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C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
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Sanctuary Olonana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Abilene, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful facility, think Ralph Lauren does Safari - Out of Africa aesthetics. The tents over look the river where you can watch the hippos and listen to the wildlife. The game drives lead by Joseph were amazing! You must request him! This is a life changing experience!

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for posting this review on Tripadvisor. We are thrilled that you had a life changing experience with us and thank you for the lovely feedback - Joseph aboslutely loved your comments. Our team loved hosting you and are eager to welcome you back one day in the not too distant future... In the meantime you can... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We can not say enough about our fabulous experience at Olanana. From our guide, Joseph ( you must request him) to the service from room stewards(Joseph) to greeters/managers (Maurice), to the excellent food prepared by the chef Big John---- it was fabulous in every way!!!! We saw the Big 5 in June which is rare---experienced a 10 hour safari with... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Sissy, Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review of your experience at Olonana. We are delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay with us and thank you so much for all your kind comments especially about Joseph, Maurice and Big John - we shared your feedback with them and the rest of the team... More

Henderson
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is so peaceful here. On the edge of a rushing river, my tent was like a "sanctuary" from everyday concerns and worries. Such a kind and attentive staff, excellent food and brilliant guides make Sanctuary Olonana the perfect camp while visiting Maasai Mara.

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Marilyn, Thank you for this lovely review, it is very much appreciated by all the team! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us, and are eager to welcome you back one day soon... We would love for you to keep up with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana by liking us on Facebook.... More

cozumel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I plus two close friends just came back from a four nights at the Olonana. Amazing does not come close to the experience. I am at a loss for words to describe the experience. Very attentive staff, great game drives and a beautiful setting with large rooms and views of hippos in the river below. Great food.... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience of Sanctuary Olonana on Tripadvisor. We are delighted that our team took good care of you and that your stay with us was amazing. We loved hosting you and do hope to welcome you back again one day soon. Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date... More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were at the Onolana Lodge for 2 nights, 3 day stay. It was magical and exclusive. My grandson who is only 3yrs plus, was astounded by the experience, on the safari drives and also by the hospitality endowed by the management and staff. His dietary needs we're well met and catered for. We are very grateful for the experience... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, What a lovely review, thank you much appreciated. We are very pleased to learn that you and especially your 3 year old grandson had such a wonderful experience with us at Olonana. Thank you for all your lovely comments we passed this onto the team who were very appreciative of your kind words. We would love to see... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Olonana is outstanding in every way - from the wonderfully warm and attentive staff to the excellent location on the Mara River to the large, luxury tents to the great food! The game drives were outstanding each and every day seeing many, many animals of all kinds. You cannot believe the population of the Big 5 in this area! The... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. "Outstanding in every way" WOW thank you so much!! We are very happy to hear you had such a wonderful time and thank you for your kind comments. Thank you once again and we do hope to welcome you back to one of our properties in the future. In the... More

Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We just finished an amazing three nights at Sanctuary Olonana. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our guide, Abdul, who was personable, polite, incredibly knowledgeable and an all-around EXCEPTIONAL guide. He accompanied us on every one of our game drives over three days and seemed to truly love what he does. I cannot say enough good things about him. In... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, What an incredible review thank you so much!! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at Olonana. We shared you review with the rest of the team who loved your feedback – especially Abdul, "Big John" and Maurice. We do hope to welcome you back again one day and until then you can keep... More

Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at the Sanctuary Olonana located harmoniously on the Mara River. Aside from wonderful game viewing in the 'Mara', we were thoroughly spoilt by the welcoming staff and entertained between game drives and eating fabulous fresh cuisine, by the pods of hippos in the river in front of the main lounge/dining area, and in front... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Donna, Thank you for sharing your eperience on Tripadvisor. So happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your time with us at Olonana, thank you so much for all your lovely comments. The team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day... In the meantime you can keep up to date with the latest... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

What an amazing place! The rooms are huge, very nicely appointed, overlooking the river. The main dining area was really nice too, quite intimate, and the food was great. We did a bush dinner one night, which was also fantastic. All drinks are included. Service was really good. Didn't use the pool, but it looked nice. The wildlife in the... More

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Nikhil, Thank you for taking the time to post the lovely review, much appreciated. We are thrilled that you had such an amazing time with us and sounds the animals put on a real show for you. Thank you for the lovely feedback, our staff loved hosting you and look forward to welcoming you and your family back hopefully... More

Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Olonana is an excellent camp at the banks of the Mara River. It is located just outside the Mara Triangle. Access into the park (Mara Conservancy/Triangle) is through the Oloololo Gate which is a 10-15 minute drive away. The meals are amazingly prepared and taste good too. Absolutely mouth watering. All the staff right from the admin, managerial, casual staff... More

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, What a great review - thank you! We are very happy to hear that you had a great time at Olonana and thank you for the lovely feedback. We hope to see you again soon, and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana by liking us on Facebook,... More

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Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Also Known As:
Sanctuary Olonana Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Sanctuary Olonana Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve

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Sanctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented camp on a private stretch of the Mara River, at the foot of the impressive Siria Escarpment close to where the famous last scene from "Out of Africa" was filmed. Located close to the border with Tanzania, the game concentration is high - and during the annual wildebeest migration, the action happens right on the camp's doorstep. ... more   less 
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