Nestled in a river glade in the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Ilkeliani camp is a paradise deep in the wild African Savannah.
Ilkeliani is located 4km downstream from the Masai Mara National Reserve’s Talek Gate and is centrally positioned to explore the game-filled reserve. Ol Kiombo airstrip is 25 minutes away from the camp and transfers are included. The camp offers some of the Mara’s best game-viewing, even directly from your own tent.
Once you arrive at Ilkeliani, the first thing you encounter is a suspended bridge over the Talek River. This bridge gives every guest a sense that their stay here will be full of joy even before you cross to the other side.
At Ilkeliani, expect to sight elephants and other animals at the veranda of you tent. This is because the camp is set on the banks of Talek River and the spot is a favourite for elephants and the other animals who come to quench their thirst.
The camp has been designed to combine the old traditional safari style with a modern and fresh feel. It is a permanent camp designed along ecofriendly principles. According to their website, their ethos is to leave a minimum foot print on nature.
Ilkeliani camp consists of only 17 tented rooms, each commanding views of the plains and the wildlife action throughout the day. Each guest tent provides a pleasant retreat with attractive furnishings and private en suite facilities.
The tents have a raised position under vegetation and overlook 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 chefs prepare high quality meals including hearty breakfasts, alfresco lunches and candle lit dinners in the Mess Tent. Picnic breakfast / lunches can be prepared if you prefer to stay out and explore the reserve all day long. The camp fire is lit from 6 pm onwards and safari experiences can be shared with fellow guests while enjoying a relaxing drink.
The staff at ilkeliani Camp have been primarily hired from the surrounding villages and educated in the art of hospitality and service.
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.
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 a maasai warrior will guide you to your tent.