Comfort on your Africa safari in Kenya and Tanzania is a major consideration and can range from simply comfortable to pure luxury – whether at lodges, permanent or semi-permanent tented camps or bush homes. And for those who want to “feel close to the land,” there are mobile-tented and adventure safaris.
Each type, or any combination, of accommodations can be found in virtually all national parks/ reserves in both countries, so your itinerary can be as diverse as you wish.
In selecting accommodations, our clients’ wishes are our first consideration, along with:
Following are some accommodations we have selected as examples of what you can expect. However, there are many more from which to choose in all areas in both countries.
Intrepids Camp – Samburu
Located along the Ewaso Nyiro River, each of Intrepids 25 very large permanent luxury tents provide a view from where you can watch the animals come to drink. Each tent has mahogany wood furnishings, with four-poster twin or queen size beds, traditional fabrics used throughout. You will dine on deliciously prepared meals, colorful fruits, and be offered a wide selection from which to choose. En suite facilities, flush toilets. Generator power.
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Sabuk – Laikipia Area
Sabuk is located on the edge of the Northern Frontier District in Laikipia. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River. Sabuk is a base for camel treks, yet welcomes guests for traditional safaris, including children – who are provided special menus, mealtimes and “look-out service”. Sabuk works closely with the Laikipiak Masai and share their tribal, bushcraft skills and tracking animals – many of whom work at the camp. With 5 secluded stone bandas with a new family banda, each of unique design, open front to the wilderness. Generous twin, double and king beds; hand carved furniture; pool. Camel safaris are available for an afternoon or for 3 to 5 days – walking or riding, the choice is yours. Horseback riding, fishing, night game drives and guided walks are available… you only have to decide your own schedule. Bush breakfasts and lunch along the river are regular features. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers; many have deep tubs. Drinks and laundry included. Pool. Generator and solar power.
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Starbeds at Loisaba – Laikipia Area
Once you’ve seen the “billions and billions” of stars in an African sky, your immediate desire will be to sleep under them – not in a lodge nor under canvas, but right under them. Well, at Kiboko or Koija Starbeds you can. Whether at Kiboko or Koijo, you will find 2 double Starbeds and 1 family Starbed - consisting of four-poster beds on raised platforms surrounded by mosquito netting… each with en suite bathroom and hot safari showers - providing blissful sleep under the vast African sky with only the stars as a ceiling. Guided game walks before breakfast; afternoon game drives and cultural visits are available. Breakfast and dinner are served here, hosted by the local Samburu. Drinks and laundry included. Gas lanterns.
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Tortilis Camp - Amboseli
With views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the 17 permanent luxury tents, Tortilis is located at the southern edge of Amboseli National Park in Kenya. Here you will dine on some of the tastiest meals prepared with fresh vegetables grown in the camps own gardens. Italian dishes are a specialty, all prepared under the auspices of the family matriarch. These lovely tents offer twin or king size beds, a new family/honeymoon tent; a pool for relaxing between game drives. En suite facilities, flush toilets. Drinks and laundry included. Solar and generator power.
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Cottar’s 1920s Camp – Masai Mara
Bordering the Serengeti and Loliondo reserves of Tanzania, Cottar’s 1920’s Camp is within a 22,000 acre exclusive concession south east of the Masai Mara. Cottar’s safari tradition began in 1919… and being owner hosted, the family continues to provide unparalleled safari experiences. Today, the camp returns to the original spirit of “safari” reminiscent of a golden bygone era – of romance, adventure and elegance. The camp has 10 tents, 6 of which contain twin or king-sized beds, 4 are family tents with two sleeping areas; each with canopied verandah and arranged to ensure privacy for each. The meals are served family style with fine silver service and candle lit candelabras. Each tent has their own private butler, vehicle with guide and tracker for game drives; guided bush walks available as are night drives. Decorated with safari antiques from the 1920’s, en suite dressing rooms/bathrooms, chain-flush toilets and showers. Drinks and laundry included. Pool. Generator and solar power 24/7.
