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Hippo in the river


Classic Masai Mara


Plenty of game to spot


Olonana on the banks of the Mara River


Enjoy the views from your luxury accommodation


Main lodge river view deck


Aerial view of the swimming pool


Luxury glass-fronted suite


Bedroom view


Luxury Suite deck


Luxury Suite interior


Bath with a view


View over the Maasai Mara


Time for a refreshing drink

Sanctuary Olonana, Masai Mara, Kenya

Luxury safari lodge on the Mara River in the Masai Mara

Available as part of a tailor-made itinerary by our safari specialists

Sanctuary Olonana is an exceptional luxury safari lodge on a private stretch of the Mara River, at the foot of the impressive Siria Escarpment close to where the famous last scene from "Out of Africa" was filmed. It's the ultimate in luxury in the heart of Kenya's big game country.


Offering ultramodern bliss, Sanctuary Olonana is a recently refurbished retreat. Brand new glass-fronted suites offer light, sumptuous interiors and opulent marble-and-slate bathrooms, as well as private decks. Living spaces are adorned with specially commissioned African art. 

Activities & Experiences

This is the beautiful setting for sighting the Big Five. Highly knowledgeable guides lead expeditions through the Masai Mara in open-sided four-wheel drives. These experiences are tailored around your preferences, and can be as active or leisurely as you like. From around July to October, herds of wildebeest and zebra cover the plains. In addition to big game viewing in the Masai Mara Reserve, you can enjoy a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of the Maasai people in the nearby village.

Facilities & Services

Enjoy the new restaurant and relaxation area or dine alfresco. Spend calm afternoons at the pool or out on the scenic sundeck. Meanwhile, the spa offers specialist Africology treatments. Experience personalised service and a relaxed atmosphere throughout your stay. With a Gold rating from Ecotourism Africa, Sanctuary Olonana takes a range of measures to maintain a high ecological standard.

Weather & Seasons

The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Masai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October but game-viewing is great year-round as there is abundant resident wildlife.

Getting Here

At Nairobi, you will be greeted and driven to the local airport for a 45 minute flight to the Masai Mara. Drop your bags and head straight out onto the reserve’s rolling hills in a 4x4, eyes peeled for the Big 5.

Consider Also

See our suggested 12 Night Classic East Africa Safari​ combining the Masai Mara with Tanzania's Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

Angama Mara - Masai Mara, Kenya

Mahali Mzuri - Masai Mara, Kenya

Klein's Camp - Serengeti, Tanzania

Top Africa Safari Destinations

Time to Get in Touch?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us an email outlining your requirements.

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