An eco-friendly safari camp in a prime location for the famous river crossings of the Annual Wildebeest Migration with access to both Talek and Mara Rivers. Ilkeliani Camp has spacious tents positioned on the Talek River overlooking the plains beyond.
Ilkeliani Camp Highlights
Ilkeliani Camp is enviously situated on the raised banks of the Talek River, which is where millions of wildebeest make their trecherous crossing during the migration. The Mara River is nearby, too, doubling the appeal of this classic, tented camp, as it is right in the middle of the migration safari excitement.
A light environmental footprint gives Ilkeliani added appeal, as it represents the care taken to sustain the pristine Masai Mara ecosystem. Shady, indigenous trees weave between guest tents and the dining and mess area, bringing the tranquil sound of birdsong to camp. Elephants are frequently spotted drinking at the river below.
- There are 17 guest tents, all of which are spacious, canvas structures with twin or double beds, en suite bathrooms, and commanding views.
- Ilkeliani is centred around protection and preservation of its unique, wild environment, partaking in various studies and activities which contribute to conservation.
- Staff at Ilkeliani, from groundsmen to guides, are employed from the local communities and trained to perform in their fields. Cultural activities involve visiting the local homesteads.
- Ilkeliani Camp is passionate about supporting and contributing to the welfare of local communities. A bed night fee is given to the ommunity for each night booked by a guest at the camp, directly benefiting local Masai families.
Ilkeliani Camp Game Viewing and Activities
Every year from July to September, the Talek (upon which Ilkeliani is situated) and Mara Rivers become a hive of intense wildlife activity. Millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle gather at the water’s edge before crossing in a chaotic mass. Visitors travel from far and wide to witness this spectacle. The views from the 17 tents extend across the river and onto the expansive plains, which offers an endless amount of game spotting opportunities. Elephants in particular are frequently seen drinking at the river down below.
Throughout the year, there is plenty of wildlife activity to keep the game drives and walking safaris full of excitement. The Masai Mara is a hotspot for predator activity and it is one of the best places in the world to see the endangered cheetah. Balloon safaris, community visits, sundowners, and bush dining are all a part of the safari experience at Ilkeliani.
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