am

I saw that on FB and it's so sad but then you have to think the Martial Eagle needs to eat to survive

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Post  Doogs on Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:07 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Tuesday 7th October 2014

An Amazing Lion & Buffalo Encounter & Cheetah and Cubs


Dave Richards sent us these wonderful photos, from his safari at Little Governors Camp last week. On a game drive from camp they came across two pairs of male and female lions mating, a buffalo herd moved in and tried to attack the lions the males then defending the females saw off the buffalo biting it before it made its escape. Dave also came across this beautiful cheetah and her cubs - Many thanks to Dave for sharing these with us.

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Post  Laikipia on Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:49 pm

Thanks Doogs. Great photos.

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Post  Doogs on Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:26 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Thursday 9th October 2014

Wendy & Finlay's Mara Safari


Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge Managers Wendy and Finlay took a well deserved break and came on safari with us at Governors Camp in August. Here are a selection of their photos from the safari. Many thanks to Wendy for sharing these with us.

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:16 am

Thanks Doogs. That's a really great selection of photos, they saw a lot didn't they? I love the black and white photos.

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Post  Doogs on Tue Oct 14, 2014 12:59 pm

I Agree Lai - especially when they are randomly put into a set of colour pictures Cool
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Post  Doogs on Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:44 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Thursday 16th October 2014

It feels like my second home


I have recently returned from a 16 day Kenya safari, which was my 20th safari to date and it has been the best so far, so many new experiences, sights and adventures.

But in my opinion, no safari would be complete without finishing in the Mara and staying at one of the Governors Camps.

Of the four camps operating along the banks of the Mara, Il Moran, Private Camp, Governors and Little Governors, I have to say that my preference is for Little Governors.

Every time I return it feels like my second home, with a warm welcome from the manager George, who has now been in charge for some 20 years, and all the staff, whose attention to detail and service provision is second to none. However all of Governors Camps operate to the same standard, so what makes Little Governors extra special for me?

Well to start with its location, which is unique as it can only be accessed via a river crossing by boat, so no vehicles anywhere on site. What a tale this small boat could tell of past adventures as at one time it was used to take clients for excursions down the river for closer views of the hippos and crocodiles!

Then there is its intimacy with only 17 tents located in a crescent formation around the swamp that teems with animals and birds, with hippos providing interesting entertainment in the middle of the night!

Then there is the family of Warthogs who have taken up residence. These animals are normally very shy and will scamper away when they hear a vehicle approaching. Not this troop, they will happily approach your table looking for any tasty morsels that might come their way.

And of course not to forget the herd of elephants which will often make an appearance during lunch.

This causes great fun as clients are rapidly ushered to the shelter of the bar to allow these majestic creatures to slowly amble through the camp.

It also has the added benefit of being the launch site for Governors Balloon safaris, which is located in a clearing just behind reception.

If all of the above was not enough, then there is the excellence of the cuisine the standard of the tents with flushing toilets and constant hot water, early morning tea/coffee service delivered to your tent, hot water bottles at night and the constant concern for guests welfare and safety all contributes to making this my favourite location in the Mara. Michael McInnes, Kenya Safaris

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:57 pm

 Doogs, what a lovely selection of photos and a great up sell for Little Governors.  It sounds lovely and is certainly in a great location.

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Post  Doogs on Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:24 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Thursday 23rd October 2014

A Weekend in the Mara


There is so much to see in the Mara that for residents coming from Nairobi a weekend in the Mara is the perfect escape from the big city and for those coming from further afield the Mara always delivers with an abundance of wildlife to see year round. This weekend we were treated to lions feeding, elephants on the move, giraffe in camp, ostriches courting, hyena playtime, baboons washing, monitor lizards relaxing, lions hunting, a lioness relaxing with her two tiny cubs, enormous crocodiles, zebras trying to cross the Mara River, herds of Topi and buffalo on the plains and lots of beautiful wildflowers.

Photos are from this weekend in the Mara courtesy of Ariana Grammaticas

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Post  Doogs on Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:26 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Tuesday 28th October 2014

Marsh Pride Always up to Something


At first light yesterday morning we found Siena and and her cubs feeding close to Governors Camp just beside the staff football field! Anyone who has been following Siena's story will know of her injury and now you can see from these photos it is finally healing well again. Tatu, Charm and another lioness then arrived and mid morning brought down a waterbuck and were busy eating when a couple of grumpy buffalo turned up and chased them off!

Photos are courtesy of Moses Manduku, Governors Camp head driver-guide.

