Olakira Camp, Serengeti

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.

Snapshot of Olakira Camp
  • The camps follows the herds from north to south for the best migration game viewing
  • Intimate safari camp with 9 en-suite traditional safari tents
  • Expert guides with specialist knowledge
Perfect for
  • Family Safari
  • Romantic Safari
  • Classic Safari
Standard price per person per night:

$710 - $890i

Camp Experience

 

Fine linens, fine dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this superb safari camp, which all but disappears into the surrounding African bush. Combined with unbeatable hospitality and highly knowledgeable guides, Olakira treats you to an unusually personal and authentic East African wilderness experience.

The mess and dining tents echo the style and ambience of the rooms, with panoramic views of the sprawling Serengeti plains. Spend the afternoon relaxing in an armchair in the mess area or get comfortable under the shade of the surrounding trees and simply watch the game pass by. When darkness falls, dinner is served either under canvas or beneath a glittering canopy of stars in a small clearing close by, accompanied by the night sounds of the bush.

Meals

Our food is wholesome and elegantly presented. Organic produce from local farms gives every meal here fresh appeal. Depending on how hungry you are, you can choose from a lighter Continental breakfast or go for a cooked full English breakfast. At lunchtime make your choice from an appetising buffet with a selection of salads and freshly baked breads to accompany your hot main dish. Don’t fill up with too many of the tasty snacks that are served with your sundowners: dinner is a full three courses served at the table.

Featured Wildlife

During the winter months while Olakira is in the north, you may enjoy good viewings of:

  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Wildebeest
  • Zebra
  • Thomson’s gazelle
  • Klipspringer
  • Nile crocodile
  • Oribi
  • Elephant
  • Spotted hyena
  • Black rhino

Once the camp moves to the southern grasslands in summer, sightings include:

  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Wildebeest
  • Bat-eared fox
  • Zebra
  • Golden jackal
  • Spotted hyena
  • Serval (rare)
  • African wild dog (rare)

A Typical Day on Safari

The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.

05:30–06:00         Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee

06:30–07:00          Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or walk, or take a packed breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier

09:30–11:30            Arrive back in camp, followed by breakfast (if you are peckish)

12:30                        Lunch

13:30–16:00           Siesta time: read a book or just relax

16:00                       Afternoon tea

16:30                       Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or bush walk with sundowners

18:30                       Arrive back in camp

19:30                       Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars

 

Family Safaris

FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
☐ GOOD
✓  BETTER
☐ BEST

Olakira Migration Camp is ideal for families with children aged five and older, and accommodation is in a larger family tent with separate bedrooms.

We love catering for the individual needs of families, however safety is always our top priority and the extreme wilderness environment here is not conducive to providing a specific outdoor safari programme for children.

Families of six or more are guaranteed a private safari vehicle at no extra cost in low season. In high season, families with children under 12 are obliged to use a private game-viewing vehicle at an additional cost.

The minimum age at Olakira is five years old. There is some flexibility and exceptions can be made depending on camp occupancy. Please chat to us about your needs – we will make every attempt to accommodate your wishes.

 

Accommodation

 

Olakira-Accommodation - Olakira-Camp-Guest-Bedroom-Views-Eliza-Deacon-MR copyOlakira’s nine tents offer a modern take on the vintage charm of East Africa. Each has a king-sized bed (twin beds are available) complete with rich linens, an under-cover veranda with comfortable chaise longue, and en-suite bathroom and dressing area with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets.

Location

 

As the seasons change, the wildebeest follow the rains in search of fresh grazing and water. As a result, twice a year we break camp and relocate to a new prime spot that gives unparalleled access to superb viewing.

 

Olakira North (June to November)
Olakira-Location - Olakira-Camp-aerial-view-serengeti-LRFrom June to November, Olakira enjoys one of the most pristine corners of the Serengeti in the tranquil Bolongoja region of the northern plains. The camp is a mere 300 metres from a crossing point at the Mara River, where herds of wildebeest plunge into the water amid the jaws of the resident Nile crocodile and hippo on their great journey north to Kenya. Olakira stands proudly in one of the best migration viewing areas in the north, and game viewing is nothing short of spectacular.

 

Olakira South (December to March)
From December until March, a small shady forest east of the Ndutu area in the south is home. A small stream in front of camp frames the vista of iconic grasslands, dotted with hundreds of thousands wildebeest as they graze on the luscious green grass. In February, the plains throng with even more animals as wildebeest mothers give birth simultaneously, and hundreds of tiny wildebeest skitter and slide around the grasslands. Officially in the NCA (Ngorongoro Conservation Area), game drives cover both the NCA itself and the southern Serengeti, allowing for frequent sightings of big cats, elephant, buffalo and the more elusive African wild dog.

Activities

 

The annual Great Migration is a drama in two acts: the arresting dash for freedom as the herds cross the Mara River in the north, followed by the remarkable months of calving in the lush grasslands of the south. And with Olakira itself migrating between the two locations, you will always have a front-row seat to the action.

Game drives
With the expertise of top guides, Olakira has year-round access to the finest areas in the Serengeti. Experience them for yourself with game drives twice a day from the camp.

Bush breakfasts, picnics & dinners
For a day of uninterrupted game viewing, take a packed breakfast or lunch with you on a game drive and enjoy it in the shade of the trees along the river. Dinner can be arranged out in the bush for an unforgettable dining experience under the African night sky.

Cultural & community visits
When it is in the north (June to November), Olakira is situated close to several villages and communities on the outskirts of the Serengeti. Spend a morning or afternoon visiting one of the schools or the marketplace and learn a little more about the culture of the local Kuria people.

Hot-air balloon safaris
There is nothing quite like gliding serenely over the vast plains of the Serengeti as the wildlife teems below, on a romantic and evocative balloon safari.

Camp Footprint

 

Amos Buhuru, a room attendant at Olakira, used to be a poacher. His story is testament to the turnaround effect that tourism has on Africa’s people. Ask him to tell you about his life before and how it is now – you’ll find living proof of the good that you do by coming here.

Every one of the dedicated members of staff of this small camp makes a concerted effort to minimise the environmental impact of offering a premium safari in the world’s greatest wilderness area. The traditional-style tented camp has no permanent structures and is broken down and moved twice a year, leaving behind only a few footpaths to be reclaimed by the resilient African bush. In camp we strive to be carbon neutral; any emissions from our fossil-fuel consumption are offset through a local community forestation programme.

Accommodation & Amenities

  • 9 tents (including 1 family tent)

  • En-suite bathrooms with safari bucket showers and flushing toilets

  • Children: aged 5 and up

  • Complimentary laundry service

  • Solar & generator power

  • Battery-charging facilities

Activities

  • Morning and evening game drives

  • Hot-air balloon safaris (when in the North)

  • Cultural visits (when in the north)

Closest Airstrip

  • Kogatende (in the north; June to November): approx. 45 min.
    Ndutu (in the south; December to April): approx. 20 min.

Camp Dates

  • Olakira North
    Peak season August
    High season July; September to October
    Low season June; 1 to 14 November
    Closed: 5 April to 31 May; 15 to 30 November

  • Olakira South
    High season 20 December to end February
    Low season 1 March to 5 April; 1 to 19 December
    Closed: 5 April to 31 May; 15 to 30 November

Migration Viewing

  • Year round (camp closed in April and May)

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Experiences and activities to enjoy at Olakira Camp:

  • The Great Migration

    Without doubt the annual Wildebeest Migration is one of nature’s greatest spectacles. Asilia will ensure you have front-row seats away from the crowds.

    • 2 million wildebeest migrating
    • 2,800 kilometers covers
    • Best time to travel between Jul - Oct

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    The Great Migration
  • Big Cats & The Big 5

    Let Asilia show you the Big 5 and magnificent apex predators of the ecosystem for memories that will last a lifetime.

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    Big Cats & The Big 5
  • Cultural Experiences

    Discover Africa's rich culture.

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    Cultural Experiences
  • Family Safari

    Take the family on unforgettable holiday.

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    Family Safari
  • Romantic Experience

    Idyllic settings for two.

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    Romantic Experience
  • Classic Safari

    witness nature’s greatest wildlife spectacles.

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    Classic Safari
  • Hot Air Ballooning

    Glide over the vast plains.

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    Hot Air Ballooning
  • Game Drives

    Spot game from specialised vehicles.

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    Game Drives
  • Photography

    Get the shot of a lifetime.

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    Photography

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