Olakira Tented Camp

Olakira – Maasai for ‘star’ – is ideally placed to follow the pace of the migration and the camp moves throughout the year to do just that.

Olakira Tented Camp offers a modern take on the vintage charm of an East African safari under canvas, without abandoning too many creature comforts. There are 9 tents in this camp, each with a king-size bed bedecked with fine linen, a private veranda with a canvas chaise lounge, and an en suite bathroom.

The bathroom is separated from the main tent by a dividing canvas wall. The bathroom consists of a brass basin set into a wooden surface with a jug of clean water next to the basin. The bucket shower is filled with hot water on request. The chemical toilet is separated by a further canvas wall and both canvas doors can be zipped up for privacy.

Solar power provides all the lighting. There is a small bar of soap in each bathroom for guests to wash their ‘smalls’ should they wish – the laundry service can be used for everything else. The Olakira team, being male, cannot wash underwear for cultural reasons.

The mess tent serves imaginative, high quality food – you can also eat outdoors at various bush locations should you choose.

All in all, this is a true safari experience for those guests who want a more authentic safari camp.

Olakira Mara River: From June to November, in the dry winter months, Olakira Mara River enjoys one of the most pristine corners of the northern Serengeti; pitched in the tranquil Bolongoja region and surrounded by untouched wilderness, Olakira Mara River is located just 300-metres from one of the crossing points used by the herds migrating out of Kenya across the treacherous Mara River.

Olakira Lamai Camp: Many regard the Lamai Wedge as having the most beautiful scenery in the whole Serengeti eco-system. This stretch of savannah sits between the Mara River and the Kenya Border and from June – November is home to Olakira Lamai.

The camp is an easy 20 minutes drive from the Mara River and the dramatic action of the annual wildebeest crossings. The game-rich valleys and plains that surround the camp are home to the big 5 and picturesque Wogakuria Kopjie provides a dramatic back drop.

Olakira Ndutu Camp: From December to March, as they’ve done for millennia, the herds will eventually answer the call of the Migration and head for the southern Serengeti’s endless grasslands; the perfect place to calve, graze and rest. Olakira swiftly follows to witness this incredible spectacle. The herds won’t be left alone here though: lion and cheetah will follow in their wake to claim their share of the spoils.

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