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“you are paying for location”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Olduvai Camp

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Olduvai Camp
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“you are paying for location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2010

While I wasn't expecting anything luxurious, I must admit that I was a little disappointed with Olduvai, given the cost per night, I felt that there were too many staff hanging around which made me unable to properly relax. I also thought that the dinners were pretty average. All in all, I understand that we were paying for location, but apart from the location, i cannot see where the large amount we paid to stay at Olduvai is going, it is certainly not reflected in the food or the ambience. Other campers we talked to also shared the same opinion, We also stayed at the Ronjo camp during our safari and found it much more relaxed, less staff hanging around, the food was better and on a whole it was much more cosier.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2010

It's too bad that last reviewer had such a terrible time here. We did not experience any of that, but it's been a few years. We had a wonderful time and the location cannot be beat. The tents are simple but perfectly functional. We found the staff to be charming and culturally stimulating. We went on a hike with a Maasai which was pretty neat. The scenery is amazing - I really can't explain it. I found the bar area to be especially neat. The food was acceptable but nothing special (it never really is at these remote camps, but you really don't care - I promise it's true).

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Charleston, SC
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2010

This was by far the worst camp! The food was terrible and the staff was lazy. We also got ripped off for about $100 in alcohol we did not drink but had to pay.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2010

We stayed here 2 nights and were sad to leave. The highlight was the direct interaction with the Masai. The food was good. The shower water is delivered by bucket and the toilet is outside the tent.

Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Rome
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2010

In the middle of nowhere you will love this tented camp. We stayed just one night and we where so sad to leave. The tend are simple but comfortable, if you are looking for luxury camp this is not your camp but if you want great value and one of the best location and views ever don`t miss it.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2009

We stayed here in the dry season, and had the feeling we whee in the middle of the desert. Amazing how they managed to facilitate us with so much luxury. However the staff was a bit rough, therefore I would not recommend staying here longer then one night.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2009

Olduvia Camp was a great experience. We'd been to some high-end lodges so it was a little rough and ready in comparison but by no means in a bad way. there were only two other people there when we visited, which admittedly was out of the migration season so it was pretty desolate, but that is part of the beauty - just really being out in the middle of itall. The staff were very friendly and helpful in dealing with the myriad of odd animals that presented themselves in the open-air bathroom and the restaurant. The tented rooms are all well spread out and as you step out you are right in the most amazing expanse of the Serengeti. Food was, well, let's not give them too hard a time but just settle with flavoursome. But it's a really nice camp with a good attitude and good feel.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Olduvai Camp
Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Nca), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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Olduvai Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park

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