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Sanctuary Olonana

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09/04/2017 10/04/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Geleen, Limburg, Netherlands
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being here for the 4th time in 10 years, it's clear that we like the place. Every time we come here we have the best guide one can wish. On top of that, they hold the golden ticket, meaning that they can do game drives on both sides of the Mara river. But the West side, the Mara triangle is...

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Glenwood, AR, United States
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this Sanctuary Retreat location. They catered to our every need. Our guide, Karissa, was excellent. The chef, Big John, had wonderful meals. As the regular manager was gone, the assistant manager, Jackson, went far beyond. Having left my jacket in Nairobi, I purchased one at the retreat's gift store. At a later Sanctuary location, the zipper broke. Jackson...

Thank Everett A S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Olonana was our fourth Sanctuary camp during our three week tour of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. And like the other three Sanctuary camp, Olonana far exceeded our wildest expectations. Simply, it is perfection on the Maasai Mara! The camp is ideally located on the Maasai river about a 30 minute drive from the Oloololo gate (the northern most gate to...

Thank DuncanTCH
Hudson, NY
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We left Sanctuary Kusini in Tanzania, boarded a bush plane, arrived at Tarime crossed over the border into Kenya, hopped back on another bush plane and arrived at the Masai Mara being warmly greeted by Benson, one of Sanctuary Olonana's driver/guides. After arriving at the prior three camps (Swala, Ngorogoro and Kusini) we were immediately taken on a game drive,...

1Thank Russell G
York, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

From the moment we arrived we were welcomed by friendly helpful people. The location is amazing! Imagine sitting on your balcony and watching hippos in the river in front of you, and then a herd of elephants amble past on the other side of the river. That's before you have been out on safari! Abdul our guide was brilliant. He...

Thank bec-garb
Reviewed 9 February 2017

I don't usually return to places i travel to to ensure i get more coverage of time and places . Hey! this is a place i will return to again and again- what can i say about a place that makes the safari you take a lifetime experience that leaves you hankering to come back again soonest possible. The lodges,...

Thank Hani A
Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

How did I not know about this gem of a place!!! What a wonderful lodge. I loved the rooms, the location, the fantastic staff and the food. The tents have two queen size beds so ideal for families. Memorable trip.

Thank Amrita J
Reviewed 20 December 2016

This is much more than a hotel. It is a luxurious experience. The tented suites, which are very few, overlook the Mara river, as does the common area terrace. Therefore you are enjoying an incredible view all of the time (hippos included). The food is excellent and beverages are included so you can indulge in another pleasure when you come...

Thank INPRboston
Reviewed 10 November 2016

I stayed here for 3 nights - it was they end of a two week safari and this place was one of the best because of its location, natural setting, service and wildlife. I fell asleep to the sound of rushing water and grunting hippos. Across the river you watch zebras and giraffes as they feed and move through the...

1Thank SaveyFLTraveler
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Amazing place with absolutely fantastic staff! Highly recommend the spa as well. Food is fantastic and I just loved the view from my tent. The morning safaris were fabulous and the respect of nature is very apparent - not always the case with guides.

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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 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Olonana

Address: C14, Keekorok, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: RM1,891 - RM12,047 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Olonana 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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Sanctuary Olonana Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
Sanctuary Olonana Kenya/Masai Mara National Reserve
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“There's no such thing as a "bad room" as they're all placed directly long the river”
  • The outdoor seating area with the river (and hippos) in the background
  • Our exceptionally large and comfortable bedroom
  • The view from our bedroom overlooking the Maasai River outside
  • Our private outdoor seating area overlooking the river
  • The exceptionally comfortable beds!
  • The enormous shower and double vanity in the bathroom
  • The double vanities in the bathroom..no roughing it here!!
 of 5 bubbles DuncanTCH, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all is great”
 of 5 bubbles HaniA213, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“They are all perfection and on the river.”
 of 5 bubbles SaveyFLTraveler, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Tents on the right side are private and rooms on the left side are for family and/or children”
 of 5 bubbles 942ellel, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Always closest to the communal areas is best.”
  • Very large, spacious tents with deck overlooking river
  • Two of these beds in our tent.
 of 5 bubbles favouritetrips, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
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