I was looking for a unique and idyllic destination for my honeymoon and boy am I glad I stumbled upon breathtaking lodge Ol Seki. I spent ages researching the perfect holiday location and Ol Seki stood out from the first glimpses I had online to all the reviews I read about it. The owners son Leo was fantastic throughout, he looked after my booking in London and ensured any special requests we had were met.
We were received at the Mara Siana airport by our driver/guide David and spotter Barufa in our well-kitted Land cruiser and were driven to our lodge My new wife was totally oblivious to where she was going to spend her honeymoon and she was ecstatic once she set foot into the lodge. We stayed in their largest luxury tented suite - Simba suite - which was truly out of this world. It had old-colonial sytle decor, its own kitchen and lounge area, large beds, lovely hot showers and stunning all round views from our tent of the Mara plains. Words cannot describe this perfect setting and I already started to regret that we only had 3 nights booked in Ol Seki.
We settled in straight way and were warmly received by the Manager James and his team who looked after us throughout our stay. We were completely spoilt on our honeymoon - we had our own personal maid, chef and attendent who made our safari experience a complete delight. All food was cooked to our taste by Evans, the chef. Drinks served up as you like and as much as you like by our Masaii attendent who by the way made a bloody good G&T and Pamela the maid was always around keeping the place looking spotless.
After a delicious lunch we wandered around the lodge and later set off on a short game drive around the local conservancy. At sunset we stopped in the middle of the park and had a table and chair laid out for us with sundowners and snacks served up whilst the wildebeest and other game including hyenas wandered around us. Be assured this is perfectly safe and offers an incredible sense of feeling. As the sun disappeared, there was a complete change in sights and sounds in the Mara as nocturnal wildlife started appearing. On our first night we had local Masai warriors who broke out into song and dance for us in celebration of our honeymoon.This was followed by a hearty dinner and off to bed for an early night in anticipation of our balloon safari the following morning.The beds are very comfortable and you get a good nights sleep even though you can hear lions roaring in the distance from our tent.
Our first balloon safari over the Mara was spectacular with birds eye views of the epic migration visible in large pockets. We were treated to a champagne breakfast on landing and enjoyed a full day game drive thereafter. The game had dried up as we drove for hours and hardly came across much apart from the grazers and a few sleepy lions. The elusive leopard and rhino remained our main targets but it was not to be our luck even though our guide tried very hard to track them for us. Our highly knowledgeable guide nevertheless kept us entertained and educated with all his wonderful facts on every animal we came across. After a long tiring day of game drives we had sumptuous dinner and retired early to bed.
Early next morning after breakfast we sat under the sun lazing in our deckchairs outside the tent and managed to spot a herd of elephants, giraffes and other grazers. Later we had a walking safari, followed by a massage at the Ol Seki spa room and later a night game drive where we came across a lot of nocturnal creatures.
The next day, sadly we realised the first part of our dream honeymoon in the Mara was about to end. We were moving onwards to the 2nd part of our honeymoon to Ol Sekis sister resort on the South Coast of Kenya called Almanara. The excitement of going to Almanara masked our sadness at what we were leaving behind. Ol Seki will remain a fond memory of ours and has a special place in our hearts.
All I can I say is Ol Seki is something normally only what dreams are made of. Thank you all at Ol Seki.
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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