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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On our grand safari tour of Africa Sanctuary Olonana really stands out. The facilities are immaculate and luxurious. The service can't be beat. The views of the hippos in the river sun bathing and swimming every morning and night makes this stand out among even other luxury safari destinations.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I spent 3 nights in this sanctuary. It's our first stop of a series of 3 safari trips in Kenya and Tanzania. The stays here was super satisfying. The staff and the camp manager make an extra effort to make sure things were well taken care of. The villa we stayed in was very tastefully done. Our... More 

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Carlinville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 4 nights here and we could not have been taken care of any better! We want to thank Maurice the manager; Lukas our terrific safari guide; Julius our interpreter with the Maasai tribal wedding and our protector for our nights back to our tent; and Shadrack for helping with pictures and video of our wedding. The restaurant staff... More 

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Boulder, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved my stay. I spent 5 nights here and I wish I could have stayed longer. I don't even know where to start. First, the tents are magnificent. All are situated right on the Mara River. The noise of the river just lulls you to sleep. I loved having morning coffee on the veranda overlooking the water was a... More 

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the finest properties I have visited in the Mara. They could do nothing wrong. Super courteous staff, delectable food, superb alcohol menu and how can one forget those great house wines. The packed breakfast and lunch is taken care of very well. They see to it that they feed you well. The laundry service was prompt and efficient... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were here for 3 nights in August 2016 and had a wonderful stay. This place tucked away - outside of the reserve - by the river is like a sanctuary indeed and right from the warm welcome you receive on your first day of check in to the goodbye with a warm wish that you visit again ... you... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The camp is located in an excellent location right on the Mara river. Great views of the river and hippos. Our tent was very well appointed and really comfortable. We woke up each morning to a fantastic breakfast prepared by "Big John". Our guide Duncan is the best guide on the Mara, he is extremely knowledgeable of the Mara and... More 

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Saddle River, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular lodge right on the Mara River with Hippos outside making their happy barking sounds. The outdoor areas are incredible with breakfast, lunch and dinner overlooking the river. Rooms are comfortable. Number 13 is very nice. Staff is friendly and willing to do anything to make your stay special. We stayed there to see the Great Migration of Wildebeest and... More 

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Harrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We were at Olonana in Aug for 3 nights. This was a revisit to my homeland after 35 years with my family. This place was amazing but it's the people who work there who are the true stars!! Maurice- you were our hero who saved our trip with the make shift battery charger. We will never ever forget you. Big... More 

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

This was our first visit to Africa and Olonana was the highlight of a wonderful trip. The setting was secluded on the Mara River, where hippos are abundant and passion is exuded from all of the staff. The two managers, Maurice and Jackson, are absolutely delightful. They pitch in and make you feel like royalty. The staff is every bit... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sanctuary Olonana, our award-winning tented camp situated on a private stretch of the Mara River, recently undergone a significant upgrade to the public areas of the lodge as well as a soft refurbishment to the tented rooms and pool area. The interior decor reflects a contemporary design using a combination of light earthy tones and the local Maasai women played an active part in the refurbishment using the same traditional technique used in their own houses to “mud” the interior walls in all of the main areas and curio shop. From the main viewing deck see and hear the family of noisy hippos who colonise the banks below the camp. Relax with a good book in the library, cool off in the pool or for an extra special treat, experience traditional African remedies and spa treatments in the mini-spa. Oversized Safari Tents – Built on the banks of the Mara River, the twelve canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. The ensuite tents all have two four-poster beds with floor to ceiling mosquito netting – making them perfect for families travelling with small children. Each of the private verandas overlook the river and offer the perfect spot where guests can relax and watch the resident hippos wallow in the water. There are also two honeymoon suites with each featuring outdoor showers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Olonana

Address: C14, Keekorok, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $1,478 - $3,868 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Olonana 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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