Olakira Camp, Serengeti: The Lowdown

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Olakira is one of a number of excellent seasonal camps which roam the Serengeti, aiming for the heart of the wildlife action by broadly tracing the movements of the Great Migration. It’s cosy, comfortable, and more often than not, in the heart of the action.

What’s Olakira really like? 

Olakira has just nine luxury safari tents, large enough to stand up in, a bed big enough to bounce on, and an ensuite bathroom with a loo and traditional safari shower.  A particular treat is that your bed can be rolled out into a mozzie net covered area for a magical night of stargazing. There’s a little verandah for afternoon lazing (or your early morning cuppa), and a short wander will take you to the mess tent. Here you’ll eat most of your meals, and believe us there’ll be a fair few- most people return from safari with a much tighter waistband than they started with! Cooking is satisfying and wholesome, and is perfect fuel for a day of adventure in the bush. However, what we love about staying at Olakira can’t really be described in the way of facilities, rather it’s the overall atmosphere- lying in bed and listening to a million wildebeest grunting, staring into the campfire at the end of a long day, or walking back to your tent after dinner and spotting a shooting star- magic!

What can I do at Olakira?

A stay here is all about game drives. From December to March Olakira is pitched in Ndutu, an area of delicious lush grasses and acacia trees spreading between the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation area. Then, from June to November Olakira migrates to the glorious rolling grasslands of the northern Serengeti where the Mara and Bologonja Rivers meet and heart-stopping river-crossings take place. Hot air balloon safaris are also available for an optional extra fee.

Giving back at Olakira:

Olakira’s footprint on the Serengeti is a light one- the camp’s solar powered and when it’s broken down every 6 months the only traces left behind are a few small pathways, rapidly overgrown by the Serengeti. Olakira also supports the Serengeti Lion project and guides help monitor the highly threatened Serengeti rhino population.

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