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“Unbelievable experience and up close.” 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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London, United Kingdom
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“Unbelievable experience and up close.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We'd never done a safari, so we had no idea what to expect. The tent was so comfortable, it was all there, just like a five star hotel room. It took a while to get accustomed to the animal sounds around you at night. We had a hippo munching grass outside our tent and an elephant wandered through the camp one lunchtime. You are safe though. There are security men patrolling all the time. (Thank you Danson who spent many hours keeping watch.) We spent four nights there and were treated so well. The food was out of this world, thanks to Sammy the chef, who always came out to see if you were happy - a lovely touch. Eating breakfast and lunch overlooking the Mara River with the crocs and hippos below was magical. We will never forget the experience. Our guide was called John and he was so knowledgeable and we did have a lot of fun. I counted 31 species in 4 days and that's not even mentioning the birds. Jumping out of the jeep at sundowner time was my favourite time of day, sipping red wine overlooking hippos wallowing in a waterhole filled with lilies - you couldn't beat it. Special thanks to Patrick who runs the place and is very passionate about the animals, as are all his wonderful staff it seems. A trip we will never forget and felt guilty for not taking our kids - but it was our 25th wedding anniversary!!

Room Tip: Tent no. 3 was perfect for close river views
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Small campsite, great tented camp within the park with some great view of wildlife while dining or simply from outside your tent. Stayed for two nights, nice view from the room, great food including champagne on the game drives, great driver guide. Great ballooning experience as well. All in all, a great way to enjoy the bush in style.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Minehead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This was our 4th trip in 2 years and we have already booked for next year. Top class location, management, hospitality, knowledge and, above all professionalism. The quality of this camp is superb in every way. Our guide, Simon, has taught us, tolerated our ignorance, and increased our love for this place more than we can say. Big 5? We feel we know them intimately. On our last trip we had seen the ' big 5' before 8am that day. Possibly a record and certainly not the norm. Visit this place, listen to the manager Patrick and trust your guide and you will have the experience of a lifetime. The food is excellent ! You are in the Bush so respect the service available and just relax and enjoy. This place is magical and I am counting the days until I return. Don't just think about it, do it!

Room Tip: All of the tents are wonderful and privacy is respected. All have river frontage so just enjoy
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Musiara, Manager at Governors' Il Moran Camp, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Thank you for posting a review of your stay at il moran and thank you for your extremely complimentary remarks. We are delighted that you enjoyed the safari so much and the fact that you have already re-booked is high praise in itself. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back again. Asante.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014 via mobile

Well the governors camp, what can I say apart from" truely amazing" it was our first safari and little did we know that whilst talking to people there that we had landed at the best safari camp in Africa by a mile, this was to say the least a 5 star safari experience seeing the big four on day 1 and the fifth on day two. The service and expertise were second to none. And the experience of the African plains, sunsets, exquisite wildlife were just out of this world. We had a guide taking us on safari who had worked there for 10 yrs, his name was Robert who was tremendous. He still gets excited just as much today as he did on his first ever day doing staffing excursions for people. A very special thank you to Robert for making our experience, one of a life time, one which will never be forgotten. Everybody was shocked that we did our first safari at governors camp as apparently you build up to this one. The food was amazing, living conditions better than most hotels and very very safe. A big thank you to Robert again. We will be returning100%.

Stayed January 2014
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Musiara, Manager at Governors' Il Moran Camp, responded to this review, January 22, 2014
Thank you for your review of Governors Il Moran Camp, we are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the safari and the camp. Your comments have been passed to camp and everyone is delighted to read them. We hope to welcome you back again someday.
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Loved this camp, the tent's interior so luxurious, amazing set up and layout. The massage given by the local masseuse Rita was the best ever. The game rides were out of this world and our guide Enos was excellent, very professional, bubbly and full of life. He made us laugh so much.
The manager Patrick was obliging and very helpful.
The food however, was disappointing. They offered us the night we arrived 'roast lamb' and an option of 'gratin' which both my husband and I hated and loathed as it was dry and tasteless, the gratin was bland and flat. We expressed our dissatisfaction to the chef Lilian who was apologetic, went out of her way to please us and make our food enjoyable up to our liking. We later found out that Lilian was the sous chef and the main chef was away at the time of our visit. Having tried the real chef's (Sam) proper food at Mfengano island, we knew the difference. Our stay was out of this world, will definitely repeat it again at some stage
On the whole it was a magical stay, would definitely go back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Musiara, Manager at Governors' Il Moran Camp, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you for posting you review of Governors Il Moran Camp. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, that you found the tents to be luxurious, the massages, the best ever and the game drives out of this world. Your comments about the food have been sent to management for review. We hope to be able to welcome you back again one day.
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New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We had three nights here and it was all amazing - the food was great, the tents were luxurious, and you're really close to the wildlife in the camp. There were banded mongoose wandering past our table at dinner and in the night, you can hear the hippos (at least we think they were hippos!). The game drives were all fantastic and our six year old saw the 'big five' in her first day. We also saw one of the 'little five' (leopard tortoise). Our driver was really good at spotting wildlife and did a great job of spotting a leopard with a kill one day.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I was not sure when our trip included three nights in luxurious tents. Not much of a camper anymore. These tents really are luxurious. Even have your own private bathroom with shower and yes hot water. At night you could hear the hippos close by. The game drives were the best of the entire trip. Yep saw the big five up close and personal. Even saw the offspring of the big five. The food was good. Just can not say enough positive.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: C14, Keekorok - -Masai Mara Reserve-, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 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 
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Governors` Il Moran Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Governors' Il Moran Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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