HEMINGWAYS OL SEKI MARA - NABOISHO CONSERVANCY - MASAI MARA
Hemingways Ol Seki is a stunning private tented camp in the wildest terrain of Kenya located in the heart of the Naboisho Conservancy which borders the Maasai Mara Reserve. The conservancy offers an incredibly private safari experience as numbers are limited and there is a choice of ten exclusive luxury tents offering breath taking views and the warmest Kenyan hospitality. The Conservancy provides a migration corridor for a multitude of animals and restricts the number of visitors allowed in at any one time which reduces the human impact on the environment and the wildlife. This means that you are never surrounded by the hordes of vehicles that you find in the Mara Reserve itself and there are strict rules on the number of vehicles watching the wildlife.
Ol Seki Hemingways Mara is located in the heart of the Naboisho Conservancy which borders the Maasai Mara Reserve. Access to the camp is from daily scheduled flights to Ol Seki Airstrip, Siana Springs or Keekorok Airstrip.
We have ten stylish tents, all with en-suite bathrooms, and each one expertly designed to offer secluded privacy and spacious accommodation in safari-chic muted tones of vanilla and taupe. We have six domed ‘Nina’ tents and two expansive family suites – ‘Simba’ and ‘Chui’. Hot running water blasting through rain showerheads and elegant flush loos are a feature of every ensuite bathroom. These low impact structures are camouflaged by the landscape and are fashioned for sustainability.
Every tent sits on a private vantage point up on the rocky escarpment offering a 270° view of the bush from your bed which takes in the slope of the acacia scrub where animals graze in the shade of the sparse trees. Beyond the immediate vista, the Ngama hills hem the horizon to the east and beyond lie the plains of the Maasai Mara.
Children are welcomed at the camp and special activities for them include Maasai warrior spear throwing, bow and arrow making, traditional fire lighting and story-telling by the camp fire.
Breakfast can be before you head out for a morning game drive or after you come back. Lunch can be a perfect picnic out in the Reserve or a light lunch back in camp. After a long day on safari, afternoon tea is delivered to your room as you take a few hours to relax and re-energise. And if all that’s not enough, enjoy a 4 course dinner in camp or out in the bush under the stars.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Naboisho Conservancy includes contributions from over 500 Maasai landowners and conservancy fees paid by tourism are directed back to the landowners providing them with a sustainable livelihood. Naboisho limits the number of visitors permitted to enter thereby reducing the crowds of vehicles and leaving the plains free for wildlife to thrive. Research indicates that Naboisho has one of the highest densities of lion in Africa and the conservancy also has impressive numbers of elephant, giraffe, and other plains game in addition to hosting some of the rarest animals in Kenya such as Wild Dog.
Game Drives - days are as action packed or as relaxed as you want and being in a conservancy means we have the freedom to head out on game drives whenever suits; that might be at first light to capture the sunrise and an early morning cheetah hunt or that might be after dark to experience some of the alternative nocturnal wildlife that you cant see during the day. Especially during the months of the migration you might enjoy a full day in the conservancy Mara Reserve and the camp will offer a lovely picnic lunch and the drinks of your choice to enjoy the day.
Guided Walks - being in a conservancy the camp is able to offer guided walks through the wilderness where you have the chance to learn about the area, the Maasai culture, all the plants of the region and their traditional uses and different wildlife tracks.
Community Visits - as the camp works so closely with the local community they have been invited to take guests to some of the local village homes for an introduction into the Maasai lifestyle. There is always beadwork and carvings for sale during these visits so this is a perfect time to collect your souvenirs with the added benefit that your money contributes directly to the local Maasai women – do barter for any purchases!
Horseback Safari - explore the wilderness of the Mara Reserve on horseback. A morning’s horseback safari will give you a chance to experience the wild savannah of the Mara and you will be accompanied by well trained and experienced guides.
Balloon Safari - one of the iconic experiences of a safari in Africa - a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Mara Reserve is a great way to get a different perspective on the area. The flight usually lasts about an hour and once you’re safely back on solid ground celebrate with with a champagne breakfast in the bush.
OL SEKI MARA IS CLOSED FROM 17TH APRIL TO 31ST MAY
THE CAMP WELCOMES CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND HAS DEDICATED ACTIVITIES FOR THEM