(Departs daily from Kenya Coast or Nairobi city)
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE
Set in the heart of Africa’s Great Plains, the Masai Mara boasts 1,672 sq. kilometers of unspoilt wilderness. It offers the best game and bird-viewing not only in Kenya, but anywhere in Africa. The views across the rolling golden grasslands studded with acacia trees, rivers and forests are dazzling, the sense of space overwhelming.
Throughout the year the Masai Mara is a place of natural drama, a kaleidoscope of colour and life.
Most stunning of all are the months between July and October, when the savannah teems with animals during the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Millions of wildebeest gather in the Masai Mara in one of the natural wonders of the world. Staying in one of the Governors’ Camp propertiesputs you right in the heart of the action, closer than anyone else to its incredible sights and sounds.
Governors’ Camp location, tradition and history, exclusive style, luxury and setting standard in Africa best camps in brief.
The camp for those who want that extra bit of luxury. We’ve kept Governors’ IL Moran Camp small and intimate, with added touches that make this the top of the range safari. IL Moran is widely regarded as the premiere camp in the Masai Mara.
Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest, are just 10 tents. They line the winding banks of the Mara River. You’ll be the personal guest of our manager, who’ll look after all your needs. Game drives and game walks are included in the rate and complimentary wine is served with dinner.
The camp is situated along the banks of the Mara River, right in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, with the best game viewing right on your doorstep.
GOVERNORS’ ILMORAN CAMP DESCRIPTION
THE SAFARI THAT HAS IT ALL
The camp for those who want that extra bit of luxury; we’ve kept Governors’ Il Moran Camp as small as possible, with added touches that make this the top of the range safari.
We’ve recreated the atmosphere of the original hunting camps. Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest, are just 10 tents. They line the winding banks of the Mara River.
You’ll be the personal guest of our manager, who’ll look after all your needs. Game drives and game walks are included in the rate and complimentary wine is served with dinner.
Each spacious tent has a very private location and is furnished to a superior standard. Stunning beds are handmade from specially selected wood taken from ancient olive trees. Large en-suite bathrooms have flush toilets, a lovely big shower with piping-hot water, and a Victorian bath where you can soap the day’s dust away.
Every tent has an extended veranda. They’re designed so you can take dinner in private at your tent if you wish. Or just relax and enjoy the sights and sounds. Birds and butterflies abound, elephant wander through the camp, at night leopard call nearby.
During the day meals are served under the giant trees. There’s fresh fruits, cereals and hot-baked breads together with a cooked breakfast barbecued before your eyes. For lunch a buffet that’ll satisfy the hungriest appetites.
Deep in the bush, our cordon-bleu dinners by candlelight are a truly unforgettable experience. Nowhere else can you get so far from civilisation, yet stay in such style.
Information and details:
Location: On the Mara River in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Number of beds: 10 tents (20 beds)
Double & Twins: 10 double suite tents (extra beds can be added if necessary)
Facilities: En-suite bathrooms with bath, large shower, twin basins, flush toilet, running cold and hot water
Tents: Very spacious luxurious safari tents under canvas, each with private verandah
Electricity: Gas & Paraffin lamps in tents. 220 UK Volt plugs at reception
Bar / Restaurant: Open bar and dining tent with a stunning view over the Mara River
Room service: Room service on request, tea and coffee is served in the tents with the morning wake up call
Bush meals: Bush breakfast, lunch & dinner can be organised on request at a supplementary cost
Souvenirs: Curio Shop is open daily
Laundry: Arranged daily at no extra cost
Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, Eurocard, American Express and Traveller Cheques are accepted
Communication: Telephone, Fax and Email at Governors’ Camp. A satellite telephone is available. Radio contact with other camps and the Nairobi office
Musiara Airstrip: Length 1.600 m, all weather gravel airstrip, Coordinates: S 0117.98 E 3503.92
Member of: Classic Safari Camps of Africa
Optional Activities at Masai Mara while in Governors Camp
- Game Viewing in our Custom built 4 DW vehicles
- Masai Mara Game Reserve Great Wildebeest Migration
- Hot Air Balloon Safaris Masai Mara Game Reserve
- Masai Mara Walking Safaris
- Masai Mara Game Reserve Cultural Visits
The best location, the best guides, the best vehicles and the widest variety of things to do. We offer the best game viewing in the Masai Mara. All the Governors’ Camps are inside the Reserve, most of our competitors aren’t. You won’t waste time getting to the action.
“The following excursions are available from all Governors’ Camp properties in the Masai Mara”
1. Game Viewing in our Custom built 4 DW vehicles
3 game viewing excursions per day, early and mid morning as well as the afternoon with experienced driver guides in the Masai Mara Game Reserve (included in the price)
Governors’ Camp properties combine the best locations in the Masai Mara with the best-designed vehicles and exceptionally highly trained and experienced guides to give our clients un-matched game-viewing and photographic opportunities in the world’s prime wildlife area. We are in the heart of the best game viewing area of the Masai Mara Our vehicles are custom built 4 wheel drive landrovers. We take you out three times a day into the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and surrounding areas, at sunrise, late morning and late afternoon. Our driver-guides are hand-picked and nurtured by us.
