30 something couple from the US. Visited in late May 2019, during the "rainy" season. We had clear skies pretty much throughout. Kandili camp is a world class stay. The staff are great, personable, and very knowledgeable. It's an eco-camp with a very small footprint, so no concrete swimming pools and big structures. The tents, bathrooms, beds are all translate true from the pictures. Tents are very big for the price. Very warm sleeping experience in a bed as nice as any luxury hotel. Wifi, electricity, hot water showers, sinks, toilets all setup similar to any more permanent standing hotel room. Very clean, well organized, comfy, and boutique.
They are unique in that they are located within the Leopard Gorge conservancy, so you can wake up to animals outside your door, go for a walk at sunset right on the property. No "human-noises/presence" (no: engines, music, trash burning smells, chatter, construction), so a very relaxing, removed experience. Great views of the plains and mountain side.
About the animals, you'll pretty much see animals left and right on your game drive, so if you haven't visited the area, there's nothing to worry about there. The guides are very knowledgable about how the animals live and where they can be found at different points of the day. We learned a lot. Also, they set us up with a local Maasai village visit which was nice.
As far as food, we had excellent western food (wine / steak / eggs) and local food (by request). Meals are intimate and romantic under the Acacia trees with sweeping views. The sundowner is great way to unwind. Lunch picnic on the safari is great. Fully stocked bar (we took full advantage, hehe).
Oh yea, and not sure why they don't market it, but free laundry every day! Awesome.
Also, we flew into Eldoret and the GM helped us coordinate a private driver to pick us up from the airport from our non-standard location. A++, white glove for that.
About the trip in general, we had some worry about overall safety of Kenya, we were very mis-informed. Very safe place for us, very high culture and community. From Nairobi to Western Kenya we never had a moment of concern.
We've traveled the whole world and back, this is top 5 and Kandili was part of that.
William, Sophie, Jackson and staff thank you!
Our stay at Kandili was perfect! The staff was so amazing and friendly - from the first moment we arrived at the camp till the moment we said goodbye - the service was exceptional! I loved how they care and pay attention to small details (like putting a hot pack under your bed at night so it's warm when you get in bed!). Even though, the camp was fence-less, we felt safe the whole time because they take turns patrolling around camp 24/7 - they escorted you to dinner and back at night. The food was delicious. Another thing that I liked about this camp was its location - its located in the northern part of the park so it's a much quieter/ less touristy part and it's very easy access to the park! I mean there was honestly nothing that I can complain about!
We stayed for 3 nights at Kandili Camp with a 13 and 15 year old and we simply could not fault a single thing with our stay - every part of our holiday massively exceeded our expectations!
We were honestly treated like royalty and our every need was looked after by William and his amazing team.
My husband and I are vegetarians and our meals were delicious and varied. The chef went out of his way to cater for us.
Our guide, Jackson, was a superstar, taking us to see incredible sights really close up - we were even the first truck to witness the Migration at the river crossing!
Our family suite tent was really luxurious with a flushing toilet, hot shower and wash basin! On our last night, we had a private family dinner outside with a fire and we were looked after so attentively with a member of the team solely there to tend to the fire!
The team looked after the children in between safaris teaching our son archery and how to make a fire! We also learnt done Swahili.
I do not think we could ever beat this holiday and although it was a once in a lifetime experiende, we will find a way to return!!!!
We have been to the Masai Mara before but wanted a longer stay (12 days) and a much more authentic experience. Kandili camp was perfect. Our tent was very large, had interesting antique furnishings and plenty of room to spread out. No mosquitoes, hot water bottles and the sounds of zebra and hyenas just outside our door lulled us to sleep. The food was excellent, not a buffet to be seen. The chef, Edward, worked miracles and we were constantly surprised by his interesting and delicious dishes. The staff were all excellent and made us feel like we were part of the family. They were caring and careful. William, the onsite camp manager, took care of everything brilliantly, including educating us on Masai culture. We were also fortunate that Ludovica, the camp's gracious and hospitable general manager from Nairobi, was there at the same time we were. But the real reason we were there was for the game drives and they were really terrific. John was our guide and he was superb, clearly much better than other guides we encountered. He also had mastered the art of keeping us informed without an endless monologue. We enjoyed every minute with him. The wildlife sightings were great, both in the Conservancy and in the Masai Mara national park, and my husband is very pleased with his photographs. The trip was planned around photography and the longer time there meant we could follow the animals and spend time waiting and watching. We had wonderful viewings of lions, cheetah, leopards, giraffe, elephants etc. etc. as well as umpteen zebra, warthog families, hyena, antelopes of every kind and many, many new and wonderful birds. We had originally been a bit concerned that 12 days would be too long but we would happily have stayed longer. We would love to return.
Traveled with significant other and two children, ages 11 and 12. This camp could not have been more perfect. From our arrival to our departure we felt like honored guests. The camp was not full, so we were given the option of splitting into two tents. The tents were immaculate, with running water and hot showers in the en suite bathroom. Had zero problems with mosquitos. Meals had multiple courses and very well prepared by the staff.
The Maasai members of the staff were incredibly nice and helpful throughout our stay. We had a walking safari two of our nights in the evening that was a great way to wander around the camp area and appreciate both the natural surroundings and the isolation the camp provided. We also took the opportunity to visit a local school, arranged by th camp. The kids enjoyed the "warrior program," where they were able to learn skills such as using a bow and arrow or spear. And, of course, there's easy access to the surrounding parklands.
You can really enjoy this camp to relax, unwind, or visit the park day after day to view all manner of wildlife. Highly recommend, and will absolutely go back!