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
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.
We travelled to Tanzania via Migore, two plane rides and a long transfer by road. We saw more of semi-rural Kenya and its’ neighbor than we had seen elsewhere….a medley of color, movement, smells and efficiencies all conducted with a surprising degree of benevolence and lack of haste. Such a contrast to our way of life. The toilets at the border were different too…a dollar gave one a moments privacy in the ‘loo’!
The last flight was smooth and we wended our way around a storm front many miles wide, our flight undulating slightly as we banked gently to the left over the distant settlements far below us, clusters of rounded roofs surrounded by a chequerboard of greens. The drive into camp passed through sparse woodlands of Acacia dotted on a wide palette of waving, yellow-green grasslands that undulated into the horizon. A lone lion wandered along the tracks briefly and disappeared when he lay down a few yards from the road. We carried on, following a soggy twin-track that parted the grasses like a comb through hair. Giraffe appeared periodically in the distance. A pair of mating lions lay to the side at one point, sated with sex. The lion had a badly injured front left leg which hindered him when he followed the slim haunches of his lady love.
Our welcome into camp was just that, most welcome and we settled in for a quiet evening with a view of the Mara river, glistening in the moonlight. The tents were terrific, typical of what travelers expect now with the Singita brand and the dinner table was humming with excitement for what the morning would bring.
The main public area is well appointed and comfortable with enough room for several private sitting areas
The main tent was oriented longways, with an unhindered view of the Mara river, and the guest tents are the same. The Singita polished style is clearly apparent here.
One of the tents, from the entrance. Every tent faces the river.
Interior of an accommodation tent.
What a great start for everybody on their first visit to the Serengeti……lions on the road, and then a fabulous camp on the river. It was from here that I wanted to drive out and find the migration, hopefully as it was crossing the river for the first time this season!