Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
At a Glance
Witness the great wildebeest migration
Personal camp with just nine tents
Family friendly with one spacious family tent available
Communal dining area and lounge
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Olakira is located in the Northern Serengeti from June to November, and the Southern Ngorongoro Conservancy from December to March in order to witness the migration as it moves on its annual circuit.
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
December to March, is the Wildebeest calving season. In April and May, the rut begins and the plains dry out so the herd begin the journey north. June and July, the migration gathers momentum and the herds enter the Serengeti Western Corridor. It's here that the wildebeest and their newborn calves meet their first serious barrier in the form of the Grumeti River and its vast crocodiles. Between August and November, the migration reaches its northern range: the grasslands on either bank of the crocodile-infested Mara River which the herds must cross not once, but twice, as they complete their migration.
To start planning your holiday to Olakira Camp
Olakira is a small, seasonal camp, located in the Serengeti National Park. Moving seasonally between the north and south the camp optimises the chance of witnessing the great wildebeest migration and therefore ensuring fantastic game-viewing at all times.
Olakira is an intimate mobile camp with nine luxury tents. Each tent is comfortably furnished with double or twin beds with adjoining bathroom facilities (including hot safari shower, wash basin and environmentally friendly toilet). Each enjoys its own private veranda with a panoramic views of the Serengeti. Two communal tents are central to the camp and provide a comfortable lounge and dining area, perfect for sharing safari stories with your fellow guests.
Delicious meals and cold drinks are served in the main dinning tent or if a dry and warm evening, then out under the stars. Activities at Olakira Camp focus on game drives but cultural visits and even hot air balloon safaris can also be arranged at an additional cost. Game drives are accompanied by an experienced guide who will uncover the hidden secrets of the Serengeti plains.
There are nine tented rooms at the camp. Each tent features an en-suite bathroom with flush loos, and safari bucket showers. The tents are either made up with a doubled bed or twin beds, triples are available to accommodate children as well as a family tent.
Children above the age of 5 years are welcome to come and stay at Olakira Camp. However, there are no specific childcare facilities available. One family tent is available.
Laundry service, battery charging facilities
During your stay at Olakira there are a number of activities you can partake in. There are two game drives daily as well as hot air balloon flights at an extra cost. In the evenings, guests convene around the campfire and exchange tales of their day's events. A delicious dinner is served under the canopy of the stars.
Sian Frost (Staff)
Really nice tented camp where the emphasis is getting outside. The tents have a mesh section so you can sleep under the stars and roll your bed out from the main tent. Dinners can be candle lit outside. This is a perfect option for those who would love to try fly camping but not sure if it is their kind of thing.
Location & directions
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Olakira is a small, semi-permanent camp in the Serengeti National Park. Between December and March it is situated on the open southern plains, where the annual migration spreads out to graze on the fresh new grasses. Then from June to November it is located in the north of the park, where it is perfectly positioned to witness the crossing of the Mara River.
How to get there
When Olakira is located in the southern Serengeti, most guests drive here with their vehicle and guide. However, when it moves to the more remote north of the national park, most choose to fly to a nearby airstrip depending on where the camp is located.
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