The Camp


Nestled in a river glade in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, the area is a favorite for elephants coming to drink from the Talek River. The camp has been designed to combine the old traditional safari style with a modern and fresh feel. Ilkeliani Camp offers only 17 tents and each commanding views of the plains and the wildlife action throughout the day. It is a permanent camp designed along ecofriendly principles. The ethos is to leave a minimum foot print on nature.

Each well-equipped tents are stylish with en suite bathroom. They are sited under its own cluster of shady indigenous trees and you do feel that you are out in the wilderness. The interiors are spacious and comfortable featuring a front verandah with a day bed and canvas safari chairs. Home cooked meals combined with personal service contribute to an unforgettable safari experience

 

The Camp

A visit to ILKELIANI CAMP is a chance to experience a wilderness like no other in Africa.

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The Experience

The camp has been designed to combine the old traditional safari style with a modern and fresh feel.

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The Maasai Mara

This evocatively beautiful expanse of open plains mottled with woodlands prompted the local Maasai to give the area its name.

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The Guides

We employ local Maasai driver-guides, trained to a high standard. They have grown up in the area and have an instinctive talent for spotting game and natural ability to read animal spoor, as well as signs of an impending natural event, be it a river crossing or a predator kill.

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Birding at Ilkeliani

Birding at Ilkeliani Camp will be rewarding for both amateurs and experts. An early morning will quickly reveal White-browed Robin-Chat, African Paradise Flycatchers, Slate-coloured Boubou and Grey-backed Camaroptera, all of which are common around the tented accommodation.

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Community Support

ILkeliani Camp and its guests supports the local community, by donating books and equipment to a primary school through the Pack for a Purpose initiative.

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The Experience


Rise early and go on a walking safari or dawn game drive, returning to the camp in time for breakfast. Or if you on a safari game drive with your own driver-guide exploring the Masai Mara National Reserve – perhaps to the Mara River or the Musiara Marsh on half day with picnic breakfast. Return to the camp in time for lunch, followed by a rest in the shaded tent or relax on the veranda of your tent, watching the game go by. One can choose to go on an afternoon game drive returning to camp in time for a shower, followed by a sundowner round the campfire, exchanging stories of the day with the other guests. Dinner by candlelight completes the day, after which an askari will guide you to your tent.

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Begin with an early morning wakeup call and a steaming cup of coffee. Typically the client will get an adrenaline rush with a hot air balloon ride cutting through the cool air of the plains as herds of elephant, buffalo and zebra scatter in search of food below you. Upon landing- you are treated to a breakfast and your guide will then take you either back to the camp for a well deserved nap or continue on a game drive. Return for lunch and an afternoon nap. Later go out for an evening game drive retuning to camp for a hearty dinner and cold beer.

A visit to ILKELIANI CAMP is a chance to experience a wilderness like no other in Africa.
 
 
 

The MAASAI MARA


This evocatively beautiful expanse of open plains mottled with woodlands prompted the local Maasai to give the area its name. Mara means “mottled.” Situated in the Great Rift Valley the Maasai Mara is Kenya’s largest national reserve with an area of 320 square km, although it it is actually the northern most part of a larger ecosystem encompassing Kenya’s Loita plains and Tanzania’s Serengeti, which make up an area of 25,000 square km. The largest river, the Mara River, runs north to south through the reserve, heading towards Lake Victoria through Tanzania. » Read More
 
 
 

The Guides


The staff at ilkeliani Camp have been primarily hired from the surrounding villages and educated in the art of hospitality and service. Most of the staff have at a minimum primary school education however depending on their position often hold higher level education degrees. Many of the staff have been at the camp for a number of years and speak a variety of languages including English, Kiswahili and their local tribal.

We employ local Maasai driver-guides, trained to a high standard. They have grown up in the area and have an instinctive talent for spotting game and natural ability to read animal spoor, as well as signs of an impending natural event, be it a river crossing or a predator kill.
 
 
 
For all your Booking requests contact us on reservations@ilkeliani.com