oLAKIRA CAMP in SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.
We love sending clients to Olakira Camp, one of our favorite camps in Serengeti. It is because they have maintained their excellent standards but also continue to improve. From finding lovely locations, great guiding to camp details, Olakira Camp is luxury tented lodging at its finest.
Olakira Camp, a Asilia Africa camp, moves every year between Northern and Southern Serengeti to be close to the every moving, never predictable but oh so awesome Wildebeest and Zebra Migration. When in Northern Serengeti, they find the best spot and for the past few years, they have made their home for 6 months near Mara River. Its meandering river gives you a glinting reflection.
The warm staff with Kenneth as their current manager have made Olakira Camp extra special.
Each of the well spaced 10 luxury tented rooms are spacious with three sections. There is also a family room here as children over 6 years of age are warmly welcomed. We like having children on Safari. The twin bed room has a door to the main bedroom.
The bedroom area has a desk for your diary or letter writing. Here they have some good information on the ethics behind Olakira Camp and other Asilia Africa camps. Lots of conservation effort by Asilia Africa, one of the main reason we support their camps. Luckily, they are well-run as well.
"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better".
The comfy bed. The staff adding some personality to the bed. The side tables with comforting gadgets like a whistle, blow horn [hopefully you will not need to use it] and torch. Drinking water is also provided.
The private bathroom has flush toilets and bucket-shower nook. About 5 gallons [about 20 liters] are provided which was very comfortable with my long hair. When you know what will not have endless water, you do tend to shower quite quickly. Makes you realize you don't need too much water for a good shower. And as all Asilia Lodges, they have shampoo, conditioner, body wash as well as towels and robes. All local sourced from Tanzania. The community aspect of our 3C's in recommending this lodge.
Tips on how to take a bucket- shower are ... turn on the shower, get wet, turn off, soap and shampoo, scrub, turn on, wash it off, enjoy the last bit of hot water. If you need more, yell loudly, the staff will bring more. No worries! It has happened to all of us.
There is a lounge area in the front where you can enjoy a good book, have your tea in the morning and watch the sunrise before you head out for your early morning game drive and bush breakfast, enjoy high tea in the afternoon before you head back off on your game drive. Evenings, we gather here, or by the campfire to chat and talk Safari.
On my Safari, I met with a couple from Switzerland who have been to Africa 10 times [South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia to name a few - lucky them] and this was their first Tanzanian Safari. They loved being in Tanzania and were very complimentary of Olakira Camp. That says a lot coming some a couple who have been to quite a few luxury lodges in Africa.
My Safari Story.
This story really sticks out in my memory. My Olakira Camp resident guide Reuben and I were on my evening game drive and had plans on enjoying a sundowner [watching the sunset while enjoying a drink of choice] when we spotted the 20+ lion pride. I did not want to move. The little ones were too captivating. The Olakira Camp kitchen crew came to where we were parked and handed us delicious, freshly roasted, warm cashews and peanuts. They were ready to pass over the wine as well. Now that is service. The nuts, oh so yummy! Watching lions never felt better.
And Reuben managed to get me the sunset shot ... I was still enjoying my cashews and peanuts.
"A day in Africa is a lifetime of memories"