We stayed in September for the first part of our honeymoon. I expected to have a great once in a lifetime experience but i have now caught the bug and can't wait to return for our next safari and hope to stay at Il Moran again. We had a warm welcome on our arrival after a long trip and were shown to our amazing tent which overlooked the winding Mara river - we could see groups of hippos snoozing the day away and on our first and third nights we could hear some of them wandering around the camp looking for food. The guards were great and escorted guests around during the dusk/dark so that you aren't at risk and they patrol the site at night also so there is no need to worry about safety.
Our safari guide was Richard and we really enjoyed chatting to him and learning from him during the 5 days we spent with him. Nothing was too much trouble and when we asked if he could find a cheetah he found a female cheetah that afternoon. We saw 3 of the big 5 on our way back from the local airport and really enjoyed the overwhelming safari experience. Every safari trip was different and we travelled for miles each day - it never felt like we were following the same route or doing the same thing.
I'm a coeliac so cannot eat gluten and was incredibly well looked after - bread was freshly baked for me at each mealtime and Lucas took care to talk me through what was available to me (mostly everything) for which i was very grateful. The wake up call each morning with tea and coffee helped us start the day properly and getting to spend time in the luxurious tent at the end of each day was great - there is a roll top bath and huge shower in each tent so that you can wash off the day's dust. We found the (free) daily washing service really helpful - we were told to put any washing in the basket before the first safari of the day, and it was washed and back in the tent when we got back at 6.30pm each day so really (and if you're pressed for your luggage allowance like we were) you could just take 2 days' worth of outfits for safari and have them washed every other day.
Overall we had a brilliant time and we cannot wait to return. We haven't used Governors before but would definitely look to book any future trips with them.
- 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