Mara Camp (Eastern Koyiaki Conservation Area - North of the
Masai Mara) Kenya
Located In the heart of Eastern Koiyaki, Ol Seki Mara
Camp offers six luxury tents, each boasting a 270 degree
panoramic view of the famous Maasai Mara. Traditional
colonial décor coupled with all the modern amenities provide
guests with a genuine Safari experience.
Each uniquely designed bedroom tent remains completely
hidden from the next, providing every client with the utmost
privacy and seclusion. The abundance of wildlife in the
Koiyaki area allows guests to enjoy big 5 game viewing in a
pristine and untouched surrounding away from the hustle mass
Accommodation / Facilities:
Nina Tents The thoughtful modern architecture creates an
luxurious living space in our six uniquely rounded tents,
each boasting a double and a single bed, dressed in the
highest quality linen.
A large en-suite bathroom and changing area with flush
toilet and hot shower allow for total comfort whilst
maintaining the Safari atmosphere. Each Nina remains hidden
from the next offering total privacy and seclusion.
Six opening panels allow guests to enjoy a breathtaking
270 degree view of the Mara plains. All of our tents are
designed to meet environmental demands, creating the
smallest of footprints.
OL Seki Suites
The new development at Ol Seki is now complete. The “Ol
Seki Suites” are now fully operational each boasting two
large units comprising of two bedroom tents either side of a
private dining and living area.
Guests staying in the suite will benefit from their own
private kitchen, with a dedicated team of staff for each
unit. Private access to and from game drives, provide an
entirely exclusive Safari experience.
Library & Dining Tents
The library tent offers an extensive selection of local
and international literature, giving guests the chance to
enjoy a read while soaking in the stunning views of the
Share a story with guests and staff over a drink from our
complimentary bar. Traditional African décor and colonial
furnishing provide the perfect Safari atmosphere. Move into
our dining tent and enjoy a 3 course selection of
international cuisine. Allow our chef to entertain your
senses while you watch the Giraffe graze below.
For a more romantic setting, meals can be arranged in the
privacy of your tent, or perhaps a candle lit dinner under
the ancient Ndorobo caves.
Game Viewing / Activities:
Enjoy big 5 game viewing in the pristine surroundings of
our Koiyaki conservancy. Away from the hustle of mass
Tourism, guests can enjoy a truly isolated Safari experience
that winds back the colonial clock.
Day trips into the Maasai Mara National Park can be
arranged on request, along with a Hot Air Balloon Safari and
many more activities.
All – Inclusive Wi-Fi Internet access Private game drives
in open 4x4 vehicles Night drives around the Koiyaki area
Guided game walks Sundown safaris Visit to Maasai Village
Visit to Local guiding school Local Ndorobo talk and
Note: Hot air balloon safari’s and other activities can
be arranged on request
As a member of the Ecotourism Society of Kenya, Ol Seki
makes every effort to maintain sustainable and responsible
Tourism within the Maasai Mara. Ol Seki contributes directly
to the Maasai community and is proud of the strong
relationship held between the camp and the residents of the
Ol Seki Mara Camp is always there for the community!
Our Silver Ecotourism Award
Ol Seki Mara Camp is proud to have been accredited a
Silver Award by the Ecotourism Society of Kenya, for
upholding their ecological standards and for their
commitment to the community nearby. The two new family units
at Ol Seki have followed the same design as the original
tents and a great deal of thought has gone into their low
environmental impact. Ol Seki pledges to plant an indigenous
tree for every guest visiting Ol Seki to offset their carbon
As new owners of Ol Seki Mara Camp, Nico and Cathy
Giovando, have pledged their assistance to the Koiyaki
community, and they have been helping in many valuable ways,
providing transport for those in need. With the assistance
of the Ol Seki tractor, they helped to dredge the dam prior
to the rains. The community now has a dam full of water and
they are thrilled! Ol Seki’s tractor has been used to help
in the building of the school classrooms and trenches for
the pipes of the new water borehole.
Milk is bought for the staff from the nearby village,
Paya, to which guests are taken, and locally reared goats
provide dinners for the camp staff. It is a traditional
village, with wonderful patina on the leather beds and the
wooden supports, and guests are always surprised to know
that this is not a Tourist trap but a working enkang, with
the calves and little kids all sleeping together in the one
hut. Funds from visits to the village help to educate the
children and the experience provides a fascinating insight
to the guests of Ol Seki and to their children. Their hand
made craft work is on offer to the guests encouraging the
women in the groups to maintain their traditional skills. It
is interesting to see how the women of the village used to
walk to the weekly market at Nkoilale in the first year of
operation, returning home well after nightfall. The
following year, they were able to buy donkeys to help them
carry their goods. Now, with a little pocket money to hand,
they have been empowered and are able to rent a small
pick-up to carry their shopping home.
Olesere Primary School has 170 students enrolled. It
covers pre-unit through Year Five (about 4 to 13 years old).
The school itself is very basic and our foremost goal is to
improve the learning conditions as they are very Spartan.
