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Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa
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New York City, New York
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“Perfect balance of luxury and nature”
Reviewed 20 September 2012

Olakira was a phenomenal highlight of our Tanzanian safari. Our tent was perfectly appointed to make you comfortable while not at all spoiling the experience of camping in the wild. The showers were hot and the bed was quite comfortable. The laundry service was a great help too.

What set Olakira apart, however, from all of our other camps was the social atmosphere and the staff. Each night we looked forward to getting back to camp to sit around the camp fire and listen to stories of the day. The family style dinners were always full of laughter and conversation. And the staff was certainly the most helpful and friendly group we encountered. All of this while being able to gaze out over the Mara river, in the middle of nowhere. Quite amazing.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

We stayed for almost a week and did not want to leave. You will not be disappointed. Food was outstanding, staff was beyond helpful and accommodating, and our guide Elia Wilson - well there simply are not enough words to explain how gracious and patient he was.

If you have the interest and the means - GO!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 September 2012

We spent three nights at Olakira and had a remarkably wonderful time. Our guide, Elia, was truly a remarkable young man. Besides all the sightings of lions, elephants, giraffes etc, he was able to get us to see 3 river crossings and two rare rhinos. It was truly a marvelous experience. The staff were all friendly and very helpful. We would recommend this camp to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

This was an absolutely marvelous experience. The staff were all so kind and knowledgable. I felt
spoiled and safe at all times. It is still amazing me how comfortable living in a tent was. I was prepared to be uncomfortable, but was willing to be that way in order to see the beauty of nature in the raw. I was never uncomfortable and the staff made me feel welcome and happy every day.

Really this was such a treat, don't deny yourself this experience. And for heaven's sake don't pick a different location.

The chef deserved a round of applause after every meal. Very health choices were always provided plus decadent chocolate truffles and other tom musana (delicious) deserts.

Our guide was Elia. He was very knowledgeable about all the wildlife as well as rock formations and land use. He was spot on finding the rare leopard, lions and cubs, a very rare rino and her baby, elephants etc, etc.... Altogether a delightful young man, who I am sure will go far in life with his eagerness to learn and share his knowledge.


P.S. I did hug every last person in the camp goodbye and all of my group were teary eyed when we left.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 September 2012

I normally don't write reviews but I know how important it is to the camps to share good experiences and I think people should know just how amazing our experience was with Asilia's camps: Olakira and Oliver's.

I'll keep this mainly about Olakira though...

We spent 3 nights at Olakira and were absolutely blown away by the service here. First off, without a doubt, the best member on staff is Hussein aka Future. Anytime we needed something, whether it was a stupid question, hot water for a shower, or for an issue (like our tent being infested by thousands of ants-- through no fault of the camp at all though!) he was there, with a smile on his face and a "no worries" attitude. We never felt like we were imposing or acting too demanding at all, something extremely important when you're on vacation (who wants to be the needy guests?). Michael was also absolutely fantastic. Anything we needed during any meal, he was there. He knew I loved the chocolate truffles at the camp and sent me away with a little package of them-- so incredibly thoughtful! Which brings us to another big point: the food. The food at this camp was outstanding. Not only was it delicious but it was also a nice blend of healthy food, which was a refreshing change since we were feeling a bit sluggish from the starchy food we'd had throughout the earlier portion of the trip. There was always a nice vegetable or salad option with every meal and during breakfast they had no problem making a healthy egg white omelet with whole wheat toast for me. These little details helped us feel comfortable and relaxed as we were totally in a surreal environment. And what a backdrop it was! The camp's setting was just breathtaking-- overlooking the Mara River in the middle of the open park. Just gorgeous. They even arrange for a private romantic dinner in the bush for us, with a bottle of champagne-- so incredibly special and sweet. It really was a great moment for us on our honeymoon. Pascal and his staff is really terrific-- we really felt like family and adored each and every one of them.

Our guide, Leonard Kivuyo aka Kivuyo (as he goes by) was absolutely fantastic. So incredibly polite and respectful but also a lot of fun. We really loved learning about his love of American music and hearing his favorite stories from other travelers. Kivuyo also helped us see some incredible things and it was thanks to his patience and dedication. When we arrive in the Serengeti we were told it'd be near-impossible to see the two things left on our wish list-- a Rhino (we unfortunately didn't see any in the crater) and a Lion kill (a tall ask, I know). But I am proud to say that we saw BOTH! With Kivuyo's help we were able to cross off the last two items on our wish list.

