We enjoyed our 2 night stay at this camp. Our tent was very large and easily handled 3 beds. I really liked the way the bathroom was setup. The bathrooms in some of our other camps the bathroom did not provide a lot of privacy. Here the entire bathroom area zipped closed. There was also plenty of warm water for a shower.
The camp grounds are very nice and scenic. We saw a baboon troop right across the river as we arrived at our tent. At night a staff member escorts you to your tent. They say this is for protection but I think it is more because the pathways and tents are not marked. Therefore it’s easy to get lost.
My wife and I really liked the food but my kids did not like the two dinners. The food is targeted more towards adults, which means that they do serve a few vegetables. This caused my younger children to revolt (they can starve). Everyone liked the breakfasts and we were grateful for the box lunches.
The camps location is a little strange. There is no signage for the camp so our driver got a little lost returning to the camp one night. It is a 10-15 minute drive to one of the entrances to the park. It looks like there are other camps right next to this one.
I would definitely return to this camp. It provides good access to the park, good value and good service.
- 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