We had nothing but travel troubles getting to Kenya, but once we set foot in Ilkeliani everything was perfect! We were picked up at the airstrip by our guide & at the camp received a warm welcome from the Masai staff with a cool towel & refreshing glass of apple juice.
Our tent (west 6) was very comfortable and even had a plug to charge our camera batteries. The food here was excellent (even the picnics!) & we never got the chance to get hungry. They served breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main dining tent at a range of times so that you could eat at different times depending on your activity schedule. Lunch & dinner always had a soup course, followed by a main dish (meat or vegetarian option), with a side of rice/potato, some kind of vegetable, and finished off with a sweet desert. We also had the option to take picnic breakfasts or picnic lunches along on our game drives.
I loved that we were able to watch the wildlife from out tent's front porch, from the observation deck in the central camp area, and even from the porch outside the lounge. While at the camp we saw a crocodile, ducks, impalas, baboons, vervet monkeys, and countless birds. Our game drives with Dominic were outstanding. We told him we wanted to see cats & he led us to cheetahs, lions, a very shy leopard, and even some servals! And aside from the "usual" safari sights we saw an early morning wildebeest river crossing, an ostrich nest, a group of 7 adolescent male lions, and a cheetah jumped up on our vehicle's spare tire for a better look accross the Mara.
All the Masai at the camp were very friendly and helpful. We had a guide with flashlight to walk us to/from our tent when it was dark, the dining staff was very attentive, and everyone was always ready to help with whatever was needed. Our trip was for our anniversary/honeymoon and they had sparkling wine waiting in our tent upon arrival. On the 2nd day we returned from an early morning drive to find a bouquet of flowers in the tent! And when our 2nd camp had vehicle trouble & were late picking us up, Ilkeliani had somebody take us to our next destination.
Everything was above & beyond what we expected, and I hope we have the opportunity to visit again!
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