• Located on a private stretch of the Mara River bordering the epic Masai Mara
  • During annual Wildebeest Migration, the action happens less than 40 minutes camp's doorstep
  • Easily accessible, only a 45 minute flight from Nairobi
  • Newly opened Geoffrey Kent Suite featuring 2 ensuite bedrooms, private dining, infinity pool and private vehicle and guide
  • Offers game drives, cultural visits, bush dinners, sundowners, balloon flights and scenic flights
  • Gold Eco-Rated by Ecotourism Kenya and winner of "Africa's Leading Eco-Lodge" in World Travel Awards 2015
  • In the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

Sanctuary Olonana is located in the Masai Mara on a private stretch of the Mara River. The camp is accessible by air via the Kichwa Tembo Airstrip which is approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Sanctuary Olonana.

Flying time:

•  Nairobi Wilson Airport NBO (WIL) to Kichwa Tembo Airstrip (KTC) - 45 minutes

Road transfer:

•  From Nairobi to Sanctuary Olonana – 6 hours


The  luggage  restriction for light aircrafts is 15kg / 33lbs per person in a soft-sided bag.

The  climate in Kenya is mainly characterised by warm days and cool evenings. December to March are usually the warmest  months  of  the  year,  while  June  to  August are the coolest.  April and May often see intermittent  rains, and from September to November the days are warm with short scattered rains falling in November.

Clothing should be cool and comfortable; and colours should blend in with nature  as much as possible.

Greens, browns and khaki coloured clothing are advisable for safaris. Guests are advised to pack their swimwear. We suggest long sleeves and long trousers and for morning and evenings due to mosquitoes; and a fleece, sweater or warm jacket for morning and  evening  game  drives.  Sturdy and comfortable shoes are essential.  A  complimentary overnight laundry service is offered in the camp.

Accessories:  Sunscreen,  sunglasses and hats are essential. Binoculars and good cameras are an absolute  must. The camp provides a torch as well as complimentary mosquito repellent and toiletries.

Please  should  discuss  health  precautions  for  your  travel  itinerary  with  a  qualified  health  professional  at  least  six  weeks before  you  depart.  We  advise  all  travellers  to  take  precautions  against  malaria  and  we  recommend  speaking  to  your  GP or personal physician four to six weeks before departure. A yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers to Kenya. 

All extras can be paid for with Visa,  MasterCard,  American Express and traveller’s cheques. US dollars, Pounds,  Euro’s and Kenyan Shillings are  also accepted; however change will be  given in the  local currency. Diners Cards are not accepted.

Tipping  is  not  obligatory  but  generally  accepted  rates  are  $15  per  guest  per  day  for  the  guide  and  $10  per  guest  per day for the  rest of the staff.

Sanctuary Olonana prides itself on its personalised services. Please  let us know if you have any special requests, dietary requirements,  allergies or medical conditions.

Guests  celebrating  their  honeymoon  will  receive  special  surprises  during  their  stay.  All  attempts  are  made  to  keep honeymooners separate  from other guests.

Our honeymoon services include:

•  Special honeymooner welcome

•  Fruit Basket in the  room

•  Private  meals on deck

•  A bottle of sparkling wine during dinner

•  Traditional Maasai blessing ceremony

•  Complimentary 30 minute  back massage and spa treatments at reduced rates

•  Complimentary private  vehicle  (subject to availability)

We welcome children of all ages at Sanctuary Olonana.

With  spacious  family  suites  and  a  wide  variety  of  activities  for  guests  of  all  ages,  Sanctuary  Olonana  is  the  perfect  choice for  a  family  safari  in  Kenya.  Activities  can  be  arranged  especially  for  children  including  tailored  game  drives,  nature  walks, treasure  hunts,  bird  watching  and  animal  print  identification.  Visits  to  the  local  Maasai  village  can  include  a  variety  of activities  including  mock  spear  throwing,  fire  making,  hut  building  and  cattle  herding.  There  is  also  the  opportunity  to help  with  conservation  by  planting  a  tree  in  Sanctuary  Olonana’s  “tree  sanctuary!”  We  are  flexible  with  meals  and  meal times for children.

Children  aged  15  years  and  younger  are  required  to  share  with  their  parents.  Sanctuary  Olonana  offers  3  family  suites, featuring  two  bedrooms.  Private  vehicle  must  be  booked  for  children  aged  5  or  younger.  Babysitting  service  is  available on  request  (not  a  registered  babysitter)  at  a  nominal  fee  which  will  be  paid  directly  to  the  child  minder.  Baby  cots  are available.

