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Instinct of the Mara

Ololaimutiek, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Ololaimutiek
The Olderkesi area is home to one of the largest pack of wild dogs in the Mara ecosystem. While enjoying a drink on your patio, expect frequent visitors like Lion, wild dog, wilderbeest, greater kudu and buffalo.
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Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
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Ololaimutiek, Maasai Mara National Reserve Kenya
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Esme v wrote a review Sep 2020
Diani Beach, Kenya188 contributions33 helpful votes
I was fortunate enough to stay over at Instinct of the Mara for one night in September 2019. I was part of a group of mountain bikers who had just finished a 10 Day Rift Valley Odyssey and this was the most incredible place to finish at. After a super long and hot day on our bicycles, we were welcomed with cool drinks, welcoming smiles and a delicious lunch. The view from the deck and dining area is absolutely beautiful and I didn't want to leave just in case I missed something coming out of the bush toward camp :-) My husband & I were so happy we upgraded to sleep in one of the camp's tents: a beautiful bedroom and super functional bathroom with lovely organic Kenyan toiletries for us to use. The bed was very comfortable and we had a fantastic view from our verandah. All the staff were super helpful and friendly and treated is like royalty. They even woke us up with freshly brewed coffee delivered to our verandah at 05:30 in the morning. All our meals were delicious and prepared with care. To top it all off, I was fortunate enough to be awake at 03:00 am to see a lioness walking past my tent. I was told by the Maasai askaris that she passes through that section of the camp almost every night. I would highly recommend this camp and hope to visit it again soon.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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René R. Wenzel wrote a review Jan 2020
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This is a unique and beautiful place to be Very private and secret in the middle of the marvelous beautiful bush of Massai Mara the team is beautiful and kind, the meals are excellent and the tend you live in is luxurious and Highly comfortable! But don’t forget: you live in der middle of the bush and in der Night you hear several animals And their sounds close to the tent! At the early morning Safari we were able to see giraffes Zebras and other animals The guides namely Tize and Zombe, a Massai!, are highly competent and very helpful and showed us a lot during our safaris The lodge tries to be helpful to the environment using solar technique for the electricity
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
molfetta wrote a review Jan 2020
Reno, Nevada55 contributions64 helpful votes
With my great surprise I discovered on internet this camp. It s a bad bad copy of Muthaiga Black leopard . The camp is the same, the tents are the same, the location is the same . But the difference is enormous !!! Before the tents were well furnished, with all comfort you needs, fantastic antique furniture, Lois Vuitton cabinet , triple mat table in the donning room, softy amd elegant cushion by interior designer , under plate in silver plate , Italian cuisine. The big tents built ed by an important Italian fashion industry was rich of an elegant touch . Now it s a bad bad copy of what is was . I posted the original photos , after you decide if it s convenient or not to try .
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
3 Helpful votes
Response from SecludedAfrica, Director of Sales at Instinct of the Mara
Responded Jan 23, 2020
Dear molfetta, Thank you for your review. However, we have no record of you being a guest at Instinct of the Mara in January 2020. Therefore, we find your review inappropriate and fraudulent according to the guidelines set by TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor reviews are based on first-hand experiences, which would require that you have visited Instinct of the Mara. Tripadvisor also requests views to be based on experiences in the last year. We wish you the best in your travels. Best regards, Instinct of the Mara
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Janet Carnie wrote a review Oct 2019
2 contributions
My recent trip to the Instinct of the Mara exceeded my expectations in every way. The camp is beautiful, the staff and accommodations were perfection, the meals were 5 star and the safari experience was life changing. I highly recommend the Instinct of the Mara and look forward to going back.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from SecludedAfrica, Director of Sales at Instinct of the Mara
Responded Dec 31, 2019
Dear Janetcarnie, Thank you for the wonderful review! We are absolutely delighted to hear that we were able to create a life changing experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Happy New Year! Best wishes, Secluded Africa - Instinct of the Mara
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#GabH wrote a review Oct 2019
Topanga, California28 contributions
I had the great pleasure to stay at this magical location with a small group. Brilliant combination of sustainability, eco chic, with professionalism and care that can only be compared to fine hotels and resorts. The service is outstanding. "You will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend." True. The chef will spoil your taste buds, wonderful wine selection and cocktails will greet you after your safari. The wildlife sightings exceeded any of my dreams, following tracks was exhilarating. You will always feel safe here! The genuine kindness of the staff, combined with their training, will impress you. Only negative? You will have to leave. Say goodbyes. Won’t be easy. Yes, I believe the staff is used to tearful exits. Enjoy your stay!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: Since you are on a conservation all rooms are wonderful and private.
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Response from SecludedAfrica, Public Relations Manager at Instinct of the Mara
Responded Oct 3, 2019
Dear WanderlustGab, Jambo and Asante for the wonderful review. Your words exude the passion we feel for Secluded Africa and Instinct of the Mara. We hope to welcome you again soon. Best wishes and safe travels, Robyn - Secluded Africa
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$1,518 - $1,750 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
KenyaRift Valley ProvinceMaasai Mara National ReserveOlolaimutiek
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Frequently Asked Questions about Instinct of the Mara
What are some of the property amenities at Instinct of the Mara?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Instinct of the Mara?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Instinct of the Mara?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Instinct of the Mara?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Instinct of the Mara have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Instinct of the Mara offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.