They undergo a continuous guide training scheme mentored by experts in the field. Having operated in the Masai Mara for over 30 years our driver- guides have an un-paralleled knowledge of the reserve combined with a deep understanding and respect for the sanctity of this wilderness area, its flora and its fauna.
After the rains when the first flush of grass turns the Masai Mara’s golden savannah green, the most mesmerizing wildlife spectacle anywhere takes place here: The Great Wildebeest Migration.
Between the months of July and October one and a half million wildebeest, accompanied by vast numbers of zebra and gazelles make the long and dangerous trek from drier lands in Tanzania, northwards to this corner of Kenya.
Lines of animals stretch as far as the eye can see across the plains. They come to give birth to their young and the grasslands echo with the sounds of the new-born.
It is a time of plenty. But it is a time too when the predators are drawn from all around. High above on the hot winds the carrion birds, the vultures and eagles, soar. In the long grasses lion, cheetah, leopard and hyena prowl.
Most dramatic of all is the moment when the migration arrives at the Mara River. They must cross it to reach the rich grazing. As the animals throng, crocodiles cruise the waters. Then the bravest takes the plunge into the swirling currents and thousands follow.
Situated right inside the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Governors’ Camps are ideally placed to let you to be at the heart of the Great Wildebeest Migration.
3. Hot Air Balloon Safaris Masai Mara Game Reserve
With professional balloon pilots daily, at dawn, in the Masai Mara Game Reserve followed by a champagne bush breakfast and game viewing on return to camp (Additional charge)
The adventure begins just before dawn. Departure is from a perfect natural launch site behind Little Governors’ Camp, and flames from the hot air balloon burners light the darkness as the crews inflate their craft. The first, pink tongues of sunlight flicker across the skies as the hot air balloon fills, then rises. Suspended in a basket beneath the rainbow-coloured canopy, you’re off for a game-viewing adventure with an entirely different perspective. What amazes most first-time balloonists is the absolute stillness: the silence as you float above the plains, the forest and the rivers of the Masai Mara. Even if you’ve flown elsewhere, this is a unique experience.
The flight lasts an hour or so, drifting wherever the air currents take you, and with ample opportunities for photography and video filming.
Then your Kenyan Hot Air Balloon Safari finishes with a flourish. In the time honoured tradition of balloon flights the world over, you toast your return to earth with a champagne breakfast, cooked wherever you land. The Balloon Safari ends with some leisurely game viewing on the way back to Camp.
It is a tradition of Governors’ that each passenger is presented with a certificate signed by the pilot to commemorate the flight.
4. Masai Mara Walking Safaris
Daily, with qualified guides in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve; morning with a champagne bush breakfast and afternoon with sundowners and canapés (Additional charge)
Leave your vehicle behind and take a walking safari with one of our experienced and qualified naturalists for the true thrill of the bush. Down on the same level as the animals you will experience the untamed beauty of the Mara. Our walking safaris take place in a private concession area adjacent to the Masai Mara Game Reserve, where the scenery differs from inside the Reserve and picturesque acacia trees dot the hilly landscape.
You will also be accompanied by one of our Masai Scouts, who provide a wealth of information on the traditional medicinal uses of plants and Masai folklore.
You will track game, unsure what waits round the next corner: giraffe, buffalo, hyena, zebra or even lion. You will catch the scents and sounds of the wild Africa and uncover a hidden, fascinating and interconnected world of plants, tracks and insects. At the end of it all waits a sumptuous bush barbecue breakfast complete with champagne. You can enjoy some game viewing as you are driven back to the camp through the Masai Mara.
Walks can be taken either in the morning or afternoon, and take around 1½ to 2 hours.
Afternoon walking safaris are finished with sundowner drinks and canapés.
Participants in a walking safari should be in good health and be reasonably fit and active. There is no path as such and some parts of the walk lead through hilly and rocky areas. Children under 10 years are, for safety reasons, not allowed to participate in walking safaris.
5. Masai Mara Game Reserve Cultural Visits
Visits to a nearby Masai village (manyatta) can be arranged (to be paid locally) or visits to the local school, one of Governors’ Camps charity and community support initiatives
Take a drive out to visit a traditional Masai manyatta or homestead, to experience a way of life unchanged for centuries.
Visitors are always struck by the grace and beauty of the Masai people, and the colourful lifestyle they lead.
In October 2006, and to assist these communities with conservation of local woodland habitats, Governors’ Camp commissioned its first “Bio-gas” project at one manyatta. This will provide residents of that manyatta with methane gas generated from dung from the Masai’s own cattle. Methane can be used for cooking thus eliminating the need for the women to collect fire-wood which is both harmful to the local woodlands and takes up time that could be used in a more economically productive way. We welcome the assistance of our clients in these socio-economic and conservation
6.Mfangano Island Camp on Lake Victoria
Day excursions to Lake Victoria by light aircraft, bird watching, boat rides, walking and fishing are available on Lake Victoria. Excursion with overnight at Mfangano Island Camp highly recommended (booking prior to the trip is advisable) (Additional charge) Lake Victoria is the setting for a holiday that’s about as far away from it all as you can possibly get. It’s the world’s second largest freshwater lake and is the magical source of the Nile.