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Post  whitestarling on Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:09 pm

That great news aout Siena's healing wound, and confirms SM's pics and story from his Safari. Good decision by Tamu, and Charm to get away from the Buffs to dangerous to take those Guys on, as we know from your post about the Male Lion that was killed by them Doogs

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Post  Doogs on Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:20 pm

Totally agree WS, those big beasties are dangerous so and so's !!!

From Governors Camp FB Page - Thursday 30th October 2014

5 Wonderful Days


These wonderful photos were sent to us by recent Governors Il Moran Camp guest Joelle Delloye. Joelle wrote to us to say " We spent five wonderful days at Il Moran in October. Many thanks to all especially our usual guide J. Maina. We will come back again soon, thank you" Many thanks to Joelle for sharing these photos with us.

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:22 am

http://i73.servimg.c Great photos, just had a catch up.

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Post  Doogs on Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:28 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Monday 1st November 2014

An Amazing Time


These photos were sent to us by Mark and Jo Lumley-Cole who came on safari with us at Governors Camp in August this year. They wrote to us to say "Just wanted to email you with a few photos from our visit to you in August. We got engaged at Governors Camp in 2013 and were lucky enough to come back to you in August 2014 as part of our celebrations and our honeymoon - well there were 13 of us in total friends and family. We have been lucky enough to have been to you three times over the past 5 years or so and always have an absolutely amazing time, this year was no exception and everyone who came with us also had a fantastic time!!! I thought I would just send you a few pictures as to just how amazing the holiday was! We have had Moses as our Guide previously and he is just superb!!!

Just wanted to share these with you as it was all so fantastic.

Hope to see you soon!
Mark and Jo Lumley-Cole"

Many thanks to Mark and Jo for sharing these lovely photos with us.

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Post  Laikipia on Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:15 am

cheers Doogs, it sounds like they had a great time and how lovely to visit 3 times.

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Post  whitestarling on Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:04 am

Governors Camp Collection added 15 new photos to the album New cubs! — at Governors Camp

5 January at 07:31 ·
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We have exciting news to share, there are new cubs for the Marsh Pride of lions. Breakaway lioness Madomo has 4 new tiny cubs which we think are under 3 weeks old. She has hidden them near the Bila Shaka riverbed and we got our first glimpse of them a few days ago. South of where Madomo was with her cubs the entire Marsh pride had killed a buffalo and were eating it. Bibi looked well fed and likewise all three cubs of Siena. Tatu and yaya were resting on the bank while Red was drinking water in the Bila shaka. Then this morning we came across Morani, Sikio and Hunter relaxing in the woodland close to the Musiara Marsh, no sign of Scar, no doubt off galavanting somewhere! Photos courtesy of Patrick Reynolds, Governors Il Moran Camp Manager.


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Post  Doogs on Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:40 pm

Oh my word look at those little tooties I love you I love you Keep them safe Madomo Hugs That's one thing about the Marsh Pride, they are forever growing !!

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Post  Doogs on Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:04 pm

From Governors Camp FB Page - Monday 19th January 2015

Sad news about Mdomos and her cubs . . . .

This morning at 10.00am we saw the lioness Madomo of the 1st breakaway pride who had the four cubs in the Bila Shaka river bed,she was see high up on the silanga which is a riverbed that lies west of the Bila shaka, she looked bitten and sore with bite wounds on her back and flank.

Friday evening on the Bila Shaka was the last time we saw Madomo,her sister and sub lioness and she gave us the indication that she was consatntly calling for her cubs whilst weaving in and out of the river bed. The cubs at this stage still had not been seen. Guides scoured the Bila Shaka all Saturday and all Sunday along with myself, there was no sightings of either Madomo her sister or the sub-adult female. I am sure Friday evening or Satrurday evening is when these cubs went missing or had they been killed? sadly none of us are the wiser as to know exactly what has happened.

We also had not seen Bibi for a few days now until this morning up the Silanga where she was seen being mated by a nomadic male lion, he is the same male that hung around with Madomo on tehe Bila Shaka last week. Further up from where Bibi and the nomadic male were was Madomo in a crotion thicket and she looked bitten and stiif from her wounds. Whilst Bibi who spends more time with Siena and the marsh pride and far from the Marsh itself, this means that the marsh pride may have had something to do with madomo's wounds, half way down south the Bila Shaka from the silanga confluence were four sub-adult Marsh Lioneses and perhaps during the night Siena was also invloved although by 10.00am she was near the Hippo pool with nine othes including Charm and her cubs and also Tatu the sub male.

Hunter and Morani were between the Marsh and airstrip this morning.

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