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Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa
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“Memorable”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

We spent two nights here and then moved to another bush camp (Lemala Mara) because Olakira could not accommodate us for our full four nights on the Mara River. So it is interesting to compare our experiences at the two different camps. This camp does not have WiFi but did allow me to use their laptop to communicate with my elderly parents. The tented bedrooms and bathrooms at both camps were very similar, although Olakira had a better system for alerting the camp staff should an emergency occur at night when you aren't supposed to leave your tent without an escort. One of us is very petite and she could not reach the handle to turn on the shower at Olakira without using a hanger to hook the end of it. The food at both camps was similar and good. We had laundry done at Olakira and after we left we discovered that in pressing several pieces with their charcoal fueled iron they had left little dots of ash all over the "clean" items. Luckily the ash washed away when the items were put in our Maytag washing machine at home. We had a private guide provided by our safari company. He commented that he was not well treated by the staff at Olakira and probably would refuse to return there with future clients. He was much better treated at the Lemala camp. As guests we found the service at both camps to be equally excellent. We took this trip to sub-Saharan Africa specifically to stay in a tented camp and this experience did not disappoint us. It was wonderful to wake in the night to magical whoop of the hyenas and the roars of the lions.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this review, 27 August 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us; we are glad you had such a great stay at Olakira. The proximity of the animals and the sounds of the night are truly amazing.

We will definitely look into the concerns your driver mentioned to you.

Warm regards,
Marleen Haverkamp - Marketing Manager at Asilia Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Just returned from four incredible nights at Olakira. Every single member of staff did their utmost to ensure our stay was fantastic. Their friendliness and professionalism contributed hugely to a memorable experience. We had wonderful wildebeest crossings, at which our guide, Nathan, managed to position us in the "pound seats". The game drives were incredible. The food was delicious . The tents were comfortable and beautifully furnished, but retained the "under canvas" feeling of being close to nature. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience. The worst thing about it, was having to pack up and leave at the end of our stay.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We spent 4 nights with the fantastic staff, guides at this camp! Their passion for excellence and making your time with them the most memorable African experience ever, can not be surpassed!
Our amazing guide 'Nathan' had a sixth sense when wanting to find a particular animal, a most humble & accommodating man.
Highly recommend this camp!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

This camp was the first time we were at a mobile camp and we really felt we were at one with nature. The sounds of nature are all around you all night long but no worries the animals really never bother your tent. Going to sleep hearing the wildebeests is wonderful!! We saw 4 migrations one we could see from our table at lunch time as the camp was quite close to the river. The staff was very accommodating and the food and wine was wonderful! The bucket showers were interesting but happy to have a flush toilet!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

This camp was recommended to us by our travel advisor at Audley, and it could not have been better. We were particularly keen to witness the migration of the wildebeest across the Mara River - and what we saw was like watching a BBC wildlife programme - just what we hoped for, and more. Truly amazing. The staff at the camp were first rate, especially our guide, Baraka. The food produced by the chefs was incredibly good. We slept soundly, even with wildebeest chomping grass right outside our tent. Our three night stay was a wonderful experience in every way.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Grahamstown, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We spent three nights in this camp and can recommend it as top notch. The service and facilities are excellent. A fantastic location for the migration. The chef produced amazing food. Our guide Nathan was a real gem. His knowledge and demeanour were amazing. If you get the choice ask for him. He is really good.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

My husband and I spent 2 nights here during our honeymoon, while it was positioned in the Northern Serengeti right opposite one of the major wildebeest migration crossing sites.
As a viewing location for the migration it couldn't get any better. The close proximity to the crossing site allows guests to quickly reach the site via car (3 min drive) and secure the best viewing spot before any cars from other camps arrive. One afternoon while in the shower my husband shouted "They're coming!" as the wildebeests which had made it across the river literally ran across the fields right in front of our tent-queue picture of me in my dressing gown!

Another afternoon, we headed out to find rhino only to be radioed that the male black rhino was hanging around Olakira camp, so we rushed back to find in standing clearly in the rain, before disappearing once more.

The tents themselves are very spacious and decorated in a vintage safari style but with all the comforts you would want e.g. king sized bed and hot shower. They each have a nice indoor and outdoor porch area which is great for relaxing after a days safari while taking in the view. If you want to be more sociable, drinks and snacks are served around a camp fire before dinner with other guests. Guests all sit together during dinner which is always a delicious 3 course meal.

The staff at this camp are very attentive and friendly, always service with a smile here!

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 117 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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