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“Very good and nice place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa

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Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa
Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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7 hotel reviews
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“Very good and nice place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We arrived late to the migration, could only see some wildebeest tries to cross back. But the camp is extremely well situated, the tents are very spacious and comfortable, the staff is very nice and helpful. The food is specially fine, they have a real and good "chef de cuisine". Our guide was OK, only we hadn't so much luck with animal scenes as we had in Seronera where I think is much more action.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our 3 night stay in Olakira Camp was terrific in every way. The staff is so warm and welcoming, and it was so nice that they were always there to greet us with nice smelling face cloths every time we returned to camp. They were very responsive to all of our needs, always with a smile. The tents were very nice, large and tastefully furnished and we really appreciated the laundry service that was part of the lodging. We also loved hearing lions and hyenas in the night. It's amazing that all of this is loaded up and moved from place to place!
The meals were excellent, well presented and always with our personal likes and dislikes considered. We also enjoyed the wine and beer on the game drives. At sunset we'd stop someplace, have a glass of wine and toast another great day on safari.
Our friends celebrated an anniversary here, and the staff presented them with a cake and celebration which made it really special. We can recommend this place wholeheartedly.
Our guide Nathan was excellent, and had such compassion and respect for the animals. The vehicles were the best we had on our whole safari--the open type vehicles provide fantastic viewing without having to stand up the whole time.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 July 26, 2013

We had a wonderful visit to Olakira Lamai in July 2013. We wanted to see the migration and stay in a tented camp and we got more than we hoped for.
Richard, Alex and their staff were extremely accommodating. They efficiently provided great service in a family style atmosphere. Olakira Lamai is a new camp and yet everything was well set up and comfortable. The tents are large. Our daughter was travelling with us and there was plenty of room for three adults. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms well-appointed. We loved the bag shower, especially after a day on safari. The desk, chairs and tables were appreciated, too. The dining and lounge tents were lovely. It would be a good idea to add a fan or two in the lounge tent. The food was very good. Anthony does a great job in his camp tent kitchen. The only problem was with the vehicles. Richard scrambled to ensure we had adequate vehicles for our safaris and management committed to bring in better ones.
The guides were great. They know where the animals can be found. We wanted to see the migration and the wildebeests were right outside our camp. They serenaded us each night! The guides know where the animals usually cross the Mara River and communicated with each other to inform everyone of where best to be situated to see a crossing. We were fortunate to see several amazing crossings. We also saw many, many other animals including lions, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, elephants, hyenas and cheetahs.
The landscape is beautiful. We liked our camp situated where it was as we had few insect issues there. When driving closer to the river we encountered tsetse flies which are extremely aggravating.
We loved our visit to Olakira Lamai and would highly recommend it to others.

  • Stayed July 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 July 18, 2013

My 18 year old daughter and I stayed at the Olakira Lamai tented camp in July. It is an Assilia property, and like others we stayed at, we were very pleased there. We arrived towards the latter part of the Wildebeest migration and spent 4 nights. We could not have been more delighted. The staff, led by manager Richard, were completely committed to taking care of us. The food, was excellent. We enjoyed getting to know the other guests, as dinner was served at a common table. Hundreds of Wildebeest came close to our tent at night, which necessitated use of ear plugs, but enhanced the true feeling of being out in the bush.
Our guide Elia was of Masai heritage, now living in Arusha. We learned a great deal not just about the animals, but about his culture as well. A bit of bad luck also turned into a boon for us. Elia's vehicle started having some challenges, so the manager brought in an independent guide named Ibrahim David (A B as we called him) to guide us, along with Elia. I will post additional comments about him separately, but he was a special person and the best guide we've had in 6 trips to Africa Ibrainter@yahoo.com). Throughout our whole experience, I felt the scale of the camp, the location, the service and the food were exactly what we were looking for.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This was our second camp (out of 5) that we stayed at on our honeymoon. Our agent had told us that this place would be the best for watching the migration and river crossings, and she was right! We saw 4 or 5 crossings, it was amazing. We had thousands of wildebeasts around our tent at night, which made it a bit hard to sleep, but it was really cool to open up a flap and see them so close. The second night the herd had passed, so we got much more sleep. This was really a once in a lifetime type of experience. Even though we were in the middle of no where, we had pretty good food, and the bucket showers worked pretty well (although my wife used too much water, but the staff refilled very quickly, which was important when your in the shower). Our guides were very knowledgeable, and we saw the black rhino here, so that was the last of the big 5 we were missing. They also gave us a free bottle of champagne for our honeymoon, which was a very nice touch (especially considering we were in the middle of the wilderness). Some other nice touches were the hot water bottles in the bed at night, free laundry, and the large variety of drinks during the game drives (they gave you water, soda, and beer) - most other safaris only gave us water on the drives, so that was really cool to have a nice cold beer out on the Serengeti. This was the only camp where we ate at a big communal table, which we actually really enjoyed, it was nice to interact with some of the other travelers. I would highly recommend this camp to others, its worth a bucket shower to get this type of experience. Btw - the bucket shower is seamless, it looks like a regular shower (and works like a regular shower) - its just that the staff fills the bucket up outside your tent (so you never see them and they never see you). Then you just take a normal shower (it flows out of a normal shower head) but you just need to rememebr to shut it off while you are soaping up. Really not that different from a normal shower.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

