We spent 4 nights at Olakira and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Within 30 minutes of landing at the airport we saw a crossing of approximately 5000 wildebeest with only a couple of other vehicles. However, we were shocked when we returned on two other occassions and there was total chaos with vehicles racing to get to the river's edge. Our guide was excellent and he tried to coordinate with other vehicles so that the animals weren't spooked, but it didn't seem to matter to drivers from other companies. The same occured on a leopard sighting, one driver approached to within a few feet of the leopard, scaring the animal, and blocking the view of others. There definitely needs to be some work done with some companies. However, all of the vehicles I saw from Asilia camps were respectful and courteous.
The food at Olakira was good, the service was excellent, lots of hot water for showers, and all of the employees went out of their way to make your stay enjoyable.
- 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