This eco-friendly camp is in the pristine northern regions of the reserve. It was built by the Allan family but is now managed by the Giovando family, who have more than 38 years of safari experience. It's named after the olseki or sandpaper tree, which is a Masai symbol of peace, harmony, and wealth. Set on round wooden platforms on a rocky outcrop surrounded by bird-filled trees, the 12-sided tents look as if they are sailing through the bush. Inside, it's all
space and light, with simple, stylish furnishings: a double and single bed, cream and earth-tone soft furnishings, straw mats, carefully planned lighting, and en-suite toilet and shower. The lean, clean effect is carried through to the attractive dining tent and library, which has a fireplace. The tents have been refurbished, and two new suites (with two bedrooms each) have private living and dining areas, as well as their own kitchens, ensuring the ultimate in privacy. There's a full range of activities, including morning and night game drives with lots of game—you might get one of Kenya's few woman guides—bush picnics, star-gazer walks, botanical walks, and visits to authentic, nontouristy Masai villages, where you might be lucky enough to witness a genuine betrothal or postinitiation ceremony.
Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya