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!).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tipilikwani Masai Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Tipilikwani Mara Camp - Masai Mara Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve