Ol Seki: The Lowdown

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Of all the safari camps we’ve seen in the Masai Mara (and we’ve certainly seen a few) Ol Seki’s stands out as one of the most beautiful. Coming to Ol Seki without any particular expectations, we bumped into a Hollywood film star checking out, received a wonderfully warm welcome and spent 10 minutes lost in the glorious views.

What’s the camp like at Ol Seki?

Ol Seki has nine beautiful tents lined along an escarpment, gazing out over the seemingly endless savannah of the Masai Mara. Eight of the tents (Nina Tents) are gorgeous octagons, perched on wooden decks, and with sides than can open up so you can see dawn rising over the Mara. Ol Seki is most definitely a luxury camp, so there are ensuite bathrooms, and private decks for your morning tea. The ninth tent (Simba) is a vast self-contained family suite with two huge ensuite double bedrooms, a kitchen and a living area, including a small plunge pool on the terrace. The suite comes with your own dedicated chef and private vehicle with guide.

Moving along walkways to the heart of the camp, we absolutely loved Ol Seki’s library tent, and could have stayed here for hours hypnotised by the view and using the telescope to spot animals moving down below. Nearby is the dining tent, where jolly communal four course meals are served- make sure you loosen your belt before you get here! The latest- very welcome- addition to Ol Seki is a swimming pool, which is a delight during the hot summer months.

What can I do at Ol Seki?

Being in the Mara, the main activity from Ol Seki is (of course) game driving, heading out each morning and afternoon with your driver guide to find animals. Ol Seki is in a private conservancy, rather than the central Mara reserve, which makes your safari experience all the more private. Intrepid safari-goers can do walking safaris (nothing like to make you feel quite how big an elephant is) and arrange cultural visits to the local Maasai community. As an added extra, it is also possible to arrange an early morning hot air balloon safari– please let us know if you definitely want to do this as it sometimes needs to be pre-booked.

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