Ilkeliani assists and involves the surrounding Masai communities of the game reserve in conserving their wildlife and environment. The camp provides for the Masai communities whereby they receive a bed night fee for every guest night night in the camp. Unlike most camps in the Mara who charge their clients an extra "hidden" conservation fee, Ikeliani contributes to this cause directly from their profits . This enables the Masai to benefit from their natural resources in a sustainable and non-destructive way so to better able to care for their families and improve their standard of living. Ikeliani also recruits employees from the nearby community as far as possible. This contribution is then dedicated to social development projects in the community. Guests from time to time help with donations and contributions and Ilkeliani channels them to their appropriate causes.
News: By Corinne Kendall (Mama Vulture), a field biologist based at Ilkeliani Camp.
A balloon ride seems like a quintessential part of the Mara experience, yet I have never taken the time to experience it. Every morning I watch 10 to 20 balloons take off and soar above the Mara like a chain of Christmas lights they flicker on and off as the burners lift them higher into the sky. Today I finally got a chance to see what it is all about.Read more...