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Canberra, Australia
Reviewed 29 March 2014

We spent 4 nights here and did not want to leave - could have stayed extra days just to relax and enjoy the lodge. Management and staff were genuinely frindly and helpful, food fabulous (thanks to 'Big John' and kitchen staff), 'tent' - spacious and very comfortable and the resident hippos made sitting outside most interesting as did the odd...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Barbara, What a lovely review thank you!! We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for all the kind comments. We shared this your review with the rest of the team and they were thrilled with your feedback, especially Big John and the kitchen team. It would be great if you can keep...

Stratton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 February 2014

We spent 4 nights here in January 2014 and enjoyed every minute. We took a flight from Malindi to the mara in a little cesna aircraft that took 2 1/2 hours and only had 2 other passengers ( Hi to ozzy and wife, sorry don't know how to spell your name!! ) much better than a long road journey. Picked...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Thank you for this amazing, detailed review!! We absolutely loved your feedback and the staff we very happy to learn that you had a memorable stay with us. We cannot wait to welcome you back, hopefully soon... Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and...

new york city
Reviewed 23 January 2014

Sanctuary Olonana was the first stop on a Kenya/Tanzania safari in January, 2014. We loved the place from the moment we arrived. Staff met us at the entrance with a cool drink; a "pied piper" led us to the elegantly simple main lodge. The setting of the lodge, on the banks of the Mara River, is glorious. Hippos swam back...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Jackie, Asante Sana for this lovely review, we are delighted that you had such an amazing experience with us. Thank you for your kind comments about the staff they loved your feedback and will have the “pied piper” and a hippo or two ready and waiting for you should you return! We would love for you to keep up...

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Reviewed 21 December 2013

Sanctuary Olonana in the Masai Mara is a wonderful, 5 star property just outside the Masai Mara. It is a 45 minute flight from Nairobi from the Wilson Airport There are 12 luxury tents overlooking the Mara River. Having stayed in various tented camps throughout Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda, this is one of the best! In completing a...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, What an excellent review, much appreciated!! We are so happy that you had a relaxing, enjoyable holiday with us, we loved hosting you and cannot wait for you to return.. Until that day, please keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We...

Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 December 2013

We stayed here for the first part of our honeymoon. It totally exceeded our expectations, and we could not have asked for any more. The staff were friendly and attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. They even set up a surprise candlelight dinner on our terrace the last night, which was amazing. They were all fantastic, and went above and...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Congratulations on your marriage - we wish you a long and happy life together! Thank you for this fantastic review we are honoured to have hosted you for this auspicious occasion and absolutely delighted that we exceeded your expectations. We would love to welcome you back one day, hopefully for your anniversary next year… We would love for...

Shanghai
Reviewed 18 November 2013

great location and excellent management, the food was nice and tasting! almost every requests were granted without any hesitation.Our game driver Joe was so excellent that we spotted everything we wanted to see in a day.! Maurice and Christine were very helpful and even delivery the battery charger which I forgot to Nairobi. We will be back for sure!

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Patrick, Thank you for this excellent review!! We are thrilled that you were so well looked after and that your every request was granted without hesitation. Glad to hear you will be back, we cannot wait.. Would be great if you could keep up to date with latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana by liking us on Facebook,...

Charlotte, North Carolina
Reviewed 12 November 2013

I have been on multiple game drives on multiple trips to Africa but this experience and lodging were the best yet. The lodge sits on the banks of the Mara River and you are awakened every morning by the sounds of the resident hippos. The views are simply amazing as you look down or upstream of the Mara. The management...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Charles, Another AWESOME review from you, thank you so much!! We are thrilled that you had the opportunity to experience Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp as well as Olonana and even more delighted that you had an amazing experience at both! Thank you for your lovely feedback we shared your comments with the team who loved your remarks, especially Maurice...

Cincinnati
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Located to the north sector of the Mara triangle in sw Kenya, on the banks of the Mara River.Wonderful camp, fabulous staff , food is remarkable. Guides are knowledgeable and flexible to their guests needs and requests . Could not have asked for a more wonderful experience .

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Susan, Thank you for this lovely review of your recent stay at Sanctuary Olonana. It was great to hear you had a wonderful experience. The team at Olonana loved hosting you and look forward to welcoming you back one day soon. Until then please keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana liking us...

Reviewed 21 October 2013

My wife and I spend part of our honeymoon at Sanctuary Olonana, and since then we've been planning our return. This is by far the best holiday we've ever had. Prior to going into further details, Olonana wouldn't be that successful without its team. King, Maurice, Abdul, Big John and Shadrak, our stay wouldn't have been that enjoyable if it...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Ahmed, Thank you so much for this very detailed review on your experience at Sanctuary Olonana. We are thrilled that this was your best holiday, this is an amazing review and will no doubt assist any future travellers to Olonana. We shared your positive feedback with the rest of the team, they were very happy that you appreciated their...

Winchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 October 2013

My wife and I had an incredible honeymoon at Sanctuary Olonana this August. Our holiday was first class from the moment we arrived in the Mara until the moment we left. The room was a lovely, isolated cabin overlooking the river with nice little verranda from which we could watch the pod of Hippos opposite. The room service, level of...

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are so happy that you enjoyed your honeymoon with us and thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. We loved hosting you and hopefully have the opportunity to welcome you back soon, perhaps for your first anniversary... Until then please keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana by liking us...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sanctuary Olonana, our award-winning tented camp situated on a private stretch of the Mara River, recently undergone a significant upgrade to the public areas of the lodge as well as a soft refurbishment to the tented rooms and pool area. The interior decor reflects a contemporary design using a combination of light earthy tones and the 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 colonise 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. Oversized Safari Tents – Built on the banks of the Mara River, the twelve canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. The ensuite 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 where guests can relax and watch the resident hippos wallow in the water. There are also two honeymoon suites with each featuring outdoor showers. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Olonana

Address: C14, Keekorok, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $1,266 - $5,484 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Olonana 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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“They are all perfection and on the river.”
 of 5 bubbles SaveyFLTraveler, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Tents on the right side are private and rooms on the left side are for family and/or children”
 of 5 bubbles 942ellel, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Always closest to the communal areas is best.”
  • Two of these beds in our tent.
  • Very large, spacious tents with deck overlooking river
 of 5 bubbles favouritetrips, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“I was in tent 3, which normally would have lots of hippos in the water. They were a bit scant given how high the river was.”
 of 5 bubbles Barb80304, 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Tent 3 is right across hippo beach. Tent 4 has a good view of the hippo beach too.”
 of 5 bubbles ktsp65, 7 Sep 2016 | Read review
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