Arrivals & Departures Sanctuary Retreats unveils revamped Olonana

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Sanctuary Retreats’ extensive refurbishment of its lodges and camps continues, with the reopening of its flagship East African property Sanctuary Olonana.

It’s part of the luxury boutique safari operator’s multimillion-dollar investment program across its portfolio. 

It means guests at the revamped camp will be able to stay in suites “designed especially to maximise the wilderness experience”, with a mix of contemporary style and traditional African design. 

With more than 130sqm of space, the suites offer travellers a comfortable stay with king-size beds, marble bathrooms and free-standing bathtubs. 

“Set in lush woodland on the banks of the Mara River in Kenya’s Masai Mara — a key staging point for Africa’s annual Great Migration — the new-look Sanctuary Olonana brings the outdoors inside, almost literally, thanks to 14 spacious new glass-sided suites,” Sanctuary Retreats says. 

“Experienced guides are expert at finding the perfect hidden spots from which to view the extensive wildlife on show in the Masai Mara, supported by special touches ranging from private picnic breakfasts and lunches to magical bush suppers under the stars.” 

For those wanting to take home a memento of their journey, master Maasai bead workers visit the property, with profits from their handcrafted jewellery going back into the community. 

Prices start from $US350 ($470) per person twin share, including all meals and drinks, transfers and a choice of two daily game-viewing activities. 

Sanctuary Retreats has an extended stay offer: stay 4–6 nights and save up to 30 per cent or stay more than seven nights and save up to 40 per cent.


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