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“Memorable First Safari Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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4.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   C14, Keekorok - -Masai Mara Reserve-, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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“Memorable First Safari Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

When a one week trip to Nairobi turned into two, we found ourselves asking what could we do for the weekend. My husband's coworker suggested that we visit the Masai Mara, stay in a camp and do a safari. I wasn't too pleased with the term 'camp' but Governor's II Moran was anything but what I expected. After the quick 45 minute plane ride from Nairobi, we were driven to Moran. Upon arrival, we were told we were at the wrong Governor's Camp (they are a few camps) but Nicholas and Patrick, the manager, helped to smooth everything out. When we were shown to our tent, I was pleased to find that it was nice and spacious and had a nice bathroom with running water. The camp is situated alongside the Mara river and you can hear the sounds of the hippos throughout the day and night. The first night, I was a bit uneasy but the 2nd night I slept like a baby. The camp is not fenced so it's not unusual for an elephant or hippo (at night) to be roaming around. I felt very safe however since there are guards around who escort you to and from your common area at night.

Our guide, Richard, was amazing and extremely knowledgable. We got to see 4 of the big 5, not the leopard, but got to see other amazing animals. We also got to do a nice picket alongside the river which was a memorable experience. My friends and family can't believe the pictures we took. On top of the great room and awesome guide, the food is delicious. It's hard to believe you are in the middle of nowhere.

My husband made the staff aware that we were also celebrating my birthday, so Patrick arranged a bottle of champagne for our tent, Richard, our tent steward, decorated our tent and I was presented with a cake after dinner. Overall, this trip was amazing and one my husband and I will never forget. I look forward to returning again!

Room Tip: We stayed in tent 10, which was further away from the common area but offered more privacy.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

My kids and I had a wonderful trip. Tents are the largest I have experienced in the Mara. Great location close to the landing strip, overlooking the river where hippos lay in large numbers and yes, they come visit the camp late at night and you can hear them as you fall asleep. the General Manager, Patrick was very hospitable and Jackson, our tent butler was great. Our driver and guide, Maina was truly exceptional and extremely knowledgable. Would recommend highly if you are visiting the Mara.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

What a beautiful setting for this site. I'm loathe to use the word 'camp' as the tents are so luxurious and I had wonderful nights of sleep just occasionally punctuated by the sound of the hippos! The food, wine and service is superb and your every need is catered for. Our driver Maina was so in tune with the animals and the landscape. It was a pleasure to have him as our guide and we learnt so much. It was our first visit to Africa and it won't be our last we loved every moment. Just downloading over a thousand photo's and agonising over which ones to delete!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We stayed at Governors Il Moran camp last September and it was a magical experience. Il Moran is the more 'up market' of the camps at Governers and really felt quite exclusive. The tent was ENORMOUS and beautifully appointed. Location was superb, about 2 steps from the front of the tent was the Mara river complete with about 20 hippos basking in the sun.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed at Il Moran for three nights as part of our honeymoon and have nothing but compliments for Patrick and all those who looked after us. Service, food, location and accommodation were superb, as were all of the game drives. We would heartily recommend this secluded idyll to anyone looking for a romantic adventure.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013 via mobile

Il Moran is a fantastic camp with good people who do their very best for your comfort. We were met by our guide Simon when we landed at the small airstrip and taken to the camp; and what a place. Large comfortable tents right by the bank of the Mara river, with hippos, crocs, elephants and giraffes immidiately visible in the river and on the banks of the river. During the night we could hear the lions roar nearby. What a neighbourhood! Tents were spacious, luxurious and clean and well kept by the staff and the food superb. We stayed for three nights and had fantastic game drives with our guide and saw lots of animals and we had an unforgettable balloon trip which ended with champagne breakfast after a perfect flight.Recommended! Il Moran Camp is truly an unbelieveable place which must be experienced..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

A belated review but have to say how amazing this trip was... stayed sept 2010...

We stayed here for 4 nights before heading off to Zanzibar to get married (see my review of echo beach hotel). This was our first time on safari and can truly say it was a magical experience. I'll never forget the moment we arrived and being greeted with a cool refreshing drink, the sun was shining and nature was there in all its glory... was almost overwhelming!! Checkin was quick and were taken straight to tent to unpack. These tents are HUGE... and face the river which was filled with hippos swimming and warthogs grazing. We went on our first safari drive that evening and although it rained hard with lots of thunder, we were fortunate to immediately come across a lion with a fresh kill! Returning shortly before it got dark. Over the next few days we pretty much saw everything apart from the black rhino, even spent a couple of hours at a crossing as the migration was taking place and eventually witnessing the incredible chaos that takes place when the wildebeest finally pluck up the courage to cross... including the crocs lurking around and grabbing the odd weak one.

Without spending hours writing my review which i could quite happily do as this whole experience was unforgettable i'll only be reiterating what others have said. We also did a hot air balloon ride which was out of this world, theres no better place to do one! and with a full english and champagne on landing what more could be better!??

If you're considering this place, consider no more... its the one!!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: C14, Keekorok - -Masai Mara Reserve-, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 109 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Governors' Il Moran Camp 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Governors' IL Moran Camp is small and intimate. Located right in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, this small luxurious camp is hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest on the banks of the Mara River. 10 spacious tents line the winding river banks of the Mara River. With the best game viewing right on your doorstep game drives and game walks are included in the rate. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Governors` Il Moran Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Governors' Il Moran Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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