At Governors’ Camp Collection, we are continually striving to improve our guest experiences.
With the start of the new decade, we are excited to launch our very own “Mongoose Club” for our younger guests at Governors Camp! Those of you who are familiar with our Masai Mara camps will be aware of our numerous little furry friends; the dwarf and banded mongoose, who are well-loved members of our famous ‘Cast of Characters’! We wanted to celebrate these entertaining critters by naming our new kid’s club after them; hence the Governors’ Mongoose Club has been formed.
The idea behind this club is to educate and inspire our youngest visitors in ways that they would never have access to in their mainstream schooling systems abroad. Game drives are, of course, wonderful experiences in themselves to be shared with family, but there is so much more for your children to take away from their Kenyan safari.
The activities are designed to be fun and informative and we know these experiences will provide your children with lifetime memories. You, as the parents, can take some well-deserved timeout; enjoy a spa treatment, read a book or just have a siesta while Julius (Our “chief Mongoose”) who is a local Masai guide and the rest of our friendly team keep your children as entertained and educated as they would like to be, whilst of course ensuring their complete safety at all times.
The list of fun is endless but some of our top educational picks are as follows: the importance of ecosystems, tree planting, Masai culture and visiting a local Masai school, identifying animal tracks and footprints (they can make a plaster of paris mold too if they get lucky with a clear footprint!), identifying birds and their different sounds and nests, nocturnal animals and the easy use of our camera traps around camp as well as learning all about the night sky and constellations with the supervised help of our telescope and laser star pointer!
If your children are the competitive sort (most siblings are!) – why not send them off for easy stroll around camp, accompanied by one of our Mongoose guides and armed with one of our specially designed kid’s nature booklet and checklist, to see how many birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, and plants can be found during their stay with us. They should be able to spot most on the list just by simply exploring around camp – we are in the best location after all – but encourage them to continue with ticking the boxes on their game drives too!
Of course, there’s a just for fun section too and this includes easy cookery – make your own pizza using one of our charcoal eco-ovens, or roasting popcorn and marshmallows over an open fire (a delicious pre-dinner treat to be shared on your family sundowner).
They can try their hand at target practice using handmade wooden bows and arrows, as well as making their very own piece of Masai beaded jewellery with the help of a Masai ‘mama.
We shall be sharing more information and colourful images of this exclusive little kid’s club soon – if you have any questions in the meantime just drop us a message.
Don’t forget that we have new Family Tents at Governors’ Camp, perfectly designed to accommodate your little ones – this really is the camp to give your family the safari of a lifetime!
By Alisa Bowen, Guest Experience Manager, Governors’ Camp Collection.