For the most part, my views pretty match most people on TripAdvisor, but as a traveller that has spent quite a bit of time at various locations as a tourist of Africa, I was a bit dissapointed in Ilkeliani. This is my family's second time to the Mara with the first being the Serena and the Camp and the service is miles from what you get at the Serena dispite being about the same price I paid (we travelled between Christmas and New Year's so maybe that was why). Dinner in the tent was spent picking the bugs out of our meals. Like another reviewer said, the menu is fixed so there is are no options. The tents are basic. We had a flashlight in our but it did not work and our other two tents had none at all. There is no safe for valuables so I carried our passports everywhere we went. I did not find the staff as friendly as the many other places we have spent in Kenya. Some seemed quite indifferent. I like a morning coffee in my tent so I had to go to the restaurant and get if and walk it quite a ways back to our tent. The location means you have to spend about 15 - 20 minutes of rough driving just to get into the park so if Your game drives are 2 hours, 1/4 of the time is just spent getting there and back. For what we paid, it was a far cry from the service and experience we had at the Serena so if you are going just once, I would not recommend the Ilkeliani.
- 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. The camp now has a suspension bridge for easy access to the reserve for early game drives ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ilkeliani Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Ilkeliani Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve