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  • Location: Kenya, Masai Mara
  • Type of Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Comfort Level: Luxury

overview

Tucked away in a forest along a private stretch of the Mara River, Olonana is a luxurious and intimate lodge perfectly positioned in the heart of the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

During the Great Migration between July and October, you will enjoy front-row seats to the greatest spectacle on Earth as in excess of a million animals encounter treacherous river crossings and numerous predators on their endless journey to new grazing. Outside the Migration season, a host of resident animals remain, and you are able to enjoy incredible and intimate Big 5 sightings. Game drives and safari walks get you close to nature, Maasai cultural visits enhance the experience, and hot-air balloon rides give you a bird’s eye view of this incredible landscape.

Built and operated along strong ecological lines, Olonana delivers a first-class experience without compromising on comfort or luxury. In addition to family-friendly accommodation, it also has romantic and secluded honeymoon suites, as a well as a mini spa to help you unwind even more.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Conde' Nast Traveler 2011 - The World's Best Places to Stay
  •  Conde' Nast Traveler 2011 - Top 35 Africa Resorts
  •  Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 - Kenya Hotels & Resorts - Readers Choice Rating
  •  Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 - The world's best places to stay
  •  Eco Tourism Kenya 2012 - Gold Eco Rating certificate
  •  Eco Tourism Kenya Guide Award 2012 - Josep Ole Koyie - first Eco Rated guide in Kenya
  •  Tripadvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2013
  •  Eco-Rated Facility of the Year 2013

highlights

  • Located on the Mara River
  • Witness the Great Migration 
  • Incredible Big 5 game viewing
  • Game drives & safari walks
  • Maasai cultural tours
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Mini spa for relaxing therapies
  • Family-friendly accommodation
  • Secluded honeymoon suites

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Facilities

Olonana comprises a large main building housing the lounge, bar and dining areas. Colourful Maasai fabrics and artefacts enhance the comfortably chic furnishings, while a fireplace at each end adds warmth and atmosphere on chilly nights.

French windows open out onto a large terrace overlooking the river, perfect for an alfresco meal or for simply lounging while taking in the view. A well-stocked library offers a variety of titles for you to enjoy while curled in the embrace of a plush sofa by the fire.

The mini spa room offers river views while you are being pampered with a variety of invigorating treatments, and a secluded swimming pool area is perfect for a refreshing midday dip. A gift boutique offers Maasai craftwork, artefacts and mementos. 

General Facilities

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    Library
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    Swimming Pool
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    Curio shop
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    Spa
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    Wi-fi available
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    Laundry service

Dining

The menu features produce from Olonana’s own organic herb and vegetable garden, ensuring fresh, healthy and wholesome cuisine. Whether you are dining on the terrace overlooking the river, at a picnic out on the plains or in a secluded riverside spot below the stars, expect a delicious selection of mouth-watering dishes to tempt you. 

Safari Tent

Each of the 14 tented suites is sited with privacy and seclusion in mind, and have stunning views of the river from their private verandahs. Spacious and airy, the rooms feature hardwood floorings, two queen-sized beds draped in mosquito netting and an inviting lounge area. The en suite bathrooms have flushing toilets, double basins, signature amenities and showers with a view. 

Safari Tent AMENITIES

Activities

  • Bush dining
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Local village visits
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Star-gazing
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 21 Jun 2014 - 30 Sep 2014 $765 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $555 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 15 Dec 2014 $350 Full Board Plus
  • 16 Dec 2014 - 02 Jan 2015 $765 Full Board Plus
  • 03 Jan 2015 - 31 Jan 2015 $350 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Feb 2015 - 31 Mar 2015 $555 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Apr 2015 - 20 Jun 2015 $350 Full Board Plus
  • 21 Jun 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 $725 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015 $555 Full Board Plus
  • 01 Nov 2015 - 15 Dec 2015 $350 Full Board Plus
  • 16 Dec 2015 - 02 Jan 2016 $725 Full Board Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Olonana. We had one of the most amazing experiences of our lives there. From the moment Bonnie (our game driver) picked us up from the airstrip, we were treated so well and had the best time. I can't even begin to capture how much we loved our time at Olonana. We planted a tree on the grounds that we hope to visit again very soon.

    Allison Lee, June 2012
  • Your selection of accommodations was fantastic and each one had their own unique characteristics that we will always remember. At Olonano, we slept within a stones throw from a family of hippos. The food at all of these places was first class!

    James Grant, July 2010
  • The safari was great and i will have lots of memories! the Olonana camp was perfect and if I EVER have the opportunity to go back to Kenya i am definatly going to that place again. it was everything I expected and much more!

    Alisha Valldeperas, December 2009

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"Olonana is perfectly situated in the Mara - the river on your doorstep! If you are going on honeymoon this is a very romantic option!"

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Oh. My. Gosh. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Olonana. We had one of the most amazing experiences of our lives there. From the moment Bonnie (our game driver) picked us up from the airstrip, we were treated so well and had the best time. I can't even begin to capture how much we loved our time at Olonana. We planted a tree on the grounds that we hope to visit again very soon.

Allison Lee, June 2012 >View more reviews