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Masai Mara


Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
TEL: 254-721-921-966
With a silent partner like Paul Allen (yes, that Paul Allen) backing Olarro, it’s no wonder this hillside lodge overlooking the Masai Mara is becoming Kenya’s next high-profile hideaway. Designer Anthony Russell has worked his magic on the seven thatched cottages and a two-bedroom villa: the tiled floors resemble giraffe markings, and the billowing fabric ceilings give the feel of a tented camp (without the hassle of having to unzip your door). At this new conservancy the wildlife may not be as prolific as in other parts of Africa, but after-dark safaris with night-vision goggles, as well as a perfect perch to watch the annual wildebeest migration, more than compensate.

Room to Book:

Cottage No. 6 has a zebra-maned thatch roof and the best views of the wildebeest migrations over the Maasai Mara National Reserve's open plains.

Insider Tip:

Prebook a day-long game drive through the Maasai Mara to spot wildebeest, zebras, lions, cheetahs, and leopards. Or take it all in from the air, with a helicopter ride or a hot-air-balloon flight.

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