The Lake is rich in fish and bird life, its islands lush and verdant. The deep blue waters support an abundant ecosystem. Its shores are lined with groves of banana trees and fishing villages where you’ll always be greeted with a friendly smile and a wave.
The chance to catch the giant Nile perch draws many. Some come for the abundant birds, fish eagles, kingfishers and pelicans, others to glimpse the playful otters.
Above all Mfangano Island Camp is an ideal place just to relax, swim, fish, read and feel yourself a million miles from anywhere. A place to soothe your soul, to treat yourself to fish caught fresh that day, to fruit and vegetables from our own lakeside gardens.
7. General Information
Seasons: Open throughout the year. Peak season months August and September and 15th – 31st December. High season months January – March inclusive and June, July, October, November and 1st – 14th December. Green season – April and May
Children: All ages are welcome and catered for.
Maximum 15 kg luggage per person in small air craft including hand luggage
DAY 1. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE, GOVERNORS’ IL MORAN CAMP 4*, MEAL IS FULL BOARD
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for flight to the Masai Mara Game Reserve. On your arrival at the Masai Mara Game Reserve airstrip 4 x 4 WD land cruiser will pick you to the Governors’ Il Moran Camp.
Lunch will follow then after a rest an afternoon game drive until in the evening. In the evening, entertainment of Masai dance and talks on Masai culture will follow in the lounge (on specific days), dinner and overnight.
DAY 2. MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE, GOVERNORS’ IL MORAN LUXURY CAMP 4*, MEAL IS FULL BOARD
Early morning tea or coffee followed by early morning game drive returning later for breakfast then a rest until time for lunch in the camp.
In the afternoon another game drive until in the evening. Entertainment of Masai dance and talks on Masai culture will follow in the lounge (on specific days) the dinner and overnight.
DAY 3. FLY BACK TO KENYA COAST OR NAIROBI CITY
Early morning tea or coffee followed by early morning game drive returning later for breakfast then mid-morning game drive until time for lunch.
After lunch transfer to the airstrip for flight to Kenya coast arriving at about 1600 hours then be transferred to your hotel.
I have recently returned from a trip to the Masai Mara where my family and I stayed at the Governors Il Moran Camp. I have to say, that without doubt, this was the most exquisite holiday experience that I have ever had.
Everything about the stay was perfect. From the moment we arrived and marvelled at the fantastic views, to the moment that we sadly had to depart, every second was an absolute joy.
The tents were immaculate and incredibly luxurious, the staff were attentive, knowledgeable and the service was first class. In particular, Cosmos, Lucas and Jackson took fantastic care of us and our every need was catered to. The food was outstanding. I have not had such good food in 5 star restaurants in London. It was fresh, plentiful and delicious.
However, the best part of our trip were the safaris. Our guide, Simon, was incredibly knowledgeable, extremely good fun and was the best guide that we could have hoped for. He was always ready to answer questions and impart his knowledge and he went out of his way to accommodate our requests of which animals we wanted to see.
Since returning to London, I have already recommended your camp to everybody I know, telling them that it is an experience that they cannot afford to miss. I am just writing this e-mail to express my gratitude to you for hosting us in such wonderful fashion. There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to do your camp justice. I shall be returning as soon as I can, hopefully for the wildebeest migration. Thank you so much for making our trip the holiday of a lifetime.
- Richard Howard UK
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Return flights to Masai Mara Game Reserve
- Full board accommodation
- All park fees,
- 3 game drives per day in a 4 x 4 WD standard land rover of 4 to 6 clients per vehicle
- All transfers
- 1 game walk except from 1st April to 31st March
- All soft drinks, beers and house wine together with applicable VAT thereon
- Visit to the local Masai Villages (Manyattas), visit to the local school
- Laundry services
- All our transport has insurance plus we would offer rescue and evacuation by air and road within East Africa Only. The rescue and evacuation by air and road is for all Top Africa Safaris ltd clients. The cover does not include in hospital bills overseas cover. The cover is only for residents and non-residents. For detailed information please log on to http://www.ersafari.com It gives you the complete solution to the traditional procurement of the tourist cover
What is not included?
- Tips for the service approximately USD 10.00 per person per day, but of course this depends on whether were happy you with the service
- Yellow fever vaccination
- Things of personal use
EASTER SURCHARGE AND CHRISTMAS SURCHARGE
A surcharge would be charged per person per night on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Easter Monday and on 24th 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January. THE SUPPLEMENT WOULD BE CONFIRMED AT THE TIME OF BOOKING FOR CLARITY REASONS.