- Prime riverside location
- Superb wildlife viewing
- Game drives and balloon safaris
Governors’ Il Moran is a well-established, traditional tented safari camp nestled alongside the banks of the Mara River in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, southwest Kenya. One of Africa’s prime safari areas, the Masai Mara is famed for prime year-round wildlife viewing, particularly during the annual migration season of July to October. Visitors have an excellent chance of spotting the Big 5, along with wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, hyena, cheetah, and crocodile. Accessible by road or by air into nearby Musiara Airstrip, Il Moran shares its premium location with three sister camps, and is the smallest and most intimate of the four.
The camp’s main communal areas include a roomy, open-sided, tented lounge and bar area, with comfortable seating, traditional wooden furniture and tranquil river views. Meals are served either in the spacious dining tent at individual tables or alfresco, beside the river or around the campfire. Private dining can also be accommodated. There is a well-stocked boutique, selling gifts and souvenirs. Internet access is available in the main area. The camp holds a Silver Eco Rating by Eco Tourism Kenya for its environmental practices, and is involved in a number of initiatives which benefit local schools and the community.
Activities include twice-daily game drives with highly experienced guides, hot air balloon safaris, and cultural visits to the local Masai community. Overnight excursions to beautiful Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria are available, subject to prior booking. Guests can enjoy dining and sundowners in the bush, and spa treatments on site can be arranged. Note that due to the high density of wildlife within the Masai Mara, vehicle congestion during game drives may be experienced, particularly during the July to October peak season.
Accommodation consists of ten very spacious canvas tents, spread out amongst the trees along the riverbank. Each tent accommodates two guests in a king size bed. Facilities include luggage and clothes storage, comfy armchairs, and writing desk with chair, along with electric lamps and charging points for cameras and phones. All tents come with an ensuite bathroom which features a freestanding Victorian style, claw-footed bathtub, along with shower, twin basins with hot and cold running water, and flush toilet. Outside is a private veranda with seating and pretty river views.
Children over eight years old are welcome at the camp, and additional beds can be provided upon request. Earlier dining times can be accommodated, subject to arrangement. The camp is not fenced and wild animals may wander through; parents are therefore reminded that supervision of children is essential at all times.
Governors’ Il Moran Offers a traditional safari camp experience in spacious, comfortable surroundings within the heart of the Masai Mara and its stunning abundance of wildlife.
Service rating : Best family holiday ever - and we're fortunate to have had a few. Excellent organisation; very friendly and careful driver/guide. This holiday was itself re-booked after we cancelled two years ago; Tourdust were very supportive during the previous cancellation.
Product : We did Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara and Zanzibar; a superb combination.
verified review for Rift Valley Lakes, Masai Mara & Laikipia Safari on 13 September 2016
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014