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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Olduvai Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park