Fromt the moment Mesenga picked us up at the airstrip until five days later when unfortunately it was time to say good bye everything was perfect. Olakira Laimai is a fantastic camp, Mesenga a brilliant guide and Richard a fantastic host. The team at Olakira Lamai was wonderful and the cook was a genius. We enjoyed every second of our five night stay. Wildlife was fantastic. We saw several crossings, one lasted over 90 minutes and the highlight was the lion mum with her three week old cubs. Lots of opportunities for great photographs. It was really a pleasure to see the migration from the Tanzanian side, far away from the crowds in Kenya. The true highlight of our trip and one that can make a difference was however the visit to the local school in the village. It appears that we were the first ones that had asked to visit the school. Most visitors arrive by plane but I can only encourage you to visit also the village to get an experience of real life outside the national park. Some kids were scared as they had not seen a car before nor any white kids. We can only encourage those that come after us to do so too. The school looks like a construction site. The class rooms, teachers houses, teachers office, toilets etc. need finishing. We had brought some footballs and school material from Belgium but in addition bought Tanzanian school books for all the kids in the local village store but a lot more is needed. If you are interested in seeing my pictures of the visit to the school please have a look at my website http://www.withinafrica.com/p1045749821
I plan on making a photo book of this trip over the coming weeks. Any profits from the sale of such book will go entirely to support the school. If you are interested please check out my website for any updates.
- 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