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Ol Seki Hemingways Mara
Certificate of Excellence
Buckinghamshire
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
66 hotel reviews
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“Hospitality at its best..”
Reviewed September 1, 2010

Stayed here as the final leg of our Kenyan Safari. From the welcome on arrival until the minute we left we were very well looked after.
The "tents" were very comfortable, the views amazing and the food great (especially the Italian influence!). Kathy and Kiko were great hosts - nothing was too much trouble and they went out of their way to make sure we had an enjoyable stay.
The day trip into the Mara was long and bumpy but well worth it for the wildlife we saw; including 4 river crossings and 1 leopard.
However around the camp the game drives were a little disappointing. (We are well travelled "wildlife nuts" so have a number of camp experiences to compare it with.) Whilst there is a wide range of animals in the area, the low tourist density can make the predators particularly, hard to find. Whilst we were there the wildebeest migration began to arrive and this boosted the number of herbivores in the area.
This is a great place to chill out and relax with wildlife away from the crowds of the Mara, but I would advise keen safari-goers to combine it with other properties in order to get their fix.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

My husband and I spent the first part of our honeymoon at Ol Seki before heading to Zanzibar. Ol Seki was a fantastic start to a wonderful trip. We spent four days there, one day in the Mara reserve and three days around the camp. We saw a wealth of game, everything you can think of save for the allusive leopard and rhino. Ol Seki is a paradox of luxury and genuine living amongst the bush and its inhabitants. It is a small camp, with supherb attention to detail in every respect from the pristeen, luxury tents to the top class meals. The Bloody Mary's rival those offered up in any central London waterhole. Kathy and Kiko welcomed us into their gorgeous home with warm and generous hospitality, yet we were given plenty of privacy as honeymoon guests. And the team of staff were extremely friendly and catered to our every need with great efficiency. I could not fault the camp or its hosts - it was a truly special and memorable trip.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed November 13, 2009

I have to confess that I was a bit reluctant to go to the Mara given that I had to leave our beautiful beachside resort in Kenya - Almanara! However all my fears were gone five minutes after landing (although I loved every minute of the luxurious private plane journey - someone had to pinch me to make sure I wasn't dreaming!) after encountering my first zebra and three elephants on the way to the camp.

Ol Seki is a truly magical place to be, its energy is one of warmth and complete peace with the outstanding natural beauty that surrounds it. We were greeted with the same warmth and treated like we were extended family from the moment we arrived.

Our personal guides showed us our tents.... um can you really call them tents?- more like luxury house tents! There are many high points to where you sleep after a long day seeing the amazing Mara and plentiful game, not least the hot showers and masai assigned to your tent! But what really made me shriek with delight was the hot water bottle I found in my bed - it is the little touches like that and the breakfast cooked and served to you in the middle of the Mara that fill that moment with joy and make your holiday feel bespoke to you.

I could ramble for hours about the food, the service, the amazing people that occupy the camp, the scenery, the luxury etc but I think the other reviews speak for themselves. There is nowhere that compares to this for safari in style. I can't wait for my next visit when I can see simba and have a massage whilst looking out onto the beautiful Mara all in one day! Wow!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Surrey
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Reviewed November 4, 2009

You can not travel to Kenya without taking a trip to Ol Seki. After a short drive from the air strip we were greeted by our guides and taken to the most luxurious camp I have ever seen with views that were breath taking.
The game drives were amazing and the game were plentiful, we even saw simba! Sundowners in the mara is a must, along with chats around the fire pit and delicious dinners over looking the mara - amazing!
The staff are wonderful, so knowledgeable with such magical stories. Ol Seki was a dream come true and I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2009

The tent (if you can call it a tent) was amazing. There was a large bed and a sofa/day bed, partitioned shower and toilet, storage areas for your clothes, desk and a lovely outside seating area. They also have a system to give hot water both morning and afternoon/evening.
There is more than enough local wildlife - we saw leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, hippos, gazelle etc (too many things to name) all within a close drive of the camp. Whilst eating breakfast we could see elephants and giraffes in the distance. The joy of being outside the Mara Reserve was that we would be the only people there seeing these animals - in the Game Reserve you see hundreds of other people. I even heard the lions nearby one night. I should add that there are guards at night to keep you safe!
Although Ol Seki is outside the Mara Game Reserve, we found we had better quality game viewing and experiences - we were able to go on night drives, walks, and get out of the jeep and wonder down the river admiring hippos.
The camp allocates a driver and a spotter to each tent - so you keep the same guides all the time you are there and it is just you in the jeep when you go out. This means you have a great amount of flexibility - you can choose what you want to do each day without relying on other people wanting to do the same.
We would reccommend visiting the local village and the school, both of which are supported by the camp. Many of the guides are from the local guiding school which they also support.
The food was lovely - they have a fantastic chef (Evans - you have to try the omelettes!), and the service was always friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food is western in style (the owner is Italian and you can see the influence in the meals!), and plentiful - 3 course meals at lunch and dinner!
We spent four nights here before moving onto a beach holiday, and both really wished we had spent longer here as we had the most amazing holiday, and experiences we will never forget.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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jjs35
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Reviewed February 25, 2009

Perfect spot for honeymooners. Amazed at the amount of game considering all the comments on here. Was a bit worrried in fact but in the end decided to go for the luxury as the person putting together my honeymoon seemed to know what they were talking about and, luckily, was really pleasantly surprised. We were treated like royalty by the staff but in a friendly way! Nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were spacious and really cool. Booked through Imagine Africa who were really really helpful especially as this was my first safari and also a really special trip and I had lots of questions (and worries!).

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Xpu-Ha, Mexico
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

This place gives you a real feel of family and welcome. Led by two great people and a whole team of staff who are incredibly freindly. The tents ( really large marquees really) are well fitted and the safaris are full of wildlife. The food is tasty and we even managed to have a visitors v staff football match in the savannah , elephants and wilerbeast as supporters , a truley great experience.

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  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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Property: Ol Seki Hemingways Mara
Address: Naboisho Conservancy, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Formerly Ol Seki Mara Camp)
Location: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Maasai Mara National Reserve
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Ranked #37 of 139 Specialty Lodging in Maasai Mara National Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Ol Seki Hemingways Mara 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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