Olakira Camp is a small, seasonal mobile tented camp that moves through the Serengeti, following the Great Migration, one of the world's natural wonders. The camp is situated in the southern region from December 01-March 31. During June 01-November 15, it moves to the northern Serengeti and will be ideally located on the Mara River on one of the traditional migration crossing sites. This is an exclusive camping site and no other camps are located in the region. Walking safaris are offered December-March.
Nairobi - So glad we didn't cancel our trip. We were greeted on the tarmac after a long day…Our guide in Nairobi, Newton, was probably the best guide we had on the trip. We loved the Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Manor and Karen Blixen Home. Tamarind was a lovely spot for lunch.
Tarangire/Little Oliver’s - We really enjoyed Little Oliver’s. The sunsets were spectacular and the park was beautiful. We liked that they did a walking safari ( despite my trepidation) and a night drive. They packed the most wonderful breakfast for us, as we were on the road very early. The food was very good and we enjoyed the intimacy of the camp with just two other couples in residence with us…
Ngorongoro Crater/Exploreans/Gibbs Farm - Wow- Exploreans is quite the place to stay. It was a nice change from the tents. The staff was lovely and the villas were spectacular. We loved sitting by the pool and relaxing after safari. They included more expensive drinks in the price, which was really nice. We asked the GM if we could sit outside in the restaurant and play cards, and his reply was "of course, this is your home". We loved our lunch at Gibbs Farm. We wandered around and saw the animal pens and various food making operations.
We had an amazing day in the crater. We saw a hyena kill of a zebra. ( kind of hard to watch, but it was pretty incredible). The setting is so beautiful as you drop from the rain forest into the crater.
Our guide for Tarangire and Ngorongoro was James/Ombeni. He was very knowledgeable and excellent at finding amazing wildlife...
Olakira/Serengeti- We loved the staff at Olakira. They were so friendly and the food was spectacular. Chocolate truffles to die for!! They barbequed in the pouring rain and it was wonderful. The best appetizers too. We met the most interesting people at Olakira, and we really enjoyed the communal aspect to the camp. Daniel the bartender was most hospitable, and they did not skimp on the wine! If we had stayed in lodges like Exploreans the whole time, we would have missed this part of the trip. Our guide, Reuben, was wonderful. He wanted so badly for us to see the Wildebeest crossing and to find a rhino (alas, that was the only thing we did not see). We were incredibly fortunate to see 2 huge crossings and it was truly a sight. Read More
- Dana Riccard
The selection of lodging was superb. The guides were professional, knowledgeable, and congenial. The sequencing of the parks was like a symphony, each part flowing and building with the next, with the finale being the Mountain Gorillas.
Machweo Wellness Retreat: Beautiful location, outstanding service. Unfortunately, none of us were there long enough to fully appreciate the amenities.
Ndarakwai Ranch: Rustic, natural, inviting accommodations. Eric, our host, and his entire staff were friendly, helpful, inviting, entertaining, and professional. Really liked this location because the staff was so great. Great way to start our safari adventure.
Olakira Mara: What a beautiful site for a camp. The staff was friendly, interested, attentive, professional. From the top management down everyone made us feel at home. Tents, food, service were all top notch.
Kigali Serena Hotel: Outstanding hotel and staff. Attentive to our every need or want, eager to please. Rooms were spacious and comfortable, food delicious, service excellent, location perfect.
Jack Hanna's House: Beautiful location. Felt like being home. Staff was exceptionally efficient, friendly, professional. Probably more than we needed since our group had shrunk to 3, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.Read More