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Elephant Pepper Camp – Masai Mara
Elephant Pepper Camp (Formerly the Mara Bush Camp) – is a true safari camp located on the Koiyaki Community Group Ranch in a natural forest overlooking the northern Masai Mara. Here you’ll sleep under canvas in twin or double beds; a family tent has recently been added. An original eco-friendly semi-permanent camp committed to finding a way of life that doesn’t harm the wilderness. The camp, with only 8 tents goes up for nine-months of the year and then is packed away to allow the grass and bush to regenerate, leaving no trace of its presence. Excellent meals with an Italian flare and family-style dining; bush breakfasts served out on the Mara. Game drives, guided bush walks and night drives. There is no electricity or noisy generators. Hot water is provided for bush showers; en suite bathrooms with flush toilets. Drinks and laundry included. Solar power.
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Mara Explorer Camp – Masai Mara
Located at a bend of the Talek River and the confluence of four main game viewing areas, Mara Explorer Camp consists of 10 luxurious private tents, each with its own river frontage and views – 7 with queen and 3 with twin beds – furnished in classic “explorer” style with hand-carved mahogany furniture, antique chests and historic prints. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, twin washbasins, showers and secluded outdoor Victorian-styled bathtubs. The dining area, overlooking the river where hippos play, or bush sites near the camp serve set meals using fresh vegetables and herbs grown in the camp gardens. 24/hr butler service, safe deposit boxes, outlets for battery charging. Two-way radios provided in each tent. Drinks and laundry included. Generator power 24/7.
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Mara Intrepids Camp – Masai Mara
Mara Intrepids Camp offers 30 luxury tents spread across a large riverside site, ensuring privacy. All set on raised platforms you will also find 3-family tents consisting of 2 sleeping tents with a joining screened airway with sofa and chairs for relaxing; remaining tents consist of four-poster twin or queen-sized beds; many river facing. Decorated with handsome reproduction furniture in warm colors. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, twin wash basins and showers. Traditional African cuisine and continental dishes are served in the open-air or enclosed dining areas. Three game drives daily, bush breakfasts and dinners. The Adventurer’s Club for kids and Young Ranger’s Club for teenagers are great activities for those traveling with children. Pool. Generator power 24/7.
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Olonana Camp – Masai Mara
Situated on the banks of the Mara River, where hippos frolic, you will find Olonana Camp where the activities and schedules are as the guest wishes, whether game drives or walks, bush meals, visiting the local Masai villages. Here you will find 12 spacious tents, each with two queen-sized beds; en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, twin washbasins, showers and hair dryers. Gourmet meals (buffet breakfast and set lunch and dinner, and afternoon tea with homemade cakes) are served in the spacious dining room, the terrace overlooking the Mara River, your tent’s private river view veranda or in the bush. Personal two-way radios provided in each tent. Drinks and laundry included. Pool. Generator and solar power, 24/7.
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Richard’s Camp – Masai Mara
The camp was originally built as the family home while they carried out conservation work in the surrounding area. Richard, himself was raised in the Masai Mara since age three. Your days can be filled with activities as you choose: game drives, escorted game walks, night drives, picnics in the bush and sundowners around the camp fire. Richard’s Camp comprises 6 tents, furnished in traditional African style, all with separate dressing area, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot safari showers. Tucked away in the forest, guests can indulge in a Victorian bath, under the breathtaking night sky, surrounded by candles and the sounds of the bush. Set menus of continental and African cuisine are served under the stars. Drinks and laundry included. 24-hour solar lighting.
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Saruni Camp – Masai Mara
Situated on the slopes of the last remaining forest, on private conservation land, of the Masai Mara you’ll find Saruni Camp. This intimate lodge consists of 6 luxurious tented chalets with large outside decks, containing twin and king beds with colonial antiques, Persian carpets and African art, built to ecological standards. Day and night game drives; guided walking safaris are conducted. Meals are served family-style with many excellent Italian dishes, also bush breakfasts and dinners. All chalets have amazing views into the Mara Plains. Saruni has probably the best library of any camp/lodge in Kenya. Large en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, bidet and twin washbasins; showers look out onto the scenery surrounding the camp; robes provided. Here you will find the Masai Well-being Spa. Drinks and laundry included. One of a handful of owner hosted camps, Riccardo Orizio, journalist and writer, along with his outstanding Masai staff will welcome you. Solar power.
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Saruni’s Campi Ya Tembo – Masai Mara
Campi Ya Tembo is small private fly camp, an extension of Saruni, which is ideal for those who wish a “close to nature” true bush safari experience amongst the wildlife of the Masai Mara. With 3 stunning Bedouin-style tents, accommodating 6-guests only, each with large sleeping area with twin or king beds; en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and safari showers; a private veranda. The guest-to-staff ratio is 1:1 including chef, waiter/butler, maid, guide and two “askari” (guards). Outstanding meals using the finest Kenyan meats and fresh vegetables from the camp garden await you. Game drives and other activities are coordinated under the auspices of Saruni Camp. Drinks and laundry included. Gas lanterns and campfires.
