ASILIA OLAKIRA MIGRATION CAMP - SERENGETI
The mobile Olakira Migration Camp follows the wildebeest migration around the Serengeti from the river crossings in the north to the southern plains where they give birth to thousands of calves each year. The camp follows the migration to offer you the best place to be to view this natural phenomenen at any given time.
A really special feature of the camp is the tents – the mesh-covered stargazing tents allow you to sleep under a sky of glittering stars within the safety and comfort of your bed. Fine linens, fine dining and a touch of nomadic romance are the hallmarks of this superb safari camp which blends superbly into the surrounding African bush.
As a mobile camp the location changes with the seasons. The camp is packed up camp and moves twice per year.
Between June and November the camp is in the Bolongoja region in the northern Serengeti watching the wildebeest herds crossing the Mara River. The nearest airstrip is Kogatende which is around 45 minutes from camp.
From December to March the camp is moved to the southern base in Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From here the camp looks across the grassy plains where the wildebeest gather to give birth around February each year. The nearest airstrip is Ndutu South which is around 80 minutes from camp.
Olakira’s nine tents offer a modern take on the vintage charm of East Africa. Each has a king-sized bed (twin beds are available) complete with rich linens, an under-cover veranda with comfortable chaise longue and ensuite bathroom and dressing area with hot water safari bucket showers and flushing toilets.
The Camp features 2 family or triple tents. These tents are spacious and have king sized double and single beds to suit your family’s needs and have ensuite bathrooms, flushable toilets and bucket showers. The tents also have incredible views of the surrounding landscape. Depending on camp occupancy the camp may be able to accommodate those under 5 years and do note that Olakira has no specific programme for children.
The tents have been uniquely designed for stargazing - a portion of the tent boasts a 270°-view from beneath a net offering you the best of the outdoors while remaining indoors. At night roll your bed into the meshed area to spend the night under the stars.
Mess and dining tents echo the style of the rooms with panoramic views of the Serengeti plains. Dinner is served either under canvas or beneath a glittering canopy of stars in a small clearing close to the camp accompanied by the night sounds of the bush.
The camp sources organic produce from local farmers – start the day with a continental buffet or a full English breakfast. At lunch the light buffet includes fresh salads and homemade bread. Dinner is a three courses served in the dining tent or under the stars.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Between June and November, Olakira is in the north to see the crossing of the Mara River. Here you can watch thousands of wildebeest take a leap into the water and when the herds are on the move the air is full of grunting, thudding hooves and billowing dust. From December until March we move camp to the southern plains of the Serengeti where the wildebeest go to give birth and graze on lush grass - and predators such as lions and cheetahs gather to prey on the young.
Game drives - game drives are led by expert local guides which depart early in the morning and again late in the afternoon when it’s coolest and you are most likely to see predators on the move.
Hot-air balloon safaris – appreciate the full scope of the wildebeest migration from a different perspective – this experience is at an additional cost and is weather dependent.
OLAKIRA IS CLOSED DURING APRIL AND MAY AND FROM MID – END NOVEMBER EACH YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOMES CHILDREN AGED 5 AND OLDER