This camp is situated in the Ngorogoro conservation area sandwiched between the southern Serengeti and the crater. During our honeymoon trip in the beginning of March this proved to be the best location we stayed in for seeing the big cats. After 2 nights here we headed into the central Serengeti which seemed a common theme amongst the other guests too.
The camp itself was relatively small (with around 9 guests tents) and is non-permanent so moves location around the park depending on the time of year. My understanding was that it closes at the end of March for the rainy season, then reopens in another location in May.
We enjoyed our stay here very much and would recommend all the Asilia properties we stayed at. This is a lot more of a rustic 'tent' experience than staying in a lodge, but going to sleep listening to the sounds of the wildlife is pretty special - we also spotted zebra, giraffe and wildebeest from the camp which made it an experience.
This is an Eco camp, so water is precious and the bucket shower system works by requesting a hot shower in advance, so the staff go and fill up the buckets with hot water. On our first shower each we did run out of water despite practicing the 'turn on and off' technic, which was a bit frustrating. The staff however were always happy to help, and the wake up calls with hot drinks and cookies were wonderful, and we loved the hot water bottles they put in the bed at night!
The food was of a high standard considering the setting, however my husband did fall ill with a stomach upset whilst we were there - although it's impossible to know how and where he caught it. On our last night we were given a special dinner for just the two of us under the stars, it was a wonderful end to our stay.
- 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