It was a total surprise ending up in this camp as our African agent once again completely messed up our accommodation such that we landed in Olakira Lamai instead of Olakira Mara at the beginning of July. We had wanted O Mara because of the river views and to catch the crossings, and it was in our itinerary right from the beginning. Imagine our surprise when we were told to get off at the Lamai airstrip instead of the Kogatende airstrip which had thousands of wildebeest milling on the runway.
There was a lot of confusion between the two Olakira camps, but the gist was that the African agent, without consulting us, decided that the O Lamai camp was completely brand new and we were given the honour to open the camp.
So we were north of the river enjoying beautiful but empty grasslands while the migrating wildebeests were south of the river, along with most of the Big cats. It was such a huge disappointment that we wanted to cut short the stay and move back to the Mara camp. But the fabulous team at the brand new Lamai camp made such a decision very difficult, and luckily for the African agent, this year's crossings started early, and we caught 2 crossings from this side. still, looking at TA's reviews of O Mara and the sightings they caught at the time we were there, it didn't make the disappointment less real. Enough of that rants, now for the O Lamai!
Olakira (O for short) Lamai is a joint venture with AfricaAfrica, and is located in Lamai wedge. it's brand new, furnished beautifully with lots of Moroccan and North African touches. Gorgeous deep reds and rich fabrics adorn the lounge chairs and beds in the tents. And there are extras that aren't in the other 2 Asilia camps we stayed in - a writing desk, an extra chair, a lovely clothes hangar in the bedroom,and bright lights! The tent is split into 3 sections - the reception, bedroom n bathroom. We had the best sleep in the 10 nights we were in Tanzania - firm beds and comfortable pillows, and thick duvets to keep us warm and snug in the chilly nights and early mornings. And a hot water bottle wrapped like a gift envelop and that stayed warm till morning was a lovely touch (dunia had a hot water bottle, but it got cold by morning).
Food is good, but the attentiveness and the eagerness of Richard the manager, and his staff to please the guests and make them comfortable was what made O Lamai special.
The pluses - beautiful camp, large and spacious lounge and dining room, exclusive with only 8 tents, well lit tents, extra desk space in tents, clothes hangar in bedroom much appreciated, a warm wrap, useful luggage rack, great shower area, The staff that gives soul to the camp! Bucket hot showers and they'll give a little extra for ladies to wash their hair.
Things to improve - definitely the vehicles. The one we had had problems with the starter; it can get hairy if you stopped 7 feet away from sleeping lions and find it hard to get the engine going. The other vehicle broke down twice and the other poor couple had to miss their early morning drive to accompany us to the airport for our departure. Game drives are what make safaris successful, so vehicles are paramount! Hope the comoany recognises that and give Richard proper vehicles that work by now! -
Pse provide no-bite ( I had to swipe one can from a Sayari Camp vehicle!), a small soap dish, some light in the shower, moisturiser is more useful instead of cotton buds. the tent, no 6, was leaking on the sides during the heavy rains. A canvas bed or a divan (like the one in Dunia camp) will be more comfortable than the double cushions in the front section of the tent. A small fan will be useful during the hot afternoons as the tents get too hot and stuffy then.
It's about 45 mins to the Mara river because of the difficult terrain and soft marshy grounds, so factor that time in. And loads of tse tse flies along that way so cover up! My hubby was badly bitten.
we caught 2 crossings at the river. We decided against crossing to the south side as the bridge was narrow with a hole on one side. A Vehicle lying on its side in the river was a reminder of how treacherous that can be for an inexperienced driver and since our guide/driver was new to the area, I wasn't going to take the chance!
Best to be in Lamai from mid July and from august - you are sure to be surrounded by the migrating animals then and the game will follow. i'm sure by the time this post goes up, O Lamai will be surrounded by wildebeests.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Vienna, Austria
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

The team is so nice, the food was amazing, the panorama a hit, nice choice :-) We really were amazed of this great camp! The service is so great, we had all we could ever wish for, including a nice surprise as a honeymoon present. This place made our trip the best honeymoon! Even there was no migration yet, we loved the game drives, but specially to come back and enjoy...take yourself time to BE there!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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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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