Location

North and south Serengeti

Accommodation Type

Mobile tented camp

Accommodation Level

Deluxe

Price Guide
£££££

Olakira Migration Camp

Enjoy night-time fireside chats and G&Ts as you spot animal eyes glinting in the dark. Small, intimate and expertly run, this lovely, classic safari camp moves with the great migration. It puts you at the heart of the wildlife action then pampers you with unpretentious comfort, great food and fantastic service.

This is a superb, classic safari camp that moves with the migration. From June to November Olakira North sets up just 300m from a crossing point of the Mara River in northern Serengeti. This is when the enormous herds of wildebeest thunder en-masse into the water as Nile crocodiles await them and the pursuing lions and hyenas move in for the kill. It’s an unforgettable spectacle, and with luck you can view it direct from the camp – Olakira is unique in this – as well as from a safari vehicle.

The camp relocates south to the Ndutu area of Serengeti from December through March, as the wildebeest herds arrive to feast on the lush grass. In February, thousands of wildebeest females give birth and predators gather to ‘welcome’ the tiny calves and, as a guest at Olakira South you are perfectly placed to witness what unfolds.

Your base for these incredible wildlife experiences is a small, stylish camp with a contemporary elegance that sits happily alongside the safari romance. After a day spent watching the glories, triumphs and tragedies of nature you return to be greeted by wonderful hospitality, fine linens, tasty organic produce and immensely comfortable tented suites.

Times to Go

To witness the migration river crossings, stay in Olakira North from June to November. To see the animals converging on the lush plains, stay in Olakira South from December to the end of March – and make sure you’re there around February if you want to see the wildebeest calving.

Olakira Migration Camp highlights

  • Intimate, elegant mobile camp
  • Superbly positioned to see the great migration
  • Witness the migration river crossings from camp
  • Classic safari experience
  • Expert guiding

Olakira Migration Camp location

Arumeru River Lodge

Details

  • 9 tented rooms
  • Olakira North (Mara)
    open early June to mid-November
  • Olakira South (Ndutu)
    open early December to end March
  • Children aged 5+ are welcome.
    (In high season, families with children
    under 12 are obliged to book a private
    vehicle at extra cost)

Facilities

  • WIFI
  • Laundry service

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Bush breakfasts, picnics & dinners
  • Hot air ballooning (optional)
  • Cultural visits (Mara only)
  • Walking safaris (Ndutu only)

Olakira Migration Camp rooms

The 9 tents offer a contemporary twist on classic safari style.

They have king-size beds (twin beds are available if required), writing desk, and a covered verandah with day bed and comfortable chairs, perfect for relaxing while you watch the wildlife outside the tent.

The painted migration maps on the wall are a lovely touch.

The en-suite bathrooms are separated from the sleeping area by curtains.

They have metal basins, flushing loos and bucket showers.

One of the tents is a family unit that accommodates up to 6 people.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Camp owners Asilia are committed to minimising the environmental impact of their camps, and this ethos is shared by all the staff.  There are no permanent structures here – when the camp moves north or south nothing is left behind. Olakira is recognised by Responsible Tourism Tanzania and by Fair Trade Tourism.

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director

Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.

Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant

Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.

Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant

Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and recently Namibia.

Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant

The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. It was pure fun. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.