Olonana is a small luxury camp on the banks of the Mara River in the heart of the Masai Mara Game Reserve. All parts of the camp were refurbished in December 2013, and it's an inviting place to stay where you'll receive a warm welcome. There are 12 large en-suite 'pavillion' rooms all with two queen size beds, plus 2 riverside honeymoon rooms.
The main lounge and dining area, complete with pizza oven, has an attractive 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. There's a cosy library where you can curl up with a good book. While relaxing in camp you can cool off the in the swimming pool and enjoy treatments at the 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: 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 chairs and tables where you can enjoy views of the river and hippos in or by the water. They have wooden floors and four-poster beds with mosquito nets. The two honeymoon tents are slightly larger and have outdoor showers.
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, as can day trips to Lake Victoria.
Facilities: The dining room opens out onto an 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 Wi-Fi internet access in the main areas of the camp.