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Ilkeliani Camp

Ilkeliani Camp

Masai Mara


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Ilkeliani Camp is set on the banks of the Talek River, right on the border of the Masai Mara Reserve, and is nestled in an area that is a favourite for elephants coming to the river to drink. A suspension bridge links the camp to the reserve itself.

At Ilkeliani you can fill your days with activities or enjoy the camp at leisure. The game-filled plains of the Maasai Mara offer all manner of activities, and guests can do as much or as little as they choose. Drive out of camp at dawn to watch the animals waking to the start of a new day and return to camp for breakfast, or spend a full day in the reserve, stopping for lunch at a picturesque viewpoint. Stroll along the riverbanks observing the prolific birdlife, and talk to the Maasai about their medicinal uses of the indigenous plants.

Experience the local culture in a traditional village, and learn the people’s unique stories of creation. Ride a horse across the savannah, mingling with the animals as one of them, or float through the sky in a balloon, gazing down on the animals moving within rippling grasses. Your schedule at Ilkeliani is flexible and your days designed according to your wishes.

The huge grounds offer a selection of spaces to recline, dine and enjoy the views. Whether you prefer privacy or company, you’ll find a spot that suits you. Have lunch on the deck then unwind on a sunbed beneath the boughs of an acacia. Sip a gin and tonic on the raised viewing deck as the sun casts golden light over the plains or join friends around the campfire to share the experiences of your day.  Watch the Maasai dance on the riverfront deck and perhaps join them to display your jumping prowess before heading to the dining tent for a candelit dinner.

Ilkeliani’s spacious tented suites have been thoughtfully designed to provide all the little luxuries that enhance a safari. Each suite has complete privacy, tucked into a grove of trees with its own private entrance. Raised on stilts, each offers sweeping views across the Talek River onto the golden plains of the Maasai Mara. The suites have spacious wooden decks with detachable canvas sides, and are elegantly adorned with flowing fabrics, comfortable furnishings and subtle lighting. The bathrooms, with views on all sides, include an indoor that opens to the outdoors, and have amenities made specifically for Ilkeliani from indigenous local plants.

The luxury family suite, with a spacious living area between two bedrooms, is ideal for families or groups of friends.

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Our standard rates for a Safari Tent - Full Board Package
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
16 October 2021 to 31 October 2021 GBP 113 USD 153 ZAR 2,238 EUR 133 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 November 2021 to 30 November 2021 GBP 109 USD 147 ZAR 2,151 EUR 127 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 December 2021 to 14 December 2021 GBP 113 USD 153 ZAR 2,238 EUR 133 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
15 December 2021 to 2 January 2022 GBP 207 USD 279 ZAR 4,082 EUR 242 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
3 January 2022 to 31 March 2022 GBP 124 USD 167 ZAR 2,443 EUR 145 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 April 2022 to 31 May 2022 GBP 119 USD 161 ZAR 2,355 EUR 140 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 June 2022 to 30 June 2022 GBP 124 USD 167 ZAR 2,443 EUR 145 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 July 2022 to 15 October 2022 GBP 222 USD 300 ZAR 4,389 EUR 260 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
16 October 2022 to 31 October 2022 GBP 124 USD 167 ZAR 2,443 EUR 145 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 November 2022 to 30 November 2022 GBP 119 USD 161 ZAR 2,355 EUR 140 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
1 December 2022 to 14 December 2022 GBP 124 USD 167 ZAR 2,443 EUR 145 per person sharingStandard1+ nights
15 December 2022 to 2 January 2023 GBP 222 USD 300 ZAR 4,389 EUR 260 per person sharingStandard1+ nights

Prices are on a per person sharing basis (pps).

Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.

In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Masai Mara Reserve Fees (pppn)
DatesPriceBasisTypeNights
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022 GBP 59 USD 80 ZAR 1,170 EUR 69 per person per nightStandard1+ nights

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Rates Include

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.

Full Board Package: Mara Reserve fees and all meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.


Children Policy

Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request.



All of the holidays we prepare are tailor-made, but this might give you an idea of how Ilkeliani Camp can be included in you own dream holiday.

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This is a 10 night itinerary including Masai Mara and The Kenyan Coast.

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*Prices are per person and are based on today's exchange rates. Exchange rates are subject to change and are updated daily.

Prices exclude international flights - ask us if you would like to include these.




Guest Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 based on 7 ratings




Start TestimonialThank you for the excellent service provided, even more considering such a short lead time. The camp [Ilkeliani Camp] was exactly what I was looking for, with the right balance of quality and service. Major advantage of the camp is the little bridge over the river that limits the reserve. This way, just by crossing it on foot to the vehicles on the other side, already in the reserve we are able to start the safari right away. By this we save a good 30m each way between the camp and the reserve, which is an extra hour for relaxing we have per day. The balloon ride was also a success. So overall I enjoyed a lot every moment. I am surely recommending your services.End Testimonial

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General Information For Guests

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.


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