Sanctuary Olonana Tented Camp – Kenya

Sanctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented safari camp on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara.

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What We Think…

Located on a private concession bordering the epic Masai Mara, the annual Wildebeest Migration passes directly in front of Olonana’s door step providing guests with an up close encounter like no other!
Sanctuary Olonana, an award-winning tented camp situated on a private stretch of the Mara River, recently underwent a significant upgrade to the public areas of the lodge as well as a refurbishment to the tented rooms and pool area. The interior décor reflects a contemporary design featuring a combination of light earthy tones.

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 colonize 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.

Built on the banks of the Mara River, the twelve canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. The en-suite 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 for guests to relax and watch the resident hippos wallow in the water.There are also two honeymoon suites featuring outdoor showers.

Sanctuary Olonana – Family Friendly!

Sanctuary Olonana’s expert guides take children out on special game drives and accompany them to the nearby Masai village where they will learn how to make and shoot a traditional bow and arrow, make a fire, build a hut, herding cattle to name a few. Children will also be able to interact with the local children while playing football together and learning maasai songs and traditional dances. Other activities include going out on a nature trail where they will learn about animal footprint identification or enjoy our bush treasure hunt followed by planting their own tree, making their own pizza is always fun and we have a selection of board games available for the entire family to enjoy.

Where is Sanctuary Olonana Tented Camp?

Address: Maasai Mara Reserve, Mandera, Kenya
There are several daily scheduled flights to and from the Mara. In Nairobi, scheduled flights depart from Wilson Airport (approximately 45 minutes). There is also a scheduled flight from Samburu to the Mara and scheduled flights from the Mara to the coast. Private charter flights are also available. Flights to Sanctuary Olonana land at the Kichwa Tembo Airstrip where our guide will meet you and drive approximately 15 minutes (more if game viewing on the way) to get to the camp. If travelling by road, the drive to the Mara goes through the Rift Valley and takes approximately six hours from Nairobi.


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