My husband and I spent 3 nights at Olakira in their southern camp location in February. It is situated on the Serengeti plains outside the national park gates. We were there towards the end of the month and the wildebeest/zebra migration was in full swing. As we were driving along the plains, we saw a black line along the horizon, and our driver said, "there... see that black line, that's the migration". In the plains, you do not have to stay on the roads, as you do when inside the national park, so we were able cut across acres and acres of wild open plain to catch up to the migration. What a spectacular site! Words cannot describe the incredible natural beauty and energy seeing these two very different types of animal herds traveling north with their young in tow. Of course, the predators were in hot pursuit, lions and hyenas mostly. The gazelles and impalas, elephant, giraffe, baboons, cheetah, leopard and the most colorful host of bird life I could ever imagine were also plentiful. So, yes, it's a great location WITHOUT even stepping inside the Serengeti National Park. If you do make the drive to the center of the park to see the hippo pool and a few other sites you might not see on the plain, it's a long bumpy drive after the rains start. Horrible road, but at least the rain keeps the dust to a minimum. It's really not necessary, though, to have an incredible full safari experience without driving into the Serengeti Park.... just be sure to stop at the Ngorogoro Crater to see the hippos and the black rhino, which we didn't see anywhere else. As far as the Olakira Camp itself goes, Pascal and his team is the best! Very professional to the tee in the middle of the jungle! Silver tea/coffee service arrived at our tent each morning as our requested time, hot water arrives at the in-tent shower at whatever time you request, flushing toilets and all the amenities of a top tier hotel room are there for you in the bush. It's really amazing how homey the mobile camp is created to be... complete with a lovely community sitting room and library. The dining is family style, which is a great way to get to know other folks who are staying at Olakira with you. Fantastic experience!
- Also Known As:
- Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa Hotel Serengeti National Park
- Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Like the wildebeest that are the stars of the Serengeti Annual Migration, the Olakira camps are wanderers; luxurious under-canvas camps that move with the seasons, forever following the herds to ensure you have a front-row seat to the greatest show on earth.Fine linens, finer dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this authentic East African safari camp. Whether it’s at the river crossings of the northern Serengeti, the breath taking scenery of the Lamai Wedge, or on the great grassy plains of the south, the intimate Olakira camps ensure the best of the Serengeti is always right on your doorstep. ... more less