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Sanctuary Olonana

Address: Masai Mara Game Reserve



Phone: 011-44-20-7190-7728 (Reservation number in the UK)


Expert Review

Sleep amidst the rolling plains of acacia-studded savannahs that make up one of Africa’s most famous reserves, Masai Mara. Game viewing here is tops year-round, with practically guaranteed sightings of giraffe, buffalo, zebra, eland, lion, leopard, and cheetah. On a private stretch of the Mara River on the western border of the reserve sits this small and exclusive tented camp. Among its claims to fame is that the last scene from Out of Africa was filmed nearby. But the leafy flagship of renowned Sanctuary Retreats has more to be proud of, including its location at the foot of the impressive Siria Escarpment and its top-rated marks for sustainability. The dining room and veranda command views over the river colonized by a pod of noisy hippos. Also on site is a cozy library, a swimming pool, and an organic garden which churns out much of the produce served at the camp. The 14 capacious canvas tents come with parquet floors, four-poster beds, hand-carved furniture, and river-facing verandas. Activities include visits to the nearby Maasai village to meet the elders and their wives. The mini-spa offers treatments that fuse the healing essences of African indigenous plants with the French marine-based Thalgo spa products.

Tags: luxury | family | expensive | spa | swimming pool | views | all-inclusive | tented camp

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