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Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

It was a once in a life experience!!! We arrived by plane and we were picked up by Rafael, who would be our guide for the game drives on the following days. The 4x4 is completely fined tuned and I have to say...you will be amazed to see it crossing the rivers or anything needed to get closer than you have ever imagined to the most beautiful creatures in Earth!! When we arrived to the Camp, we were welcome with traditional Masai Mara dances and greetings. We had a fantastic lunch before we started the great adventure!! The tents are fully equipped, we had the honeymooners tent with a great and comfortable bed, a beautiful bathtub, Jacuzzi over-viewing the hippos and an outside shower. In addition, the staff is just fantastic, they went extra mile doing the needed to make us have a memorable stay such as bone fires in the evening, barbecue, private dinner and massage in the room, picnic in the middle of the Savannah by surprise for San Valentine day, walking safari, breakfast beside river Mara..We had the impression that anything is possible, you just need to wish and it will become reality. Thank you for your care and attention to Julius, Felix, Myra, Big John, Dominic, the Chef, the spa therapist, David, Fairman and all the rest that unfortunately I can't recall the names!! It was the best hotel experience of our life, thanks to the expertise of Rafael, we saw the Big5 and the 5Ugly :))The conservancy where the hotel is located keeps full respect towards the nature and animals and it allows you to approach them and observe them closer than you would ever imagine. The best is that is all inclusive!! I will definitely come back to see how the tree we planted is growing big and strong!! Asante sana!!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Just one word for this place, fantastic!
Thanks to the wonderful staff who made ​​our stay an unforgettable experience, not to mention the scenery around which helped with its incredible wildlife.

Asante sana, Olare Mara :-)

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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ManishNambiar, General Manager at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2014

Dear Frode S

Thank you for the review on Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara.
My team and I do hope that you will be back to experience yet another incredible stay with us.
A Masai Mara experience at Olare Mara Kempinski remains an experience that can be exchanged for none other.
Look forward to hearing back from you on your next reservation at the resort.

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

It was the best experience in my life. At first I thought it was going to be a full jungle experience but the luxury, attention, outstanding hospitality and excellent service baffled me and surprised me in an excellent way. I would say I have never expected to have the best hotel experience of my life in a campsite in Kenya´s Masai Mara. Unbelievable accommodations, spectacular scenery, dedicated service, and the best meals came together to accomplish the most rewarding experience of my life.

Room Tip: There is no wrong choice, every room is spectacular and you will not be disappointed.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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ManishNambiar, General Manager at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2014

Dear TatianaCavelier,
Thank you for your review on Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara.
I am delighted to note that your stay in the Mara exceeded your expectations. At Kempinski we believe that life should be lived in style no matter the location of the property.
A lot of thought has been put into our resort concept in the Mara to ensure that our travelers are assured of memorable journeys inspired by exquisite European flair.
I will definitely pass on your compliments regarding your overall stay to the team in the Mara.
We are touched to hear that your stay in the Mara was a rewarding experience.
Look forward to having you back with us in the bear future, please do get in touch for any future reservations.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We so much loved this experience!
The resort was quiet, very peaceful and relaxing and felt so very personal and private due to only a few number of tents. The whole camp, tents and interior were absolutely stunning and gorgeous - here to name as well the wonderful experience of an additional outdoor shower. This place offers a high standard of comfort to its guests and is more than very recomendable even or especially for a long stay. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful whatever it needs. We felt so well served and taken care of, by Fairman our always helpful camp manager, Big John and the rest of the kitchen crew who prepared our delicious meals throughout our experience, always wearing a friendly smile on their faces, Rafael who amazed us with his wide knowledge of wildlife on our game drives and so so many more wonderful and warmhearted people. For the time being at the camp it really felt like home...and we definately would claim, that this now is our favorite resort! We very much recommend this place and hope to come back very, very soon! Norman & Kornelia

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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ManishNambiar, General Manager at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2014

Dear Norman & Kornelia,
Thank you so much for your review on Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara.
I am delighted to read that you loved the experience at the resort, we are committed to providing memorable travel journeys for our guests and believe life should be lived with style.
The team at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara simply love to host guests and are even more pleased when they note that guests are enjoying the safari experience.
Look forward to having you back home in the near future.
In case we can be of any support with future reservations, please do let us know.

