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New Jersey
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We were here for 3 nights in August 2016 and had a wonderful stay. This place tucked away - outside of the reserve - by the river is like a sanctuary indeed and right from the warm welcome you receive on your first day of check in to the goodbye with a warm wish that you visit again ... you...

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New Jersey
Reviewed 29 August 2016

The camp is located in an excellent location right on the Mara river. Great views of the river and hippos. Our tent was very well appointed and really comfortable. We woke up each morning to a fantastic breakfast prepared by "Big John". Our guide Duncan is the best guide on the Mara, he is extremely knowledgeable of the Mara and...

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Saddle River, New Jersey
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Spectacular lodge right on the Mara River with Hippos outside making their happy barking sounds. The outdoor areas are incredible with breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the river. Rooms are comfortable. Number 13 is very nice. Staff is friendly and willing to do anything to make your stay special. We stayed there to see the Great Migration of Wildebeest and...

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Harrow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We were at Olonana in Aug for 3 nights. This was a revisit to my homeland after 35 years with my family. This place was amazing but it's the people who work there who are the true stars!! Maurice- you were our hero who saved our trip with the make shift battery charger. We will never ever forget you. Big...

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Bloomington, Minnesota
Reviewed 22 August 2016

This was our first visit to Africa and Olonana was the highlight of a wonderful trip. The setting was secluded on the Mara River, where hippos are abundant and passion is exuded from all of the staff. The two managers, Maurice and Jackson, are absolutely delightful. They pitch in and make you feel like royalty. The staff is every bit...

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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We were at sanctuary Olonana 3 days ago and stayed for 3 nights Excellent accomodation, food And staff Our guide to Game drives Nelson was very good. He had thorough knowledge of park and we saw every animal including 5 Rhinos. The chef was very good. He checked with me daily as I am a vegetarian. Overall the whole staff...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 19 August 2016

You cannot ask for a better experience. This is truly once in a lifetime! Perfection across every possible parameter. The food was world class and blew us away. Location was sublime, right on the river near a hippo pool - it was sometimes difficult to sleep because the hippos make a lot of noise at all times of the night...

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Montreal, quebec
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

The first thing manager Maurice and staffs said to us was "welcome home" ! honestly, that is very powerful when travel a long distance. But that's not the end of it, this luxury tented camp is truly make their clients feel at home. I love the relaxing atmosphere they offered. Great river front lounge and dinning area. Beautiful comfortable tent...

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Richmond, Virginia
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Our two week safari ended on the highest note with three glorious nights at Olonana. The camp is secluded and private among the banks of the Mara River but within a very comfortable distance of the airstrip. This was among the most unique properties we visited in Kenya and Tanzania - it had a very lush and tropical jungle vibe....

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

It was our belated honeymoon holiday and there will be no other place like the Olonana Sanctuary. The experience was amazing and certainly started our safari adventure with a bang! Maurice and his team were wonderful, we could ask for anything we wanted and they would meet those requests without any complaints. Free laundry service was included. Perfect place to...

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  • Breakfast included
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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: ₹ 27,618 - ₹ 2,26,505 (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
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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!!
 of 5 bubbles DuncanTCH, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all is great”
 of 5 bubbles HaniA213, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“They are all perfection and on the river.”
 of 5 bubbles 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”
 of 5 bubbles 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.
 of 5 bubbles favouritetrips, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
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