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“Comfortable Camp” 4 of 5 stars
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Ilkeliani Camp
2.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Masai Mara | P.O Box 64196, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00620, Kenya   |  
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 hotel reviews
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“Comfortable Camp”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visited in the last week of Aug and had a comfortable 3 night stay, complete with caring staff, good food and amazing game drives. The tents are so comfortable with hot water and electricity was never an issue.
Moses was an excellent guide! They made our first safari experience memorable. Would recommend to all.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We spent 2 nights here in the end of August. The camp is very well organized, with each and every member of the staff worthy of praise. The tents are large, with running hot and cold water. Electric lights (solar) are available from about 5 to 11 pm. The housekeeping is unobtrusive and efficient. My wife is vegan, and was happy to find her type of food too! We were made to feel safe and secure, with Masai guarding us all night. Again, thanks to all staff for making our stay memorable. Strongly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We stayed here only one night but it was a very nice experience. The tented camp is in the Masai Mara very close to the entrance of the national park, but to actually see animals other than gazelles you need to travel 30 more minutes.

The tents are very nicely done, you have a bathroom and to my surprise the water was always hot. There is a small common area (bar) where you can sit together with the others. During hours of darkness you have to call a guard to escort you whereever you need to go :) They had a spear with them. They told me that is because sometimes hippos will come and eat there.

There is no electricity after midnight till 5 am, and they switch it off at 10 am since everyone is out for a safari.

The food was okay, but a bit narrow selection, but I understand this as it is really in the middle of nowhere. The staff is extra nice and helpful.

There is no internet connection!

If you need 1-2 nights to stay at during your Masaii safari and you are okay with tents and guards during the night, this is a very good choice.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

The tents are spacious and comfortable, even though they are not luxury. The staff makes you feel at home, the waiters and the nightguards are especially nice. Also, we were self-driving and we hired a guide which was a proper young masai warrior and he was really nice and helpful, and a great guide, he knew so much.
The food was not too great. The location is perfect for visiting Mara, it's just a 5 minute drive from the Talek gate.
We had a problem when paying by credit card, the machine wasn't working so we had to pay by cash, and since we didn't have ksh and only euros they offered us a good changing rate. In general however, they charge 10% extra when paying by card, so bring cash.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is the nicest of the three camps we stayed in during our safari. The staff are very kind and the experience is quite out-of-the-ordinary. The camp is located very close to the entrance of the park. Accessing it does however require driving on some rough roads. There no swimming pool and no wifi.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

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!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Finding the right camp for a safari is not easy, but Ilkeliani was exactly what I was looking for. The "camp" was a perfect balance of being outdoors and having all of the comforts of a nice hotel. I say comforts, rather than amenities, as there are no phones, no internet, and no power for most of the day, but this is supposed to be "camping." The common spaces were very comfortable and smartly designed. The tented rooms were great, they were secluded, and had flushing toilets and hot showers (pretty great for a tent). They were basically hotel rooms with canvas walls rather than plaster. The staff were extremely friendly and made sure that we had everything we needed, including hot water bottle heaters in the bed when we came back at night and a wake-up call in the morning.
Enough about the hotel, the Safari was awesome! Since Ilkeliani is just a 15 meeter walk across a bridge to Massai Mara, you are in the perfect location. The game drives were fantastic and while our guide Sammy only promised that we would see Wildebeest, we ended up seeing every animal (Lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippos, crocodile, buffalo, hyaena, a rhino an much more).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ilkeliani Camp

Address: Masai Mara | P.O Box 64196, Maasai Mara National Reserve 00620, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #46 of 109 Specialty lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ilkeliani Camp 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in a riverine forest in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the area is a favourite for elephants coming to drink from the Talek River. Ilkeliani camp consists of only 17 tents, each commanding views of the plains and the wildlife action throughout the day. The tented rooms are raised up slightly on earth mounds, overlooking the river and the plains. These mounds are covered in vegetation, and feel quite natural, and each one has been sited under its own cluster of shady indigenous trees and you do feel like you are out in the wilderness. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ilkeliani Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Ilkeliani Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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