As other reviewers have mentioned, the Masai Mara is a very special place. I have been on several safari's in South Africa while also visiting Etosha and the Okavango Delta. The game watching in the the Mara has been by far the best. However, the Tipilikwani experience does not measure up to other luxury safari experiences.
We had a very smooth arrival from the airport, but upon arrival at the camp, we were barely greeted by the camp staff. A woman at the front eventually came out to quickly go over camp guidelines. Fresh juice was offered then we were sent on our way. I was very unimpressed with the welcome.
Average room. Bed was hard as a rock. Large bathroom. We had several problems with water going out and no hot water, but problems were attended to when we brought them to the camp's attention. Tents get warm during the day; a fan would be nice. Turn down service was appreciated as was the nightly guard as there was only a zipper on the tent.
There was very little food offered before morning game drives, but you could get tea and coffee. Lunch was 3 courses and a bit heavy for lunch. I left craving a nice salad. Dinner was 4 course. Food was average, but for my vegetarian travel partner, the options were basically the same everyday; everything was in a red sauce and served with rice. Wine is overpriced. We spent around $225 USD on drinks during a 5 day stay for 2 people. We had almost a beer a day and a couple bottles of wine. Breakfast was the same buffet everyday. There were no snacks offered before afternoon game drives.
This was the highlight of the stay. Our guide Dee did a great job finding the cats, but he didn't do a great job giving us much information about what we were looking at. We had to ask lots of questions to gather information. At times, he was quite disengaged from the drive and the game watching experience. We saw all of the big 5 except the rhino. No sundowners offered on the drive and it was often a race to get back to camp before 6:30.
I was very unimpressed with the front desk service and warmness. This is the face of the lodge and I expected more. Housekeeping and bar staff were the friendliest.
I have experience luxury safari's and this camp didn't even come close. This camp is expensive, but I recommend spending a little extra money to have a great game watching experience and a warm place to spend your afternoon and evenings-some where other than this camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This uniquely situated luxury camp on the banks of the Talek River overlooks the mottled plains of the Maasai Mara, where vast herds of wildlife co-exist with the colourful Maasai people. Between June and October the Maasai Mara plays host to one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth the great annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra as they enter the Mara ecosystem from Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania. Tipilikwani's tents enjoy river frontage and are decorated with warm, rich Maasai colours. The family tents have a stand alone bath tub in addition to showers. Excellent food, personalised service and traditional Kenyan hospitality further compliment the prime location. Game drives offer the unforgettable opportunity to enjoy the diversity of animals and birds living permanently in the Masai Mara, as well as many migratory species. Guests can also learn more about the Masai people, proud pastoralists and warriors, many of whom still retain their traditional nomadic lifestyle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tipilikwani Masai Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Tipilikwani Mara Camp - Masai Mara Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve