Sanctuary Olonana is a small luxury camp set in woodland on the banks of the Mara River in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp was totally rebuilt in 2018, and it's an inviting place to stay. You'll receive a warm welcome accompanied by understated charm. There are 14 large glass-sided suites. The floor-to-ceiling bi-folding doors open out to magnificent views of the river. Comfy king-size beds are the main feature of the room, overhead fans will circulate the air and keep the rooms cool, spacious en-suites have modern facilities and your own private deck features a glamorous daybed, perfect for relaxing outdoors. Back inside is a lounge area that offers panoramic views of this stunning Mara landscape. Three of the suites are ideal for families as they incorporate an extra bedroom.
The main lounge and dining area, has an enormous deck where you can sit and watch hippos in the river below. The food is of an excellent standard and the chefs will prepare delights for you to enjoy in the dining area or up on the Siria escarpment above camp. Bush breakfasts and picnics are also available. While relaxing in camp you can cool off the in the swimming pool and enjoy treatments at the mini-spa.
Game drives here are enjoyed in open 4x4 vehicles giving great visibility and photographic opportunities. Game drives usually go out at set times with the vehicles shared between several guests. The precise times and locations change with the seasons. You'll have the chance to spend time with local Masai people in the nearby village, joining them in such skills as archery and bow and arrow making. There are special activities for children.
Open: Sanctuary Olonana is open all year. The annual wildebeest migration occurs from around July to October.
Location: Olonana is on the Mara River at the foot of the Siria Escarpment. It is in a private concession adjacent to the Masai Mara. The nearest airstrip (KTC) is a 10 minute drive from the camp. The flight from Nairobi takes 45 minutes.
Rooms: There are fourteen tents, all very spacious. They have en-suite bathrooms and private verandas with a day bed where you can enjoy views of the river and hippos in or by the water. They have wooden floors and king-size beds with mosquito nets and overhead fans and a lounge area. Three tents have an extra bedroom, perfect for families.
Activities: Game drives in the Masai Mara are the main activity, supplemented by nature walks, bush meals and sundowners. Cultural visits to Masai villages are popular with adults and children alike. Sunrise hot air balloon rides culminating in a champagne breakfast can be arranged.
Facilities: The dining room opens out onto a vast open deck, so you can enjoy river views as you eat. There is plenty of seating on the deck, for relaxing between meals, as well as a lounge with comfy chairs and sofas and a selection of reference books. The camp has a swimming pool, a small spa and a gift shop. The camp provides a free laundry service.
Dining: Meals are generally eaten at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Those between 2 and 13 years are required to share a room with an adult and can take part in game drives at the discretion of the camp manager.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free wifi internet access in the suites.