- 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.
We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.
Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!
We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.
Suzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018