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Sanctuary Olonana

14 Spacious Tents

Sanctuary Olonana – the award winning tented camp situated on a private stretch of the Mara River in the Maasai Mara – located in the heart of Kenya’s big game country.

Fourteen spacious en-suite tents border the banks of the Mara River where resident hippo wallow their days away.

A wide range of game and cultural activities are available at Sanctuary Olonana.  The great wildebeest migration unfolds in the Mara from around July to October each year.

This camp earned a gold award from Ecotourism Kenya for its innovative wetlands and tree-planting projects.

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Sanctuary Olonana

Key Info

  • Capital: Nairobi
  • Population: 49,125,325
  • Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)
  • Time Zone: EAT (UTC +3)
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  • Climate:

    Kenya’s climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate inland to arid in the north and northeast parts of the country. The area receives a great deal of sunshine every month, and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. It is usually cool at night and early in the morning inland at higher elevations.

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Sanctuary Olonana is a small luxury camp with 14 spacious tents.  Each tent has floor to ceiling mosquito netting, en-suite bathrooms, solar lighting and large, river view verandas.

The main dining room and veranda commands a dramatic view of the Mara River providing the perfect setting for breakfast, afternoon tea and after-dinner star gazing.

There is a swimming pool, a mini-spa and a small gift shop.

Solar power supplies 240v electricity and there is a back-up generator.

Between activities, why not relax at the mini-spa which offers a range of treatments from facials to

body massages.  Sanctuary Olonana use Africology and French marine- based Thalgo products.

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The lodge was great!

We had a great time in Livingstone. The lodge was great - you need to have a love for nature to stay here. The rooms were quite open, overlooking the river therefore you were likely to get a few wasps, bugs etc. fly into your room. However the mosquito netting over the beds avoided one being bitten at night. The manager at the lodge was helpful – however I would recommend that anyone who travels to the Victoria Falls should book their activities directly from the individual activity centres. Other than that had we had great time!

Shreya and Family


We recommend their bespoke safaris and services

We decided to go on Safari with Africabound Adventures, the service provided was excellent! Sylvia took care of all our holiday planning by listening to our queries and put all our anxieties at ease - addressing and meeting all our expectations. Her passion, close links and expertise of Zambia and the region prompted us to book with Africabound Adventures. This one-to-one personalised service was second to none! We had a superb holiday, visiting the 4 recommended National Parks! The lodges were great - of a consistently high standard and comfortable, particularly Lion Camp in the South Luangwa. The game viewing lived up to expectations! The food was great and the people warm and friendly. Thank you Sylvia, for all your efforts towards arranging and delivering a memorable and enjoyable safari with passion, energy and expertise.

Anne and Steve


It was absolutely wonderful!

We travelled to three separate locations, staying in four beautiful venues; initially in Zambia at Sindabezi and Tongabezi, then moving onto Mfuwe for a stay at Nkwali Lodge - the safari part of our holiday and finally flying to Malawi and the paradise which is Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island. We can neither praise nor thank Sylvia enough for all the care and attention she gave us. As an example, whilst in Zambia we discovered on New Year’s Eve that we’d left one of our internal flight e-tickets at home. We phoned Sylvia in a panic and by the time we’d reached our next destination, our onward bound ticket was waiting for us at the reception. Not a service which would have been available from a high street tour operator I suspect! Tim had wanted to give me a trip of a lifetime and thanks to Sylvia he was able to do so. We will never forget our time in Africa and can’t wait to return. Thank you again Sylvia – it was absolutely wonderful!

Tim & Jo

Zambia & Malawi

We can’t wait to go again!

This was our first trip to Southern Africa and our first safari and we can't wait to go again. From the outset Sylvia was incredibly helpful understanding exactly what we wanted from the trip and using her vast local knowledge and experience to tailor the holiday perfectly. The choice is overwhelming and having the benefit of someone to guide you through the options and suggest places to stay and visit was such a help. Sylvia also worked closely with a travel agent to match the internal and international flights to the places we wanted to stay and maximise the time available on our trip. Having all the transfers arranged by Sylvia also took a lot of hassle out of moving between locations. The trip was amazing from the hospitality and drives around the reserve at Tanda Tula, getting up close to wonderful wildlife to the incredible welcome at the stunning River Club in Zambia and a walking safari with rhinos. I would totally recommend using Sylvia and Africabound Adventures to organise your holiday.

David Owen

South Africa & Zambia