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

The lodge was our first stop on a family trip to East Africa. It was the perfect beginning. The staff was welcoming and warm. The accommodations were spacious and comfortable. Our driver was a wonderful companion during our game drives, and his knowledge of the Masai Mara was outstanding. The Conservancy limits the number of vehicles allowed in the area, making the ventures out into the bush seem more private. The food was top notch, and the service impeccable. An incredible experience on every level.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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ManishNambiar, General Manager at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2014

Dear Howard C,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara.
My team and I are glad to read that the resort was the perfect start to your trip into East Africa.
I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed the company of your driver guide during safari and found the trip to also be informative.
The Olare Orok conservancy is indeed very special, and the rules and regulations that govern the operation of resorts within it definitely do make the experience that much more authentic – for example as you clearly stated there are limitations to the number of vehicles that can surround an animal / animals at any given time. There is also a ban on the use of Mini Vans within the area.
We are happy to read that you had an incredible experience on every level and do hope that we will have the opportunity to host you once again in the near future.

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Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

This is the most luxurious camp in the Olare Orok Conservancy. From here you can enjoy viewing all the wildlife you can imagine, and also the Conservancy allows for evening game drives (which The Masai Mara can't offer). Although you can visit the Masai Mara if you want. There are less vehicles in the conservancy than in Masai Mara which allows for a better environment for the animals and better viewing.

We had a very good guide with Bernard, who showed us many different pockets of the Conservancy and its wildlife, very impressive. All the staff goes out if its way to make your time at Kempinski a wonderful stay. Thanks to Jackson, Mica, Felix, David (the Chef) and Fairman (the camp manager) to name a few for making our stay a delight.

The tents are very well furnitured, with a very large bed which slept very well (and we are picky when it comes to beds). The tents do get hot during the day, so make sure you spend some time in the shade at the pool at that time when you are not on a game drive. The food is of consistent high quality.

The camp is very safe with a number of Masai guards day and night guarding it, as there is no fence between the camp and wildlife. You will hear many perhaps unfamiliar animal sounds particularly at night.

We have seen Lion prides, Cheetah, Leopard, herds of Elephant, Buffalo, etc in the Conservancy itself. The views are spectacular.

Best regards,
Annemiek and Martijn



Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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ManishNambiar, General Manager at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2014

Dear Annemiek and Martijn,
Thank you so much for your feedback on your stay at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara.
My team and I are glad to read that you consider the resort to be a top notch luxury safari camp in the bush.
I will definitely pass on your thanks to the entire team at the property; it is our pleasure to have hosted you.
We do hope that you will be back with us once again in the near future. In case we can be of any support with future reservations, please do let us know.

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Olare Mara Kempinski is a fantastic safari lodge situated in the heart of Masai Masai. Further you drive for the game watch less animals there are. Only the first day alone with saw all except one member of The Big Five. The hotel is part of some sort of conservation group that allows them to enter an exclusive protected area densely populated with breathtaking African flaura & fauna.

The hotel facilities are great. Their offer does not differ of any city hotel really. Service is top, you can feel the genuine hospitality that is exercised by the staff of the hotel. The food and beverage department deserves special credit for their work. We were delighted with food and drinks, but we we appreciated more the good laughs we had.

Asanteni Sana Julius, Dominic, Felix, Head Chef & Fairman!

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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ManishNambiar, General Manager at Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2014

Dear Markovlhvc,
Thank you so much for the recent review on Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara.
Glad to read that you were impressed with the flora and fauna in Olare Orok Conservancy, the location of the camp is very special.
The team in the Mara were extremely delighted to have you stay with us and they say JAMBO, they also hope that you will visit soon for some more cheerful times.
Best wishes for a great 2014.

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Address: Olare Orok Conservancy, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Formerly Olare Ntiakitiak)
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Region: Kenya > Rift Valley Province > Masai Mara National Reserve
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 146 Speciality Lodging in Masai Mara National Reserve
Price Range: £757 - £1,933 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara is located in Olare Orok Conservancy. The resort comprises of 12 deluxe suites tents of which 1 is a honeymoon suite. The deluxe suites cover an area of 80 sq m and are furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris, with large four poster beds and reproduction furniture, offset by modern amenities. The honeymoon suite has its very own plunge pool, ideal for watching the sun set over the Mara and toasting to life together with champagne. ... more   less 
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