Coming into land at the Ol Seki airstrip all we could see was a mass of zebra and wildebeest. I thought that the migration has come early, but no, there are very large numbers of resident game that stay in the area eating the lush grass throughout the year. I felt then and there it was going to be a special place.
Ol Seki, is set on a promontory within the Naboisho conservancy to the north of the Masai Mara reserve. Being a conservancy, the amount of safari traffic is limited to the small number of camps within the conservancy. The conservancy is very pretty with varied topography - plains, riverine woodlands, acacia and rolling hills. During our visit there was a large number of varied game, very large numbers of zebra, wildebeest and giraffe. We also regularly saw elephants, lion (complete with cubs), cheetah and a serval. The camp offers full day trips to the Masai Mara which is a plus for people wishing to visit the actual reserve. We took them up on the trip which was very enjoyable complete with a picnic lunch next to the Mara river. However, to be honest, purely based on the number of game seen in the reserve compared to that seen in the Naboisho conservancy a visit outside it is not necessary. I guess at certain times of the year it may be beneficial, but in future I would take a view after sounding out the advice of the guys in the camp.
The camp itself is a series of good sized tents, with a large sleeping/sitting area, very spacious shower and good size bathroom. WE had good hot water every time we showered. They also have a lovely deck in front of each tent offering a wonderful view of the landscape and game below. All the tents we saw were very private. I have visited a number of camps in the general Mara area and these were the largest the most comfortable and had the best view.
Food is served in a communal dining tent overlooking a water hole and the plains beyond. The food was plentiful and tasty. The service was very friendly and attentive.
I was very impressed by the numbers of game, the location and the camp. This can only be made memorable by the staff. James was the manager during our stay and he was extremely personable. It was also immediately apparent that he was passionate about providing good service and ran a very professional/efficient camp. Every staff member we came into contact with was very friendly, helpful and professional. Finally, a very personal note to our guide, George - he was the personification everything I love about safari, he was so keen to show us everything he could, so patient with our numerous questions and just very, very pleasant company - thank you George you were an absolute star!
I definitely recommend Ol Seki and I will (unusually) definitely be going back there again - hopefully soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ol Seki Mara Camp is a luxury tented camp, boasting 6 spacious Nina tents and 2 two bedroom suited tents. Located in the Maasai Mara, just outside the famous National Reserve, Ol Seki offers guests the chance to enjoy big 5 game viewing in pristine environment away from the hustle of mass tourism. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ol Seki Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Ol Seki Mara Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve