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Ol Seki Hemingways Mara
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We spent the first week of our honeymoon at Ol Seki and would highly recommend. Rooms are lovely and luxurious. Staff are excellent and the game drives are brilliant. Lovely touches like flask of coffee and homemade biscuits and the sundowners on the drives. We spent a day in the Mara Reserve and we also did the hot air balloon ride. Both of which are highly recommended. The food here was excellent and we enjoyed our private dining experiences. Just one thing to note there is no pool. Though wasn't a problem for us.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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WatamuMel, Manager at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for sharing such kind words about your stay with us at Ol Seki and for choosing to celebrate your honeymoon with us!
We are so glad you enjoyed your overall experience and the guiding, game viewing, accommodation and food met your expectations. The team at the camp are the heart of what we do and they will be thrilled to hear the special touches made your stay with us extra special.
We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Best wishes,
The Ol Seki Team.

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Ol Seki is an amazing place to stay. The camp is beautifully situated on a ridge with a great view from all of the tents across the plain below. The tents themselves are not really tents but luxurious rooms that just happen to have canvas walls. We were incredibly comfortable and the food and drinks were amazing. Best of all though were the wonderful staff who really looked after us, especially Jodi the camp leader. Couldn't recommend this place enough - if you're going to do safari this is place to do it.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great and have views over the plains below.
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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WatamuMel, Manager at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Jambo!
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such kind words about your stay with us at Ol Seki. The entire team will be delighted with your wonderful feedback!
We are glad to hear you enjoyed the views from the camp and that your safari experience with us met your expectations.
We look forward to welcoming you back here again soon.
All the best,
the Ol Seki team.

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

A wonderful place to see. The Naboisho Conservancy has the most amazing animals and birds and is close to the Masai Mara reserve so all bases covered. In the Conservancy the number of vehicles at each spotting is limited and time restricted so get to see all the best sightings.You sit on your terrace and watch the animals wandering on the plains below, or they visit you in your tent. Take a day out in the Mara Reserve, watch the sun come up and enjoy a picnic over looking the Mara river with hippos and crocodiles sunning below. The long lines of wildebeests heading for the Serengeti have to be seen. The Lodge offers all comforts, private dining, complimentary laundry, masses of personal space, bar and well stocked fridge. Tipping is expected. Our guide Nixon has incredible eyesight and so we saw an unbelievable number of rare sights including all the big cats. Jodie and David are always available and run the Camp very efficiently.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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WatamuMel, Manager at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jean and Maggie,
Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us at Ol Seki. We are glad to hear you got stuck in to all the activities we have to offer at the camp and enjoyed your full day in the main reserve.
As you mentioned the Naboisho Conservancy offers a more exclusive game viewing experience so we really do get the best of both so thank you for visiting and helping us keep it this way.
All the best,
The Ol Seki team

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We visited Ol Seki in the Naboisho conservancy for our honeymoon- what a fantastic experience! The camp is heavenly- luxury tents with lovely touches including hot water bottles in the evening; dressing gowns and a really comfy bed. The food was delicious; freshly cooked breakfast, three course lunches using fresh local ingredients and tasty four course meals with plenty of wine and Amarulo to wash it down. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent.

Our guide was the fantastic Mike. He was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and generally good fun. We saw so many amazing animals in the conservancy including big male lions, little cubs and a pregnant cheetah. Would highly recommend a day trip into the Mara where we were lucky enough to see a wildebeest crossing, a leopard in a tree and a lioness in a tree!

Thanks to Jody for being a great host and to David for his excellent lion impression which meant we could listen out for the Lions when we were in our tents! Mike, we couldn't have asked for a better guide. Thanks for putting up with all our questions! We look forward to another visit in the future!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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WatamuMel, Manager at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Rebecca,
Thank you for leaving us such an incredible review and for choosing to celebrate your honeymoon with us. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay and that the food, accommodation, game viewing and guiding met your expectations.
Mike will be ecstatic with his special mention!
We promise to have the Amarula at hand for your next visit.
All the best,
the Ol Seki team

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Reviewed 6 October 2017

We travelled to Kenya after getting a taste for Safari`s last year with a trip to South Africa. The travel agent advised us to go for a conservancy as opposed to the Mara itself,as in the Conservancy`s only a maximum of 4 vehicles are allowed around the animals at any one time. In the Masai Mara it can be anything up to 30 + vehicles. We were glad that we followed their advice. So it was that we travelled by light aircraft from Nairobi to the Naboisho Mara Conservancy airstrip.We were picked up by our driver Patrick from the Ol Seki camp. On our way into camp Patrick found us a large male Cheetah called Forrester and we had only been on the ground 10 mins.We were put into Chui tent as we are both disabled and it was felt that we would be better served in that part of the camp with less steps for us and a shorter route to the meal area. The tent was spacious and well appointed with 2 double beds a settee and two armchairs. The toilet and Shower were at the rear of the tent. We had lunch on the deck before going out on our first game drive with Patrick who I must say was a fantastic guide who was so knowledgeable regarding the animals and the area we were in. Patrick was our Masai Son as he liked to call himself.
The meals were first class: breakfast was whatever you desired from fruit /Yogourt to a full English,lunch and dinner were four courses and the food was excellent. We had our own chef called Moses our own waiter called William and our own housekeeper called Pamela they were all just a fantastic team and nothing at all was too much trouble. We stayed 4 nights and wish we had booked longer There is something very special about sitting on the bed about to turn in and a male lion is somewhere nearby bellowing, to call his pride out to hunt. All in all we had an amazing time at Ol Seki and can guarrantee we will be back as soon as we can.
I would also like to thank the camp manager Jodie for looking after us so well and making sure that several times a day she came to visit us and check all was well with us.
Could I please ask Jodi if she could please let me have the title and author plus the isbn number (Bottom right hand corner on the back cover) of the book about the building of the Ol Seki camp I have looked all over for the book but can`t locate it.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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WatamuMel, Manager at Ol Seki Hemingways Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Andy and Sharon,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review of your stay with us here at Ol Seki.
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your safari. We have passed on your contact details to Patrick so you can keep in touch with him and I hope you have received the contact details we sent for the author Sue Allan who wrote the fantastic Litilet’s Tales.
Moses, William, Pamela and the entire team send their wishes and we hope you come and visit us again soon!
All the best,
the Ol Seki Team

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Additional Information about Ol Seki Hemingways Mara

Address: Naboisho Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Formerly Ol Seki Mara Camp)
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: ₹ 98,214 - ₹ 1,00,292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ol Seki Hemingways Mara 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Ol Seki Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Ol Seki Hemingways Mara Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve

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