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Ol-moran Tented Camp
Reviewed 16 January 2013

After teaching in rural Kenya for two months, my colleagues and I decided to end our trip with Safari. We used PrimeTime safaris who set us up with Ol-Moran Tented Camps. It was a beautiful area with amazing amenities. Meals were included and the dining area was superb. We couldn't have asked for better staff and accommodations. I would highly recommend staying at Ol-Moran; you will feel like you are in a resort in the middle of Masai Mara!

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

Having recently returned from a 4 night stay at Ol Moran on 7th January we need to share our views and also respond to a scathing review from a previous visitor. Before our visit, we actually took the time to check the Ol Moran website ( lets assume internet is available in Europe) to be clear on the accommodation and facilities available - the description "tented camp" along with the rugged roads leading to Ol Moran, suggested to us that there was no 5 star oasis at the end of the path. The word " tent " gave us reason not to expect an expansive 3 bedroom apartment with Van Gogh's dangling from the wall. Did i mention that we checked the website before our visit......therefore we were aware of the electricity and hot water time schedules and consequently were remarkably able to equip ourselves with a torch and shower (together - as 2 people fit comfortably ) within the allocated times. The surrounding grounds were well groomed, and a lion attack on cattle beyond the fence, some 150 mtrs from our tent, gave us a more than adequate feeling of "camping in the bush". The food was of very good quality, and never lacked quantity - additionally we found by asking the staff about the dish gave the opportunity to converse with them to mutual benefit. Overall, in our opinion, Ol Moran more than met our expectations - it certainly was better than identical camps in Australia (actually, we don't have lions, zebras, elephants etc) while sadly, it apparently falls short of identical camps in europe. Well done to the friendly staff of Ol Moran - your efforts were appreciated, and the camp will be strongly recommended to others. Rob and Anne, Australia.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Rob H
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

A party of 13 of us visited Ol-moran over New Years Eve and couldn't wait for the whole experience to be over. As a party we have been on safari and stayed in numerous other camps and lodges around the area and Ol-moran was the worst camp we have ever been too. This was our first visit to Ol-moran and we will NEVER be going back. I assume that the positive reviews below are from people who have not been to other camps before in the area so do not know how amazing the accommodation, service and entertainment in the area can be!

1. Accommodation - having stayed in a number of tented camps, the tents provided at Ol-moran are the most basic tents we had ever seen. The tents are small, cramped, dark and dingy and there is no decoration what so ever inside the camp - so the room is very un-appealing with various marks on the floors and walls. The bathroom is even worse and the shower area incredibly small. As expected there was limited times for hot water but the hot water was a dribble of luke warm water which was awful after a long day of safari.

2. Staff - none of the staff had a clue what was going on (especially the female manager) and most were very unhelpful when we asked questions. We had to request a torch on numerous occasions as lights go out at 10.30pm with no provisions of torches or matches provided - this is unheard of at other camps. Secondly there were no umbrellas so we all got soaked going back to our tents every day afternoon rain.

3. Food - the food at Ol Moran did have a bit of flavour but there is very limited choice and most times the food was not properly hot. Secondly there were no food labels so we had NO idea what was being served. One night we were told the meat was goat by one staff member and the other staff member said it was impala! The chefs did seem friendly though and accommodating when requesting extra items. However the tea and coffee served before PM game drives was awful, milk was constantly running out and no biscuits/sweets were served - again unheard of in all other camps

4. Entertainment - we had to pay a supplement as we were in the camp over New Years and it was a birthday of a party member travelling. When we asked if there were any matches or candles we were greeted with confused faces and the entertainment provided for New Years (30 min maasi dance show at 8.30 pm) was good but the camp lacked any atmosphere what so ever and all 13 of us huddled in our small dark and dingy tents to celebrate the New Year.

5. Location - being located outside the actual National park itself you do not experience the true feeling of camping in the bush and it adds time to access the great wildlife deep inside the park.

Luckily we had a good game drive but we couldn't wait to get back home to Nairobi. It was such a shame and we were all gutted as it was a pricey trip.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

very interesting camp,considering it is eco-friendly.the food is very appetising and the staff are very friendly and make one feel at home.if you are looking for a place to leave near nature for a couple of days or weeks you definately wont go wrong here

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Stayed: December 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

After 2 days at Lake Nakuru it was time for Masai Mare. The camp is just a 5 minutes drive from the entrance to the park, it is a small-tented camp but the tent and beds was nice, the bathroom is a small building in connection with the tent, this work all right. The restaurant is not big and the buffet is simple, but everything was of good standard. When the generator closes 22:00 it is quite fantastic to fall asleep to all the sounds of the savannah. The Ol-Moran is a basic camp giving a lot of value for the money.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Ol-moran Tented Camp

Address: Cerca de Ololaimutia gate | Ololaimutiek, Masai Mara National Reserve 00502, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #80 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: $203 - $1,759 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ol-moran Tented Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is an exclusive and intimate tented camp positioned to make you feel close to nature as much as possible.The camp is situated within the Masai Mara eco system on the banks of Olalaimutia River. Available are 19 spacious tents made up of single, doubles and one honeymooners' suite. The meals are buffet enjoyed either in the shade of indigenous trees. The culinary affair is indeed one to delight your senses. What one must not miss watching at the camp is the traditional Masai Dance with the bonfire and during day time one can take part in numerous escapades including adventures in the wild, nature trails and most of all the balloon safaris. ... more   less 
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Ol-Moran Tented Camp Hotel Nairobi
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