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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Olakira Camp, Asilia Africa Hotel Serengeti National Park