It’s officially ‘Migration Season’ and the wildebeest have not let us down this year!
Thousands have been pouring into Kenya over the last couple of weeks and many of our guests have been lucky enough to witness all the mayhem of the river crossings and the predator action that comes with this mass animal movement – named one of the Seventh New Wonders of the World.
Our #GovernorsCaptures photo competition, which is open to all guests across all our properties, continues to attract plenty of entries in the hope of winning the ultimate safari experience: a three-night safari for two at Governors’ Camp, plus return flights from Nairobi with Governors’ Aviation. The aim of the competition is to showcase all the wonderful moments and incredible wildlife sightings that the Governors’ guest. The winner of our last quarter was David Roberts for his ‘The Eye of the Cheetah’ shot, and runner ups were ‘Kids’ by David Burwash and ‘Governors’ from the sky’ by Nick Powell
Last week, our brand new hot air balloon took to the skies for its first test flight! Rainbow colored and freshly branded with our distinct logo, this balloon will join the rest of our fleet at Governors’ Balloon Safaris in making lifetime memories for all our guests who choose to fly with us. This high season is a very popular time to go on a balloon – with the migration in full swing, there is no better vantage point from which to behold all the magic of the Mara unfolding below you.
Our new spa facilities – both in the Mara and at Loldia House and Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge – are being enjoyed by anyone and everyone who cannot resist the temptation of a little pampering in between game drives and gorilla treks! A range of treatments are available
At Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, we recently welcomed chef Martin Simcock into our kitchen to train and inspire our chefs with a diverse range of delicious meals. The food at Sabyinyo is renowned for being top class – hearty, creative and flavourful – paired with an excellent selection of wines and divine Rwandan coffee.
Our ongoing support to the local surrounding community is vital to ensuring the survival of Rwanda’s majestic mountain gorilla. While at Sabyinyo, guests can find out more about our long term partnership with local community trust SACOLA, which uses rentals and community fees generated by the lodge, to drive socio-economic and conservation initiatives in the communities adjacent to Volcanoes National Park. We were delighted to welcome the father and siblings of Tiffany Hawes, who came to visit the Nyirarudodo family and see the house she very kindly donated them earlier this year.
We enjoyed the 4th July with celebrations in the nature garden at Sabyinyo – a very serene and stunning space teeming with birdlife and a variety of flowers, tucked away behind the main lodge building. We welcomed Veronica from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund who came to speak to our guests about protecting gorillas, studying how they live and how helping communities, ultimately saves gorillas. It was a very interesting and inspiring talk, which was followed by traditional SACOLA dancers who performed beautifully with full-on enactment of song and dance.
Written by Jess Savage, Governors’ Camp Collection