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Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa
Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Jerusalem, Israel
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

what an amazing place/we stayed for 3 nights........the tent was spacious and clean.loved getting coffee brought to the tent in the morning.bucket showers----right on time --every time.meals were excellent---we keep kosher and the chef went out of his way to make our meals special--both the meals we ate in camp as well as those we took with us in the jeep.the staff is excellent,well trained and work well together. we felt they went out of their way to make our experience truly fabulous

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We just returned from a wonderful two-week Safari in Northern Tanzania. This tented camp was absolutely superb. The staff were warm an welcoming and the appointments were excellent. If you are vacillating in any way between spending the $$ to stay in a tented camp vs lodges during your first safari, we strongly recommend the former experience. I have never slept better anywhere, where the cool breezes over the Serengeti, the comfortable beds, the star-lit skies, and sounds of nature soothe you through the night. Food was excellent and the staff are great at accommodating special diets. I am a vegetarian, and they made an effort to not only determine the boundaries of my dietary restrictions but also my food preferences. Another couple whose stay overlapped ours was kosher -- they brought their own pots and pans and plates, and the cook prepared their food separately. Just one example of the ways in which Olakira will go out of its way to make your safari experience a personal and special one.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Luxury in the bush! Excellent service, lovely staff and a wonderful experience. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Beautiful tents and delicious meals. Would definitely recommend to future travellers.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
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55 reviews 55 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We stayed at Olakira for Xmas night 2012. The staff put on an excellent Xmas dinner with entertainment. The camp is in the Ndutu area. it doesn't have the outstanding outlook of others, such as ubuntu which we had been at the night before, but is in an area of diversity. We went out for a game drive along the lake shore when we ariived, then through the trees, then to a savannah area to see more lions, cheetahs devouring a deer and a serval among lots of other game.
The tents are huge. The service great, the food excellent. I would love to go back again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Paola, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We had an unusual experience with Olakira, but one that should even more clearly illustrate what a great camp this is. Olakira camp staff "took us in" late one evening when we couldn't cross the Mara River due to flooding to get to the unrelated camp where we had reservations. They gave the two of us the one tent they had available, which was their family tent, perfectly positioned as the closest tent to the river. We did later pay for the tent, but not until we had stayed for two nights due to the continued flooding.

When we arrived from our "way-station" at the Sayari camp (a beautiful camp in the same group as Olakira that was closer to our original river crossing site, in which staff graciously let us wait and offered us drinks in their main "lobby" tent while they helped us find other accommodations, as they were fully booked that night), the Olakira staff got us set up in our tent, then placed a small dining table for just the two of us, as it was approx. 9 p.m. and the large table was completely full of current guests. Staff then proceeded to serve us a full meal, as if we'd arrived earlier, like everyone else. The staff was incredibly friendly, efficient, and accommodating, especially considering we arrived in the dark with no reservation.

That night we experienced hippos munching around us, and, at about 3 a.m., a giant elephant (a mother, we were later told) feasted on the plentiful grass about six feet from our tent and when my husband moved toward the side of the tent she was outside of, she lifted her trunk and nearly touched the tent screen while sniffing him. We were thrilled!

Humri Pascal was a wonderfully gracious, hard-working and kind manager, and he and his highly-skilled staff did everything they could to make everyone (including us, the last-minute stragglers) feel welcomed, well informed, and very well fed.

If we could give this place 10 stars, we would. You will not be disappointed in the luxurious tents, exotic meals, great staff, or incredibly close proximity to the Mara River.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We had a wonderful time at Olakira. We spent two nights at the end of our safari, which was the last part of our honeymoon. We had been recommended to go there by our agent, Imagine Africa, and it certainly lived up to expectations. From the beginning the staff were incredibly friendly, helpful and made an effort to know our names and do what they could to help us. The food was good and the tents were extremely comfortable. It was such an experience to see the wilderbeast migration from the camp and hear the roar of lions and hyeenas at night. The highlight of our safari trip.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

My husband and I spent three nights at Olakira's camp on our honeymoon. The location of the camp is superb and allowed us to experience wilderbeest crossings. The camp is semi-permanent and as such not as luxurious as some of the other Asilia lodges but still very well accomodated and very comfortable. The staff was nice and surprised us to a campfire dinner for our honeymoon which was so sweet and such a wonderful surprise on the last night of our honeymoon safari. Highly recommend it to other travelers!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa

Address: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 65 Specialty lodging in Serengeti National Park
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 
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