Kivuyo absolutely fantastic and because of his knowledge, patience and dedication, we didn't feel as if we missed one single thing when we finished our safari. We feel extremely lucky and grateful for this and it was a perfect way to celebrate our honeymoon.

The location of the camp is prime-- enabling us to see the crossing, every animal imaginable, and the incredible river right from our tents.

We absolutely loved traveling with Asilia. Both of our guides were beyond amazing (Alfred was our guide for Oliver's and the crater-- he was outstanding). Both camps were clean, safe, comfortable, and gorgeous. The food was amazing and we were extremely impressed with how they were able to accommodate any dietary restrictions with ease. The service was by far the best part of our stay-- we felt like family and the staff was incredible. We wish we could invite them all to New York for a dinner party of our own to say thank you!


Thank you Olakira, and Asilia! You made our honeymoon truly incredible.

- Jaclyn and Marc from New York!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

My wife and I stayed in Olakira for the first 3 nights of the total 8 nights that we spent in both sides of the Mara River - 5 nights in N. Serengeti on Tanzania side and 3 nights in Masai Mara on the Kenya side. Olakira is a moving camp. This time it was located just by the Mara River. For those who are keen to see the Crossing, this was a great location. The tent was spacious, clean and comfortable. Thanks to Pascal and his team, our stay in Olakira was very enjoyable. Pascal was a warm and humorous host. Michael often went an extra mile to give us more than we expected. We were particularly impressed by our guide, Kivuyo. Given his young age, Kivuyo might not be the most experienced guide in Serengeti, but he was a wonderful person. We didn't see any Crossing in the first three days as the wildebeests were either in C. Serengeti or Masai Mara. We were finally lucky to see our first Crossing in the last game drive at Olakira on Day 4 when driving from Olakira to our next camp. Kivuyo almost seemed happier than us - we could tell that he was genuine and the feeling came from the heart. We came to know Kivuyo as our guide, and he left us as a good personal friend. We were also impressed with the way Asilia trained their guides. Kivuyo would clean his hands with sanitizer religiously every time before serving our morning/afternoon tea. He would always stop and pick up any liter seen along the driveway left by another car. Congratulations to Asilia, but we also found Kivuyo following the rules more vigorously than others.

For those who are keen to see the Crossing, we can offer our 5 cents' worth of opinion as follows:
- Stay for slightly more nights as you can afford. Nature has it own ways. You don't want to miss out this experience of a life time just because you are a day short. Our travel planner warned us that we could get bored with a 8-day safari. We never got enough of it and, at the end, we felt fortunate to see Crossing 5 times after a 0 score in the first 3 days. We will suggest a minimum stay of 4 days.
- Try to stay in both sides of the Mara River as the whereabouts of the wildebeest are totally unpredictable. Staying on both sides give you some extra insurance. For us, we saw much more activities this time in the Kenya side than Tanzania.
- If you do want to cross between N. Serengeti and Masai Mara, take a plane instead of a car. Flying is a lot better and not necessarily more expensive because you save at least an extra night in the transit.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

We arrived from the central Serengeti to this northern camp on the Mara river. Our tent #1 had an excellent view of the Mara and we were not bothered by noises from the nearby main tent. Pascal welcomed us that night by calling us family and asking us to share stories at sundowners. Migration crossings were incredible. We saw double crossings on two of our days there and many lions. Excellent meals. Huge thunder storm one night that lit up the sky. Used the boots that were stored in the tent. Michael was always there to greet us with a smile and a cold drink after being out all day.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa
Address: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #13 of 113 Speciality Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Hotel Class:4 star — Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in the Great Migration at Olakira Migration Camp. You will feel the earth vibrate during brave winter crossings of the mighty rivers in the north, or be moved beyond measure by the mass summer calving on the south's grassy plains. Olakira follows the massive herds of wildebeest to two spectacular locations in the north and south of the Serengeti National Park. Home from December to March is the southern Serengeti, where herds of wildebeest calve simultaneously and the plains throng with new life. As the dry days of winter arrive, Olakira relocates north to the confluence of the Mara and Bolongonja rivers for spectacular game viewing at the Mara River itself and around the Lamai Wedge. ... more   less 
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