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Serian Camp – Masai Mara
Serian, meaning “peaceful, calm or serene” in the Maa language is home to Alex Walker, filmmaker and guide, located on the banks of the Mara River. Here you have the flexibility of setting your own schedule in a relaxed atmosphere – game drives, night game drives, off road driving in your own vehicle, walking safaris, river fishing; photography is the emphasis. With 8 traditional safari tents (with twin, double or queen-sized beds) and adjoining bathrooms containing flush toilets, twin washbasins, tubs and showers, each with wraparound decks for great game viewing without having to leave your tent. Across the river, reached by a suspension bridge is Ngare Serian “The River Camp” with 4 larger tented suites for families or groups with its own mess tent; fly camping is also available. Meals are served family style with delicious home cooked specialties. Drinks and laundry included. Traditional gas lanterns.
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Campi ya Kanzi – Chyulu Hills at Tsavo West
The “camp of the hidden treasure” – Campi ya Kanzi is located in the Chyulu Hills area of Tsavo West, Kenya’s largest game reserve. With 6 thatched roof tents, plus the Hemingway and Simba suite tents, these accommodate a maximum of 14-guests, with ample distance to guarantee privacy. All tents have different views into the park and as far as Mt. Kilimanjaro, 35/miles away. These tents have twin or king-sized beds, also hand-made tables and chairs, made from naturally fallen local trees. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, bidet, twin washbasins and showers. Meals are served family style with emphasis on Italian cuisine, as well as continental and local dishes. Fresh daily vegetables, milk and eggs, from the camps organic garden, dairy and chickens. Drinks and laundry included. The camp is owner hosted by Luca and Antonella. Solar power 24/7.
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Finch Hatton’s Camp - Tsavo West
“Tell them I’ll be in Tsavo” (Denys Finch Hatton) – Located in Kenya’s largest park, the traditional home of the African elephant, Finch Hatton’s is a luxury camp with 30-tents positioned around three huge natural hippo pools. Each tent, with double or twin beds, fully stocked mini-bar, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets and slate walled showers with hot & cold running water. Meals are served in the main dining room with period features, stone fireplace, high vaulted ceiling, chandelier, latticed windows and doors; finely set tables with silverware, cut crystal and porcelain for 5-course dinners; breakfast and lunch served on the outdoor terrace against a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Pool. Generator power 24/7.
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Ndolwa House – Tsavo West, South
Ndolwa House is the headquarters for specialist community conservation projects which balance the 4 C’s: conservations, community, capacity and commerce… it’s owners, Marcus Russell a professional guide and seasoned bushman, a second generation Kenyan, an Honorary Warden with Kenya Wildlife Service, along with his partner, Shikha, an environmental lawyer, maintain Ndolwa House’s mission. Both make their home your home in the African bush. Game drives are conducted inside the park and on the private conservation, with day-trips to nearby Lake Jipe. Here you will find a main lodge facility with two twin bedrooms, the dining, bar and sitting areas. In addition there are 3 large individually designed luxury stone cottages built into the hillside, with custom made local furniture - private veranda. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, washbasin and showers. Delicious set meals of local dishes and continental cuisine are served family style. Drinks and laundry included. Solar power.
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Desert Rose - Northern Frontier/Lake Turkana
Desert Rose is a bush home nestled on the Southern slopes of Mount Nyiru. Activities include picnic by the granite waterslide that flows from the 9,000-ft mountain; walks on the mountain offer diversity of flora and fauna. Guests can travel with camels on 3 to 5 day safaris; visits to Lake Turkana can be arranged. The 5 private cottages, for up to 12 guests are individually designed, using local materials. Each cottage has en suite facilities with flush toilets and open-air bath. Cuisine is simple with fresh fruits and vegetables from the organic garden, the best of Kenya’s beef, lamb and chicken, freshly baked breads and pastries. Known for producing fine woodwork and furniture, many of which can be found in the camps and lodges throughout Kenya. Your stay here, offers a unique home in an extraordinary location offering luxury and tranquility. Laundry included. Pool. Owner hosted. Generator power and gas lanterns.
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Shompole and Little Shompole - Nguruman Escarpment on the Kenya/Tanzania border
Dominated by the mountain of the same name, Shompole, is located on the floor of the Rift Valley, in semi-desert with low annual rainfall, which means you can expect many sunny and hot days. Activities include game drives very early morning and late afternoon; night drives go out at 10pm; mountain biking on the flats with a Masai guide, canoeing (seasonal), game walks and visits to nearby Lake Natron. Each of the 6 “enkaji” (room in the Maa language) is a very spacious open-plan house. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, open-air showers, separate lounge seating and small private dining area. Water is a main theme, flowing through each enkaji and collecting in your own private pool. Meals can be served in the main dining area, around the pool or in your suite. Set menu of 4-course dinners offering continental and local specialties.
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House of Waine - Nairobi
House of Waine is located in the serene, wooded suburb of Karen, on land that is a parcel of the original historical lands once owned by Karen Blixen, the Danish Baroness who lends her name to the area. Originally built in the 1970s, recently purchased by a Kenyan family and renovated to the lovely 11 room boutique hotel you find when you enter the security gates. Individually decorated rooms on two levels, all with king or twin beds, en suite bathrooms with flush toilets; 9 rooms have separate bath and shower; direct dial phone, safes, hair dryers, mini-bars, tea/coffee making facilities; heated pool with poolside bar. Meals are served in the many venues around the property – some indoors, others around the pool. Conference facilities are available; same day laundry. Tours in/around Nairobi can be arranged. Electricity 24/7.
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Ngong House – Nairobi
Located in the Nairobi suburb of Karen, Ngong House is a quiet retreat and a unique experience, consisting of 4 “tree-houses” set 15-ft. above the ground with views of the Ngong Hills. Built the traditional African way with grass roofs, they are designed for luxury comfort with a rustic feel, set privately in beautiful landscaped gardens and natural bush. Each with king size bed, some four-poster, covered with fine linens and down comforters and beautiful traditionally designed spreads. There is also a lovely 4-room glass walled cottage for families or groups. All come with fully stocked bars; en suite bathrooms with flush toilets, twin washbasins, large shower (some with bathtubs). Outstanding meals can be served in the intimacy of your own tree house or the traditional boma with wood burning fireplace. Beverages and laundry included. Pool. Electricity 24/7.
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Macushla House – Nairobi
On a quiet street in the suburb of Karen, Macushla House is a charming 6-room gem in this very hectic city. Each of the rooms (twin or queen sized-beds) is individually decorated with high-ceilings, chandeliers, panel windows; some with window seats. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, bathtubs and showers. Here you are offered varied menus including vegetarian dishes. Seating areas both indoors and out; lovely gardens, walkways and a large pool. Electricity 24/7.
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Arusha Coffee Lodge – Arusha
A luxury property, Arusha Coffee Lodge is located on the outskirts of town – 5-minutes from the Arusha airport - amidst the acres of berry-laden coffee bushes of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantation. Designed around the original plantation houses, completely renovated, each of the 18 private cottages provides the highest standards of comfort and design, split level with separate sleeping and sitting area and fireplace. Here you will find a coffee shop, patisserie, beauty salon, shops and galleries, all set around a lovely pool. Emphasis on fine cuisine in an opulent setting whether indoors or in the gardens. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, showers. Electricity 24/7.
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Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge – Arusha
Nestled between Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, midway between Kilimanjaro Airport and Arusha town, Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge is set within the 140 acres of a lush coffee plantation, with natural streams. With a total of 139 rooms – 60 rooms in 30-chalets (consisting of bedroom, bathroom and living room), 72 rooms in the main building and 7 suites. All rooms with mini-bar, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, safe deposit box. Rooms for disabled persons are available. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets (Jacuzzi tubs in chalet rooms), showers and hair dryers. Three restaurants and coffee shop. 18-hole golf course, health club gym/spa, tennis courts, and pools. Electricity 24/7.
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Sopa Lodge – Tarangire National Park
The Sopa Lodge at Tarangire is built as a low profile structure, nestled into the wooded hillside valley overlooking Tarangire Hill and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The rooms are large and well appointed with twin or double beds. There is a separate bar area and meals served here are of traditional and continental cuisines. En suite facilities, flush toilets. Pool. Generator power.
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Tarangire River Camp – Tarangire National Park
On a 25,000 hectare concession, less than 2-miles from the park, the Tarangire River Camp is set on a bluff high over a branch of the Tarangire River, with 18 safari tents – twins and doubles. From this site, your views will be of the park plains across to Lake Manyara, the River Valley, the Ngorongoro highlands, Ol Donyo Lengai volcano and the amazing baobab tree landscape. The main public space is an elegant elevated thatch and timber structure containing the lounge and dining areas, and library. Wonderful meals with delicious desserts. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, twin washbasins and showers. Generator and solar power 24/7.
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Treetops Tented Lodge – Tarangire National Park
Treetops is sited astride the path of the elephant migration, in a private game reserve bordering the park and the Masai Steppe amid baobab-studded hills with views of Lake Manyara and the Rift Valley. With 20 very large, private canvas, “tree-house” Chalets set high in the baobab or marulla trees with wrap-around balcony. Each is furnished with a blend of materials and contemporary décor, providing twin, king or triple accommodations. Meals are beautifully presented with fine foods and fresh vegetables from the camp gardens to meet all dietary needs. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, twin washbasins, twin-head showers, hair dryer, outlets for charging batteries or other electrical devices. Generator power 24/7.
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Serena Lodge – Ngorongoro Crater
Perched on the eastern ridge, at 7,500 ft. and with views directly into the crater, the Serena Lodge made of river-stone is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Each of the 75, large air conditioned rooms has its own balcony and is furnished with double or twin beds. With a split-level dining and bar area, offering a wide variety of continental and Masai inspired meals. En suite facilities, flush toilets. Telephone and Generator Power.
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Kirawira Tented Camp – Western Serengeti
A luxury permanent tented camp, Kirawira is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The camp is situated high on a bluff commanding amazing views of the Western Serengeti. Kirawira has the air of a colonial-styled camp with tastefully covered chintz chaises, lounges and jewel-colored Persian rugs in the central meeting tent. The 25 guest tents each with private terrace and personal valet, have mahogany furniture and brass finishings; colorful fabrics and mosquito netting surrounding twin or king size beds. Meals are served on specially designed china with genuine silverware. Lunch and dinners can be 3-, 4- or 5-courses. En suite facilities with mahogany vanities and beautiful tile work, and flush toilets. Pool. Generator power.
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Mbalageti Camp – Western Serengeti
Mbalageti is located in the Western corridor of the Serengeti atop Mwaveni hill, offering panoramic views of the plains and the Mbalageti River. Ideally situated for when the migrating wildebeest and zebra herds pass this way. Mbalageti has 24 canvas Chalets with twin or king beds; each with veranda from where you can watch the amazing sunrises or sunsets for which Africa is known. Morning and afternoon game drives. Outstanding meals served. En suite bathrooms with flush toilets, tub and shower. Pool. Generator and solar power.
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236 Hurumzi (Formerly Emerson & Green) – Stone Town on Zanzibar Island
In the heart of Stone Town you will find 236 Hurumzi – a beautifully restored palace that was home to one of the richest men of the Swahili Empire in earlier times. The hotel recreates the atmosphere and grandeur of the past by providing traditional and elegant accommodations. The rooms are spacious and airy, with original stucco decor, ornately carved doors, antique furnishings, chandeliers, ceilings fans and most suites/rooms are air conditioned. Bathrooms are unique with stone baths. Greenery abounds throughout all open spaces. The “Tower Top” restaurant is high among the minarets, temple towers and church spires of Stone Town - serving breakfast and dinner (by reservation). For lunch, dinner, dessert and cocktails, there is the Kidude Café on the ground floor of the hotel.
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Karafuu Resort – Zanzibar Island
Karafuu Resort is located at the northern tip of the Southeast coast of Zanzibar. With its European management, Karafuu caters to an international cliental with a multi-lingual staff. Built on acres of pleasant tropical gardens fronted by a long white sand beach; the resort consists of 26 Junior suites located right on the beach, 35 Cottages and 28 Superior rooms set back in the gardens. Each is built under a Makuti palm thatch roof, furnished with traditional Zanzibar furniture and mosquito netting. You’ll find 3 restaurants, 3 bars, swimming pool, tennis courts, a boutique and Conference Center. There is a Masai Village on the grounds for traditional dinners and dance performances. The bedrooms are large, bathrooms have Carrara marble; hair dryer. All cottages have both ceiling fan and air conditioning.
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