Maasai Mara, Kenya
At a Glance
Enjoy a private dinner on the wide verandah of your tent
Catch the drama of the wilderbeest migration through the area after the first rains
Take a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara as the sun rises
Spend time walking with expert Masai trackers
Hear the cough of a leopard whilst lying safe and comfortable in your kingsize bed
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Il Moran or take a look at our itineraries to Maasai Mara and Southern Kenya
Il Moran camp has recreated the atmosphere of the original hunting camps. Hidden under ancient trees, deep in the forest, are just 10 tents lining the winding banks of the Mara.
Smaller than its parent camp, Governors' Camp, Il Moran has been limited to just 10 tents lending the Camp a smaller and more intimate feel.
Each tent is in the classic canvas meru style. Beds are handmade from specially selected wood taken from ancient olive trees. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom, complete with Victorian large bathtubs. The tents have a wide veranda from which Guests can take in the sights and sounds of the Mara. The verandahs are also designed to be comfortably large enough for Guests to enjoy private dinners at their tent.
Meals are taken outside; breakfast on the banks above the Mara River, lunch under the cool shade of leafy evergreens and dinner under the stars by candlelight.
Elephant are regular visitors to Il Moran, often strolling between tents enjoying the cool shade on their way to or from the river. At night, guests will often hear the cough of a nearby leopard or the deep echoing calls of one of the Mara lion prides.
Ten large canvas tents are located, with privacy in mind, beneath the canopy of large shady trees along the Mara River.
All tents enjoy views of the river, where guests will often see crocodiles basking in the sun and pods of hippo jostling for space and keeping cool in the Mara water.
Super king size beds are crafted from ancient fallen olive trees and positioned to allow guests to catch the best views from their beds. All tents have en-suite facilities with large Victorian baths, harking to classic safaris of times past.
The large verandah's of each tent are the perfect place to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of Africa's premier game viewing locations.
- Games drives three times a day in open sided vehicles
- Walking safaris with experienced trackers and guides
- Spectacular hot air balloon rides at dawn over the Masai Mara
- Flying safaris to Lake Victoria, with the option of overnight trips to Mfangano Island Camp
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.