We had wanted to spend 2 nights at Ndutu Lodge but they were fully booked on the first night so we decided to stay at Olakira instead. This is a mobile camp & at this time it was only about 20 minutes away from Ndutu Lodge. We arrived extremely hot & very dusty & were met at our 4WD with a waiter offering warm facecloths & a cool drink. This was a nice touch, this was offered at all other places we stayed but not until you arrived at reception. The Manager came to the vehicle to meet us also & escorted us to the reception tent which doubles as a lounge. It is immediately apparent that this is an upmarket property, not only by the exquisite service but also the standard of furniture, linens etc both in the Restaurant & in the accommodation tents.
The only criticism I have of Olakira is the shower water arrangement. 3 Buckets are suspended above the tent at the rear, each supplying the basin, toilet, & shower. From memory I think the toilet water supply was around 60 litres so this is more of a small tank. With the shower you tell them when you require a shower & they fill the bucket up with warm water. My wife had time to quickly get wet & lather up her hair & the water ran out! Panic stations – I quickly arranged for another bucket which was delivered after a short wait. Then a 3rd bucket for my shower & I was able to have a leisurely shower but stayed under it just to see how long it took to run out. There is no doubt that the first bucket could not have been full, they are 20 litre standard size plastic buckets. This wasn’t a big issue but was a bit of a hassle.
The tents are very comfortable & large with a large King Size bed which was supremely comfortable. There is an abundance of electric lighting in the tents. The bathroom comprises of a vanity with single basin & all the amenities you could wish for. The shower cubicle is large & there is a dressing area in the bathroom with a canvas wardrobe as well. There are canvas windows all around the tent that can be rolled up & you could have the tent almost completely open if desired.
We relaxed with a bottle of Merlot in the sitting area at the front of the tent and watched the sunset, then joined the other guests for a complementary drink around the campfire before a delicious Dinner. The food was excellent as was the thoughtful and considerate service.
Overall, Olakira is more amazing when you consider this is a mobile camp and is sometimes only in place for 6 weeks before packing up & moving to another location. This is an absolutely mammoth task to do this. How such high quality meals could be prepared where they did was truly amazing. If you choose Olakira you will enjoy it but it is not a cheap experience neither should it be considering the logistics involved. Unfortunately during our stay here there was not a single animal to be seen anywhere nearby but that is just the luck of the draw!!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa Hotel Serengeti National Park