At a Glance
Enjoy the range of treatments in the Olarro Spa
Night drives using infrared night vision binoculars to spot nocturnal game in their natural habitat
Mountain bikes are available to enjoy exhilarating guided bike rides along the special biking trails in the area
Experience Maasai life and culture, with a visit to the local Maasai village
Stunning cottages with unbeatable views across the plains
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The only time to avoid Kenya is during the long rainy season in April and May. November is considered the short rainy season, however, these are less predictable and are much lighter. The best time of year to visit the Maasai Mara is during the Great Wildebeest Migration which tends to pass through the Mara between mid July to late October.
To start planning your holiday to Olarro
Olarro is located in the midst of the Loita Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Built to reflect the landscape the stylish lodge blends in with the surroundings whilst the seven stunning cottages offer incredible views.
The main Olarro Lodge has seven cottages, a dining room overlooking the savannah, a swimming pool that is made up from a series of interlinking pools and a mini spa offering a range of treatments. Little Olarro has two en-suite rooms, a dining room, lounge, spa treatment room and an outdoor deck to take advantage of the incredible views from its position high up on the hillside.
Olarro is situated in a 10,000 acre private conservancy which sits in the corridor of the annual wildebeest migration therefore offering incredible game viewing alongside a wealth of other activities.
As well as regular game activities you can go for guided walks, mountain bike rides, an awe-inspiring helicopter trip over the herds of animals in the Maasai Mara or a serene hot air balloon ride. Totally unique to Olarro are their night drives using infra-red night vision goggles - a new way of seeing the Kenyan wildlife! More specialist activities include bird safaris, a cultural safari, and photographic safaris.
The main lodge has a deck that offers a 180 degree view across the expansive surroundings and an open fire-place ideal for star-gazing at night.
The lodge prides itself on its eco-friendly principles using solar and wind energy systems as well as its close relationship with the Maasai community. The main aim is to create a self-sustaining tourist operation and improve the lives of the people through medical and educational assistance. The lodge is founded on and focuses on conservation, sustainability and community empowerment and has a variety of projects in place currently to achieve this inspiring goals.
The main Olarro Lodge has seven cottages, six of which have an interlinking living area therefore ideal of groups of friends or families. Each bedroom in the cottage has luxurious en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers. There is a lovely dining room overlooking the savannah, a swimming pool that is made up from a series of interlinking pools and a mini spa offering a range of treatments.
Little Olarro has two en-suite bedrooms, a lounge, a spa treatment room, a dining area, a deck with incredible views and comes with its own staff.
Olarro is very child friendly welcoming children of all ages. For children aged 6 years and above there is a "Olarro Junior Adventurers Club" which has programmes full of exciting bush adventures such as hiking with a Maasai guide, learning to live like a warrior and bush survival techniques such as learning to light fires, track animals and even learn to use a bow and arrow! The lodge also offers specific menus for children to ensure they are well nourished after their busy day!
Main Olarro offers a beautiful swimming pool with a series of interlinking pools offering the perfect way to cool down from the warm african sun. If you are in need of a bit of pampering, both Main Olarro and Little Olarro have spa treatment rooms with a range of treatments available for you indulge in.
Olarro offers a huge range of activities from day and night game drives with infra-red night vision goggles, mountain biking and bush walks. For a truly breathtaking view of the African landscape take to the skies in either a helicopter or hot air balloon for an exhilarating birds eye view. Specialist safaris are also offered such as bird safaris, cultural safaris and photographic safaris.
Mr Giles Trotter (Guest)
Had a wonderful holiday. Loved it.
Camilla Whitworth (Guest)
This is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited. The food was the best food I had on my trip and the guide for our Maasai village tour was fantastic. We walked with him in Loita hills behind the lodge - it is unforgettable experience in Africa.
Game drives in the Maasai Mara
Exploring this iconic ecosystem in an adapted, open 4x4 safari vehicle with your professional safari guide is one of the best ways to get up close to the huge volume and wide diversity of wildlife in the Mara.
Maasai Mara Balloon Safari
Experience the magic of floating over the plains of the Maasai Mara in a Hot Air Balloon. Balloon safaris are a fantastic way to experience the vast beauty of the Mara and provide exceptional photo opportunities with spectacular lighting and scenery.
Private Safari Guide and Game Drive Vehicle
Ensure an exclusive and totally tailored safari experience by booking a private safari guide and game drive vehicle. A private guide gives you the flexibility to go where you want, when you want. If you have specific interests this is an absolute must.
The Great Migration
The Maasai Mara is famous for being home to one of nature’s most spectacular events: the Great Migration. Millions of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Mara in search of better grazing.
Walking in the Maasai Mara
Exploring the African bush from outside a safari vehicle is a wonderful experience. Get away from the noise of the 4x4 and, accompanied by your professional safari guide, begin to pick up on the smaller details of the African bush.
Location & directions
Olarro overlooks the Loita Hills and bushland, in the Greater Maasai Mara region of South West Kenya. The lodge is situated on a 10,000 acre private Conservancy within a larger group ranch, owned by the local Masai people. The Conservancy sits along the corridor of the annual wildebeest migration.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta Airport, then it is a 30-minute journey by road to Wilson Domestic Airport. Scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Wilson airport to Siana airstrip take about 45 minutes. The vehicle transfer to the lodge is approximately 1-hour 30-minutes. Alternatively, a short 35-minute helicopter flight direct from Nairobi will take you to the Olarro helipad.