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Olduvai Camp
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We stayed at Olduvai Dec 2012 for one night. I wish we would have stayed for at least another night. From what I understand, they have made a number of improvements to this property. It is such a spectacular location! The staff was good, maybe not as attentive as other camps that we stayed at, but they were still very helpful. The Masai walks were wonderful and such a nice addition to our overall trip. The bar is area is very cozy and such a wonderful place to wind down after a game drive. The migration was right around the camp area..in fact when we woke up in the morning, the wildebeest were running right outside our tent! Fabulous!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Liongirl1470
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The Olduvai Lodge falls into the category of luxury tented camp. We have just climbed over Mt. Makorat and are presented with the vast plain leading to the Serengeti Park. The hotel is visible from a high and is a good draw as we grow more tired at the end of a 15 km walk. It is attached to a kopje located in the middle of a caldera with not a single other indication of human intervention in sight.
We arrive tired and dusty and are taken back by the place. It is really nice, a perfect finish to an exhausting day.
The camp is located between Ngorongoro and Serengeti and we arrive before the ‘migration’ so there are not very many animals around. If there are animals present it would be a great place to spend more than the one night we have here.
The hotel is staffed mostly by Maasai and they are, to a person, polite and helpful. The evening we arrive we sit around the fire and have a good conversation with 4 or 5 fellows dressed in traditional dress. We exchange stories of our frozen homeland in exchange for their tales of the land on which we sit.
The food is very good but tastes somewhat like the other places we have stayed in Tanzania. The staff is aware of my wife’s food issues and they are addressed. She receives a slightly varied menu, it is much appreciated.
The rooms are wonderful; the tents are spacious with first a first class ensuite covered by a thatched roof. The water is solar heated and the showers are hot, hot, hot, a great way to rinse off a days worth of sweat and dirt. The beds are comfortable and we sleep well.
Our itinerary listed the rack rate as $340 US per couple per night. Our rate was discounted because we booked so early. This place was worth every penny. The Olduvai Lodge was by far our favourite place to stay.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MurTheExplorer
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Olduvai was our stop between the crater and the Serengeti. Although it was the dry season we decided to stay two nights to allow for some interaction with the Massai and learn more about their culture. The only wildlife in the area during this time were some gazelle and a tower of 40 giraffe which was amazing in itself. We enjoyed our stay at Olduvai as it afforded us time to relax before flying to the Serengeti Mara region for four days of superb game viewing.

The camp is built around a granite kopje next to the Olduvai Gorge. The tents are built on concrete platforms and are nicely appointed with ensuite showers. The dining hall and bar areas are also nicely done. It is a short climb up to the top of the kopje to a viewing deck which provides a panoramic view of the vast plains in all directions. The food and staff service is good. Olduvai is a sister camp to Maweninga in Tarangire with very similar accommodations and levels of service.

A highlight is the short walk to a nearby kopje each evening to watch the sunset. You walk among the many herds of sheep and cattle being brought in by the Massai for the night. We enjoyed a hike to the Massai cultural boma to experience first hand their culture and a glimpse into their way of life. The Olduvai Museum is also nearby.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jay S
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Good camp layout, lovely restaurant & nice bar area, friendly staff, comfortable & spaced out tents. Some distant animal noises added to the ambiance! Our over-riding memory is of the presence of the Maasai, including walks, involvement in meals, their nearby "boma" & cattle.........and not forgetting the Big Birthday photo! Would love to go back, for several nights.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank ChezArchi
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

fantastic authentic feeling massai run camp with great food and service. They even made me a birthday cake and did a special dance for me! A truly unique place which I will always warmly remember. Go!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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