Fodor's Expert Review Hemingways Ol Seki Mara

Masai Mara National Reserve, Narok, Kenya

This eco-friendly camp in the middle of the exclusive Mara Naboisho Conservancy is named after the olseki or sandpaper tree, which is a Maasai symbol of peace, harmony, and wealth. Set on round wooden platforms on a rocky outcrop surrounded by bird-filled trees, the 10 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 two newer suites have two bedrooms, living and dining areas, and their own kitchens; guests can choose to have the staff finish cooking meals here before serving them privately. The conservancy limits entry to only clients actually staying inside the area and offers an incredibly private safari experience. Activities include morning and night game drives with lots of game—you might get one of Kenya's few women guides—bush picnics, star-gazer walks, botanical walks, and visits to authentic, non-touristy Maasai villages.


  • positioned on an elevated ridge with great views across the plains
  • afternoon tea is delivered to your tent
  • exclusive game-driving area where you won't encounter many other vehicles


  • you'll need to enter the Mara proper to see the best migration river spots
  • the bathrooms are small, although the showers are reasonably spacious
  • the steep wooden walkways around camp would be a problem for very young children


Green, Family, Romantic, Views


Phones: 0716-613--051-reservations


10 tents
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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