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Redondo Beach, California
Reviewed 29 September 2013

The camp itself was great. The food is fresh and made to order. The tents were clean and luxurious. They were very secluded and gave you a great sense of privacy. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We were very fortunate to have Lucas as our safari guide. He was a wealth of knowledge and information. He knew where...

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

Dear Michael, We are thrilled that "we exceeded all you expectations" and thank you for the recommendation! We look forward to welcoming you back!! Until then it would be great if you could keep up to date with the latest from Sanctuary Retreats and Olonana by liking us on Facebook . Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’. We are also on...

Klagenfurt, Austria
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Five years ago, we have already enjoyed the Olonana. Now we have returned to our honeymoon. Everything was just wonderful. Maurice and his team deserve the highest rating - a very warm welcome, attentive and charming staff, excellent food and a more than comfortable suite/tent. In the morning, awakened by the hippos and then on the game drive - the...

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

Dear Horst & Christa, We are so happy that you had the opportunity of spending a second stay with us. We loved welcoming you back and glad that it was just as memorable as your first time. It was indeed a great pleasure hosting you again and we do hope to welcome you back to one of our properties in...

Bergen County, New Jersey
Reviewed 25 September 2013

On arrival at Sanctuary Olonana (and upon every return from a game drive), we were greeted with damp washcloths to wipe our faces. We had already met our driver/guide at the airstrip. We soon met the camp manager, Maurice, and our tent attendant, Nixon (who we later saw working in the organic garden as well.) We got a briefing in...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 22 September 2013

We had an amazing 3-night stay at Sanctuary Olonana. Maurice and his team were incredibly welcoming, warm, attentive. Eunice kept our luxurious tent in perfect order, and brought us coffee every morning. Chef Big John's menu was delicious. Henry always served our meals with a big smile. We felt very pampered. We had a vigorous walk up the hill with...

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 17 September 2013

We were fortunate to have spent 4 glorious nights at Olonana and words cannot express how much we enjoyed our stay. Maurice & Christine are an excellent management team and all the staff were so helpful and accommodating (Attitude is everything) from Joseph who ensured our room was always perfect to the chefs Big John & Ambrose who provided us...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Liesl, Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review of your experience at Olonana. We are thrilled that you had such an enjoyable stay with us and thank you so much for all your kind comments especially about Maurice, Christine, Joseph, Big John, Ambrose and Benson - we shared your feedback with them and the rest...

New York City, New York
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Everyone in Africa kept commending me on how brave I was to travel alone. It's not being brave, it's about turning a myth into reality. So happy that I took this trip and it begun at this amazing place, called Olonana!!!! The staff at Olonana were outstanding!!! The food is incredible. The service is excellent. My guide Benson changed my...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Korina, Thank you for this lovely review!! We are so happy to hear that your experience ay Sanctuary Olonana was up to your expectation and that you felt like you were visiting family members. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the staff, food and service. We past your feedback onto the rest of the team they were delighted...

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 6 September 2013

My wife and I took our honeymoon in Tanzania and Kenya, and we stayed at Sanctuary Olonana for four nights at the end of August 2013. We had been in Zanzibar for four nights and a camp in Amboseli National Park for two nights prior to arriving at Sanctuary Olonana. I've traveled extensively (Western Europe, USA, Australia/New Zealand, South Africa)...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Tom, Firstly congratulations on your marriage we wish you many wonderful years together. Secondly delighted that we were able to host you for your honeymoon and last but not least thank you very much for this incredibly detailed and absolutely awesome review of your experience at Sanctuary Olonana. It gives us great pleasure receiving positive feedback from our guests....

Pune, India
Reviewed 4 September 2013

This is probably the first hotel where i could give 5 stars in all aspects!! When we arrived to the Olonana, we were welcomed by the manager and the staff. After a really warm welcome, we were escorted to our tents, which were bang on the river. The tents are really well appointed and is luxurious. The game drives over...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, WOW what a great review “5 stars in all aspects” thank you so much!! It gives the team great satisfaction receiving such positive feedback from guests following a memorable stay. We appreciate the time you have taken to give us this amazing feedback. Maurice, Anderson, Big John and the rest of the team were delighted to learn you...

Houston
Reviewed 3 September 2013

We spent 3 nights enjoying the luxury of tented accommodations on the shore of the Mara River. The staff was exceptional and we had great service. It was fun staying in a tent with the luxury of running water and hot showers - several hippos were residing across the shore from our tent and we enjoyed awakening to their vocalizations...

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Olonana, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your Sanctuary Olonana experience with us. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for all your kind comments especially about Joseph, he was thrilled with your comments. He asked me to let you know that he loved being your guide and would like...

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Everything works like clock work. Starts with the Manager's attitude and trickles down to everybody else. Difficult to fault Olonana on anything. Wining and Dining is excellent. The staff and all very well trained in the service industry. Be it the waiter, chef, game driver, housekeeping personnel.., they treat every guest as royalty. The location of the lodge is excellent.

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Dear Guest, What an excellent review thank you, it’s much appreciated!! We loved reading your review and to hear that you had the perfect stay at Sanctuary Olonana. We shared your feedback with the rest of the team, who enjoyed hosting you and do hope to welcome you back one day soon for some more excellent wining and dining. You...

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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: $596 - $4,735 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Olonana 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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Sanctuary Olonana Hotel Maasai Mara National Reserve
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“There's no such thing as a "bad room" as they're all placed directly long the river”
  • The outdoor seating area with the river (and hippos) in the background
  • Our exceptionally large and comfortable bedroom
  • The view from our bedroom overlooking the Maasai River outside
  • Our private outdoor seating area overlooking the river
  • The exceptionally comfortable beds!
  • The enormous shower and double vanity in the bathroom
  • The double vanities in the bathroom..no roughing it here!!
 of 5 bubbles DuncanTCH, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“all is great”
 of 5 bubbles HaniA213, 9 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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.”
  • Very large, spacious tents with deck overlooking river
  • Two of these beds in our tent.
 of 5 bubbles favouritetrips, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
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