Olonana Camp, Masai Mara: The Lowdown


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Olonana’s been a favourite of ours from the moment we first arrived.  This luxury safari camp is right on the banks of the Mara River, in a private conservancy next to the ravishing Masai Mara Reserve. The tents at Olonana are huge, and 12 of the 14 rooms have two double beds in (the other two have large, king-sized beds), which makes them ideal for a family safari with younger children. The tents are stretched along the river (close enough to hear the hippos honking), with the spa tucked away at one end. At the other’s the main lodge where you’ll be served cold drinks and hot dinners, and there’s also a small pool for a lazy afternoon dip between game drives.

What can I do at Olonana? The highlight for guests staying at Olonana, is, of course, heading out on a game drive. You’ll head out in special safari vehicles (usually 6-8 people in each vehicle) with expert safari guide- beyond that- we can’t tell you what’ll come next- whether you’ll be caught amongst herds of wildebeest, tracking a family of elephant for hours or looking for leopards high in the branches of trees.  Also included in your stay are walking safaris (over 16’s only), and visits to Olonana’s eco-projects. It’s also possible to arrange community visits to a nearby Maasai village, and hot air balloon safaris for an extra fee.

What about children at Olonana?

If you are travelling with tiddlers in tow, there are a number of activities that can be adapted to suit younger children- nature walks, treasure hunts, spear throwing and even planting a tree as part of Olonana’s eco project.

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