OLARE MARA KEMPINSKI MASAI MARA
Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara is situated in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy, a 35,000-acre part of the Masai Mara-Serengeti ecosystem that is run in partnership with the indigenous Masai people. A huge variety of wildlife make their home in the area, including Cheetahs, Lions, Giraffes and Wildebeest: visitors are often surprised by just how close the animals come up close to their tents at the resort. In this beautiful and unspoiled location, the tented camp offers a touch of luxury in the remotest of places. See below for more information about the local area.
The conservancy was brokered in 2006, bringing together 277 Masai landowners for the sustainability and protection of wildlife and the Masai Mara eco-system as a whole. Known formerly as Olare Orok, the conservancy expanded to encompass neighbouring Motorogi lands, and now covers a total of 35,000 acres of prime grasslands, riverine forests and acacia woodlands.
Managed by a board with representation from the Masai landowners, tourism partners and donors, the conservancy is home to the biggest population of big cats and forms the habitat of some of the world’s most awe inspiring creatures.
The Conservancy has set a maximum of 72 beds in four mobile tented camps, equating to one guest for every 350 acres. This gives guests a genuine safari experience, away from the crowded experience 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. A ban on the use of mini buses gives guests an exclusive wilderness experience with bush walks and night game drives; activities not possible in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The area also boasts the highest number of large mammals per square kilometre in Africa. Over 50 different species of raptors have also been identifed within the conservancy.
The Olare Motorogi Conservancy can be accessed by air, AirKenya and Safarilink operate direct flights from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to Olare Orok Airstrip. Guests landing at Olare Orok Airstrip save on the National Park Entry fees. The Olare Orok Airstrip is only located 20 minutes away from Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara.
Guests can also travel by road via Narok, a four wheel drive vehicle is recommended which should preferably be beige or safari green in colour.
Flying time to Olare Orok Airstrip is approximately 1 hour from Nairobi. Travel time by road to the tented camp is 6 hours.