It's hard to capture this amazing experience with words. My girlfriend and I left Oldarpoi Mara Camp in Masai Mara Kenya a month ago and are still at a loss for how to describe it. It was exactly what we were looking for, actually even better, beyond what we could have imagined.
Nelson and his staff went above and beyond for us.
The boys who work there - Jeremiah, Ruben, Jeffrey, Willy, Samuel, the warriors, etc., almost all of whom either grew up in the Maasai culture or are still living in it, are the most interesting, inspiring people.
We stayed there for 3 nights and 4 days; and we didn't want to leave.
The accommodations were fantastic - the tents were very comfortable, the beds were really cozy, we felt totally safe from wild animals -
we were protected by warriors after all, and we had the best showers we had the whole time we were in Africa.
They capture the sun's
rays for electricity and hot water and take advantage of being at the base of
an escarpment for water pressure needs. It makes so much sense!
The food. Willy, best chef in Kenya. Literally. The most amazing thing about it - they don't have a fridge and they get supplies from Nairobi just once a week.
These things would be limitations for
most people, but not for Willy. Every meal was worth going back for seconds. We
ate SO well.
The safari. We were the only guests at the camp so we had the whole vehicle to ourselves! One day, 4 of the big 5. Nelson and Ruben traded off driving like mad men through the rough hills of the Maasai Mara.
It was impressive! We saw so many BIG CATS and we got awesome
photographs. Other safari vehicles passed us chock full of people straining to
We are forever glad we stayed at Oldarpoi and not one of the more expensive, less authentic safari lodges in the area.
place is amazing, the staff is amazing, there are no words for this experience.
We even had a resident leopard in the tree above our tent!
Just writing about it makes me want to go back...