frequently asked questions


Are Credit Cards Accepted?
Yes, MasterCard and Visa.

How safe is it?
Your safety is of paramount importance to us. By day you will be escorted and guided by our professional guides and staff. At night our Maasai watchmen escort you to and from your tents and patrol the area. Accidents involving wildlife are rare but guests should never wander out of the camp alone.

When is a good time to see the migration?
The migration generally begins to arrive in Kenya from the beginning of July. From July through to October the park is filled with wildebeest and other grazers, who usually begin to move back to Tanzania in October.

When is the best time to visit the Mara?
The Mara offers a unique experience through out the year. A wide variety of resident wildlife can be enjoyed in their natural habitat at all times. However the most exceptional time to visit is during the peak season when the Great Migration is in the Mara, generally from July to October. The Mara is the wettest part of the greater Mara ecosystem, but rainstorms are generally short and sharp: days of incessant rain are rare. There are two rainy seasons: the short rains in November, and the long rains in April and May, although in recent years the weather patterns have been less predictable. But even when it is wet the Mara has the added attraction of having an even wilder feel, offering the discerning guest a different kind of adventure. Another good season is from February to April when predators and scavengers compete for prey, offering visitors thrilling moments when hunting lions, for example, come up against hungry hyenas.

Are park fees included?
Park fees are not included.

Are children allowed at the camp?
Children are allowed at the camp.

What should I wear?
The Mara tends is generally hot during the day, although seldom uncomfortably so. However the temperature drops in the evening and nights can be chilly by Kenyan standards. You should bring comfortable, practical clothes for the day, and many guests on safari favour cotton slacks and shirts in natural colours to blend in with the bush. You will need trousers and a sweater or jacket for early mornings and evenings and suitably protective footwear, especially at night.

Do you accommodate special dietary requirements?
Please let us know about your dietary requirements in advance and we will cater for your particular preferences.

What activities are there?
Due to the location of the camp in the middle of the best wildlife-viewing area, walking out of camp is not possible. However you will be taken on game drives and can enjoy picnic lunches as well as sundowner drinks in specially selected spots. For an extra fee you can enjoy a hot air balloon ride, and we can also arrange visits to a Maasai village as well as walks outside the Reserve with an armed ranger, in the Conservancy area.

Do I need to take any health precautions?
Malaria can be avoided by using repellents and staying well covered when around mosquitoes. However some doctors recommend malaria prophylactics, as well as certain inoculations before travelling in Kenya. It is always advisable to also consult your own doctor for your best personal advice.

Are there any snakes or bugs?
You are in the wild, which is naturally home to a wealth of animal, reptile and insect life! Snakes and stinging insects are unlikely to feature in your safari, but if they do you will most likely find that you will incorporate them as part of your African experience. Snakes are more scared of you than you are of them and tend to stay out of your way.

How do I tip the staff?
Gratuities are at your discretion. We advise you to tip your driver/guide at the end of your last game drive. For all other camp staff, excluding the drivers/guides, we have a gratuity box located in the lounge which is then shared equally.

How can I book Ilkeliani?
Contact our reservation offices directly (contacts listed on our contacts page) or through your travel agent.

Can I ask you a question that isn’t listed?
Yes you can! Just mail us at we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

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