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Sanctuary Olonana

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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Booked it as it was suggested by my travel advisor. The lodge is very nice and serene setting along the famous Mara river. Hippos chilling in the river while you have you breakfast, lunch or dinner. The driving to the main olaloolo gate is 25 mins. Which was the downside as the drive to the gate seems never ending. The...

1Thank Jay V
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Imagine spending a night by the banks of River Mara. Having to see crocodiles and hippos everytime you peep through your tent window. And dining with thee animal as they put up a spectacular basking and splashing show. Thrilling right? You do not have to imagine further, you can have first hand experience at Olonana Sanctuary Mara, our second and...

1Thank Aclyne N
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 6 October 2016

What a beautiful place with an amazing staff to make sure you have the most incredible experience. We stayed for 4 nights and Maurice was so accommodating and made sure we had Tent #15 which is one of the honeymoon suites. The suite is very private, very nicely decorated and spacious. We loved the outdoor deck where we would just...

Thank Monica G
Reviewed 3 October 2016

our honeymoon suite is with lots of privacy and really stylish! The hippo groans daily but the atmosphere, the surroundings, the high level of service, the food, the care the service staff and chef took to delight us and make it one of our ultimate best experiences for us. we also enjoyed our daily half day game drive to hunt...

Thank 942ellel
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We did a 1 week safari with Abercrombie & Kent in Tanzania and decided to add 3 days in the Masai Mara at Olonana. What a great option. All our stays had previously been 2 nights and it was so nice to have 3 nights in such a beautiful camp. The "tents" are huge, ours was #1, so nice and...

1Thank favouritetrips
Palo Alto, California
Reviewed 23 September 2016

On our grand safari tour of Africa Sanctuary Olonana really stands out. The facilities are immaculate and luxurious. The service can't be beat. The views of the hippos in the river sun bathing and swimming every morning and night makes this stand out among even other luxury safari destinations.

Thank Lindsey H
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I spent 3 nights in this sanctuary. It's our first stop of a series of 3 safari trips in Kenya and Tanzania. The stays here was super satisfying. The staff and the camp manager make an extra effort to make sure things were well taken care of. The villa we stayed in was very tastefully done. Our...

Thank Singtlim
Carlinville, Illinois
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We spent 4 nights here and we could not have been taken care of any better! We want to thank Maurice the manager; Lukas our terrific safari guide; Julius our interpreter with the Maasai tribal wedding and our protector for our nights back to our tent; and Shadrack for helping with pictures and video of our wedding. The restaurant staff...

1Thank Christy D
Boulder, CO
Reviewed 11 September 2016

I loved my stay. I spent 5 nights here and I wish I could have stayed longer. I don't even know where to start. First, the tents are magnificent. All are situated right on the Mara River. The noise of the river just lulls you to sleep. I loved having morning coffee on the veranda overlooking the water was a...

Thank Barb K
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

One of the finest properties I have visited in the Mara. They could do nothing wrong. Super courteous staff, delectable food, superb alcohol menu and how can one forget those great house wines. The packed breakfast and lunch is taken care of very well. They see to it that they feed you well. The laundry service was prompt and efficient...

Thank equinoxinc

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sanctuary Olonana, our award-winning tented camp situated on a private stretch of the Mara River, recently undergone a significant upgrade to the public areas of the lodge as well as a soft refurbishment to the tented rooms and pool area. The interior decor reflects a contemporary design using a combination of light earthy tones and the local Maasai women played an active part in the refurbishment using the same traditional technique used in their own houses to “mud” the interior walls in all of the main areas and curio shop. From the main viewing deck see and hear the family of noisy hippos who colonise the banks below the camp. Relax with a good book in the library, cool off in the pool or for an extra special treat, experience traditional African remedies and spa treatments in the mini-spa. Oversized Safari Tents – Built on the banks of the Mara River, the twelve canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. The ensuite tents all have two four-poster beds with floor to ceiling mosquito netting – making them perfect for families travelling with small children. Each of the private verandas overlook the river and offer the perfect spot where guests can relax and watch the resident hippos wallow in the water. There are also two honeymoon suites with each featuring outdoor showers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Olonana

Address: C14, Keekorok, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $565 - $2,259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Olonana 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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Sanctuary Olonana Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Sanctuary Olonana Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve
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“There's no such thing as a "bad room" as they're all placed directly long the river”
  • The outdoor seating area with the river (and hippos) in the background
  • Our exceptionally large and comfortable bedroom
  • The view from our bedroom overlooking the Maasai River outside
  • Our private outdoor seating area overlooking the river
  • The exceptionally comfortable beds!
  • The enormous shower and double vanity in the bathroom
  • The double vanities in the bathroom..no roughing it here!!
DuncanTCH, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all is great”
HaniA213, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“They are all perfection and on the river.”
SaveyFLTraveler, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Tents on the right side are private and rooms on the left side are for family and/or children”
942ellel, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Always closest to the communal areas is best.”
  • Very large, spacious tents with deck overlooking river
  • Two of these beds in our tent.
favouritetrips, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
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