Our five days with Nelson and the crew at Oldarpoi...two travel days and three game drive days...were just what we were looking for: great people, learning about not only animals but the people who have lived here for millennia, and expert safari guides who went out of their way to help us see everything we came looking for. This is not the classic Great White Hunter safari experience.
Accommodation is simple and adequate -- tents with comfortable beds and attached bathrooms -- and food is mostly African, ably prepared by camp chef Willy. A number of local Maasai guys work there as well, both around the camp and as safari guides, and one evening prepared Ngoma choma (barbecued meat) just as they did at the Maasai village 2 Km away. One potential downside to the tents is that beds are not quite big enough for two people (though each tent has two beds). To be honest, we were so beat by the end of the day that it didn't really matter.
The camp is located 5 minutes from the gates to the park, and as nobody can start game drives before 6:30 a.m. anyway, you're in just as good a position as those inside the park to see morning game.
Staff were very caring. We arrived about two days after my wife had taken a fall in Tanzania, and she was hurting quite badly. The staff were very accommodating, ferrying her back to the camp halfway through a game drive, bringing her tea and ensuring that she was comfortable.
- Request a tent away from the dining hall and campfire if you tend to retire early
- Request Nelson as your tour guide (although the other guys are good as well, I found Joseph to be highly knowledgable but a bit abrasive)
- Definitely tour the Maasai village
- Hang out around the campfire with the young people who work at the camp, and see if Jeremiah will teach you to throw his spear!
- Don't underestimate the safari vans...those little suckers can get through anything, and provide very good visibility
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oldarpoi Mara camp, is operated in partnership with the local Maasai community. The camp is concerned with the welfare of the local community .Our vision is to transform the local community, socially and economically.We support the Ole keene primary school with teacher's salaries, children sponsorship programs etc.The school has more than 300 children and we built classrooms for them including a rescue center unit to accommodate young girls running away from cultural practices such Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM ) and early marriage.We also plan to establish a community library which will include a learning center and conservation projects.Guests who would like to volunteer in any of our projects as part of a unique safari experience are highly encouraged to do so..This will make a difference to the community.The camp has permanent tents with beds, bedding, complete solar Water heating and lighting system, flush toilets and hot showers - all the trappings of home! We are also an accomplished safaris outfitter with best trained Maasai guides! We offer safaris and tours to different destinations throughout East Africa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oldarpoi Maasai Safari Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Oldarpoi Mara Camp Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve