The strikingly modern rebirth of a traditional Kenyan camp

After a total rebuild, Sanctuary Retreats’ Mara camp now has dramatic glass walls, freestanding baths and indoor-outdoor lounge areas

The main lodge at Sanctuary Olonana in Kenya after a total rebuild
The main lodge at Sanctuary Olonana in Kenya after a total rebuild

Sanctuary Retreats has long had a presence in the Mara Triangle, in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. Now, as part of a huge refurbishment programme across the collection’s portfolio, its Mara camp is fresh off a total rebuild. The new Sanctuary Olonana lodge(sanctuaryretreats.com; from $245 per person) forsakes its old traditional design; where once there were canvas and dark hardwoods, the 14 suites now showcase striking glass walls that frame wide views of the Mara River, freestanding baths and indoor‑outdoor lounge areas. But the standards as far as Sanctuary’s environmental footprint is concerned – utilising, for example, 100 per cent solar power and recycled groundwater – remains.

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