Olakira Camp, Serengeti
Immerse yourself in the Great Migration at Olakira Migration Camp. You’ll feel the earth vibrate during winter crossings of the brave wildebeest as they face the mighty rivers in the north, or be moved 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 camp 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
- Family Safari
- Romantic Safari
- Classic Safari
Standard price per person per night:
$758 - $1 028i
To find out more about our special offers and rates exclusive to African citizens and residents, please get in touch.
Accommodation & Amenities
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.
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.
During the winter months while Olakira is in the north, you may enjoy good viewings of:
- Thomson’s gazelle
- Nile crocodile
- Spotted hyena
- Black rhino
Once the camp moves to the southern grasslands in summer, sightings include:
- Bat-eared fox
- Golden jackal
- Spotted hyena
- Serval (rare)
- African wild dog (rare)
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)
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 SUITABILITY LEVEL
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.
Olakira’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 lounge,and en-suite bathroom and dressing area with hot-water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets.
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)
From 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 1st December 2017 Olakira will be setting up camp at their new Southern Serengeti home at Ndutu. The new site provides not only practical improvement, as it is closer to the airstrip, but also is positioned in the heart of Ndutu’s resident game offering superlative wildlife experiences while also affording guests a spectacular camp setting amongst the dappled trees with breath-taking views of Lake Masek. 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.
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.
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. (at an additional cost)
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.
Olakira is recognised by Responsible Tourism Tanzania for integrating its working culture and daily operations into a sustainable and responsible management approach. Systems are in place to monitor and direct operations. All employees understand the triple bottom line, which forms the core of the company culture. Olakira is also recognised by Fair Trade Tourism which benchmarks responsible tourism standards across the continent.
Our 2018 Rates
Olakira Camp Game Package rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), laundry service, scheduled open vehicle game drives, transfers to/from Kogatende airstrip (June-mid Dec) or Ndutu airstrip (Mid Dec-Mar).
Rates below exclude: Any applicable park/conservancy fees, any applicable camping/concession fees, and conservation charge, totalling approximately US$ 140 per person per night. Champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, all transfers other than stated, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights & airport taxes, gratuities, items of a personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) US$25pp.
1 – 28 February and 1 July – 31 August: US$ 1 028 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 – 31 January; 1 September – 31 October and 20 – 31 December: US$ 933 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 – 31 March; 1 – 30 June; 1 – 14 November and 1 – 19 December: US$ 758 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation