Olakira means 'star' in Maasai. The mobile nature of the camp allows it to move to the best areas for wildlife viewing with the seasons, in the north near the Mara River from June to November and in the south at Ndutu from December to March.
You'll be met on arrival at the airstrip and welcomed with a drink and snack before your drive to the camp. Here you'll be greeted by the camp manager and given a briefing about the camp.
Olakira Camp has nine guest tents. All have large beds, wide private verandas, convenient bathroom facilities with shower, wash basin and an environmentally friendly toilet. Bedrooms contain daybeds and arnchairs and each has a painted map of the wildebeest migration. Two of the tents are interconnecting and have a shared bathroom, making them ideal for families. The central area has a lounge tent, library, bar and dining area. Meals can also be enjoyed out in the open in the covered buffet area and by the camp fire.
The camp offers full day and half-day game drives every day in borh locations. Between December and March, when in Ndutu, walking safaris with an experienced guide and armed national park ranger are also offered.
Open: Olakira Camp is open from 1st June to 31st March. It is closed in the months of April and May and also from the 15th to the 30th of November.
Location: Olakira Camp is in the Serengeti and moves with the seasons to find the best game viewing. In winter (June to November) it is at Mukutano in the north near the confluence of the Mara and Bolongonja rivers and from December to March it is in the southern Serengeti at Ndutu. The nearest airstrips are Kogatende for Mara River at 40 minutes and Ndutu for Olaikira Ndutu 20 minutes.
Rooms: There are 9 tents at each site. These are large walk-in tents with large netted windows and canvas flaps. They feature comfortable king size beds with mosquito nets, bed side lamps, storage space and a lockable box for valuables. They have en-suite bathrooms with hand basins, bucket showers and flush toilets. Hot water is brought on request and you'll have a range of toiletries. There is a family tent made up to 2 interconnecting tents with a shared bathroom. Every tent has a spacious veranda with safari chairs and a small table. There is a lockable box in each tent and you'll be supplied with mineral water, solar-powered lighting, a radio for emergency use, mosquito repellent, tissues and a torch. You'll also have a folder wit information about the camp.
Activities: The lodge offers daily game drives in the morning and later afternoon. You can also take a full day game drive. Between December and March walking safaris and village visits are also possible.
Facilities: There is a central mess tent and a lounge tent with chairs and sofas. You will find a collection of reference books here. The bar serves a range of drinks. There are battery charging facilities. There is an outdoor buffet area set under shade, and a camp fire. The camp has a daily laundry service (not for underwear, though there is washing powder in your room if you want to do your own washing). The curio shops sells a variety of local handicrafts.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables or together with other guests and the camp manager. These are eaten in the mess tent or out in the open air. Sundowners and pre-dinner nibbles are served around the camp fire. You'll be offered a full cooked breakfast, a buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a 3-course dinner. Wine is available to complement meals. Soft and local alcoholic drinks are included. Other drinks can be purchased locally using cash or a credit card.
Children: Children of 6 years and older are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet in a small tent near the central area. You can use the satellite phone (currently US$6 per minute).
"The highlight of an amazing holiday. Views from your tent of the Mara river, staff who want to make your visit very personal and special and hot showers whenever you want - just ask for the canvas bag to be refilled!! Great fun! The rooms were large and the bed extremely comfortable It is hard to believe this camp moves every six months leaving nothing behind. What ever else you do visit Olakira it is stunning. We saw 5 crossings of the Mara river by Wildebeest and Zebra but even without that the game and bird viewing is first class. We saw a Leopard for about 20 minutes parading in front of us. Then spend the evening round the fire pit chatting over the experiences you've had. Kenneth the manager was always on hand and had a happy, hard working team with him."
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