Olduvai Camp

Tanzania

  • Walk with Maasai guides
  • Watch the sunset over the plains
  • Star gaze from the viewing platform
  • Look for the genet in the restaurant
  • Visit a Maaasi village
  • See the Shifting Sands 

Open: Olduvai Camp is open all year.

Location: Olduvai Camp is in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, about half way between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. The camp is built at the base of a kopje, a huge rocky outcrop and is 8kms from Olduvai Museum, 28kms from Ngorongoro crater rim and 35kms from the Naabi entrance gate to the Serengeti.

Rooms: There are 17 guest tents, built against the kopje. They are sturdy canvas tents with gauze windows and contain a bedroom, dressing area and en-suite bathroom with basin, shower, flush toilet and solar-heated water available round the clock. All tents have private decks.

Activities: From the camp you can take walks along the gorges led by local Maasai guides as you learn about their lives and culture, and spotting wildlife and fossils. Walks range from leisurely strolls to longer hikes. Other activities include 4x4 safaris in the Ngorongoro Crater, a visit to the Shifting Sands and museum at Olduvai Gorge, and to a local village. The Gol Mountains and Olkarien Gorge, a good sight for observing birds of prey, can also be visited while at Olduvai Camp. On your first evening in camp it is customary to accompany Maasai guides to a nearby kopje in time to watch the sunset over the wide savannah.

Facilities: The restaurant is a large thatched, open-sided structure built into the rocks. The lounge-cum-bar is similar in style, and set on an upper level. Outside the firepit is the favoured venue for pre and post dinner drinks. There’s also a boma used for private outdoor dining. The viewing platform is equipped with a telescope and is a great place for star gazing. The camp has a small shop selling crafts and jewellery made by Maasai women. Charging facilities and Wi-Fi are available in the bar.

Dining: Meals are served at individual tables in the restaurant, and private dinners can be arranged in the boma.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Child-centred activities include fossil hunting, learning to thow a spear and watching the genets forage for food.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the lounge-bar.

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Client Rating for Tanzania 5/5 from 217 reviews

Loved staying here. What an experience as we were in the middle of nowhere with just miles of sand and savannah and huge boulders. Two wild jennet came to watch us having dinner. Food very good too.

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