I travelled with a friend who made the booking based on a recommendation and some base criteria from us that we wanted to experience the outdoors, but without going too basic. Our expectations for both the safari and our stay were far exceeded in this camp. We were met from the plane by our guide (more about him later!) who took us through the park back to the lodge. This was the first of many highlights since we saw loads of different animals as well as the park itself on the way.
The camp itself is fabulous. The 'rooms' are tents with a purpose built bathroom behind them and are spacious with plenty of room inside and out. You could happily spend time relaxing on the veranda, watching the river below (we had a family of baboons opposite us) There is a main lodge which houses the restaurant and bar and overlooks the river and the park beyond (we saw giraffes on the horizon at mealtimes) Dining is also fantastic - there is a choice at every mealtime (lunch and dinner were 3 and 4 courses respectively of very good quality food) and the bar is well stocked for sundowners and a good wine list.
Finally, the safari excursions were excellent. We had the best guide, Dee, who really made sure we saw as much as possible and was a fountain of information. We learnt about the Mara, the people (Maasai), and the animals. He, and our second guide Joe, were also inquisitive, funny and great company. Every day, we could decide whether we wanted to go for early or all day drives, the day was tailored to the desires of the group. We also decided that we had the best vehicle - it could be open or covered and there was not a single 'do not step on the seats' sticker in sight (great for those extra viewing angles!) - unlike others we saw on our trips around the Mara.
All of this would have added up to a trip of a lifetime but the friendliness of the staff and their genuine concern to make sure we were getting the best of the experience really added to the trip. If you are going to the Mara - please consider this camp - you will have the safari of a lifetime!
- 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