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Oldarpoi Mara Camp
Reviewed 1 September 2013 via mobile

We spent 3 nights in Oldarpoi on last August. It has been a great experience! The tents are big, clean and safe, the safari was simply perfect! We saw all the big 5 and also a lion killing a zebra...we were really lucky but we also had great guides Tempati (I hope I wrote the name in the right way) and Jackson. Apart from this, we really appreciated the whole experience and the fact that Oldarpoi gives part of the money helping the local masai community, building school and helping children education. For me this makes the difference between an "experience" and a holiday. Thanks Nelson for everything!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Stayed @ Oldapoi last week for 2 nights - excellent service and food -good to see the improvements since our last stay in Feb 2012 and catch up with old aqauntainces + Tommi . We are already planning our next stay

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

I spent 7 days at Oldarpoi Mara camp. It was a life changing experience. I cannot speak highly enough about this place! I must admit i was a little lucky in seeing just about everything. However it must be said that Nelson is the best guide in the game. He somehow instinctively knew where to be and at the right time. We saw Leopard kills, Wild dogs on a kill, Cheetah brothers feasting on a kill and plenty of lion hunts and dramatic encounters. It was all i ever imaged and more. I thought 6 days on safari would be too much, however Nelson made sure that each day we found a new experience and with his tracker Jackson there was never a dull moment.
The camp is excellent and inexpensive for what you get. The accommodation is comfortable and the tents are heavy duty and warm. Willie the chef is excellent. All the staff are very friendly and attentive. Masai warriors are constantly guarding the campsite in case of any wild visitors. The Hyenas can be heard almost every night close to the camp. The location is also great as the drive is only 5 minutes to the main entry gate. i went on a walking safari each day and was introduced to many Masai villages and got a taste of what it is like to be a Masai warrior! If you are looking for a real experience. Look no further than oldarpoi. i will definitely be back for another dose in a few years time :)

Room Tip: I stayed in the Hyena room
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Went to oldarpoi mara camp, had what I would term as splendid, awesome experience, the reception at the camp made me feel like a vvip.... later at the game drive we experienced lions hunting and the whole crew followed as the kings were after the cheeters..
The whole trip we managed to have a unique kind of encounter with the animals since the driver and the tour guides from the camp knew exactly where we should game drive to.
Back to the camp, BBQ and bonfire plus the masaai history captured the better part of the nights.
The food was excellent, what excited me was the chef personally enquired how each of us wanted our food done...
It was a sad moment as we left, because it felt too soon...
I have being to different camps at the mara but this one captured my heart, and the fact that its not only business and fun, the Oldarpoi Mara Camp uses its products to build a primary school, resource centre for the youth and give back to the community. Heartfully congratulations are in order for the camp and more so to Nelson for tirelessly working towards the benefit of the Masaai Community.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

We had a wonderful three days with Nelson and Tiampati. Everything was well organised, from being fetching in Nairobi to tea waiting for us on arrival and breakfast outside after our morning game drive. The people of this community camp here so warm, hospitable and paid attention to detail. We really enjoyed the fact that the camp is run by the Masai people and helps to fund projects in the community. Nelson's passion for his people is so evident and contagious. The rooms were simple, clean and comfortable. The chef at the camp created some fantastic, authentic meals to everyone’s taste. Some of the best food we had during our stay in Kenya. Our time in the Mara Game Reserve was a once in a life-time experience. In just three days we saw an incredible amount of game. Our guides were very skilled at driving us to specific viewings. The migration of the wildebeest and zebra across the Mara River was truly something to behold. Absolutely highly recommend that you spend your Safari in the Masai Mara Game Reserve at this camp!

Room Tip: Any of the rooms are good
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

We decided to use public transport from Nairobi to the town of Naikara where we were picked up to head to Sekenani and to the camp. Our first stop from Nairobi was the town of Narok where we then picked another 'matatu' to Naikara - about 3-4 hours drive to arrive in the little town of Naikara where our friends, Dr. Koshal and his wife, who are co-owners of Oldarpoi Mra Camp picked us. Using public transport was an experience and a half - one we shall never forget. It takes a bit longer though and the ride a bit rough but you get an early chance to begin to interact with the community long before you arrive in the Mara. I have since written a story of some of the experinces we had on my travel blog for those who may wish to read more here http://www.enchanted-landscapes.com/el_travelogue/archives/1367 and here http://www.enchanted-landscapes.com/el_travelogue/archives/1377

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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

We arrived in Nairobi with high expectations for Oldarpoi Mara camp, since we had read so many positive things about the camp on TripAdvisor. The camp turned out to be even better than we had imagined.

Friday morning Mr. Nelson picked us up at Nairobi airport and drove us up to Masai Mara. After about 5-6 hours we arrived at the Oldarpoi Mara camping were the crew served us a delicious dinner made by the chef Willy and the maid Frida, and served by Jeremiah. Saturday we went on safari all day. Mr. Nelson together with the Masai hunter Jackson at his side were the best to spot the animals. Over the weekend we saw all the big 5 (including eight lions, a leopard and two chitas) except rhinos, as there are (apparently) a small rhino population. We saw ostriches, many interesting birds, hippos and lots of elephants and giraffes. It is amazing how close we came, and Mr. Nelson set the car in such positions that one could take wonderful pictures. We had picnic on the savannah and ate a lovely lunch with various dishes. In the evening we were watching the sunset from the house Mr. Nelson is building up gradually from savings, this is to extend this safari offer.

Sunday we went for both morning and evening safari. It was absolutely fabulous since the atmosphere at the savanna is completely different compared to the day due to the beautiful light. Mr. Jackson took us to his Masai village, where we were welcomed by a dance. We were guided around the village and they had prepared a market for us. Good tips to bring some local money here. I bought this gorgeous masaii jewellery and ornaments. We left Monday morning after safari.

We slept in a very nice tent, with wide comfortable beds and a bathroom with toilet and hot shower extension. In the evenings we could hear howls from the hyenas, but we felt safe all the time because of the two masai warriors who guarded the area.

The most memorable is probably the dinners we shared with Mr. Nelson. Mr. Nelson is knowledgeable and reflected, and during the three dinners we had together we learned a lot about the Masai people, Kenya and Africa. He works hard to improve the living conditions for the Masai people, by initiating education. We had so much fun with Mr. Nelson, he has a wonderful sense of humor!
It's the small things that make this camp so outstanding. Mr. Nelson and his crew know what you want before you know it yourself. In addition, it was good to know that the safari brings resources back to the community.

We had high expectations before the trip and the were fulfilled several times! This will be be a memory for life!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Oldarpoi Mara Camp

Address: 3 KM to Sekenani Gate,Maasai Mara | Nashulai Maasai conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Formerly Oldarpoi Maasai Safari Camp)
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #68 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £117 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oldarpoi Mara camp, is operated in partnership with the local Maasai community. The camp is concerned with the welfare of the local community .Our vision is to transform the local community, socially and economically.We support the Ole keene primary school with teacher's salaries, children sponsorship programs etc.The school has more than 300 children and we built classrooms for them including a rescue center unit to accommodate young girls running away from cultural practices such Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM ) and early marriage.We also plan to establish a community library which will include a learning center and conservation projects.Guests who would like to volunteer in any of our projects as part of a unique safari experience are highly encouraged to do so..This will make a difference to the community.The camp has permanent tents with beds, bedding, complete solar Water heating and lighting system, flush toilets and hot showers - all the trappings of home! We are also an accomplished safaris outfitter with best trained Maasai guides! We offer safaris and tours to different destinations throughout East Africa. ... more   less 
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