A classic tented safari camp with 12 luxurious tents, Kempinski Olare Mara is the hotel group’s outpost in the Olare Orok Conservancy. Located on the bank of the Ntiakitiak River, the Olare Orok Conservancy is land owned by the Maasai located on the border of the Maasai Mara National Reserve.
The welcome is a spectacular show of Maasai singing and jumping.
What are the tents like?
Tents are spacious and grandly furnished in colonial style, with huge four-poster beds, timber desks, large comfortable sofas and Oriental rugs. Each tent has an indoor bathroom with slate floors, vanities with two sinks, separate toilets, solar-heated water, bathtubs and showers.
Staying here is definitely the way to camp in style. The only criticism I have is tents can heat up in the middle of the day, when the sun is blazing overhead.
How would you rate the game drives?
Two game drives a day are included in the tariff. The wildlife spotting is top class due to the three lion prides that live within a 30-minute drive from the camp. There’s one pride living almost on the camp’s doorstep! We heard lions roaring at night, not far from our tent. We went on six game drives and saw lions on every game drive, including baby lions suckling and a lioness with a dik dik hanging from her mouth.
The resident leopard, Acacia, and her cub were comfortable with safari vehicles and we got the chance to watch the leopards for quite some time. It wasn’t difficult to get amazing photographs and footage.
The area is has plenty of elephants, giraffes, zebras and wildebeest.
When on safari, your safari guide can make or break your safari experience.
Ours was knowledgeable about the wildlife and the area. He shared interesting stories and facts. The experience was personalised, thoughtful and exciting.
What are facilities are there in this Masai Mara luxury camp?
The camp has a swimming pool and a well-stocked safari-style bar.
What about the service?
It’s friendly and efficient, without being intrusive. Staff members are eager to please and nothing is too much trouble. We were met after each game drive by staff members with cold towels and cool drinks.
What about the food?
I have no complaints in this department.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner were set menus with at least a couple of appetizing choices. Dishes were well presented and there was a reasonable variety. Examples include pumpkin soup, shrimp pasta and fruit meringue. The bush breakfast in particular, was memorable, for its wilderness location and fully cooked breakfast served with champagne.
South African Airways (tel: 1300 435 972) via Johannesburg, which requires an overnight stay. The InterContinental O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg is well positioned and luxurious. Safarilink has flights from Nairobi to the Masai Mara. The closest airstrip is Mara Olekiombo.
Kempinski Olare Mara, tel: +254 703 049 000.