Masai Mara Reserve, Narok, Kenya
One of the famous Governors' Camps, Il Moran is where Kenya's first colonial governors used to twirl their handlebar moustaches and sip their gin and tonics while on safari—as you can imagine, it boasts an exclusive location that's teeming with game. Il Moran, which means warrior in Maasai, sits on the edge of the plains, nestled in a private forest on the banks of the Mara river. Once upon a time there were 20 tents here, but the owner decided to reduce the number of visitors so as to give you an even more exclusive experience. Today there are just 10 tents, imaginatively furnished with original furniture hand-carved from ancient olive trees, the antique Persian rugs that seem obligatory in so many safari accommodations, battered old leather suitcases, and glowing oil lamps. You'll feel like a pampered Victorian gentleman or lady as you soak in your claw-foot tub—the Victorian gentry would certainly approve of the bidet as well. There are once-in-a-lifetime game drives and guided bush walks, but treat yourself to the hot-air-balloon ride (an extra cost) with a champagne breakfast in the bush to follow.
- the beds are very comfortable
- there's a maximum of four guests per game vehicle
- they no longer offer fishing or night drives
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