Local Customs

Local Customs


The Olare Mara Kempinski is the perfect choice for an authentic safari experience. Located in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, which forms part of the Masai Mara National Reserve. Lions, Leopards and Cheetahs are regularly spotted on game drives. The Masai Mara ecosystem is actually estimated to hold one of the highest Lion densities in the world. Tucked away in a grove on the banks of Ntiakitiak River, this elegant tented camp effortlessly blends in with the landscape, whilst at the same time providing the modern comforts you would expect from a luxury hotel. Access is via Nairobi with local carriers connecting to the major tourist destinations in both the national parks and beach areas. 

Why Visit

To witness the Great Migration, one of nature's biggest wildlife spectacles which sees animals crossing the Mara river into the Masai Mara between July and October each year. Glide over the Masai Mara in a hot air balloon followed by an indulgent champagne breakfast. The park is home to over 450 bird species, offers breath taking views across the open plains and nothing quite matches the privilege of seeing Masai herdsmen on their own land.

Dress Code  

On safari you will spend most of your time riding on a 4*4, so avoid tight fitting clothes and choose cotton or linen. The midday sun can be scorching so you will want to have your shorts and t - shirt ready, as well as a bathing suit and kikoy (sarong for the pool). Bear in mind that the early mornings and evenings can be chilly, layers of clothing and a fleece are recommended in the evenings. Please also carry a wide rimmed hat, suncreen and mosquito repellent. The dress code for dinner is smart casual. A scarf and a light jacket is always also useful to carry. 


Generally visitors flock to Kenya in the country's dry seasons, between January and March, and July and October, because these are the best months to go on safari in the national parks, however any time of year is the best time of the year to be in the Masai Mara. 


The currency is the Kenyan Shilling, where KES is made up of 100 cents. 


More than 40 ethnic languages are spoken in Kenya. Although the national language is Swahili, most Kenyans also understand and speak very good English.

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