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Safari splendour at Governors’ Il Moran

Set along the forested Mara River, the camp has an exclusive, intimate feel with just 10 tents nestled among the trees…

By Philip McLellan
Manager at Governors' Il Moran Camp

Stay in one of the most wildlife rich areas of the Maasai Mara at Il Moran, a luxury safari experience inspired by the original camps dating back to the 1920s. Set along the forested Mara River, the camp has an exclusive, intimate feel with just 10 tents nestled among the trees. Each one is huge, with a custom, olive-wood bed and en-suite bathroom clad with a claw-foot tub. You can literally fall out of bed and watch hippos wallowing in the river from your private veranda.

We’re blessed with a location so incredible that it’s been featured in documentaries like the BBC’s Big Cat Diaries and Planet Earth. The famous Marsh Pride of lions are right on the doorstep and this stretch of riverine forest draws elephants, monkeys and fantastic birdlife.  We’re completely unfenced, so you might see game wandering through camp and our security team will escort you to and from your tent after dark. Enjoy meals in our dining tent and gather around the firepit for evening riverside drinks.

Spend your days exploring the Maasai Mara National Reserve on game drives with our professional guides, who have the biggest smiles in the world. They know the area inside out and have a sixth sense about where to find the animals. With their help, you’ll enjoy some extraordinary wildlife sightings, especially during the Great Migration, as we’re not far from the dramatic river crossings. There’s an excellent chance of spotting the Big Five, since the Mara’s few rhinos live in the forest near camp.

If you’ve got time for other activities, you can visit our community projects. Governors’ has been working with the local Maasai people for nearly 50 years, offering support with medical clinics, schools and job training schemes. Guests particularly enjoy our Maasai village visits and sundowners on the Mara plains. I’d highly recommend the sunrise balloon safari, where you’ll float over the Mara River, spotting wildlife below, then land for a champagne bush breakfast – it’s the ultimate safari experience.


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Alfred & Philip McLellan

Philip McLellan is a third-generation Kenyan who hails from Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley. A pilot, entrepreneur and keen conservationist, Philip is now proud to serve as the Camp Manager at Governors' Il Moran. He loves Africa, its people and the region's rich biodiversity and enjoys sharing this passion with guests from all over the world.
Philip McLellan, Manager at Governors' Il Moran Camp

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