Il Moran, Masai Mara: The Lowdown

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If you’re going on safari in the Masai Mara finding the perfect combination of a world-class location and an intimate, comfortable safari camp could seem rather tricky. Fortunately, Il Moran has it all- an ideal spot on the banks of the Mara River, only 10 safari tents, and a friendly, experienced crew to look after you.

What’s Il Moran really like?

ll Moran is one of the smallest camps in the central Mara Reserve, and all the better for it. There are just ten luxury safari tents with beautiful gnarled wood or wrought iron beds, sand coloured canvas walls, and best of all, an ensuite bathroom with a lovely Victorian-style bath. There’s a real feel of intimacy at Il Moran, and you’re often stumbling over the wildlife almost as soon as you leave camp, so days on safari are full and incredibly exciting.

What can I do at Il Moran?

Each day at Il Moran starts with your early morning wake up call of a steaming cup of tea or coffee (African, naturally) delivered to your safari tent. You then head out on a game drive in your four wheel drive safari vehicle (around 6 people per vehicle), led by your expert guide. After a thrilling morning of game viewing- you’re in one of the Masai Mara’s most wildlife-rich areas after all- you’ll return to camp for lunch and a gentle snooze in the heat of the day. Later, when you, and the animals, are feeling a little more awake, you’ll head back out on another afternoon game drive. In the evening, you’ll meet the other guests near the campfire for that great African tradition, a sundowner, before dinner and a good night’s sleep in your tent, with the sounds of the bush echoing all around you. Additional activities include walking safaris, hot air balloon flights, and visits to the local Maasai community, which can all be arranged for an extra fee.

Giving Back at Il Moran:

We’ve known the Grammaticas family, owners of Il Moran, for many years, and have always been impressed by their dedication to conservation and the community. They’ve long worked with the Mara Rianda Charitable Trust to improve the nearby Rianda and Aitong schools, as well as supporting tree-planting (5,000 indigenous trees so far, and counting), a biogas project in a local manyatta, and attempts to restore eyesight to previously blind local Maasai. And these are just a few of the many, many projects Il Moran is involved with.

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