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Tipilikwani Mara Camp - Masai Mara
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Perfect in every way”
Reviewed 25 September 2010

We booked Tipilikwani based on TA reviews solely and I am incredibly thankful for the quality of the reviews. This camp was exactly what I was looking for and exceeded our expectations. We stayed here in September for 2 nights. All game drive vehicles have open sides which is great for those up close and personal experiences. We were picked up at the airstrip on time and immediately set out for a game drive. Within the first few minutes, our driver learned of a leopard sighting and we headed straight over there. How amazing! After our drive with Jonathan, we headed back to the camp which is guarded by Masai Warriors - all very nice and friendly. Our room was more than what we expected - truly a luxury camp. It was clean, spacious, and safe. They even provided toiletries and place hot water bottles in your bed while you're out for dinner. The food was great - no complaints. My husband was impressed with the portion sizes. The dining hall and common area had a great feel and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. No shortfalls in good service. Our driver on day 2 was DEE. He was fantastic. All drivers are local Masai and they have incredible experience and skill in driving through tricky areas (i.e. lakes, mud, etc) and identifying animals. Jonathan is also great, but perhaps a bit less experienced in knowing where the animals might be. He relied a bit more on his telephone contacts than Dee, but both were great. Jonathan is also a skilled driver - got us safely out of some muddy areas. This camp is near the Talek gate and river. If you want to go towards the Mara river, you should let the staff know and they will take you on a special trip to the Mara river with a packed lunch. You'll have lunch in the bush - great experience if you can handle the thought of being in the wild with zebras all around you. We loved this place and would not hesitate to return or recommend to friends/family. Oh, and this camp is close to a Masai village. We asked to visit the village and Dee took us out to the traditional village where we experienced Masai culture and tradition and visited families - there is a cost associated ($20/person) but we found the experience to be worth it. The money goes towards educating the village children (I hope!).

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

we stayed for 3 nights, and crammed in lots of game trips. The accommodation was exceptionally clean, staff very friendly and game drivers just amazing. If you plan to visit, ask for Jonathan as your driver.
bed and chaise lounge very comfortable, the personal tents are luxurious. you can watch giraffe grazing over the river at breakfast, and can sometimes hear laughing hyena at night.
food was ok, I suppose the dinner options could have better however this was overcome by the nice breakfast and lunch packages that were prepared for our game drives.
an authentic place and well worth the visit. a hidden gem in the mara

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2010

This was our second trip and its just as good as 2007 with the improvement of the hotel's bridge over the Talek river which means that you can save time on the drive into the Mara reserve.
The tents (rooms) are wonderful and the friendly staff are kind and genuine.
We loved to hear the animals in the night - safe inside our tent, and to see the stars so bright in the dark sky. Get up early and see the sunrise over the hills. Stay out until dusk. Lots of lions in the park just now.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 15 July 2010

What else is there to say? A top-notch African safari experience; we can't think of anything that could have made our stay more enjoyable. Camp staff are outstanding, the grounds are beautiful, the tents are unforgettable, and the dining is superb. Met or exceeded all of our expectations.

Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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manchester
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Reviewed 29 January 2010

We stayed in this camp for two nights during our three tay safari.The tents were all different inside,some with large kingsize bed(ours) or two large double beds. The shower and wc were better than those at our hotel.shower gel shampoo etc provided,even mosqueto repelent. The food was waiter service,with a good choice of three courses meals. The prices for drinks etc reasonable. The staff you couldn't fault, your bed made up everyday while your out on a drive. Then again its prpared later while your on your evening drive. certainly the best I have stayed in. see pics

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 September 2009

We arranged our safari with WT safaris.. a 3 day trip to Masai Mara. the camp was absolutely amazing... stunning scenary. hearing hyenas at night was incredible. or masai guides.. Dee and Jonathon were great, brilliant spotters and really nice. The manager was great too always making sure we were ok and having a good time. we spotted 3 of the big five missing leopard and rhino. the cheetah and her 3 cubs were beautiful and the highlight of the safari.. and seeing a gazelle being born was amazing too. amazing safari from a beautiful camp. loved it. cant wait to go back to the Mara! xxx

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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newcastle
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Reviewed 25 September 2009

Had a great 3 night stay here. Evans the manager, along with Dee & Jonathon our masai guides could not have been better. The rooms were amazing. Food & service was fantastic.
This was our 6th safari & can honesty say that we had the best game drives ever. Within minutes of landing we saw lion, giraffe etc. also saw a thomson gazelle being born only to see a mother cheetah taking it to her 3 young cubs. We also witnessed the crossing at the Mara river which was a bit gruesome, massive crocs!!
Only minus was the terrible drought that they are having. The masai can not usualy graze their cattle in the park but the restriction was lifted, which meant that their stock grazed near to the camp, which pushed the wild animals away. Although you could not blame the masai for that as their animals are dying. All in all a fantastic experience, well recommended.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tipilikwani Mara Camp - Masai Mara
Address: C14 Keekorok | Pio Gama Pinto Road, Westlands, Masai Mara National Reserve 00100, Kenya
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #56 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Tipilikwani Mara Camp - Masai Mara 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This uniquely situated luxury camp on the banks of the Talek River overlooks the mottled plains of the Maasai Mara, where vast herds of wildlife co-exist with the colourful Maasai people. Between June and October the Maasai Mara plays host to one of the most spectacular wildlife shows on earth the great annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebra as they enter the Mara ecosystem from Serengeti in neighbouring Tanzania. Tipilikwani's tents enjoy river frontage and are decorated with warm, rich Maasai colours. The family tents have a stand alone bath tub in addition to showers. Excellent food, personalised service and traditional Kenyan hospitality further compliment the prime location. Game drives offer the unforgettable opportunity to enjoy the diversity of animals and birds living permanently in the Masai Mara, as well as many migratory species. Guests can also learn more about the Masai people, proud pastoralists and warriors, many of whom still retain their traditional nomadic lifestyle. ... more   less 
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