Olduvai Tented Camp
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Permanent Tented Camp
Olduvai Tented Camp
Guests and Maasai meet on equal terms at this comfortable, modestly-priced, understated camp, which is perfect for the Great Migration and close to several important paleontological sites. You can learn about Maasai history and culture and walk with Maasai guides. It’s also fantastic for children, who are warmly welcomed.
The granite outcrop where this Maasai-run camp stands has great meaning to the Maasai, and they will happily recount its history to you around the camp fire. Olduvai Camp is brilliant for children and for anyone looking for an out-of-vehicle experience – though it is also excellent year-round for game drives, especially when the tumult of the Great Migration arrives.
The camp is in the Ngorongoro Conservation area, so walking is permitted, and the Maasai guides are hugely knowledgeable. Maasai love children and will happily and safely show them how to throw a spear or take them fossil hunting or to shadow the giraffes that wander around camp.
The area is also hugely important from a paleontological point of view, so if you have even a passing interest in archaeology this is definitely a good option, with Olduvai Gorge being the most famous spot.
Olduvai Camp is a well-priced camp which is not open to all safari companies, so whilst it is a relatively large camp, the mostly Maasai staff and guides here are all employed by the same company, and this gives it a very friendly feeling. Also, you will be visiting here with a private driver-guide of your own, so this adds to the personal feel of the camp for guests. Combine this with sister camps in other northern parks, and you have a very reasonably-priced safari staying in some great places.
Times to Go
You can stay at Olduvai any time of the year, but it really comes into its own from about December to March. If you are en-route to Serengeti in the dry season (July-October), it is a welcome stopping off point, as you can walk and explore the area on foot. At this time the wildlife viewing is not the best, but it can be appreciated for its other activities.
Olduvai Tented Camp highlights
- Perfect migration viewing December to March
- Wonderful interaction with Maasai
- Shadow resident giraffe on foot
- Fabulous for children educationally
- Easy access to Ngorongoro Crater
- Close to Olduvai Gorge, Olkarien Gorge and the Shifting Sands
- Your own private driver-guide
Olduvai Tented Camp location
Olduvai Tented Camp
- 17 large tented en-suite rooms
- Open all year round
- Children of all ages welcome
- Star gazing platform and telescope
- Shop selling Maasai crafts
- Walk with Maasai guides
- Fossil hunting
- Visit Maasai village
- Game drives into the Crater and Serengeti
- Visit Olduvai and the Shifting Sands
Olduvai Tented Camp rooms
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Most of the camp’s hot water and electricity supplies are produced by solar panels. In addition, this camp has worked with and supported the local Maasai community for many years. This makes the camp quite special, though please bear in mind that some of the employees are not as worldly as staff in other camps.”
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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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.
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