- Night drives around the Koiyaki area.
- Game drives in the Maasai Mara and Koiyaki Reserve.
- Visit the Koiyaki guiding school.
- Explore the area on foot to see the smaller residents and plant life.
- Beautiful views from the camps elevated position.
- There are six very spacious rounded safari tents, each boasting a panoramic view of the famous Maasai Mara.
- A fireplace deck has also been added in front of the Library tent.
- Traditional colonial décor coupled with all the modern amenities.
- The Large walk-in canvas tents with huge beds, solar lighting and fine linen provide comfortable accommodation.
- Guests can enjoy a truly isolated safari experience that winds back the colonial clock.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Days are as action packed or as relaxed as guests want and being in a conservancy means we have the freedom to head out on game drives whenever suits; that might be at first light to capture the sunrise and an early morning cheetah hunt or that might be after dark to experience some of the alternative wildlife that you wouldn’t see during the day. Especially during the months of the migration, many guests do enjoy one full day in the Mara Reserve itself, along the main rivers in the hopes of spotting a wildebeest crossing. We will of course arrange this for you, sending you out with a lovely picnic lunch and the drinks of your choice to enjoy the day.
Being in a conservancy we are also able to offer guided walks through the wilderness where you have the chance to learn about the area, the Maasai culture and all the plants of the region and their traditional uses. You’ll also have the chance to learn the tracks and scat of the animals that have passed by that day.
One of the iconic experiences of a safari in Africa, a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Mara Reserve is a great way to get a different perspective on the park. The early morning Mara breeze will float you southwards towards Tanzania and as you follow the Mara River all the wonderful animals of the Mara are visible. The flight usually lasts about an hour and once you’re safely back on solid ground, celebrate the early morning escapade with a champagne breakfast in the bush.
As we work so closely with the local community, we have also been invited to take our guests along to some of the local village homes for an introduction into the Maasai lifestyle. There is always beadwork and carvings for sale during these visits so this is a perfect time to collect your souvenirs with the added benefit that your money contributes directly to the local Maasai women producing these exquisite artefacts. Don’t be afraid to bargain and barter however, it is expected.
Explore the spectacular wilderness of the Mara Reserve on horseback. A morning’s horseback safari will give you a chance to experience the wild savannah of the Mara up close. During the adventure, you will probably come across the paw prints of lions rather than the footprints of human beings. There are also well trained and experienced guides to ride with you and show you the ropes. After the unforgettable adventure, treat your horse with a horse-friendly cookie for a job well done. Don’t just drive, ride.
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4×4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Ol Seki Mara Camp is a beautifully luxurious camp, located in the heart of Eastern Koiyaki in the South East of Kenya. There are six very spacious rounded safari tents, each boasting a panoramic view of the famous Maasai Mara. This relaxed, informal camp is situated in the remote Koiyaki area adjacent to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and is surrounded by wonderful wildlife viewing. At Ol Seki guests can enjoy the big 5 game viewing in the privacy of a game reserve away from the hustle of mass tourism. Guests can enjoy a truly isolated safari experience that winds back the colonial clock.
Ol Seki focuses on quality, and priority is placed on attention to detail. The property is situated in the Naboisho Conservancy, which borders the Masai Mara, and the lack of fences between the two means that the wildlife is free to roam, thus ensuring the potential for great game viewing. The handful of large, very comfortable canvas tents have wooden decks from which guests can enjoy optimal views of the surrounding scenery. There are also welcoming spaces where you can socialise with your fellow guests over drinks, such as the library tent. The majority of the staff here grew up within a short distance of the lodge and are therefore a font of knowledge on the flora, fauna and geography of the area.
If ever there was a definition of ‘glamping’ Ol Seki captures it in every sense. We have ten stylish tents, all with en-suite bathrooms, and each one expertly designed to offer secluded privacy and spacious accommodation in safari-chic muted tones of vanilla and taupe. We have six domed ‘Nina’ tents and two expansive family suites – ‘Simba’ and ‘Chui’. Hot running water blasting through rain showerheads and elegant flush loos are a feature of every en-suite bathroom. These low impact structures are camouflaged by the landscape and are fashioned for sustainability. Every tent sits on a private vantage point up on the rocky escarpment offering a 270° view of the bush from your bed which takes in the slope of the acacia scrub where animals graze in the shade of the sparse trees. Beyond the immediate vista, the Ngama hills hem the horizon to the east and beyond lie the plains of the Maasai Mara.
