Ol Seki Mara is listed in the Hemingways portfolio, which is made up of four high-quality properties spanning the Maasai Mara, Nairobi, and Watamu. The name Ol Seki means ‘sandpaper tree’, a tree that symbolises peace and harmony for the Maasai people. And everything about the camp is intended to bring the same peace and harmony to travellers here! One of the most sophisticated camps in this part of Kenya, Ol Seki is highly recommended for travellers looking for a retreat-style property well away from the MMNR crowds. Accommodation is booked on an all-inclusive basis, featuring all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, all scheduled activities, transfers between the camp and Ol Seki Naboisho airstrip, and Wi-Fi. The camp is open all year, apart from mid-April to end of May.
Access & location:
The camp is accessed via approximately 10 minutes’ road transfer from Ol Seki Naboisho airstrip. It’s situated on the end of an arrow-shaped escarpment, within the wildlife-rich Mara Naboisho Conservancy.
Accommodation & facilities at Hemingways Ol Seki Mara :
Guest accommodation consists of eight tents, including two family units made up of two tents joined together. The family units also have a private lounge, dining area, and kitchen apiece. All options are spaced along the hillside, connected to the main area by polished wooden walkways. Each is raised above ground level on a platform, which boasts spectacular views over Naboisho Conservancy! The tents are 12-sided, with ample fly sheets to protect guests from creepy crawlies as well as substantial rugs on the floors for warmth. All beds are spacious, and other furnishings include bedside tables with lamps, clothes chests, a comfy seating area, and a veranda with a small table and a couple of chairs. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin, and generously proportioned shower. The standard tent category is known as ‘Nina’, the name of the architect’s daughter, while the two family units, ‘Chui’ and ‘Simba’, benefit from their own butler! The butler’s duties include serving drinks and preparing snacks in the suite’s private kitchen. This is great for guests who like a little time to themselves.
The communal facilities at Ol Seki feature two large tents, both with panoramic vistas over a popular waterhole, and beyond to wooded plains and hills. One tent is called the Library Tent. A chic variation on the traditional lounge space, it aims to capture the essence of safari with its earthy palette and touches of yesteryear in chunky storage chests and paraffin lanterns. A few well-cushioned sofas and armchairs provide a very comfortable environment in which to peruse any of the interesting books on display and to enjoy tea, coffee, or an alcoholic beverage! Wooden steps lead down to the dining tent, which forms part of the property’s roomy deck, appropriately named The Deck. In common with the Library Tent, this is very stylish. The dining tent has hardwood tables flanked by classic safari chairs, and even a telescope for wildlife watching or simply taking in those breathtaking views. The camp’s gift shop sells a range of locally produced items, ideal as souvenirs. And in readiness for its 2019 re-opening, the camp added a fire-pit and an infinity pool! Built into and around the big boulders on site, both spaces serve to increase the wow-factor of this sophisticated property.
Activities at Hemingways Ol Seki Mara:
Ol Seki offers an exciting range of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives- Drives are available during mornings and evenings within the Naboisho Conservancy. The hills and plains, speckled with acacia and cordial, are home to lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – all Big Five! – in addition to cheetah, hyena, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, antelopes, and much more. Day game drives are also possible in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and if you’re here during the months from July to October you can look out for the huge herds of the Great Migration!
Cultural visits- Guests are invited to meet the local Maasai herdsmen and their families, to learn all about their ways of life. This is an amazing experience for keen culture fans.
Horseback safaris- Rides take place not only in Mara Naboisho, but also in the conservancies of Mara North and Olare Motorogi as well as in the MMNR! Many game species are relaxed around horses, so you can get really close to them.
Hot air balloon safaris- Staff members at Ol Seki are happy to arrange this special type of safari for you! The balloon ascends at dawn and drifts for a couple of hours over the Mara’s sprawling plains, before returning to Earth and a champagne breakfast. Fabulous!
Bush walks- Ol Seki Mara offers bush walks led by guides, but the guides are not armed and not licensed to carry firearms. As these walks operate in areas with dangerous game, we do not recommend that any of our travellers takes part in this activity.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.