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“Heaven on Earth” 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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Minehead, United Kingdom
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“Heaven on Earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We have just returned from our 3rd visit to Il Moran in 12 months which in itself speaks volumes! Each trip we have made has been better than the last in every way. We extended our stay from 4 to 6 nights and saw 5 kills (2 cheetah and 3 lion) as well as several unsuccessful chases.we also bagged 6 leopard, mating Serval cats and full blown hyena activity and as for the bird life -awesome. Our driver was Simon Sitieni and his knowledge of the Mara and its amazing inhabitants was mainly responsible for the depth and variety of our experience. The camp site itself is perfectly located on the banks of the Mara and every effort was made to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. It is not inexpensive and consequently cannot make our 4th visit until next year but we feel we feel you get what you pay for.while our passion for wildlife continues, we will not be looking elsewhere for a safari experience. We feel we have now invested personally in Il Moran and it in returned has invested in us by our excellent treatment. Patrick, you are a legend! Nicholas, Dave still wants your shirt! Philip, professional, attentive and understated! Richard, thank you for being so HAPPY when you woke us every morning and as for Simon, well we can't wait to see you all again soon! XXXX

Room Tip: Sleep quality would have also scored excellent but the George the Bull Elephant snoring outside our...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

My mother and I spent 4 wonderful nights at Il Moran in January. It was "heaven on earth". From the moment we arrived to the time we had to leave our every need was catered for with charm and a huge smile. Our guide Simon was very knowledgeable, friendly and we really loved all our game drives even through a huge thunderstorm and extremely slippery, muddy tracks! We saw everything!-- lots of elephant, lots of lion, cheetah with 3 cubs, hyena, Bat-eared foxes,a black rhino (WOW) and the most beautiful leopard very close to camp just as it was getting dark. What a priviledge and something we will never forget.
The "tents" are extremely comfortable with everything you could need-huge bath and shower, plenty of storage space, a hammock and table and chairs out in front so that we could sit and listen to the hippos down in the nearby Mara River. The position of the camp is incredible-the peace and quiet, the bird life and the resident hippos make it a truly magical bush experience.
The food in camp was fantastic- so much of it that we had to ask them not to cook so many courses for us! Everything was beautifully presented, tasty and fresh and what could be better than sitting outside by the river or the campfire to eat our meals.
A huge thank you to Patrick and all his wonderful staff and especially Simon for looking after us so well and making our safari so very special. Can't wait to go back! And the balloon flight on our last morning was amazing-sun rising on one side and a full moon on the other with an incredible "bush breakfast" when we landed. A very special place.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pueblo, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My wife and an old friend spent 4 glorious days at Il Moran. Our guide Enos was extremely personable, knowledgeable and totally professional and made certain we saw the Big 5, Beautiful 5 and Ugly 5. We witnessed some unusual wildlife encounters that even intrigued the experienced guide who says you never know what a new day will bring. The remaining staff at Il Moran were professional friendly and anxious to please us. A special surprise is in store for you if you let them know you're celebrating a special occasion. This was our first trip to the Mara, and if we ever chose to return, we would definitely return to Il Moran.

Room Tip: There are only 10 tents here, and we were extremely happy with number 7, which can accomodate up to...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Palo Alto, California, United States
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5 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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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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Address: C14, Keekorok - -Masai Mara Reserve-, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 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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