Ol Seki Hemingway's Mara

Lodge location Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Designer tented lodge with 270° panoramic views of the Mara plains.

Peaceful, secluded and perched up high on a rocky bluff in the private Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Ol Seki Hemingway’s Mara Camp is an oasis of tranquility and luxury in the rugged Kenyan wilderness. This small-scale safari retreat has ten spacious en-suite safari tents and an abundance of wildlife just beyond the camp’s doorstep. Glamping at its finest in the land of rolling savannahs, the big five and the great migration.

At a glance

Lodge swimming pool

Cool down

Go for a swim in the camp's swimming pool.
Safari bush walk

Walk on the wild side

Safari bush walks are included.
Tented accommodation

Luxurious tented rooms

Just ten tented rooms at Ol Seki Hemingways.
Safari game drive

Game drives

Exciting safari game drives are included (including 1 x night drive).
Hot air balloon

Take to the skies

Hot-air balloon safaris are available (additional cost).
Child friendly

Bring the family

Ol Seki Hemingways welcomes children of all ages.

A light breeze

Each room at Ol Seki Hemingways has a fan.
Solar power

Solar powered

Ol Seki Hemingways is powered by the African sun.
Nearest airport

Nearest airport

Easy access through Ol Seki Airstrip.
Cultural excursion

Meet your hosts

Community experiences available (additional cost).

Stay connected

Wifi is available at Ol Seki Hemingways.
Family rooms

Stay together

Ol Seki Hemingways has two family tented rooms.

Panoramic views and classic safari decor

In the heart of the private Naboisho Conservancy, far removed from the busy safari routes lies the stylish Ol Seki Hemingway’s Mara Camp. The safari retreat is perched upon an arrow-shaped bluff overlooking the Isupukai River. With only a limited number of very comfortable safari tents, this retreat exudes a sense of exclusivity and privacy. The tents are all spaced well apart, giving each the feel of being alone in the wild. The communal guest areas are very warm and inviting, providing the perfect atmosphere for sharing safari stories while enjoying a favourite drink. The panoramic views, wood-floored dining and lounge tents and big soft comfy chairs and sofas all add to the camp’s pleasant ambiance.

Looking out from your comfy chair in the guest area you’ll see all kinds of animals venturing in from the plains for a refreshing drink at the camp’s private watering hole. At day’s end the safari retreat’s deck is an ideal spot for enjoying a sundowner by the firepit with a view of the setting sun. As the stars come out and the African night sets in, paraffin lanterns and candlelight cast a warm glow in the dark as guests settle in for the night.

Nestled between the rocks lies Ol Seki’s infinity pool. It’s surrounded by a stone terrace and has a very pleasant sunken seating area with a firepit. The pool looks out over the valley, making each swim even more pleasant. For those moments when you need some downtime and long for rest and relaxation, the camp offers a spa for relaxing massages and a lounge tent with comfy sofas and books to read. For those moments that you want to check in with the rest of the world, there’s wi-fi available throughout the camp. Laundry service is included during the length of your stay.

Each of Ol Seki’s circular canvas safari tents are extremely spacious, filled with natural light and stylishly decorated with elegant vintage touches. The twelve-sided tents are spaced well apart for privacy. The view from each and every safari tent is breathtaking. They each look out over the sprawling plains below the camp. There are six spacious circular ‘Nina’ tents with a screened-in furnished deck area with chunky rugs and rush mats, a very comfy double bed or twin beds and enough space to add a bed if necessary. The en-suite bathroom has a hot-water shower, flushing toilet and a dressing area. There are two larger safari tents named ‘Chui’ and ‘Simba’ which are specifically designed for families or groups, each with two en-suite bedrooms, a central living area, a private kitchen, a lounge and a dining room. For the ultimate in luxury, guests staying at the Chui or Simba safari tents can also choose to request a private chef for the evening.

Ol Seki Hemingway's Mara Camp food experience

Fine cuisine and first-class Kenyan hospitality really help to make your safari even more enjoyable. Ol Seki’s resident chef prepares fresh, mouthwatering international cuisine with locally sourced farm-fresh ingredients. At your request he’ll even prepare local delicacies for you. Having choices and the flexibility to choose your dining experience will make dining a delight. Enjoy a tasty continental breakfast buffet, fresh fruit, and eggs prepared the way you like them before your morning game drive or upon your return. Lunch is served as a picnic while you’re out and about or a three-course lunch can be enjoyed upon your return to the camp. After being in the outdoors during a safari, a lovely afternoon tea can be delivered to your tent while you enjoy some relaxing downtime. At the end of an adventurous day of game-watching in the wild, you can enjoy a four-course dinner beneath the stars, either at the camp or in the bush.

Activities at Ol Seki Hemingway's Mara Camp

One of the benefits of staying at Ol Seki in the 200 square kilometer Naboisho Conservancy is the wide range of safari activities you can choose from. Due to conservation efforts at the conservancy, it’s home to large numbers of elephants, big cats, giraffe and other wild animals. Ol Seki’s Masai guides have extensive knowledge about the local wildlife and the surroundings. Each of the guides is dedicated to protecting the local ecosystem.

Here’s an overview of activities you can choose from during your stay. Please note surcharges apply for some activities.

  • A full-day game drive at the Masai Mara National Reserve (including breakfast & lunch)
  • Early-morning hot air balloon safaris
  • Night game drives
  • Walking safaris (three hour walk)
  • Masai village visits
  • Horseback riding safaris
  • N’dorobo cave visit

Ol Seki Hemingways special offers

Honeymoon special - bride stays for free

Ol Seki Hemingways offers a fabulous special for newlyweds. Brides stay free of charge when staying for a minimum of two nights. Valid between 1 November and 19 December 2023, between 4 January and 14 April 2024, and between 1 November and 19 December 2024. The honeymoon special only applies when travelling within the first 6 months of marriage and may not be combined with any other special offer.

Stay 3 pay 2 at Ol Seki Hemingways

Indulge in luxury for a little longer at no extra cost. Book three nights at Ol Seki Hemingways in Masai Mara, and only pay for two.

This special offer is applicable for new bookings for arrivals between 4 January and 14 April 2024, and between 1 November and 19 December 2024. Only applies on the full adult sharing and single rates, and does not apply to children's discounted rates. This special offer may not be combined with any other special offers.

Tripadvisor comments Ol Seki Hemingway's Mara Camp

All included stay in the conservancy. This means all food + beautiful tent + 2 bush drive per day, plus a bush breakfast + a night drive + a super friendly and personalized welcome from Debbie and her team. Just perfect! We enjoyed it so much and saw so many animals... mama cheetah and 2 Cubs, lionesses with Cubs, male lions, elephants, buffalos, all herbivores, etc etc great great great time!

Dahuvariable from Fribourg, Switzerland

Excellent, the lodges are beautiful, the staff is friendly and professional, the Ol Seki Hemingway is perfectly situated, with a view on the Masai Mara. The game drives were amazing: we saw lions (lions mating, lionesses with their cubs), leopard, zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, etc. We recommend.

Jsmk from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland