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Toronto
Reviewed 27 April 2014

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...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this wonderful review!! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for all the kind comments. It was indeed a great pleasure hosting you and we do hope to welcome you back soon. It would be great if you can keep up to date with the latest news from...

Luanda
Reviewed 22 April 2014

I stayed at Olonana for 4 days and each day was fantastic. The food is amazing, and you finally get away from those horrible white boxed lunches when you eat out on the safari. The rooms are incredible, each with a view of a hippo-filled river, and indoor-outdoor showers are a cool addition to very luxurious rooms. I will definitely...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this amazing review, much appreciated! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at Olonana Camp. We shared you review with the rest of the team who loved your feedback, we are thrilled that you will definitely be coming back! Until then you can keep up to date with the latest news...

Scottsdale, Arizona
Reviewed 22 April 2014

I have stayed at many lodges and camps in the Mara and this is definitely one of the best. The camp is expertly run by Maurice and Christine - from the wait staff to the tent attendants and the drives. The tents are beautiful and spacious and well-appointed and the decor throughout the camp is understated elegance. They all sit...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, What a stunning review, thank you much appreciated. We are very pleased to learn that you had such a wonderful experience with us at Olonana. Thank you for all your lovely comments, we would love to welcome to back again, hopefully soon. We would love to see you and your family again, until them it would be great...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 10 April 2014

We were having a Safari family holiday and stayed at the Sanctuary Olonana for 2 nights and 2 days. We could have easily stayed another 2 nights and will definitely try to do that sometime again.The team led by Maurice The Manager were Simply Outstanding!!! The tents were very spacious and every amenity had been provided for our comfort.the hippos...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. We are very happy that you and your family enjoyed your time with us at Olonana and we are very appreciative for your kind comments. We would love to see you and your family again, until them it would be great if you could keep up to date with the...

Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Olonana is situated along the Mara River which makes it a cool environment to relax. The sound of the dashing river makes one quickly forget the hustle and bustle of the busy city life one is used to. It's close proximity to the river makes it a wonderful home for lots of hippos. The staff are very friendly and know...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Great review thank you !! We are glad you had memorable experience with us at Olonana and we are very pleased to hear that you will be back, we are holding you to that promise!! It would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana by liking us...

Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 29 March 2014

We spent 4 nights here and did not want to leave - could have stayed extra days just to relax and enjoy the lodge. Management and staff were genuinely frindly and helpful, food fabulous (thanks to 'Big John' and kitchen staff), 'tent' - spacious and very comfortable and the resident hippos made sitting outside most interesting as did the odd...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Barbara, What a lovely review thank you!! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for all the kind comments. We shared this your review with the rest of the team and they were thrilled with your feedback, especially Big John and the kitchen team. It would be great if you can keep...

Stratton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 February 2014

We spent 4 nights here in January 2014 and enjoyed every minute. We took a flight from Malindi to the mara in a little cesna aircraft that took 2 1/2 hours and only had 2 other passengers ( Hi to ozzy and wife, sorry don't know how to spell your name!! ) much better than a long road journey. Picked...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Thank you for this amazing, detailed review!! We absolutely loved your feedback and the staff we very happy to learn that you had a memorable stay with us. We cannot wait to welcome you back, hopefully soon... Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and...

new york city
Reviewed 23 January 2014

Sanctuary Olonana was the first stop on a Kenya/Tanzania safari in January, 2014. We loved the place from the moment we arrived. Staff met us at the entrance with a cool drink; a "pied piper" led us to the elegantly simple main lodge. The setting of the lodge, on the banks of the Mara River, is glorious. Hippos swam back...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Jackie, Asante Sana for this lovely review, we are delighted that you had such an amazing experience with us. Thank you for your kind comments about the staff they loved your feedback and will have the “pied piper” and a hippo or two ready and waiting for you should you return! We would love for you to keep up...

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 21 December 2013

Sanctuary Olonana in the Masai Mara is a wonderful, 5 star property just outside the Masai Mara. It is a 45 minute flight from Nairobi from the Wilson Airport There are 12 luxury tents overlooking the Mara River. Having stayed in various tented camps throughout Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda, this is one of the best! In completing a...

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Dear Guest, What an excellent review, much appreciated!! We are so happy that you had a relaxing, enjoyable holiday with us, we loved hosting you and cannot wait for you to return.. Until that day, please keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We...

Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 December 2013

We stayed here for the first part of our honeymoon. It totally exceeded our expectations, and we could not have asked for any more. The staff were friendly and attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. They even set up a surprise candlelight dinner on our terrace the last night, which was amazing. They were all fantastic, and went above and...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Congratulations on your marriage - we wish you a long and happy life together! Thank you for this fantastic review we are honoured to have hosted you for this auspicious occasion and absolutely delighted that we exceeded your expectations. We would love to welcome you back one day, hopefully for your anniversary next year… We would love for...

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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: RM2,146 - RM17,144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Olonana 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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“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
“I was in tent 3, which normally would have lots of hippos in the water. They were a bit scant given how high the river was.”
 of 5 bubbles Barb80304, 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
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