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Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa
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42 reviews
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“Stunning camp - great views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

We stayed at Olakira one night and at Sayari (more upscale) one night. We think the view from Olakira tops Sayari's. You can see the Mara river from your tent!

The camp was very beautiful - nicely set out with a Hemingway feel. Much more like camping - but with all the things you need.... a very comfortable bed, hot showers, power at night, wlakie talkies in your tent in case of emergency.

We were overly impressed with their environmental strides. Such as:
- No plastic water bottles what-so-ever. water at meals is served in pitchers. And in the rooms they have metal water bottles.
- Shampoo & Conditioner bottles are ceramic (not tiny plastic jobs) and all refilled
- Campfire uses sustainable briquettes not firewood

The food was very good.

The location is great near the river for game drives and 30 min from airstrip along a beautiful route.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

Read the review "Olakira was fantastic" by SallyF240741. Ditto.

We had a fabulous time. We loved the camp. The tents were excellent. The food and the staff were fabulous. The draw to this seasonal camp is the proximity to the Mara River and the wildebeest crossing. We did get to see a crossing, but that is really dependent on the rain and the wildebeest. We would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

Tented camp that isn't OTT. Just gorgeous. (Hardly camping with flushing loos.) Hot water delivered promptly on request for showers. The food was great and plenty of choice. Excellent guides. Great crossings. We saw 4 in 2 days. Would go back again & also looking forward to one day going to their southern camp in the early part of the year.

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San Jose, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

We traveled to Northern Tanzania early August 2013 on a trip organized by my in-laws. There were 6 adults and our two children, 10 and 7. We had already visited Tarangire and the Crater before Serengeti. We flew from near the Crater at Laka Manyara to the airstrip at Kogatendi, an easy 1h 15 min flight with great views from above of what looked like ants walking a line that were actually wildebeest.
We saw the wildebeest crossing the river that morning after being picked up from the airstrip before going to camp! There were a few thousand animals crossing; fantastic!
The camp is near one of the known crossing points and the river bank was visible in the distance from our tent 'window'.
Our head guide, Baraka was great and fantastic with the kids.
The accommodations are great. This was the most rustic of our accommodations but don't be worried that a 'temporary' camp is not nice. It is one seamless floor piece and sides. It remained very clean. When we had some afternoon rain, they came by to sweep and mop the front 'stoop'. There were side screens on the tent and they had overlaying layers to zip for more protection like when it rained a bit. They could be opened when we wanted some breeze. The tent cannot be completely closed up so it can get chilly in am and pm. They put a hot water bottle in your bed at night while you are at dinner! Bring a warm jacket for mornings and evenings. The toilet worked fine and so did the bucket shower (they deliver hot water when requested.)
They greet you at camp with a cool towel and drinks whether you are arriving to check in or back from a safari ride outing. They deliver morning coffee, tea or hot chocolate to your tent at your desired wake up time. Drinks and snacks are available by staff in the afternoons at the main 'reception' tent.
Breakfast time was flexible. They served fruit, cereals, yogurt, breads and cooked to order eggs. Lunch was at 1pm and they were a bit picky about it being formally started when the chef came to welcome everyone to start lunch. (Which could be difficult for hungry children seeing the food on the buffet table and waiting to eat.) All food was served buffet for lunch. Dinner was at 730pm which was the most formal meal. It was a 3 course meal. Sundays were BBQ for dinner. I am vegetarian and one of my children is a rather picky eater. The staff and cooks seemed to handle these issues well. They knew in advance about it and always had options for us.
The usual schedule was for an am safari trip around 7 or 8am, returning at 12. After lunch, at the hottest part of the day we relaxed in our tents and went back out for a 4pm safari drive.
We saw great wildlife: a rhino, lion cubs, 3 cheetahs, a leopard, the wildebeest crossing the river, hyenas and their cubs just to name some. There were not many elephants in this area at the time of our visit and we were glad we had been to Tarangire for that reason. It seemed easier to do a bit of off-road driving to get very close to the animals which was different than Tarangire. (They aren't disturbed by the vehicles.) Its more flat and open in most of this area of Serengeti. We sat close enough to some lions eating a wildebeest that we could hear their teeth gnawing on the bones!
And the area is not crowded. The biggest crowd was at the leopard sighting: there were about 7 vehicles. We watched lion cubs with only our two vehicles sitting there. (Our guide told us that in central Serengeti, there could be 20+ vehicles crowded for viewing.)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Florence, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed at Olakira by booking through Roy Safari of Arusha, Tanzania. We had a fantastic time spending four days seeing all animals: Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Zebras, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Crocodiles, Vultures, Eagles, Black Rhino, Hippos, dozens of birds and we saw two crossings of the Mara river by Wildebeest and Zebras.

The tents are luxury accommodations! You have a very nice private bathroom complete with vanity and sink, full shower and flush toilet. Hot water showers are scheduled at your convenience. Each tent is aimed to the east for your sunrise viewing over the Mara river and you will enjoy courtesy "wake up" service at your tent with coffee, tea or hot chocolate delivered to your reception area in your tent. There is turn down service every night.

Kenneth is the manager and you will feel welcome immediately at your first arrival and treated like an honored guest at all times. Food was delicious. Staff like Jackson and Malak were always available and asking if we needed anything.

Animals are in close proximity to the camp with elephants wandering through at night. We heard lions, hyenas and zebras right in our area. You are escorted to and from your tent each night by Maasai warriors to ward off any possible encounter. You will have a wonderful time here!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

This is the real bush experience but super luxurious, we were there the first week of Sept. so plenty going on with the wildebeest migration and we only saw other vehicles occasionally except when we were near the Mara river and we saw lots on the congested Kenyan side. The tents are uber lux and it was a fantastic experience!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We loved this place! Our favorite on our 2 week trip to Tanzania and Kenya. We were steps away from the Mara River (big steps). We saw spectacular sunrises from our luxurious tent. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. We had bucket showers (we called them talking showers as the staff would tell us when they poured the hot water in the containers). It's amazing that in the middle of nowhere the kitchen staff could create such delicious and interesting dishes.
Around the campfire at night we sipped wine, gazed at the stars, listened to the wildebeests and made friends with travelers from around the world. This is the place dreams are made of.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Hotel Class:4 star — Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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 
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