Il Moran is the smartest of the Governors’ Collection and, for the money, offers a superb safari experience for very good value. The rooms themselves are vast and all feature incredible views onto the Mara River. Stunning wooden beds and bronze baths typify the feel of the camp in general. Again, set in a superb location, the camp is very real, and a much cheaper alternative to the nearby Bateleur Camp. If you want to safari in style, then this is a great choice.
Il Moran Camp - The Details
Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest, are just ten luxury tents. They line the winding banks of the Mara River as it meadners its way through the Paradise Plains area of the eastern Mara, which provides the backdrop to one of the greatest migrations and wildlife spectacles known to man. This makes Il Moran an Africa Safari
unrivalled by no other.
Each of the vast tents features a super ‘king size’ bed fashioned from ancient fallen olive trees, and Victorian style baths. Evenings see guests congregate around the sunken fire pit where stories of the day's adventures are swapped.
Dinner is served by candlelight in the open dining tent or alfresco by the river.
IL Moran is an ideal camp for honeymooners and couples who are looking for a very special all-round safari experience.
As with all Governors' Camps, the location is excellent for prime wildlife viewing. In throwing distance of where BBC's Big Cat Diaries were filmed, you can expect to come across some of the descendents of the stars that grced our television screens. Each safari vehicle only seats four guests so each game drive is an intimate and exclusive experience with your guide.
The most popular time of year to go is between July and October when the Mara recieves around twenty-five percent of the wildebeest migration. The ungulates are drawn to the Mara's green grasses and where there is an abundance of prey, you can be sure the predators are not far away.
In truth, any time in the Mara is worthwhile. Photographers love the solitude and peacefullness of the Green seasons, whilst anyone can enjoy excellent game viewing all year round. Big cats are the star of the show, however the Mara also boasts incredible populations of buffalo, elephant and even the critically endangered black rhino.
Kenya's conservation success story is vividly apparent by the abundance of elephant and rhino and Governors' guides are not shy in hiding their pride when it comes to sharing their experiences in helping conservation.
As with any time in the Maasai Mara, we would also recommend some time in the surrounding conservancies. Here you can experience great wildlife as well as extra activities such as walking safaris and night drives that are not available in the National Reserve.
If some time at the beach sounds like the perfect way to end your trip, then heading to Lamu or further afield to Zanzibar, will provide you with the perfect setting in which to sit back, relax and reflect on an enthralling safari.
For the best combinations, make sure you speak
to one of our Africa experts who can tailor a trip to meet your exact needs.