Ilkeliani Camp

Masai Mara

Days 1 - 3: Masai Mara

Ilkeliani Camp Location Map

Nestled in an area that is a favourite for elephants coming to drink from the Talek River, right on the border of the Masai Mara Reserve.  Ilkeliani Camp consists of only 17 tents - each commanding views of the plains and the wildlife action throughout the day. A suspension bridge links the camp to the reserve itself.

It is a permanent camp designed along eco-friendly principles. The ethos is to leave a minimum foot print on nature.

Breakfast, alfresco lunches and candle light dinners are served in the Mess tent.

Picnic breakfast and lunches can be prepared if you are on safari here with a private driver-guide so that you can stay out and explore the reserve all day long.

Ilkeliani also has a resident naturalist who conducts daily nature walks along the Talek River and guests can learn how to identify various animal tracks and birds. The camp offers cultural excursions to the local Maasai village to help guests discover more about the local tribe and their way of life.

For the ultimate safari experience, begin your day 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. The camp can also arrange walks outside the main reserve with an armed ranger, in a neighbouring Conservancy area. Costs for both these extra activities are available on request.

The 17 en-suite tented rooms have a raised position overlooking the Talek river and surrounding landscape.  Each tent has been carefully sited under its own cluster of shady indigenous trees giving guests a true feel of being out in the wilderness.

The interiors are spacious and comfortable featuring a front veranda with a day bed and canvas safari chairs.

Example Details For Ilkeliani Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Game Package: Mara Reserve fees; all meals; shared game drives with an Ilkeliani Camp guide; airstrip transfers; transfers for cultural visits; and one guided nature walk within the camp are included.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Ilkeliani Camp Location.

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 12:00 on the day of arrival and must normally please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

The tents are all en-suite with solar water heater showers, flushing toilets and bath amenities. They also have a verandah with a day bed and canvas safari chairs. All tents have an electronic safe.

The camp has a dining mess tent, bar, lounge and a viewing deck.

Activities that are available at Ilkeliani Camp include morning/afternoon game drives. Other activities (at an additional cost) include balloon safaris, walking safaris and community visits.

The camp offers complimentary Wi-Fi.

Credit cards are accepted at the camp (MasterCard and Visa).

Guests will be escorted around the camp in the day by either the guides or camp staff. At night the Masai watchmen will escort guests to and from the tents and patrol the area. Accidents involving wildlife are rare but guests should never wander out of the camp alone.