Breakfast,  lunch,  snacks  during  activities  and  dinners  are  all  included  in  your  stay.  Breakfast  is  served  before  the  morning game  activity.  During  your  morning  game  viewing  activity,  coffee,  tea  and  a  selection  of  scones  and  biscuits  will  be  served out  in  the  bush.  Lunch  will  be  enjoyed  back  at  the  camp.  Afternoon  and  evening  game  drives  include  classic  sundowner cocktails  and  canapés  at  specially  selected  spots  before  returning  to  the  camp  for  pre-dinner  drinks  and  dinner.  Romantic private  dinners  on  your  room  deck  or  by  the  pool  can  be  arranged  upon  request.  With  prior  notice,  our  camps  are  able  to arrange  halaal meals,  however,  please  note  our kitchens aren’t strictly halaal and our chefs are not trained in halaal food preparation. Unfortunately,  we  are  unable  to arrange kosher meals.

Meals typically consist of the  following:

•  Breakfast:  Continental and full English Breakfast

•  Lunch:  Table d’Hote

•  Dinner:  Table d’Hote,  3 course  meal with 2 to 3 choices,  one  being a vegetarian


•  06:30 Wake-up call

•  07:00 Breakfast

•  07:30 Depart for morning game  drive

•  12:00 Lunch

•  14:00 Optional Activity (Maasai Village Visit/Nature  walk)

•  16:00 Depart for afternoon game  drive

•  18:00 Sundowners

•  19:00 Dinner

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Conservation & Community


Sanctuary Retreats Philanthropy works with Maasai communities in the Masai Mara to positively impact education, encourage conservation, and develop community enterprise.


The Safe Water for Schools Initiative introduces sustainable, non-invasive means to acquire clean water for Maasai students in Kenya

Enkereri  Village  and  school:  Enkereri Village,  is located at the top of the Siria  Escarpment close to Sanctuary Olonana. This  Maasai  village  actively  works  on  projects  to  improve  the  way  of  life  and  education  for  its  people.  Sanctuary Retreats  Philanthropy  is  working  together  with  Enkereri  on  a  number  of  projects  including  extending  gas  piping  into designated “cooking  huts”  in  the village  in  order for them to make  use of  biogas, a renewable energy  source  used for cooking and heat.

Indigenous  tree  planting:  Make  a  difference  while  on  holiday  and  help  us  combat  increasing  deforestation  by  planting your own tree in our tree nursery.

Wetlands  Project:  Through a unique  system,  wastewater is cleaned and released back into the  Mara River and used in the irrigation system for our tree  nursery.

Maasai  Women’s  Beadwork:  Guests have the  opportunity to see  the women producing the  beadwork and purchase the handicrafts in the Sanctuary Olonana gift shop.

Organic  Garden:  Enjoy  a  delicious  fresh  salad  picked  from  our  own  organic  vegetables  garden  -  one  of  the  simplest forms of conservation


Stay 5 nights across our safari lodges and camps in East and Southern Africa and receive your 5th night free.

  • Valid for stays from 1st December 2023 - 31st May 2024
  • Book by 31st January 2024
  • Applicable on all Sanctuary lodges in East and Southern Africa
  • Offer can be combined with long stay discount but not with other offers
  • Excluding Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Chief’s Camp, Geoffrey Kent Suite at Sanctuary Olonana and Private Villa at Sanctuary Tambarare
  • Subject to availability
  • Offer can be withdrawn at any time

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Experience a honeymoon like no other with Sanctuary Retreats.

Spend your honeymoon at our portfolio of luxury safari camps and lodges and receive 50% off your stay for you or your partner.

This special offer can be combined with our existing long stay discount for even greater savings.

  • Offer valid for new bookings from 15th September 
  • Valid for travel between 15th September 2023 - 31 December 2024
  • Minimum stay 2 nights
  • Valid for travel within 6 months of marriage certificate
  • Can be combined with the long stay discount
  • Cannot be combined with other offers
  • Offer does not apply to GK Suite at Sanctuary Chief's Camp, GK Suite at Sanctuary Olonana or Private Villa at Sanctuary Tambarare
  • Offer can be withdrawn at any time

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We will be waiving our single supplement for all camps and lodges across East and Southern Africa in April 2024 and October 2024, as well as in all low season months.

  • Valid on new bookings from 28th Jul 2023
  • Subject to availability 

Enjoy extra on your safari getaway with Sanctuary Retreats' extended stay offer valid for 2023 and 2024, when you stay at one or more of our properties depending on your season of travel:

  • Stay 4-6 nights & save up to 25%
  • Stay 7+ nights & save up to 30%

To find out more about this offer, please refer to the rates of each of our properties.


  • Offer can be applied to single and multi-camp stays at any of Sanctuary Retreats’ camps and lodges in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia
  • Percentage discount varies based on selected property, seasonality and length of stay.
  • Please see selected property page for rates
  • Discount not valid on peak season bookings at Sanctuary Chief's Camp - please enquire for details
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