I stayed as a single traveller in mid March - very few other guests, one night there were only 3 guests in the entire lodge. The main lodge is spacious with a long veranda by the river and the meals are excellent. The lodge is wonderful, placed on the Mara river and sitting on the tent front porch I watched the hippos and local weaver birds darting to and fro. The staff were friendly and helpful. We saw the big 5 even finding 3 rhinos although from a distance. The migration is in the South at this time however the we saw 3 prides of lionesses one group with cubs, a leopard and kill in the branches of a tree and cheetah chasing jackals for the fun of it. Would recommend staying here as it's far enough from the maddening crowds that often our land cruiser was the only vehicle in sight.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Olonana Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Sanctuary Olonana Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve