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“Good base to see the Mara” 3 of 5 stars
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Cerca de Ololaimutia gate | Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi 00502, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
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“Good base to see the Mara”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Good setting, close to the gate, comfortable tents, plenty of adequate food. It was about 10 minutes from the gate so easy access. Also it was very peaceful. Once inside the park at lunch the pack lunches for the all day game drive were very filling and nice.

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Spent two nights at Ol-Moran on 3 & 4 May 2013 in a standard tent that had a double bed, single bed, private bathroom, tables, power plug and towels. The price was included in the cost of a safari we booked in Nairobi. Plentiful meals provided at breakfast and dinner with a big packed lunch supplied for our full-day game drive. Bar available in the dining area. Electricity and hot water supplied in the evenings from 6pm. Peaceful location with the tents well spaced out. The camp is about a 10-minute drive from the Oloolaimutia gate of the Masai Mara National Reserve, with good game viewing on offer within minutes of the gate. This was my second stay at Ol-Moran and I would stay again. Recommended as mid-range option for a Masai Mara safari.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I’m not a fan of camping and when my family announced on the bus that we were staying in tented accommodation my face must have been a picture!
However, my fears abated when I realised this is more Glamping, tents with real beds and a plumbed in bathroom. Oh, one thing I would say is pack something to sleep in as it can really get chilly at night.
The resort is just outside the Mara and a very short drive will take you to the gate. We were able to fit in 2 drives in our 24 hour pass.
The food was fine and basic, a word of warning though; do not ask for a poached egg, they do them in vinegar!
If you were expecting luxury you may well be disappointed, I was expecting tents so I was happy to have a bed and proper shower!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

After teaching in rural Kenya for two months, my colleagues and I decided to end our trip with Safari. We used PrimeTime safaris who set us up with Ol-Moran Tented Camps. It was a beautiful area with amazing amenities. Meals were included and the dining area was superb. We couldn't have asked for better staff and accommodations. I would highly recommend staying at Ol-Moran; you will feel like you are in a resort in the middle of Masai Mara!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Having recently returned from a 4 night stay at Ol Moran on 7th January we need to share our views and also respond to a scathing review from a previous visitor. Before our visit, we actually took the time to check the Ol Moran website ( lets assume internet is available in Europe) to be clear on the accommodation and facilities available - the description "tented camp" along with the rugged roads leading to Ol Moran, suggested to us that there was no 5 star oasis at the end of the path. The word " tent " gave us reason not to expect an expansive 3 bedroom apartment with Van Gogh's dangling from the wall. Did i mention that we checked the website before our visit......therefore we were aware of the electricity and hot water time schedules and consequently were remarkably able to equip ourselves with a torch and shower (together - as 2 people fit comfortably ) within the allocated times. The surrounding grounds were well groomed, and a lion attack on cattle beyond the fence, some 150 mtrs from our tent, gave us a more than adequate feeling of "camping in the bush". The food was of very good quality, and never lacked quantity - additionally we found by asking the staff about the dish gave the opportunity to converse with them to mutual benefit. Overall, in our opinion, Ol Moran more than met our expectations - it certainly was better than identical camps in Australia (actually, we don't have lions, zebras, elephants etc) while sadly, it apparently falls short of identical camps in europe. Well done to the friendly staff of Ol Moran - your efforts were appreciated, and the camp will be strongly recommended to others. Rob and Anne, Australia.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

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.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

very interesting camp,considering it is eco-friendly.the food is very appetising and the staff are very friendly and make one feel at home.if you are looking for a place to leave near nature for a couple of days or weeks you definately wont go wrong here

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Address: Cerca de Ololaimutia gate | Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi 00502, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi > Nairobi Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Nairobi
Number of rooms: 19
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 
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