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Olduvai Camp
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Reviewed January 12, 2011

We stayed at Oldavai camp for 1 night during our honeymoon. We booked through ATR, who we would highly recommend and gave a fair description of the camp. After reading some of the reviews I visited the camp with some trepidation as to what standard of accommodation we would find. This is by no means a luxury camp, having said that the location is unique and the area had a wild desolate beauty in August. The staff are friendly and there is an authentic feel to the camp. The food is simply and tasty, we weren’t ill.

On arrival we were greeted by the staff and taken to the bar for a welcome drink which is a lovely area to relax. This was much needed after the long bumpy dusty journey to the camp. It was a short walk to our tent. At night this is not lit so take a torch. The tents are built on a wooden platform at ground level so you have an area of wooden decking for having a drink and enjoying the view. The tents were simply furnished but clean with a comfortable bed. There were no insects in the tent. The bathroom was clean and had a rustic charm with a fully pumped in toilet and good hot shower. The shower in our tent was plumped in so there was no problem with water pressure or limited water supply. The bathroom was accessed by unzipping the back of the tent and was a separate area with stone walls and a thatched roof. This did mean that any creep crawlies could access this area and we did have an encounter with a particularly large spider. I am not a fan of spiders and 2 Massai guides came to my rescue. Once they identified it as non-poisonous they would have been quite happy to leave it in the shower and I had to convince them that this was not an option! I would highly recommend leaving the tent door zipped shut between the main tent and bathroom!
I highly recommend going on the sunset safari. You are accompanied by a Massai guide to a nearby rock kopje where you can watch the sunset over the desert and watch the Massai herding their goats. It’s so peaceful and is one of my lasting memories of Africa.

I would recommend staying at Oldavai camp as it breaks up the long drive between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. I am very glad we stayed at Oldavai but I think one night is sufficient. It was a beautiful area and the camp has a real ‘Out of Africa’ feel. We also stayed at Mawe Ninga, Plantation Lodge, Serengeti Serena Lodge and Pongwe Beach and Breezes Beach Club on Zanzibar.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2010

We booked here through ATR travel and I thought for a knackered old tent and breakfast and dinner in the middle of nowhere it was overpriced.

The staff were nice and the food was okay. Our tent was very old, the zip didn't work well and the velcro didn't seal up properly and we were covered with insect bites in the morning. The shower/toilet is outside and rock rats and genet cats come to visit you when your sitting on the lou. The shower is a large bladder of hot water provided once a day and the toilet has limited flushes. Dinner has no choice but was okay. Our tent was number 10 and had stains and repaired stains everywhere. The floor was dirty. The location is the middle of nowhere and we went there after a long hike and were too exhausted to complain, we asked to change tents but were told the place was full. We only saw 3 other couples and no signs of life in the other tents. The solar energy ran out quite early in the evening and apart from a few kerosene lights, the place was pitch black. Fortunately we had a torch with us. I'd recommend getting quotes from different tour companies. The company that owns this is Tanganika. ATR uses them and they are very expensive and the price doesn't fit the experience.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Miquelon332
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Reviewed September 21, 2010

What a wonderful place - ecotourism, sustainable tourism, benefits to the community and a fantastic lodge style place. Really enjoyed it. Wonderful staff, guides, fantastic food, and feeling of space and freedom. In addition it is very clean and comfortable.

It was very difficult to depart. Bring a book and chill out overlooking the plains, and take a trip to the nearby Oldupai Museum!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank CRVH
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

We stayed here halfway through a 3 week safari across Kenya and Tanzanai, and Olduvai Camp was decidedly average. The view from the tent was beautiful, and the tent was comfortable, though at night there was a very strong draft which led to a poor night's sleep. The bucket shower was hot, but obviously time restricted. The real downside was the food which was just awful. We had been told that because it was owned by a French couple the food was good, but it was not.

That aside the staff were helpful, though our walking guide seemed sadly ignorant, telling us such "facts" as hyenas scat is white because they eat ash, and other nonsense. It was all a bit of a let down.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank NicolK
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Reviewed August 19, 2010

We thought the Masaai staff here were fantastic and really made us feel very welcome

Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
Thank austinpowersLondon
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Reviewed April 24, 2010

Having your toilet outside and a basic shower may appeal to some.
The interaction with Masai is a bit of a laugh : they all have mobile phones with them and wear sports-clothes ...

We did get an unplanned dancing and sing and that was great.

Interesting for 1 night, not more

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank Paul_et_Family
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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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Thank AllBlacks42
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Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 120 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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