Oldarpoi Mara Camp is a safari camp just outside the gates of the Masai Mara Game reserve. The camp is solely owned by the local Masai community and aims to bring transformational development socially and economically to the local Masai communities, turning them into self-reliant and self-sustaining communities, through profitable eco-tourism activities. The camp is built with all the comforts of home, including solar-heated showers, bed with pillows, sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, and porches with armchairs.
For a true introduction to the famed but little understood traditions of the Maasai there’s no more authentic place to go than Oldarpoi Mara Camp. Owned and managed by the local Maasai community, the camp offers a selection of interactive activities that give a genuine and non-touristy insight into this ancient culture. Located on the fringe of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, the camp does of course also offer a chance to see this season’s natural phenomenon: the Great Migration.
The camp was the brainchild of Nelson Ole Reiyia who, many years earlier, had been the first Maasai child from his village to attend school. Having walked more than 20km each way to and from school daily he, more than most, understands the value of education and the struggle needed to receive it. Those tough early years gave him an appreciation of the land the Maasai inhabit and an awareness of the significance of the tourism industry. Having studied tourism and hospitality management, Nelson went on to lecture at Dima College in Nairobi where he established the Department of Hospitality Management, and later to manage a Nairobi hotel.
But the needs of his people drew him home. Particularly concerned about the lack of schools in Maasai villages, which exacerbates high levels of illiteracy and leads many to cling to out-dated cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and early marriage, Nelson established Oldarpoi Mara Camp, with the aim of bringing developme