When I was planning our trip I originally wanted to stay in another Asilia property, Sayari camp. It would have required a significant budget increase so we opted to try Olakira instead. In the end, it was in no way a sacrifice to be there instead. The staff were wonderful, friendly, and helpful. The tents are incredibly well-appointed, and I still can't get over having flushing toilets in the middle of the bush. They care about details like putting a hot water bottle under the sheets at night to help warm up the bed on the cold Serengeti nights (we were there in early November 2012--I am very late in writing up my reviews!). The bathrooms were very clean and spacious.
We really enjoyed the communal dining experience here as well. Up to this point we'd primarily had private dining tables at each of our lodges and camps which can be nice for bonding with your spouse but doesn't lend itself to chatting with other travelers. We were glad to meet new people and here about their safari and other travel experiences. We were also with a fun group who improvised some costumes out of the bathrobes at the camp and other supplies as we were all there over Halloween :) The fire pit is also a great place to gather around for drinks and stories.
Again, the staff here really care about giving you a great experience. Our driver guides were great and the management and staff members are friendly and do a great job (they provide bios on everyone in a binder in your tent--I really liked that and enjoyed reading about everyone's background). On one of our last days there, there were only six of us staying at the camp that night and instead of lunch under the tent as normal that day, they set up a table out in the bush just a little ways out from the camp site to give us a more special experience.
On a practical note, there are chargers in the main area for you to power up your batteries. The safari vehicles they use here are even more open than the ones we'd used in Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and the Central Serengeti up to this point--no sides!
Stay here, you won't regret it.
- 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