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Kenya Hotels

Il Moran

  • Luxurious Retreat

Pros

  • The beds are very comfortable
  • There's a maximum of four guests per game vehicle

Cons

  • They no longer offer fishing or night drives

Updated 10/19/2012

Fodor's Review

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 Masai, 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 stunningly 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.

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Hotel Information

Address:

Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Phone:

020-273–4000; 020-273–4001

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 10 tents
  • All meals

Updated 10/19/2012

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