- River views
- Good value option
- Safari ambience
Ilkeliani is an excellent mid-sized 17 tent camp in the Masai Mara with a nice safari atmosphere and a good choice if you are travelling by road to the Mara. Given the location (separated from the Park itself only by the Talek River which makes for fantastic views), the comfort and atmosphere, Ilkeliani is excellent value for money.
Ilkeliani is located in the Talek River area, arguably one of the most unattractive entrances to the Mara through a fast growing Maasai village. Usually we would avoid this area, but Ilkeliani is so well priced for what it offers that we feel it is a good recommendation. The location is probably the best in the Talek area, the camp feels well nestled in the bush, nicely sited away from the village on the banks of the Talek river with all tents overlooking the river (frequented by hippos). What is more, the Camp boasts a lovely suspended footbridge which means you can cross the river directly into the Reserve and meet your vehicle there, thereby avoiding having to enter the park through the village each day.
The accommodation tents and mess area are similar in feel and standard as many more expensive Camps. All tents have ensuite bathrooms and shaded verandas overlooking the river. There is a game viewing platform that overlooks the river and the Mara reserve, small shop and occasional candle lit bush dinners. The location means a minimal approach to a prime wildlife area in the Reserve.
Ilkeliani doesn’t have a swimming pool or family tents, but nevertheless is a great option for families because of its excellent value and its relatively central location to the Mara, meaning split morning and afternoon game drives can work, giving the kids time to unwind in the mid-day.
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We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.
Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.
Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.
Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!
One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.
Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!
Brandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019
We had an amazing time thank you. The itinerary was great as we felt like we saw lots of different things and it kept it interesting for our daughter. She especially loved the gorge at Hells Gate.
Unfortunately the Menengai Crater walk was a bit hard for her although that probably had something to do with how hot it was!
We especially loved the Sunbird Lodge - it is such a beautiful place and all the staff were so incredibly welcoming and friendly.
Our guide, Joseph, was exceptional too and we can’t speak highly enough of him.
Suzanne S reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 30 April 2019
The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!
William K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018