Thanks to the new and inspired Headmaster, there is
noticeable pride in the school by both the community and the
children. The school now has five classrooms and a
pre-school unit. They are looking to build at least another
three classrooms in conformity with Kenya’s 8:4:4 system. Ol
Seki would welcome any donations channeled through Tusk
A few years ago a free primary education scheme was
started in Kenya. The budget for each student per year is
400 Kenyan Shillings - just over 3 pounds/$5USD. This is to
cover teacher salaries, materials and texts. The government
does not give money for building schools so often you will
find classes taking place under the not-so proverbial acacia
tree! Olesere, fortunately, has five classrooms, a staff
room, outhouses and two water tanks, as well as a dedicated
team of teachers. Teachers are paid very little and
irregularly but this team is energetic and very willing to
make do with the little they have to raise the school’s
standards. The new school kitchen at Olesere Primary School,
was designed by Jan Allan for the community. Contributions
by guests of Ol Seki have given the school access to
government monthly donations of food, and the children will
now receive school lunches.
The dining room attached will double up as an assembly
hall and meeting place for the community, and the attached
store will be invaluable. Ol Seki would like to thank those
guests whose donations made this happen - in particular,
Dick Turpin of Artemis and seven year old Sophia Butler.
An exciting contribution was the community’s agreement to
put up a percentage of their game viewing fees towards this
project, and so it is their own kitchen too. The funds were
channeled through Tusk Trust and we should like to thank
Tusk Trust for their continued support to the landowners and
families in this area.
We are working with the teachers, students and parents to
make Olesere a great school. One of our main goals is to
give the community and the school ownership of this project
- we aim to work WITH the school instead of FOR them. They
are keen and willing to do what they can towards this goal.
Need assessments for the community have been made by the
NGO, World Concern, who concur that education is a priority.
They have built teachers’ houses for the school. Listed
below are the school’s priority needs.
Currently there are four or five students sitting at
desks made for three. The school has had wood donated and Ol
Seki would like to provide labor, training and tools to
complete the construction of the desks.
As the classrooms are constructed of rough wood, there
are large gaps in the walls and it can be quite windy.
Teachers have asked for some softboards to create classroom
displays. Several of these have been installed already and
display materials laminated as a gift from Ol Seki.
The students don’t have anything to play on and the
teachers expressed an interest in a climbing structure,
slide and/or swings. This would cost about 500 pounds
sterling. School Materials and books, display items maps,
charts, etc. - We have received several generous donations
which have been greatly appreciated. Trees - Ol Seki has
planted a large Euphorbia candelabrum to create shade and
several well grown indigenous trees have been planted as a
wind-break. Koiyaki Guiding School Ol Seki Mara Camp is
proud to be one of the largest donors to the school by
contributing $10 USD per bed night to the school.
The neighboring Koiyaki Guiding School has the following
To enhance conservation of the Maasai Mara wildlife by
converting this region into an economically viable
conservation area To equip local people with the
professional skills needed for them to participate in, and
promote conservation and wildlife management To provide
financial benefits from Tourism to the local communities
thus underpinning advantages of conservation for their own
lifestyle To reduce encroachment of wildlife habitat by
farming communities and thereby reduce man-wildlife conflict
We have had many Koiyaki Students on attachment during
their school holidays, giving them practical training, and
we are proud to have on our staff, the first woman graduate
guide, Betty Maitai. Our camping and conservancy fees and
donations to the school have provided an income for the
community, which has enabled further EU donor funding. On a
practical side, we have a close working relationship with
the school and have offered free bed nights to both donors
and lecturers. We have also assisted with a succulent garden
at the school.
In March 2009, the student guides went on a Field Trip to
Nairobi and the coast, stopping off for a curry lunch and
Talk on Succulents at Sue Allan’s. Last year, Ol Seki
arranged lecturers for the school, giving free
accommodation. Dr. Andrew Agnew, the well known botanist,
currently finalizing his third edition of ‘Upland Kenya Wild
Flowers’, spoke on Plant Taxonomy and Rupert Watson gave a
workshop on Conflict Resolution.
The British Army sent out experts to recce and look at
the possibility of joining forces with Ol Seki and putting
up a bridge, the materials for which are already in place.
Ol Seki welcomes their involvement and this would give
valuable access for the community to both health clinics and
markets during times of heavy rains. Pride of Lion Ol Seki
Mara Camp is proud to be one of fifty sponsors for the Pride
of Kenya and will have their very own lion decorated by Jan
Allan, who designed and built Ol Seki. Watch this space!
Pride of Kenya is a mass public appeal art event featuring
50 decorated life size fiberglass lion sculptures which will
be auctioned for lion conservation projects, as part of Born
Free’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.
Pride of Lion
Ol Seki Mara Camp is proud to be one of fifty sponsors
for the Pride of Kenya and will have their very own lion
decorated by Jan Allan, who designed and built Ol Seki.
Watch this space! Pride of Kenya is a mass public appeal art
event featuring 50 decorated life size fiberglass lion
sculptures which will be auctioned for lion conservation
projects, as part of Born Free’s 25th Anniversary
From $535 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.