These tents are ideal for couples. The high dome centers over a double bed decked out in fine linens. Six opening panels encompass the bed on three sides, which mean that from the comfort of your pillow, you can watch the dawn break in panorama. The rear section of the tent houses your en-suite bathroom and dressing area and in front of the tent is a large deck where you can enjoy private dining, sunbathing and star gazing.
Complete with kitchen, dining room and living area, which connects two enormous double bedrooms, both en-suite, this is perfect for families. There’s a fully stocked bar and fridge and you can decide the level of service you require – we can provide a butler to be present at all times or we can make our staff invisible and give you complete privacy.
Featuring two large en-suite double bedrooms separated from a large central living space housing a private kitchen, lounge and dining room. A stone boardwalk connects the three distinct structures which means that if other members of your party want to stay up late in the private bar, you can retire to the quiet seclusion of your room next door. This suite is ideal for families or friends travelling together who would also like some privacy within the group.
Our experienced chef will impress you with a varied menu while our staff will pour your drinks. The beauty of our catering is its mobility – wherever you are in the Conservancy or the Reserve, you can indulge in excellent fresh food served on china plates and chilled drinks poured into real glasses. As well as being mobile we’re also flexible. Breakfast can be before you head out for a morning game drive or after you come back. Lunch can be a perfect picnic out in the Reserve or a light lunch back in camp. After a long day on safari, afternoon tea is delivered to your room as you take a few hours to relax and re-energise. And if all that’s not enough, enjoy a 4 course dinner in camp or out in the bush under the stars. Food is prepared in-house and is mostly international fare, although local dishes are served upon request. Breakfast consists of an omelette station and a choice from the buffet. A three course buffet lunch is usually served at 1pm and tea time is at 4pm, while dinner is typically served at 8pm. Meals are usually enjoyed as a group around the main table and most drinks are included.
With a near panoramic view of the acacia scrub beyond your table, the dining tent will excite your senses. Breakfast offers a healthy continental buffet and a hearty and familiar English breakfast with our chef on hand to prepare your eggs exactly as you like them. Lunch will re-energise after the morning’s excursions and dinner is sumptuous with an extensive repertoire of classic dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
Perhaps you might prefer the solitude of a private al fresco meal on the deck of your tent. In the Nina tents, we will serve you from the kitchen and our waiters will attend to you unobtrusively. In the Chui and Simba tents, we can give you a private chef for the night who will cook in your personal kitchen and serve you at your own dining table.
Our kitchen is totally mobile so don’t be surprised if you find the dining floor is the grassy plain of the conservancy one evening or if the kitchen one morning is transformed into a tree trunk and trestle table. Our specially designed safari coolers and hampers make for the most luxurious picnic lunches too.
Descend from the Library to the low deck, following the lantern-lit pathway. From this ledge, where the evening campfire blazes, you have an excellent view of the waterhole and the stars. Many warm evenings have been whiled away here in canvas safari chairs watching the sun set as our staff offer up the perfect G&T and some delicious nibbles. Sinking a scotch and soda under the stars while the fire roars and the crickets hiss in the great outdoors is so memorable – it’s unlike any other bar you will ever have frequented.
There is a cosy library tent with books on the region and where staff will serve guests drinks. It’s an excellent place to relax or socialise with other guests. Laundry is included and typically returned within 24 hours. Laundry detergent powder is provided in the tents so guests can wash their own clothes if they prefer. While there’s no currency exchange at the camp, they do accept cash payments in US dollars, euros, pounds sterling and Kenyan shillings. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Wi-Fi is strongest in the tents and is known to be consistent.
The camp has a library tent next to the dining tent and being raised up, both have the most stunning views out across the wilderness. A fireplace deck has also been added in front of the Library tent; this is an ideal spot for sun-downer drinks and a chat about the adventures of the day. Furnished with beautifully comfortable leather sofas and arm chairs, this is the quintessential safari scene that has remained largely unchanged for a century or more – no modern technological interruptions of digital noise or flashing images. Compare yourself to other safari-goers over the ages, captured in sepia images in coffee table books. Or contrast your experiences to those described in racy fiction of heady safari romances and dangerously wild encounters. Come and peruse the collection of literature and we’ll help you to drinks at any time of day or night.