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“Nice tents, Poor hygiene”
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Olumara Camp
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Nice tents, Poor hygiene”
Reviewed 31 December 2011

The tents are nice and comfortable and compared to the rest of our stay were nicely designed. The hygiene in the kitchen however left much to be desired - from cockroaches running around to a large insect in our dinner.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2011

We stayed at Olumara for 1 night whilst on safari which we booked through WT Safaris.
This was our 2nd safari of the holiday, the first was to Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Amboseli, but then we decided to also go to the Masai Mara.
he Masai Mara is the best place to see the animals as you are much closer to them than the other parks.
We flew from Diani to an airstrip in the Masai Mara which was an experience in itself! We were collected from the plane by a jeep from the hotel and had a very long game drive including a packed lunch.
When we arrived at Olumara we walked over the wooden bridge to the restaurant area, and was then shown to our tent (Elephant).
It was so cosy and furnished to a high standard. We could have slept forever in the beds they had there! The bathroom was also excellent and nothing like you would expect from a tent.
The restaurant was again so cosy and homely, and the food was amazing.
We absolutely loved this place and cannot reccomend highly enough.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Somerset
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2011

I flew by Mombasa Air Safari from Malindi to this tranquil spot last month. It was the low season but the temperature was hot by day, cool by night, perfect. It was therefore not busy either at the camp nor on safari drives. There had been rain recently so plenty of grass and wild flowers and a great deal of game, only leopard eluded us. You approach the camp over a hanging footbridge, like a James Bond set, and your every need is catered for. The staff are very attentive and my Masai safari guide, James, was excellent. He speaks excellent English, knows where the best game might be and had endless patience. On my final drive to the airstrip it was just the 2 of us for 2 hours' drive and picnic lunch and we saw a large variety of game, including hippos in a river, close up. A lone traveller, I felt perfectly safe throughout. Being the low season there were few safari vehicles about, which was a big advantage. The camp offer a programme of activities.

Room Tip: All tented rooms offer the same excellent standard
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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Mombasa
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Reviewed 9 April 2011

You must wake up early inorder to catch up with the wild when they are ready to hunt, 6.30 am gamedrive with breakfast in the bush with the hippos and crocs.
Also a late afternoon gamedrive will definately balance what was missed in the morning or take a full day with packed lunch on day two.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Winterthur, Switzerland
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Reviewed 9 December 2010

We stayed in Olu Mara last week for 2 nights (during fly safarin from Mombasa), and all I can say now is that's the perfect place to be accommodated during safari in Maasai Mara. We have booked the trip in Bettyken safari (http://www.bettykensafaris.com/), we can strong reccomend you their services. We we agreed all the details by e-mails before our arrival (so we saved a lot of time during our stay in Kenya indeed), and we got all we were promised!
The Olumara camp is great, the tens are luxiorous but eco-friendly in the same time, we really loved it! And the staff - they were so helpful and cheerful, we wish you all the best guys!
Hope I will come back there one day.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2010

We stayed at Olumara for two nights as part of a package air safari from Mombasa. Overall it is a beautiful place with the friendliest and most attentive of resort staff. It is small and run on ecologically friendly lines with solar power for the office and kitchen and a generator running only early mornings and in the evenings to power the rest of the resort. It is built in a bend in a river so you are kept safe from wild animals. Maasai tribesmen (askaris) patrol at night time.

The "rooms" each named after an animal (we stayed in Lion and Buffalo) consist of a large tent complete with full shower room, balcony and two queen sized beds. Storage and furniture is built from wood, branches and cut planks with their natural shapes preserved. It is attractive and feels appropriate to life on safari. In addition to comfortable beds equipped with soft duvees and deep, fluffy pillows, there is a small dressing table, coffee table and two arm chairs.

The dining room is airy and pleasant for the meals provided with extremely attentive staff and good quality food. We understand the chef has had 20 years experience. The kitchen is visible from the dining room through a large glass window and looks clean and well-equipped. Cooked breakfasts are plentiful. You can order tea and coffee at no extra charge any time. For early morning starts you can order a wake up drink.

The down side is that we were not satisfied with the game drives. We were there at the same time as a couple from Holland who had booked a game drive for just the two of them. They never got that, despite complaining very strongly. It wasn't our fault, but that put a damper on our experience and that of two young sisters from England who joined us in our second day. We were picked up from the airstrip and had a long, hot game drive. Packed lunch was provided (and it was a very good lunch) but we didn't get to our accommodation until about 4pm and were very hot and tired. The next day we didn't start until about 9am and drove around all day. We were so hot and tired in the middle of the day, having picked up the sisters from the airstrip, that we insisted on a break and were able to rest and have a cool drink at the Mara Intrepids Lodge.

The next day, at our insistence, we went out on an early morning drive starting at about 6.30am and did see some good wildlife. The impression we had was that the lodge was a long way from the airstrip and we seemed to have to drive for a long time before seeing much wildlife.

The vehicle, whilst adequate, was rather old and beat up. One of the passenger doors didn't open, not all the windows could be opened, and there was no apparent radio in case of emergency or information communication. We were entirely dependent on our driver's two mobile phones. He said he had 8 year's experience, but was evasive when I asked if he had at least a bronze KATO qualification. He was friendly enough and spoke reasonable English, but unlike some of the guides from other camps that we saw, didn't wear a safari uniform and didn't seem all that professional. Although we never came to harm, we did have one or two hairy moments driving on rough terrain. We never felt in danger from any wild animals, though.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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olumara, General Manager at Olumara Camp, responded to this review, 11 November 2011
olumara has of late bought two cruisers after the dramas we had with the old ones and have also recruited new guides to add spices to our new fleet.
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Property: Olumara Camp
Address: | Olaro Orok River, near Masai Mara Game Reserve and Mara North Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #89 of 138 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
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Number of rooms: 12
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