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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is an absolutely wonderful place. The location on the Mara River, with hippos at your doorstep, is perfect. The service and food are excellent. Rooms are large and comfortable. The staff are very welcoming and have thought of everything including the wet towel to welcome you back after a dusty game drive. I can't say enough good things about... More 

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Robert, So wonderful to hear that Sanctuary Olonana is one of your best lodges ever! And thank you for sharing this on Tripadvisor, much appreciated! Delighted that you found the service and food excellent and that the rooms large and comfortable. Our staff were thrilled with your feedback and even more thrilled that you cannot say enough good things... More 

Washington, DC
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I just loved this place. My sister and I had the best time here. She was especially thrilled to have a hair dryer. Our guide Duncan was the best!!!!!! We had the most incredible game drives and have the best pictures. We stayed three nights and I can honestly say we saw the Big Five and cheetahs, but not just... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Me and my husband went for our honeymoon in East Africa as i have mentioned before. We stayed at Olonana Sanctuary for 3 nights! Olonana is amazing place for honeymooners! Super relaxing place in front of the Mara river, and the fact the they have a great relationship with the Maasai is great too. The SPA was great too, in... More 

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Vail, Colorado
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66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was my first time to Kenya and the Masai Mara and the whole tented camp experience. I had been to luxury game lodges in South Africa but nothing like this. I absolutely loved it. Being from the mountains of Colorado and loving camping and nature and the African bush, it was just a perfect combination of everything. I have... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

O(for outstanding)lonana Tented Camp, located on the Mara River, is a "small luxurious camp with stunning river views". The river was so high and rushing that it upset the Hippos and babies, who loudly protested! We watched and heard them all night. I think it was my favorite place to stay on the safari. The food and detail of everything... More 

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you so mch for this lovely review, much appreciated! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us.Thank you for your kind comments about the food and especially the staff, they absolutely loved hosting you. We look forward to welcoming you back one day soon. You can follow all the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats... More 

Big Sky, MT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Last month we spent a week at Olonana on the Masa Mara in Kenya. The lodge was outstanding, the food excellent, and the equipment in good condition. The most impressive part of the trip, other then the wildlife drives, was the operation led by Mr. King. He and his staff (Mr. Nixon, Phillip, Ambrose, and Kristine) made us feel at... More 

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review,much appreciated! We are absolutely thrilled that your experience with us was such a positive one. We shared your feedback with King and the team, they loved hosting you and are very happy that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks once again and we look forward to welcoming you back one day soon. You... More 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

I pretty much agree with the reviews already written on here, we had a fabulous couple of days, very attentive staff, food standard and quality was of a very high standard, the tents were well equipped and it was a bit cool in the evening and the hot water bottle in the bed was a lovely touch. We wanted for... More 

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Sharon, Thanks you so much for the lovely review. Delighted that you and your family had such a fabulous time with us. We shared you feedback with the rest of the team, they were thrilled with your comments. Awesome that you planning to come back,we looking forward to seeing you again. You can follow all the latest news from... More 

Naples, Italy
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

A friend recommended Sanctuary Olonana to us, and we learned firsthand that Maurice and the friendly team at Sanctuary Olonana run a first-class establishment with excellent service. We stayed in two tents during our stay: one night in the standard tent, which was quite nice; and two nights in a honeymoon tent which can only be described as exceptional. Very... More 

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear CTB78 Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Sanctuary Olonana on Tripadvisor. We are definitely pleased about your friends recommendation and even more pleased that you decided to stay with us. Maurice and the rest of the team were delighted to learn that you appreciated their efforts.We are very glad that you enjoyed... More 

New Braunfels, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

All of the previous reviews are pretty much spot on as far as the hotel being beautiful, the staff gracious, the roaring rapids and the rejuvenating spa by the river. We had a wonderful time during our short visit, but I would have given it an excellent rating had our particular room been cleaned more thoroughly. We were really the... More 

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review on TripAdvisor. We are happy to hear that overall you had a great experience, however we would like to apologise for the substandard housekeeping, rest assured this has been discussed with the team.We are actively working to improve our standards and your feedback has proved valuable.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

We were in Sanctuary Olanana between 21 th and 25 th December 2012. We had amazing holiday with great hospitality and service. if you go Masai Mara you can stay in Sanctuary Olonana Camp. it is amazing. Location is very good, camp is very nature. We have seen manykind of wild animals and very nice lands. Manager Maurice, quide Duncan,... More 

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review. We are delighted that you had an amazing holiday with us. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the "great hospitality and service" and the "very good location" of our camp.We have passed on your comments to Maurice, Duncan, Philp and Big John, who were very pleased... More 

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  • Free Internet
  • Free Breakfast
  • Room Service
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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: $1,468 - $3,869 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Olonana 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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