Ol Seki Mara Camp
The camp looms over the plains on a rocky cliff face – a suitably dramatic setting, blending into the surrounding bush. The modern spaces hide in and among acacia trees, 10 units raised on wooden platforms.
You have the entire 130 square mile (200 km square) of Naboisho Conservancy to explore. The conservancy borders the Mara, and there are no fences to inhibit the migration of animals which means you should see the big five and other indigenous animals right here, sometimes within five minutes of the camp.
Only vehicles from the conservancy are allowed in here, so you see wildlife, not minibuses. The view from the camp is spectacular, the Mara is mostly flat plains but Ol Seki is elevated on a rocky escarpment so you can see for miles.
The size of the tents is remarkable and the exquisite paleness of the colors compliments the beauty of the design.
The majority of staff were brought up within a 9 mile (15 km) radius of the camp. They know the land intimately and they care about it. Everyone has an excellent knowledge of the area, not only the guides. So if you’re in the dining tent and you point to the hills and ask the waiter what they’re called, he’ll tell you the name and what it means.
The camp is named after the Ol Seki tree (known in English as the sandpaper tree) which in Ma, the local Masai language, means “blessed”. It’s a peace tree and the branches are used to settle disputes. This is apt because the creation of Naboisho, which means “coming together” has brought peace between agriculture and wildlife in the conservancy and has helped to forge a harmonious relationship between the local Masai and tourist enterprises in the area.
The camp has great guides, including one of the few female guides in Kenya. The connection with the Koyaki community goes beyond peaceful co-existence. The camp is greatly involved in village life. Paya, the nearest village is the main beneficiary of their community projects.
Probably the world’s most famous game park has undergone substantial development and is for good reason one of the most desirable places on earth to see the iconic wildlife. During the Great Migration, it’s the best natural show on earth, a true spectacle. Take land game drives or a balloon ride above the plains.
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