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Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Just came back from a family trip to Olonana 2 nights......everything was superb! Staff were very friendly, accommodating and happy to help you with anything The camps/rooms beautiful, clean, overlooking the river and each one had its own privacy Worth a visit and I would go back. Thank you to the Olonana team for making my stay amazing....

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Truly truly amazing game lodge in Masai Mara. Wake up in your luxury tent by the Mara River to the sound of Hippos. Go on stunning game drives; lots of game to be watched. Visit nearby Masai village; walking distance. Walking safaris near camp. A stunning place in any way imagine able.

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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

It's a challenge to find the words to describe how beautiful and special Olonana is.... All I can write is that service wise, this was one of the best, if not the best, hotel I have ever stayed in. I don't think you can teach staff to care for guests the way they do at Olanana. What is unique is... More 

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

An elegant establishment; outstanding integration with the natural environment. Spacious lodges with a river view. On the bank of Mara river offers unbeatable ambience. We felt safe at all times, happy with food, and service. Five start accommodation, turn-down and wake up service. Guides are knowledgeable with both training and practical experience, flexible to cater individual needs. The Mara triangle... More 

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Chris, We are thrilled you had a wonderful time at Sanctuary Olonana. Thank you for the very comprehensive feedback, which we of course have shared with the team. Our team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon. If you would like, you can keep up to date with Sanctuary Retreats by following us on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

Some trips will stay in your heart forever and this is definitely one of them. The Sanctuary was our final stay in the African Bush. It's more than just glamping! We were greeted punctually off our small Cessna flight and taken to the Sanctuary. We were greeted by various staff members and taken to check in and to our tent.... More 

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Jane, Thank you for the lovely review, much appreciated. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us at Sanctuary Olonana and thank you for your kind comments. The team loved hosting you and are eager to welcome you back one day. It would be great if you can keep up to date with the latest news from... More 

Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Wonderful safari stay! Everything was unforgettable. The everyone on the staff was outstanding. Our guide Abdul is the head guide and he was simply amazing. Our room was excellent, overlooking the river and yes there really are hippos out there! Our room was a spacious tent with wood floors and an en suite bathroom. Eunice would wake us up an... More 

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are thrilled you had a wonderful time at Sanctuary Olonana. Our team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and... More 

Nairobi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

This has got to be rated as one of the finer places in the Mara. Very professionally run and very flexible in all aspects. Right from the time we arrived until the time we left we didn't have a single issue to adversely critic. The staff are very warm yet not overbearing. The standard of food and drinks is also... More 

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Rajay, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor and for all the lovely comments. We're pleased you had a great stay! Our team loved hosting you and are eager to welcome you back one day soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search... More 

Cairns, Australia
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

It may not be the newest kid on the block....in fact it might be up there with the oldest establishments in the Mara. That explains its enviable positioning right on the river....you can't get closer to the river wildlife even when on a safari drive. The tents are private, comfortable and well appointed. The staff and guides can't do enough... More 

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review, much appreciated! We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for your wonderful comments. We hope to welcome you back one day soon. Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’.... More 

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32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

From the first Hippo greeting to the last, the meals on the terrace or the dining room, the luxury tents. What a beautiful respite in between the day excursions to the National Reserve. The Sanctuary has a conservation program where you can plant a tree and that we did. The staff at the Sanctuary are consummate hosts and the accommodations,... More 

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Great to hear you enjoyed your time and thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We hope to see you again soon and until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on Twitter (@SanctuaryRet) and Instagram (SanctuaryRetreats)... More 

London, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Olonana was perfect from start to finish... The tents are beautiful and well maintained with lovely views over the river. Mine was number 5 and there were a pool of hippos that lived right below me. The staff are amazing and the food was fantastic, I really enjoyed the live music and roaring fireplace in the main lodge at night.... More 

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Jef, We are thrilled you had a wonderful time at Sanctuary Olonana. Maurice and the team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon. Would be great if you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on... More 

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  • Free Internet
  • Free Breakfast
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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: $1,476 - $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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