IL Moran, April Property of the Month

IL Moran, April Property of the Month

This April, our Property of the Month takes us up to the Masai Mara, Kenya.

Situated on the winding banks of the Mara River, in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Il Moran is an ideally located a luxury, under canvas tented camp.  We love the newly refurbished camp which has 10 spacious and private luxury tents hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest. Each tent has with private verandah, ensuite bathrooms with bath, large shower, twin basins, flush toilet, running cold and hot water.

The camp is small and intimate, with attention to detail, a prime location and abundant wildlife.    Il Moran also boasts a Silver Eco Rating by Eco Tourism Kenya for their environmental practices both in camp and with their neighbouring community.

The camp also offers guests a wide variety of activities during their stay, giving guests authentic and again, intimate, experiences with both nature and people.

Activities that can be enjoyed:

  • Game Drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Wildebeest Migration
  • Cultural Visits
  • Birding

Other facilities:

Wifi is available in the main camp, electricity in the tents with USB charging point, children 8yrs and older welcome and the camp is open all year round.

You mean we really are going to sleep in a tent……in the bush? But there’s lions here….

Richard’s Camp is a classic!   Located in an isolated valley overlooking a small water course in the Mara North conservancy. Kenyan’s do create great bush camps and have some of the greatest locations in their lovely country. Hosted by Finlay and Hannah, and their Masai staff the family had the most wonderful first ‘bush camp experience’. The Masai guides showed them lions within the first 10 minutes of being on the track back to camp! Spoilt, I said……’Camp’ was finally reached after a two hour drive over typical post-rainy season tracks, with topi, zebra, gazelles, giraffe ….lions……interrupting our passage.  That afternoon we were enjoying a sundowner…as it should be, when some (more) lions we had seen (with 12 young cubs between four lionesses) decided to stalk a buffalo we had been watching over the rims of our G&T’s. Chaos ensued…..as we packed/drank/cuddled glasses and scrambled back into the vehicles to see what the outcome of their chase was…..they missed!

Richard's Camp, dining room and lounge area overlooking the water course.

Richard’s Camp, dining room and lounge area overlooking the water course.

Richard's Camp tents are all 'river facing' with great views.

Richard’s Camp tents are all ‘river facing’ with great views.

Over the next few days we covered considerable ground, including a balloon flight over the Mara river. Wow….was a common comment. (All these superfluosities…) All manner of plains game, and elephant too filled our days and memory cards. It was outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the highlights here was after we had taken a long walk with the Masai over hill and dale, dotted with classic flat-topped Acacias and gazelles. A herd of confused wildebeest stared at our noisy happy group as we neared the fire and snacks which was a surprise. Thanks guys!   Hyenas sloped past us as sat around the fire to a busy den a few hundred yards away. There were fifteen pups, sub-adults and adults around it before we left. The little black pups resemble teddy bears and galloped around the den interacting with each other and the older animals with equal familiarity. Amazing!

The half light before night.

The half light before night.

 

The end of the walk...and sundowners at a fire overlooking the plains.

The end of the walk…and sundowners at a fire overlooking the plains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner was served under a different grove of trees, with the chairs arranged before a small pan, ringed by lanterns…..another total surprise moment. Thank you again….ALL the staff of Richard’s Camp. You set the bar for the trip!

Contemplation

Contemplation