Governors’ IL Moran Camp is set in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, along the banks of the Mara River, frequented most massively by elephant clans in search of water (and much frolicsome bathing), and by a host of Africa’s other fabled creatures. And so gameviewing of the topmost sort is available from the moment we awaken and step out on the private veranda of our riverside tent, sipping coffee, watching the wild world.
Gently awash with Africa’s golden light, IL Moran Camp’s 10 exceptionally large tents feature king-size beds made from ancient fallen olive trees; a large private veranda from which we gaze at the Mara River’s wildlife; and well-configured en suite bathrooms that feature inviting, old-fashioned bathtubs. We enjoy candlelit dinners in the open dining tent, or al fresco, on the riverbank. And our Micato Safari Director will gladly arrange an unobtrusive but expertly catered picnic during a game drive—and in fact, in the Micato tradition, may well surprise us with one, at some delightful Maasai Maraian spot.
Game viewing, of course. After all, IL Moran Camp is superbly and strategically situated in one of the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem’s most varietally game-rich areas, combining vast, classically African savannahs and the lushly forested Mara River. Our Safari Director knows these precincts intimately, and is an informative, story-telling guide on our rapt explorations. Optional balloon rides are unforgettably thrilling, as is the incredible Great Migration, when mile-and-more-long trains of wildebeest and zebras pass by on their slow clockwork movement around the Vermont-sized Serengeti-Maasai Mara. Il Moran prides itself on its connections with the Mara’s people, and we’ll have the chance to make school visits (the Camp supports a couple of nearby schools) and perhaps sally forth with local kids as part of the innovative Kenyan Kids on Safari project, which helps introduce Kenya’s younger citizens to their incomparable natural heritage.