I've been dreaming of going on safari in Kenya for many years, and in my mind I had the idea of what a perfect experience would be. Ol Seki made that dream a reality. First and foremost, the camp staff members were incredibly friendly, helpful, and accommodating. The camp can only host around 20 guests, so the service is very personal. Our camp manager, Jeff, was a delight to interact with. David, our tour guide who is the head guide at the camp, did an excellent job on our safari drives and was very knowledgeable about the area. Most of our drives were focused on the Naboisho Conservancy which is a private conservancy next door to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. We went into the reserve one day to watch the wildebeest migration which was an amazing experience, but you are around many more tourists in the reserve. An advantage of staying in the conservancy is that you don't encounter many other people while driving around, and the scenery was a bit more lush and there were more hills than in the reserve - while it's a personal preference, I thought the conservancy was more beautiful than the reserve, so being located there was definitely a benefit in my mind. I also enjoyed learning about the projects of the conservancy including the tour guide school that is exclusive to training members of the Maasai tribe to be tour guides, and their specific efforts to encourage more female Maasai to pursue tour guiding careers.
Besides the safari drives, other favorite experiences included a dinner in the bush and going on a night drive to spot animals with an infrared spotlight. As with any tent camp, the accommodations, while luxurious, are also slightly rustic, but that's to be expected with such an experience - if you're looking for marble tiled bathrooms and strong water pressure and fully controlled environment, you probably shouldn't stay in a tent camp anyway! I really, really loved my 4 days and 3 nights at Ol Seki and highly recommend it for anyone looking for a special experience while on safari in Kenya.
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- Also Known As:
- Ol Seki Mara Camp Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
- Ol Seki Hemingways Mara Kenya/Maasai Mara National Reserve