A party of 13 of us visited Ol-moran over New Years Eve and couldn't wait for the whole experience to be over. As a party we have been on safari and stayed in numerous other camps and lodges around the area and Ol-moran was the worst camp we have ever been too. This was our first visit to Ol-moran and we will NEVER be going back. I assume that the positive reviews below are from people who have not been to other camps before in the area so do not know how amazing the accommodation, service and entertainment in the area can be!
1. Accommodation - having stayed in a number of tented camps, the tents provided at Ol-moran are the most basic tents we had ever seen. The tents are small, cramped, dark and dingy and there is no decoration what so ever inside the camp - so the room is very un-appealing with various marks on the floors and walls. The bathroom is even worse and the shower area incredibly small. As expected there was limited times for hot water but the hot water was a dribble of luke warm water which was awful after a long day of safari.
2. Staff - none of the staff had a clue what was going on (especially the female manager) and most were very unhelpful when we asked questions. We had to request a torch on numerous occasions as lights go out at 10.30pm with no provisions of torches or matches provided - this is unheard of at other camps. Secondly there were no umbrellas so we all got soaked going back to our tents every day afternoon rain.
3. Food - the food at Ol Moran did have a bit of flavour but there is very limited choice and most times the food was not properly hot. Secondly there were no food labels so we had NO idea what was being served. One night we were told the meat was goat by one staff member and the other staff member said it was impala! The chefs did seem friendly though and accommodating when requesting extra items. However the tea and coffee served before PM game drives was awful, milk was constantly running out and no biscuits/sweets were served - again unheard of in all other camps
4. Entertainment - we had to pay a supplement as we were in the camp over New Years and it was a birthday of a party member travelling. When we asked if there were any matches or candles we were greeted with confused faces and the entertainment provided for New Years (30 min maasi dance show at 8.30 pm) was good but the camp lacked any atmosphere what so ever and all 13 of us huddled in our small dark and dingy tents to celebrate the New Year.
5. Location - being located outside the actual National park itself you do not experience the true feeling of camping in the bush and it adds time to access the great wildlife deep inside the park.
Luckily we had a good game drive but we couldn't wait to get back home to Nairobi. It was such a shame and we were all gutted as it was a pricey trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is an exclusive and intimate tented camp positioned to make you feel close to nature as much as possible.The camp is situated within the Masai Mara eco system on the banks of Olalaimutia River. Available are 19 spacious tents made up of single, doubles and one honeymooners' suite. The meals are buffet enjoyed either in the shade of indigenous trees. The culinary affair is indeed one to delight your senses. What one must not miss watching at the camp is the traditional Masai Dance with the bonfire and during day time one can take part in numerous escapades including adventures in the wild, nature trails and most of all the balloon safaris. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ol-Moran Tented Camp Hotel Nairobi