A custom tour where we were picked up at Nairobi, driven to Lakes Nakuru and Navaisha and then to Oldarpoi for our safari then back to Nairobi in a van (not 4wd) that just kept on going. Nelson and his staff were great, things just happened - it was all made to be pretty easy.
Sound infrastructure that gave us everything we needed. Hot water 24/7, lighting via a generator. Food was fresh and good and abundant (thanks Willie and Samuel). Campfire at night. It was all pretty homely.
The tents could do with smaller beds - there wasn't much space within the tent (although another reviewer likes that the beds were big so guess it's a preference thing). Nelson gave us separate tents to address this, with a guard through the night for the critters. Not that there was much - as for other reviews, there were lots of hyenas close by but nothing else which was mildly disappointing - I guess you want to feel safe but with a frisson of danger. So the animals don't follow the script, maybe because they are not in a zoo?
We saw an abundance of closeups of lions, giraffes and all the rest on safari - including a black rhino and her young.
Oh and Nelson came straight back to the airport when - silly me - I left a bag behind in the van.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oldarpoi Mara camp, is operated in partnership with the local Maasai community. The camp is concerned with the welfare of the local community .Our vision is to transform the local community, socially and economically.We support the Ole keene primary school with teacher's salaries, children sponsorship programs etc.The school has more than 300 children and we built classrooms for them including a rescue center unit to accommodate young girls running away from cultural practices such Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM ) and early marriage.We also plan to establish a community library which will include a learning center and conservation projects.Guests who would like to volunteer in any of our projects as part of a unique safari experience are highly encouraged to do so..This will make a difference to the community.The camp has permanent tents with beds, bedding, complete solar Water heating and lighting system, flush toilets and hot showers - all the trappings of home! We are also an accomplished safaris outfitter with best trained Maasai guides! We offer safaris and tours to different destinations throughout East Africa. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Oldarpoi Maasai Safari Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Oldarpoi Mara Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve