Safari Splendour – The Olare Mara Kempinski, Masai Mara Tented Camp welcomes guests to marvel at the beauty of nature.
Located 90 minutes from Mombasa or an hour’s flight from Nairobi, Kempinski’s first property in Kenya has recently opened its doors to welcome guests and adventurers to its all-inclusive Olare Mara Kempinski, Masai Mara Tented Camp located in the Olare Orok Conservancy Masai Mara. With a terrain which is primarily grassland and forest with a sprinkling of acacia trees, the Masai Mara is an enormous game reserve that stretches 1,510 sq km (580 sq miles) and has an elevation of 1,500-2.170 metres above sea level. Well known for its lion population as well as its great wildebeest migration and being the home of the Masai people, this camp is and perfect getaway for those who love nature at its finest and for those who wish to experience the beauty of wildlife and the environment of Africa at its finest.
According to the CEO and President of Kempinski Hotels Reto Wittwer, the Olare Mara Kempinski is one of the most unique properties in the Kempinski Hotles Group. “Adventure in the Masai Mara is the latest Kempinski experience we’re proud to offer sophisticated travellers. It offers exceptional scenery, intimate dining and the opportunity to interact with nature all added with Kempinski’s style, comfort and service.”
Remote and hidden from prying eyes, the Olare Mara Kemspinki is located in a secluded woodland grove on the banks of the Ntiakitiak River. Accessible via twice daily flights on Air Kenya or safarilink from Nairobi and one daily flight from Mombasa, Olare Mara Kempinski can accommodate a total of 24 guests at any one time. Each tent is furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris with four poster or twin beds, outdoor and indoor showers and oversized old fashioned claw foot bathtub and a teak deck spread over 80 sq metres. One of the tents features its own plunge pool.
Conceptualised for active adult travellers, the camp presents a wide variety of on-site and off-site activities including game drivers in 4X4 Land cruisers with knowledgeable safari guides, night safaris, escorted bird, game and nature walks, Masai village visits, bush breakfasts at the hippo pool or early morning balloon safaris over the Masai Mara National Reserve. All trackers, rangers and guides have a minimum of Bronze Level KSPGA qualifications.
After a day on safari, guests can also relax in the Camp’s pool or enjoy a cocktails on the deck at the main lodge admiring the sunset or around a campfire. Keeping with the traditions of rural Africa, Olare Mara Kempinski offers guests a daily set menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner at communal or individual tables in its restaurant. Romantic dinners for two or more can also be organised under the stars in the bush amid wildlife under the protection of Masai warriors.
Being an eco-friendly resort, Olare Mara Kempinski takes its responsibility towards conserving the environment seriously. It grows its own fresh produce in the largest organic garden in the conservancy as well as source solar power for 70% of its energy needs. Whatever it does, the camp ensures that it does not harm the fragile ecosystem of the grasslands.
The recommended itinerary includes a 3 night/4 day stay to allow guests to take in the splendour of the Masai Mara while providing sufficient time to relax. Packages offered are all inclusive starting with airstrip transfers, full board including beverages, two game drives per day and conservancy fees starting from $435 (SGD 535) per night per person (double occupancy). With the opening of Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi in spring 2013 a visit to the Camp can be seamlessly combined with stays in the capital city.
About Olare Orok Conservancy: May 2006 was an significant date for conservation in the Masai Mara with the formation of Olare Orok Conservancy. Ron Beaton, Jake Grieves-Cook, Kipeen Ole Sayialel, Justice Moijo Ole Keiuwa and David Rakwa brokered a deal with the Masai land-owners bordering the Masai Mara Game Reserve that has become the template for the Mara community wildlife conservancies.
Bordered by community lands to the north, west and east and by the Serengeti National Park to the south, the Masai Mara Game Reserve is a 370,000 acre piece of pristine land. The Olare Orok Conservancy is jointly managed through Olpurkel Ltd by all the conservancy stakeholders, who operate by a strict Code of Conduct.
With a maximum of 72 beds in four mobile tented camps, equating to one guest for every 350 acres, the Conservancy is expansive and private. This ensures that any guest has a genuine safari experience, away from the crowds within the Masai Mara National Reserve itself. All camps have to be mobile and adhere to the National Environmental Impact guidelines set out by the Government. The use of mini-buses forbidden and this gives guests an exclusive and wild experience with bush walks and night game drives; activities not possible in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. With over 50 different species of raptors have also been identified within the conservancy, the area has the largest number of large mammals per square kilometre in Arica, making this conservancy a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.
For more information and reservations please visit www.kempinski.com, email: [email protected] or consult your travel agency.