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Kilima Camp
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Spectacular stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2011

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

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2011

We stayed at Kilima camp for 3 nights and had an amazing time. Service was second to none, with delicious food, and friendly, excellent service from all staff. Whilst just outside the Mara itself, Kilima has the advantage of being positioned on a promontary overlooking the Mara and the views are just stunning. Our game driver was excellent and made every effort to find and locate the game we were most interested in seeing. The early morning and evening game drives were both amazing. We also had a walk down to the local Masai village where we learnt about local Masai culture. Kilima camp provided our transfers and looked after us all the time we were in Kenya without hitch. All in all a fantastic place to stay which we would thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2011

The group we travelled with couldn't have been more happier with Kilima. It has a family like environment, while maintaining a rustic feel, on top of the mountain looking over the escarpment. Axel the owner was a wonderful host and the cooks were more than accommodating to our needs. The Maasai's who guarded the the place during the night times where wonderful and very informative when we inquired about their lifestyle. Also, our driver Justus was friendly, patient, and accommodating to our group and was very knowledgeable about the animals and the wildlife. I wouldn't hesitate to go back and recommend a friend, especially since they are building larger, permanent lodges on their property that initially looks breathtaking. Cheers

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2010

I wish I could write two separate reviews, because the place was quite different when the owners were there and when they were not.

Our first two nights were disapointing. The on-site manager was quite a character, great at telling lion-taming stories, but not one for attention to detail. Unlike at the other lodges we visited on our trip, he wasn't there to greet us and explain the ground rules. He was overheard numerous times complaining about having to fufill requests from guests. Over the first two nights the shower water was lukewarm and it took several requests of the staff to get it, the food prep was mediocre. The redeeming quality was of course the amazing location and our guide, George, who was knowledgeable and accommodating. You can't beat the views in the Mara.

Luckily for us, the owners arrived for our third and fourth nights and the place was magically transformed. The staff was attentive, the food was great, the shower water was nice and hot. Kilima Camp became everything it could be: a warm, hospitable camp with amazing views, short drive away from the best wildlife viewing in the world-at relatively affordable rates compared to it's neighbors. As long as the changes that the owners were discussing do get implemented, this will be a place that we come back to the first chance we get.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2010

This place is really magical! the view, the tent and huuudge bed. Staff so friendly. These little touches you do not expect. The most incredible thing is SPA. When you get there ask them to show it. You will not understand what you miss if you don't see it yourself. Just as I saw it only last day. I will definately will come back to this camp next year for all these things and I will use SPA treatments just to enjoy every moment of it.

I do not understand these people who wrote bad reviews. People it is Safari camp! How can you expect good roads or no bugs?! Wake up, it is nature!

I there would be 10 stars - I would give it all to Kilima Camp.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bath, UK
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2010

arrived here after a disappointing stay at Flamingo Beach Hotel with African Safari Club to be greeted with a location to die for, combined with the highest standards of service and accommodation. The food was amazing, the staff took so much trouble to make sure we had everything we could need or want. they were especially great with our 7 yr old son (only child in camp that week) and provided special early dinners after long safari drives. James the Maitre D - was so kind and helpful it made the stay a joy. Justice our Safari guide was equally wonderful - taking time and effort to make sure we all had the best experience - our 'party' included an older (well into their 80's) couple, young couple with limited english, and us including 7 yr old - and we ALL had a fantastic time. Can't recommend this camp highly enough - opening the tent to the wonderful panorama beneath us was the icing on the cake.....GO!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2010

Great camp on an escarpment above the mara. Tents are lovely and the food is fantastic. The game drive guides were equally good, knowledgeable and patient. David the camp manager was great. Bear in mind this is a tented camp and not a "resort" so if you want a power shower and bath look elsewhere. We felt the tents added to the safari with beautiful views, comfortable bed and a hot water bottle put in for you every night!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kilima Camp
Address: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kilima Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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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