Sanctuary Olonana (Masai Mara | Kenya)
Sanctuary Olonana is a traditional tented safari camp located on a private stretch of the Mara River at the foot of the impressive Siria Escarpment in Kenya, close to where the famous last scene from “Out of Africa” was filmed. The eco-friendly camp is one of the first to incorporate a natural water treatment system and has an organic garden where much of the vegetables served are grown. Working closely with the local tribes, who are as much part of the character and culture of the place as the family of noisy hippos who colonise the banks of the river below, Sanctuary Olonana sets a new standard with its light environmental “footprint”. It is also one of those rare places which is all things to all people. For children it is a wonderful playground of discovery with the local Maasai tribe’s people. For others it’s an idyllic hideaway complete with library, swimming pool, mini spa and the freedom to enjoy a four course dinner wherever the whim dictates: deep in the bush, or on the private river-view terrace of the pavilion. The brand Sanctuary Retreats itself was born with the opening of Sanctuary Olonana in 1999, as its first luxury safari camp.