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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here for 3 nights - it was they end of a two week safari and this place was one of the best because of its location, natural setting, service and wildlife. I fell asleep to the sound of rushing water and grunting hippos. Across the river you watch zebras and giraffes as they feed and move through the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing place with absolutely fantastic staff! Highly recommend the spa as well. Food is fantastic and I just loved the view from my tent. The morning safaris were fabulous and the respect of nature is very apparent - not always the case with guides.

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Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Booked it as it was suggested by my travel advisor. The lodge is very nice and serene setting along the famous Mara river. Hippos chilling in the river while you have you breakfast, lunch or dinner. The driving to the main olaloolo gate is 25 mins. Which was the downside as the drive to the gate seems never ending. The... More 

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Reviewed October 10, 2016

Imagine spending a night by the banks of River Mara. Having to see crocodiles and hippos everytime you peep through your tent window. And dining with thee animal as they put up a spectacular basking and splashing show. Thrilling right? You do not have to imagine further, you can have first hand experience at Olonana Sanctuary Mara, our second and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed October 6, 2016

What a beautiful place with an amazing staff to make sure you have the most incredible experience. We stayed for 4 nights and Maurice was so accommodating and made sure we had Tent #15 which is one of the honeymoon suites. The suite is very private, very nicely decorated and spacious. We loved the outdoor deck where we would just... More 

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Reviewed October 3, 2016

our honeymoon suite is with lots of privacy and really stylish! The hippo groans daily but the atmosphere, the surroundings, the high level of service, the food, the care the service staff and chef took to delight us and make it one of our ultimate best experiences for us. we also enjoyed our daily half day game drive to hunt... More 

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Reviewed September 28, 2016

We did a 1 week safari with Abercrombie & Kent in Tanzania and decided to add 3 days in the Masai Mara at Olonana. What a great option. All our stays had previously been 2 nights and it was so nice to have 3 nights in such a beautiful camp. The "tents" are huge, ours was #1, so nice and... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

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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Reviewed September 21, 2016 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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Reviewed September 15, 2016

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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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: $888 - $3,860 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Olonana 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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“They are all perfection and on the river.”
 of 5 bubbles SaveyFLTraveler, 3 weeks ago | Read review
“Tents on the right side are private and rooms on the left side are for family and/or children”
 of 5 bubbles 942ellel, Oct 3, 2016 | Read review
“Always closest to the communal areas is best.”
  • Two of these beds in our tent.
  • Very large, spacious tents with deck overlooking river
 of 5 bubbles favouritetrips, Sep 28, 2016 | Read review
“I was in tent 3, which normally would have lots of hippos in the water. They were a bit scant given how high the river was.”
 of 5 bubbles Barb80304, Sep 11, 2016 | Read review
“Tent 3 is right across hippo beach. Tent 4 has a good view of the hippo beach too.”
 of 5 bubbles ktsp65, Sep 7, 2016 | Read review
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