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Sanctuary Olonana

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Masai Mara, Kenya

The Masai Mara is commonly considered to be the best game viewing in the world and is fabulous for seeing big cats, their prey and all the Big Five. It is also the stage for the greatest show on Earth - the wildebeest migration. From around July to October grunting herds of wildebeest and zebra cover the plains, often crossing the river between Tanzania and Kenya, attended by crocodile, lion and cheetah.

Sanctuary Olonana's main dining room and veranda command views over a dramatic stretch of the Mara River. See, and hear, the family of noisy hippos who colonize the banks below the camp. Experience firsthand the sheer scale of the annual wildebeest migration across East Africa. The camp has a library, a pool and even an organic garden where much of the food served in camp is grown.

Additional Activities

  • Mini-Spa - In between activities why not relax and revitalize at our mini-spa which offers an enticing range of treatments using worldwide recognized Africology (which uses the healing essences of African indigenous plants) and French marine-based Thalgo spa products (which are found in the finest spas throughout the world). Enjoy luxurious treatments from specialized facial treatments to full body massages in our open design treatment rooms which take advantage of the natural sanctuary around. Hot Air Balloon Safari - Your balloon is inflated against the first rays of sunrise and once aloft floats gently over the plains and the plethora of game.  After around one hour the balloon lands and nearby breakfast is already being prepared. The smells of bacon, sausages and eggs drift on the breeze as you begin breakfast with platefuls of  exotic Kenyan fruits and homemade pastries and, of course, glasses of bubbly to toast your flight  in a tradition initiated by the Montgolfier brothers.
  • Flying Excursion to Lake Victoria - When in the Maasai Mara, you may fly by light aircraft to Lake Victoria and enjoy a full English breakfast on arrival at the islands of either Mfangano or Rusinga. Try fishing for the legendary giant Nile perch, explore the myriad of tiny islands or stop at a traditional fishing village and see how the villagers live from day to day. Lake Victoria is a spectacular sight, it is Africa's largest lake and the world's second widest freshwater lake. Birdlife is abundant and includes the spectacular fish eagles which can be seen perching high in the treetops or dramatically swooping across the lake as they capture fish in their fiery talons. An experienced and knowledgeable fisherman captains each boat as you head out into the lake in search of the legendary giant Nile perch found in these waters -Nile perch weighing over 150 lb are regularly caught.  Stop at a traditional fishing village before returning to the airstrip for your flight back to the Mara.
  • Flying excursion in a Vintage Bi-plane - A flight of a lifetime in a bi-plane of the golden era. with all the mod cons, performance and safety requirements of a modern aircraft. This open cock-pit aircraft can carry 2 passengers side-by-side whilst the pilot fly's from the rear. The hour long flight is a dream ride in the Finch-Hatton tradition.  These popular bi-planes were originally manufactured in the 1920's and 30's by Weaver Aircraft Company hence the rather odd name Waco. The new Jacobs engine has been given J.A.R approval, and passes the stringent European noise abatement laws. Waco have a beautiful leather interior, the best music intercom system and a 3-way camera system that will enable passengers to take this once-in-a-life-time flying experience home.


Sanctuary Olonana is a small luxury camp with 14 spacious tents. Each tent has floor to ceiling mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms with hot showers, flush lavatories, solar lighting and large, river view verandas.

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  • All meals and drinks (excluding champagne & premium brands)
  • Return airstrip transfers
  • Laundry
  • Sundowner cocktails and bush meals, weather permitting
  • Shared game drives, Nature walk and Masai village visit