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“Crazy Masai Safari” 5 of 5 stars
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Talek River, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya   |  
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Crazy Masai Safari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Manchester, UK

We visited this camp in September and had the experience of a lifetime. As a group of two fat women and an elderly mother in law our guide Joseph managed to accommodate our every need. We stayed for four nights and five days and always managed to see something different and exciting. We managed to see the Big Five which was amazing as not everyone did. The safari was everything we could have hoped for and more. If you get the chance to pick your guide ask for Joseph (the crazy Masai) who will cater to your every whim whilst entertaining you with his mad humour and crazy off road driving.

The camp is comfortable and had the feel of a rustic homestead with hot running water and electric lights.

The food was very good just what you needed. We particularly enjoyed African night. And the chefs were very friendly.

The staff were always happy to provide everything you asked for but sometimes asking became a bit of a trial.

We particularly liked George the barman and Isaac the trainee waiter.

We would not hesitate to recommend this camp to anyone.

We would definitely visit again with Joseph as our guide.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

We had the pleasure to stay at Oloshaiki Camp in Sept. 2011. We had a large group from North Carolina visiting Eldoret doing medical work at one of the referral hospitals and decided to take them to the Masai Mara for the weekend. Oloshaiki Camp was recommended and it did not disappoint. The staff handled the large group very well. They bent over backwards to accommodate everyone including finding ways to have personal medical equipment work throughout the night. The rooms are very large and the bathrooms are done in stone and also are huge. The food was very good, although not a huge selection. The camp is on the Talek River and although not technically in the park, is just a bridge walk over the river away. We would recommend this camp to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Stayed at this camp with a group of 18 for 2 nights, and all of us agreed that we were very happy with the accomodations and food. The "tents" are permanent wood-framed structures with canvas walls, and a large bathroom-shower-dressing area with hard walls in the back of each tent. Beautiful setting, with a large outdoor patio for dining or relaxing. Electricity goes to battery power after 8pm, so don't plan on charging your electronics overnight. And heed the staff's warnings about not leaving your door open or items outside, as monkeys are very destructive if they get in your tent! This place is comfortable enough for a vacation but rustic enough that you feel like you're in remote Africa! The only advice I would give to bird-lovers is to hire your own guide who knows birds as well as other wildlife. The staff and guides we used did not even know what birds were nesting in a sand bank adjacent to the lodge. One other caveat: the road to the Maasai Mara is only 50km, but takes 3 tortuous hours to drive over stones, ruts, and bumps. There is an airstrip if you can afford to fly in; otherwise, just be prepared to get bounced around.

Room Tip: All of the rooms we used (our group took up 8 out of 12 rooms) were comparable.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

I have been coming to Oloshaiki every year since they opened, bringing friends along, and we always love the experience----I’ll be back again with a group next month! This small camp blends beautifully into the surrounding environment along the Talek river, where the friendly staff are ever-present to make sure the stay is a sweet escape into the beauty of the area. Spacious tents with comfy big beds and large bathrooms, accented with natural stone and wood, cozy fireside bar area, evening campfires, dining indoors and outside, with great access to the Maasai Mara (and amazing Maasai guides to take you there), all make Oloshaiki a perfect choice for an authentic, natural, yet luxurious Africa adventure.

Room Tip: The tent at the far end has a big private terrace
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Our stay at this camp was among the most memorable experiences we've had in the Mara. The accommodation was comfortable and spacious and the food was second to none. The camp is situated right next to the Talek River, is quiet and and has a great atmosphere. The staff were incredibly friendly and the service quick and responsive.

The game drives were conducted by Maasai who know the area incredibly well and ensured us plenty of fantastic photography opportunities, we saw all the animals we were hoping to see.

Over-all one of the best experience we've had visiting the Mara, hope to be back very soon.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dendermonde, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2011

please avoid this camp and its manager...certainly its CHEF actually I dont know if you can call a person who serves tomato soup as a sauce and who's imagination making a salade starts and also stops by using always the 3 basic ingriedients (salade, tomato, cucumber)and who's interpretation of a dressing is vinegar + salt and pepper A CHEF ...no way this guys would not even pass the exams to work in a MCDonald.
If you want to go on a diet its the place 2 be for sure.
SORRY FOR THE INCONVINIANCE seems to be the basic phrase ( and also the only one) the manager on duty can bring out.
Tents are ok if you want to sleep on a brick matras .
Actually the ONLY thing great about the camp was " the cold ....wait for it ...... TUSKER BEER"
Game drive were speldid and with a pro driver at the wheel .

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Kenya
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

As a seasoned safari traveler, I decided to try a different camp in the Mara...WOW WHAT A MISTAKE! Oloshaiki was abysmal, granted it was low season, but that does not excuse the lack of service, terrible food, and a manager that greeted us fresh from his bed.

Salad was served before lunch and evening meal, we made up a competition, who can guess the combination of salad items, definitely lettuce, then topped with strategically placed slices of tomato and cucumber, once we even got a slice of red onion on top, we all lost out on the bet that night, none of us guessed the red onion.

In what universe does strips of fried beef in tomato soup classify as Beef
Stroganoff?

Dessert was a slice of pineapple or sweet melon. (Note this was not a choice, this reflected the menu on different days).

There was only 1 waiter on duty for our 4-day stay in hell, he at least tried to be helpful and even managed to look embarrassed at the meals he was forced to serve us. He actually had to go and ask permission to bring us some extra biscuits to have with our afternoon cup of tea, the one thing the Chef could not destroy.

The atmosphere in the camp was that of a deathbed vigil, no one wanted to be there.

The luxury pavilion (tent to everyone else) was ok, but, in 4 days we never had fresh towels or bedding, we lost the water to our and our friends tent. “Sorry for the inconvenience, we forgot to switch on the water”. Great when you are in the middle of a shower and the water stops.

The bed was like trying to sleep on granite, we all ended up with terrible backache and I even cancelled my last game drive due to the incredible pain induced by 3 nights on that bed, “sorry for the inconvenience”, said the manager, stifling a yawn.

Trying to recharge our camera batteries was interesting as the power was switched off at 8pm, well I can understand that, I live in Kenya and as such know the problems of power supply etc, BUT, my last day there, as my friends left for their final drive, the generator was switched on and ran for the entire day and was turned off as they returned????????? Makes a lot of sense.

The one big thing that they have no control over is the wildlife, this was excellent, but I would suggest trying another camp in the area.

Finally there was one good point about Oloshaiki…

LEAVING

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Talek River, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #58 of 111 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
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