We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The Plumbing”
Review of Kilima Safari Camp

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Kilima Safari Camp
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Plumbing”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We came to Kilima after a very long drive - 8 hrs in fact. On arrival no hot water even though the wood boilers had been fired up(yes in many camps that is how hot water is provided efficiently) .
Is it rude to let the management know that we were not happy campers. The staff were marvellous, and upgraded us, but on checking with other visitors we found that they had not had hot water morning or night nor the next morning. We managed warm showers finally the next day. The plumbing has had it. It is not the wood burners. Solar pipes probably need looking at too.
Thank you Esther for very friendly polite and professional assistance. Advice to Mada Hotels - please fix it pronto and properly - this is not the first report!

Room Tip: Amboseli is probably one of the best game parks in Kenya/Tanzania especially for the photographer as...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Helen L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Madahotels_11, Manager at Kilima Safari Camp, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Dear Helen.

Thank you for your review and the management has dealt with the Hot water problem, during your stay at the Kilima Safari Camp, the was a big cloud cover that hindered the hot water solar system, that's why we experienced that problem.

The Hot water system has been repaired, and installed an alternative electricity backup that will ensure that when there is that cloud cover, the supply for the hot water will not be interrupted.

Thanks a lot for Choosing Kilima Safari Camp and we are looking forward in hosting you soon.

Regards

Mr. Peter Mugi

Hotel Manager,
Kilima Safari Camp
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

153 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    85
    46
    16
    2
    4
See reviews for
36
69
5
5
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (29)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rajkot, India
Level 5 Contributor
33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2013

We stayed here only for one night, very near to the Amboseli National Park's gate. This place is the best, absolute silence and with clear view of Mount Kilimanjaro (on a clear day), a drinking pound where Gazelle, Elephants often come to drink water and you can watch them very closely.

Camp's are very relaxing, with good service, gentle and great staff, great food. There is also a viewing tower from where you can see the vast area of this Camp's and ever fortunate enough you might spot some animals.

This is by far the best Camp's in Amboseli National Park.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Adler T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Madahotels_11, Manager at Kilima Safari Camp, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Hello Adler

We are glad that you had a fantastic stay experience at Kilima Safari Camp, enjoying several aspects of the Resort especially our great accomodation, excellent food and fantastic services.

Thanks a lot for your review, and looking forward hosting you in the future.

Regards

Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Morristown, New Jersey
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2013

My family and I just return from a 12 day safari in Kenya. One of the tented lodges we stayed at was Kilima Safari Camp. The place is gorgeous and the staff very friendly. Our tents were a combination of tent and hotel room. There was a sliding door which locked! (We had keys!) Inside was a real floor, real furniture, two beds, and well appointed bath including a bidet.

It is in a game preserve with lots of animals and photo ops. While not on a game drive, the swimming pool is beautiful.

There is a lot of security present -- so one feels safe from animals.

Something to consider is that electricity and hot water is only available at certain hours. This is most likely not unusual in this area. But it is necessary to "plan" when you wish to shower.

A draw back is the food. Kilima is owned by the Mada chain and, as in their other facitilies, the food left somewhat to be desired. Everything is buffet style. At breakfast and lunch there are a lot of flies and bees. A kindly waiter could be seen scooping out bees that had landed in juices. Dinner was mainly Indian/Asian and barbecue. The best was the barbecued chicken, though my daughter did not like the spices. Also the stir-fry, which had a lot of oil. The desserts were a disappointment.

One evening featured a bush dinner. It was lovely with a roaring fire, surrounded by tables with colorful table clothes and lanterns. under a clear starry sky. Every effort was made to bring special cakes to celebrating guests. However, the main fare was the same buffet set-up as at the camp.

I can't say if there are better options in this area. But apart from the food, we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Linda V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Stewartsville, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2013

Stayed here 2 nights as part of a safari tour with Collette. Of the 3 camps we stayed in this is my favorite as far as the room goes. It is not really a tent - it has sliding doors that are locked with a skeleton key. The room is large and very comfortable. The only drawback was I was not able to get a hot shower. Both mornings the water did not get past tepid. The night before however my husband did get hot water.

The food was okay, this was the last stop on our trip so perhaps it was because the buffet food was getting to be monotonous, but I was not impressed. I struggled to find something I wanted to eat and wound up with salad. However we had dinner in the bush and it was excellent, wish the regular food has been as good.

As other reviewers have said, location was great as it is right near the gate to the park.

The staff was very friendly and attentive.

There is a lookout in the center of the eating area which you can go up and see Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. We did not swim, but the pool area is gorgeous..

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank rorudupa
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Gilbert, Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2013

Though I have not tried all of the accomodations at or near the Amboselli game park, from what I have observed the Kilima Safari Camp is one of the best. The so-called tents exceeded most luxury hotel rooms and the location is right at the front gate of the park. The large outdoor dining area is very nice and on a clear day offers a great view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The staff were very friendly and made you feel at home. At night attendants are there with flashlights to help you get to your room safely. The buffet was very good although there is quite a variety which means most people won't like everything, but as there is a good selection you should not leave hungry. There is a pool which no one was using when we were there as it was very cold for Kenya. My only regret is that we did not stay there longer.

Room Tip: If you desire to use the pool you may want to ask for a room near the pool as you may have quite a l...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank LPB627
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Paris
Level 6 Contributor
614 reviews
118 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2013

This is a comfortable place, located very close to the entrance of the beautiful Amboseli Park, but beware it is big and operating more like a large hotel than a small camp. The main reservation we had related to the food, which really left much to be desired. On the other hand, the pool was great.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Seasondtraveller
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nairobi, Kenya
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
84 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

This camp has many great advantages. Location so close to Kimana Gate is wonderful for early morning game drives and access to the swamps full of elephant. The tents are large and contain everything that you would expect from a decent hotel in a city. And the staff are all helpful, attentive and eager to make your stay enjoyable.

Room Tip: The c loser to the main building and pool the better.
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank JamesHAfrica
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Amboseli Eco-system hotels
11.3 mi away
Sentrim Amboseli
Sentrim Amboseli
#1 of 1 in Amboseli Eco-system
358 reviews
10.8 mi away
Kibo Safari Camp
Kibo Safari Camp
#1 of 20 in Amboseli Eco-system
816 reviews
3.2 mi away
Ol Tukai Lodge
Ol Tukai Lodge
#1 of 8 in Amboseli National Park
759 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
5.3 mi away
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge
#2 of 8 in Amboseli National Park
723 reviews
6.5 mi away
Tortilis Camp
Tortilis Camp
#5 of 20 in Amboseli Eco-system
321 reviews
16.6 mi away
Satao Elerai
Satao Elerai
#6 of 20 in Amboseli Eco-system
225 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Kilima Safari Camp? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Kilima Safari Camp

Property: Kilima Safari Camp
Address: Kilma Gate, Amboseli National Park, 00100, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Amboseli Eco-system
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Amboseli Eco-system
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kilima Safari Camp 5*
Number of rooms: 17
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Odigeo, Booking.com, Priceline and Agoda so you can book your Kilima Safari Camp reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Kilima Safari Camp Hotel Amboseli Eco-System

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing