Sanctuary Olonana
Sanctuary Olonana Sanctuary Olonana bedroom
Sanctuary Olonana
Sanctuary Olonana bedroom

Sanctuary Olonana

Sanctuary Olonana is an award-winning tented safari camp on a private stretch of the Mara River in the heart of Kenya’s most famous game reserve, the Masai Mara.

This small and exclusive camp, the first of Sanctuary's luxury safari properties, was built along sustainable lines which, along with our innovative wetlands and tree-planting projects, have earned Sanctuary Olonana a Gold Award from Ecotourism Kenya. Game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, scenic flights and balloon rides, Olonana makes for a wonderful African safari.





  • Located on a private concession bordering the epic Masai Mara
  • During annual Wildebeest Migration, the action happens on the camp's doorstep
  • Easily accessible, only a 45 minute flight from Nairobi
  • Offers game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, balloon flights and scenic flights
  • Gold Eco-Rated by Ecotourism Kenya and winner of "Africa's Leading Eco-Lodge" in World Travel Awards 2015
  • In the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

Need to Know

Rates include:

  • All meals
  • All drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Laundry
  • Two daily shared game viewing activities. These include morning and afternoon game drives, nature walk, Maasai village visit, sundowner cocktails and bush meals
  • Return transfers to and from Kichwa Tembo Airstrip to the camp


At Sanctuary Olonana, game viewing starts from the camp. A pod of hippos lives permanently in the river just below camp and many other species come to drink there. Sanctuary's experienced guides take you to all the hidden spots and our customised open safari vehicles offer all-round views, allowing for excellent photography opportunities. The Mara's rich eco-system includes acacia-studded savannah, riparian forest and woodland which attract more than 300 bird species and a stunning variety of animal life all year round.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The Masai Mara Reserve is legendary for its abundance of wildlife. Fabulous for seeing big cats, their prey and all of the Big Five year-round, the Mara is also the stage for the greatest show on Earth - the wildebeest migration. From around July to October millions of grunting wildebeest and zebra cover the plains, often crossing the Mara River and moving between Tanzania and Kenya, closely followed by crocodile, lion and cheetah. Key wildlife include: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, cheetah, impala, wildebeest. 

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities


Get an insight into the vibrant and still traditional way of life of the Maasai. Learn about the medicinal plants that grow here, the importance of cattle and the stages of life through which all Maasai pass, from young boy or girl to respected elder. Accompanied by an experienced Maasai guide you are invited to visit the village which is built along traditional lines; complete with cattle enclosure, outer palisade and mud and cow dung huts. Meet the elders, their wives and families and learn about the social structure of the homestead, the role of women in their society and many more aspects of their daily life. Interaction and discussion is encouraged, so whether the ladies are building a hut, the warriors are dancing or making fire with stones and sticks, guests are free to join in.


Walk with our naturalist and learn about plants, trees and insects and their use in the daily lives of the Maasai tribe. Visit our award-winning wetlands which cleanses wastewater naturally before returning it to the environment. There is an opportunity to plant a tree, leaving a positive mark in Africa. Our naturalist shares his intimate knowledge of the surrounding environment and how many of the trees and plants are used for medicinal purposes. Watch the hippos, learn to identify the birds from their song, stop and learn about insects and even the fascinating system ants have to build and maintain their ant-hills. Your guide will also point out animal signs which are everywhere, but not that easily noticed.


Overlooking the Mara River, award-winning Sanctuary Olonana, our first ever luxury safari property, is the idyllic location to experience a classic and authentic African safari. This luxury safari camp is an exclusive hideaway complete with library, swimming pool, and the freedom to enjoy a three course dinner deep in the bush or on the private river-view terrace of one of the 14 luxurious canvas pavilions.

Built on the banks of the Mara River, the 14 canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. The large tents feature private verandas overlooking the river where a pod of hippos live permanently. Ensuite facilities include a double vanity and indoor shower. There are two honeymoon suites with outdoor showers. Facilities in all rooms include a room safe, mosquito nets and hairdryer.

The main dining room and decking command views over a dramatic stretch of the river. There is also a mini-spa offering luxurious treatments ranging from facials to body massages. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the rooms and main area. Electricity supply is a combination of silent packed generator, solar power and battery system.


Built on the banks of the Mara River, the fourteen canvas tents at Sanctuary Olonana are extremely comfortable and spacious. The en-suite 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, each featuring outdoor showers.


Gold Eco-Rated by Ecotourism Kenya and winner of "Africa's Leading Eco-Lodge" in World Travel Awards 2015


Rates exclude:

  • Premium alcoholic drinks
  • Park fees
  • Spa treatments from the Olonana mini spa
  • Additional activities
  • Gratuities to driver / guides and staff
  • Any items of a personal nature, telephone calls and curio shop purchases
  • Medical insurance
  • Private vehicle and guide

Children PolicyChild Policy

  • We welcome children of all ages at Sanctuary Olonana.
  • Children aged 2 and younger stay free of charge
  • Children aged 3 - 15 inclusive: child rates apply - please enquire for more details.
  • In all other circumstances children pay the applicable adult fare.
  • Children aged 15 and younger are required to share with their parents.
  • Private vehicle must be booked for children aged 5 and younger.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more, visit Sanctuary Olonana's website.

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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