The location, the service, everything. A wonderful place. So intimate and comfortable.
The view is a privilege not many other caps or lodges have. At night one can hear and see the wild animals around, the night starts above us is a show we will never forget and the same for the sunrise view from our tent of the endless plain, from bed and from a balloon we took one morning that was arranged by Kilima for us.
The attention to detail by the staff and coordination/sychronization (as soon as it started to rain one afternoon we had umbrellas left on our front doors); as soon as we arrived from our moring game drives (6.30-am to 10am) we had abundant breakfast in the big tent waiting for us and as soon as we came from our evening game drives, the hot water would be ready for us to take a shower, a glass of wine int he big tent (common area) for everyone to discuss the game dirves and talk and exchange a nice conversation around the fire with the sunset, while the chefs prepared amazing dinners. also our rooms were made twice a day, while we were in the am game drive, and then ready again for our return in the evening.
one of the most beautiful memories: being in such HUGE bed, rain and thunder outside, smell of wet earth, wilde animal sound, and a bottle of hot water on my feet. Hot days but chilly nights... and we always had a warm bed where we slept like babies.
We also decided to have a private driver for our game drives (Martin Warui) who was imply exceptional and professional, with sound knowledeg to anticipate what and where we could find...
the camp, on very top of the mountain gives you a feeling that you cant compare with anything else. and during the ten minutes that take to go dopwn the hill one can experience an spectacle of birds aorund, elepahnts and rhinos, jiraffes, zebras, baboons, on the top of the mountains!
the food was exquisite and so were the whiskies and wines (they have a great wine cellar and incredible spa).
the only thing we didint do was to go to the masai village nearby. we saw masai people around. men and kids with cows and sheep in the mountains, women washing in the river, etc. but we refused to pay to visit a village. we considered this degrading their culture. we would have gone a see their village if it was free, and perhaps buy their crafts and decorative objects, in a way to help them even is over priced, but not to pay a ticket to visit them. this was the only bitter memory i have.
for the rest, it was an intimate experience, great food and great scenary. nice chats with nice people... and there is no many places where you can feel so free.
eva & tim
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kilima Camp is a small and intimate eco-friendly tented camp with a stunning view over the Mara rive and the Masai Mara Reserve.Like all our standard tents, our two new Deluxe tents benefit from fantastic and unspoiled views!We offer excellent game viewing in the Mara Triangle with our 4x4 vehicle and our qualified and experienced guides. Being this close to nature , with panoramic views of the Masai Mara, we guarantee you that you will see amazing wildlife ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kilima Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Kilima Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve