Embrace the serenity and magic of Sanctuary Olonana, where luxury and nature unite for an unforgettable African safari experience. Nestled on a private stretch of river within the Masai Mara, this exquisite lodge is a visual masterpiece that showcases ingenious architecture, artistic interiors and traditional Maasai design elements.
The lodge's riverside location ensures both intimacy and privacy, with the soothing sounds of the Mara River drowning out any neighbouring noise. Best of all is the thrill of spotting hippos from your private deck, their boisterous wake-up calls an exciting sign of adventures to come. Harmonious interiors, meanwhile, pay homage to the splendour of the region – think sun-bleached floorboards and vibrant hues reminiscent of African wildflowers – while antique, hand-crafted Maasai spears dot the walls, infusing an authentic spirit throughout the space.
Guests can retreat to one of 14 glass-sided suites, which frame captivating views of the extraordinary landscape, to the two-bedroom ultra-luxury Geoffrey Kent Suite, or to one of several glorious communal areas, the walls of which are mudded each year by Maasai women using local, grey clay soil. Step through the dramatic glass doors of the main lounge and arrive at a terrace adorned with faded indigo rugs and elegant pendant lamps, then wander to the cosy boma fire pit beyond. Encircled by deckchairs for intimate gatherings, this spot offers prime river views, perfect for observing the resident hippos.
After a day out in the bush, why not indulge in traditional African remedies and in-room spa treatments or take a refreshing dip in the pool? Sanctuary Olonana's culinary offerings echo the nourishing theme, celebrating healthy, organic ingredients sourced from the on-site kitchen garden.
The best of Sanctuary Olonana
- 14 suites and two bedroom Geoffrey Kent Suite with exceptional design and artistic décor
- Located on a private stretch of Mara River with unrivalled views and resident pod of hippos
- Organic homegrown produce
- In-room spa treatments, outdoor gym and swimming pool
- Easy access to the wildebeest migration in season
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Extraordinary cuisine at Sanctuary Olonana
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Commitment to conservation and responsible tourism
Sanctuary Retreats believe creating access to clean drinking water is one of the most powerful ways to improve the world. Not only can it save communities from infectious disease, malnutrition and health complications, but improved water supply and sanitation can also boost economic growth and help to reduce poverty.
Sanctuary Retreats is currently supporting the construction of modern kitchens and the implementation of school feeding programmes, where children are provided with lunch at school.
We have a long history of collaboration with local Maasai communities to plan their own development and enterprise priorities.