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Olduvai Camp
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

My husband and I stayed just one night at Olduvai Camp, but it was wonderful. When planning our trip, we considered staying elsewhere as Olduvai is very dry in August. However, we're so glad we chose to include it. Just driving through that desolate land and imagining it as the home of early hominids was incredible. The camp itself is very well designed. The simple, but lovely, tents all have expansive views and the dining area and bar are just what you would think a safari camp should look like. The food was fine and service warm. However, the highlight was the sunset walk to the boulders with a personal Maasi guide. The conversations with the guide were illuminating and memorable. We appreciated the opportunity to talk to Maasi about their changing lifestyle without treating them like curiosities in a human zoo.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stayed at Olduvai for just one night and even though it was a short stay it was a wonderful, peaceful and tranquil place to stay. It is literally in the middle of nowhere. The walk with the Maasi warrior to see the sunset was a memorable experience along with climbing to the top of the rocks to watch the sun rise.
The tents are beautiful and very comfortable and the food delicious.
Looking out from our tent we could see giraffes walking by in the distance. I would love to come back again in April when there are more game present.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Smith2013xxx
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We arrived to Olduvai after a day trip to Ngorongoro crater and few hours of driving through the middle-of-nowhere. The road is really long. We arrived only by the evening time.

I must say, the camp didn't look very welcoming (probably, due to a grey sky, rain, dark ''lobby'' area...). Moreover, I wasn't feeling well and, upon reaching the tent N8, I realized, that the night would be long.

The evening promenade with masai must be good except when we were there it was cloudy and there was no sunset.

The tent is quite spacious, but lacks any kind of warmth.
In order to save on energy, the tents have limited amount of LED lights. In addition, there are no power outlets anywhere in the tent, so you can't charge anything. If you have anything to charge, you have to go to the ''lobby'' area, where there's the only power strip in the entire camp.

En-suit bathroom was cold and dark- killing any desire to spend extra time there.

In the night I was literally back to Shira Camp :-) The wind was playing with our tent, blowing through and shaking entire carcass.

This night I had a high fever and needed some medical assistance. There's no way to communicate with the reception, but making your way in the darkness of the night to the main entrance of the camp. Room or ''tent'' service is not available either.

One of the good things about Olduvai is that in the morning you can build your own lunch box with different types of food! People, who go on Safari know, that after few days you are fed up with provided lunch boxes.

Overall, this was definitely not the best camp we've been to, but overall, considering, that you are really in the middle of nowhere- it is an experience.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank madinadubai
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is an absolutely amazing place and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The view from our tents was outstanding, really breathtaking and the walk to watch the sunset is very memorable, and our guide was happy to just sit and watch with us or answer any questions we may have. The food was good and plentiful and we all throughly enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
Thank Dinah1967
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Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

A beautiful tented accommodation elegantly placed into the rock outcropping is a sight to see. It takes a while to get to this camp after the safari but you will not be disappointed. The staff are extremely friendly and hospitable. The food is excellent.

As an added bonus you are just a few short steps for an up close and personal viewing of giraffes.

We took the Massi tour for a couple of hours and it was definitely worth it. Ok you are probably thinking ... Yeah but it is just fake. Make it what you want but the walking tour was one of the highlights and our kids still talk about the tour.

Accommodations are vey comfortable, clean, and spacious. This place will not disappoint.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank John S
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

I have to admit that we were little a bit afraid of this lodge, first tents, with feel of kind of forced authenticity for tourists by Maasai people who co-run this lodge. This suspicion turned out to be nice surprise at the end.

Excellent position in between crater and Serengeti, in the middle of nowhere, there was one Koopje (little rocky hill), and all around were tents. Tents with extra roof, toilet, shower, real comfortable bed.

After nice welcome, we were directly taken to our tent, given 2 minutes and taken further by 1 Maasai warrior to watch sunset nearby. Maasai nicknamed Rasta was really nice guy, very happy to explain and answer all the question and with real happiness to teach of couple of Maa words.

After this pleasant walk there was dinner served in the central area, pity that it was kind if standard international food, pretty ok, but I would rather see some options of local food.
Beer and wine served at prices comparable to other tourists camps.
One more regret, everybody disappeared right after dinner to their tents, even if group of Maasai was ready to sign some songs or dance by what they called "Bush TV" (fireplace :-), well, we stayd and got some extra chance to learn something more about those fascinating people.

Night was calm, even if limited by poor lightning in the tent, but with hot water, really comfortable bed, correct breakfast and lunch box (you could mix it yourself from pretty solid choice of cold meals, frits and vegetables)

I would definitely recommend this experience, even if true Maasai experience could have been taken to the end with some local food trial

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tequila007
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Olduvai (or written in the right way Oldupai) is located in a very special place, in the base of a kopjie, rocks over rocks. There is a very nice belvedere on the top from where you can appreciate sun rise, the stars and lots of falling stars! Good Luck. There is a short 12 min. walk to another kopjie to see the sunset. Spectacular. And in the morning if you can you should take a 2 and a half hour hike to the Olduvai Museum. You do that with 2 Masai warriors as escorts. Fantastic. One of the best experiences of our trip. The tents are perfect in their way, all with views to the plains. The place is rustic in a very nice way and very comfortable. Good food, but the same on this circuit Mawe Ninga, Oldupai, Ronjo. They could vary a bit more.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Olduvai Camp

Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range: $360 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Olduvai Camp has only 17 tents, built around a big kopje. His location in the heart of the NCA is ideal for treks, especially along the Olduvai gorges. Every tent has a good comfort: big beds (doubles or twins) with quality bedding, pillows, covers etc...Necessary furniture, terrace with safari chairs, bathroom inside the structure (WC, hot shower with running water, small sink). The camp is eco-friendly, using solar panels (for lights, water heating etc.), Recycling garbage, water saving etc. Olduvai Camp is a must not to be missed if you like to experience an unforgettable overnight in the bush, between the famous Ngorongoro crater and the endless plains of Serengeti. ... more   less 
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