This was the first "proper" safari camp of our honeymoon. I have been travelling to Africa since 1998 and stay in a wide variety of accomodation, from seriously luxurious to a sleeping bag on a kopje under the stars. Olakira is with out a doubt the best place I have ever stayed! It's not the most luxurious but it's also not exactly basic either, it is the perfect traditional safari camp. The staff are the most wonderful and obliging I have come across, there's none of that awful "bwana" type fawning you get in other camps and the guys just love chatting to the guests as friends rather than clients; that's not to say they aren't attentive but it's more like staying with long term pals.
The food is sensational, even more impressive given the kitchen tent and the rather pesky elephant which had been raiding the larder and water tower on a regular basis (nothing to worry about, all in the fun of staying in a bush camp). I am still craving the amazing onion bhajis we had with our pre dinner drinks. One point worth noting is that unlike other camps, the price you pay at Olakira includes all drinks excluding the more expensive wines, why can't other camps do this, especially when other camps are considerably more expensive?!
The game in the area is fantastic, even though we missed the massed herds of the wilderbeest migration we saw a plethora of game including every cat you care to mention, even a wild cat.
The tents are large and very comfortable and include the largest double beds I've ever seen in the bush, the showers are traditional bush showers within the tent and the toilet is a modern chemical one so it flushes (sort of)!
In short, if you're going to the Serengeti, stay here, why pay a premium for Nomads when Olakira does it with that little bit of class and authenticity, think "Out of Africa" and you're along the right lines. God I whish I was back there now!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immerse yourself in the Great Migration at Olakira Migration Camp. You will feel the earth vibrate during brave winter crossings of the mighty rivers in the north, or be moved beyond measure by the mass summer calving on the south's grassy plains. Olakira follows the massive herds of wildebeest to two spectacular locations in the north and south of the Serengeti National Park. Home from December to March is the southern Serengeti, where herds of wildebeest calve simultaneously and the plains throng with new life. As the dry days of winter arrive, Olakira relocates north to the confluence of the Mara and Bolongonja rivers for spectacular game viewing at the Mara River itself and around the Lamai Wedge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa Hotel Serengeti National Park