Olakira is one of the finest mobile camps in the Serengeti. It follows the same route as Serian in that it moves twice a year. From July to November they’re in the north of the Serengeti in the Kogatende region. Then from December to March they move back down to fantastic spot in the Ndutu plains. At Olakira you are guaranteed great guiding, lovely food and a luxurious but authentic safari camp. Its position in the north is unbeatable as you can actually see the river crossing from the comfort of the camp.
Olakira Camp Asilia - The Facts
Olakira is a classic mobile Serengeti safari
camp. It moves twice a year to follow the migration and both spots are fantastic. When it’s based up in the north you have actual views of the famous great migration crossing the Mara River en masse. It’s the only camp where you can see the crossings whilst enjoying your breakfast or lunch. In the south, it’s located in the Ndutu plains in close proximity to the calving herds.
Olakira is rustic but luxurious, and hecnce very popular for honeymoons
! It is just what you would expect from a safari camp; it is a small camp with 8 tents and offers a warm and personalised service. The tents are fully furnished with flushing loos and nice showers. It can be thought of as a home away from home in the Tanzanian safari
The manager Clint is a big bird watcher; and he has passed on his wealth of knowledge to his guides who take great pride in their jobs.
Olakira is a fantastic camp and offers a great value for money option in one of the last few remote areas in the Serengeti. As with all Asilia properties, the service and hospitality of the highest level and you will be welcomed as part of the family as soon as you arrive.
With excellent game viewing, brilliant cuisine and luxurious surroundings in the heart of the Serengeti, you certainly cannot go wrong with Olakira.
If you're planning on a full Northern Tanzania itinerary then a couple of nights by the Ngorongoro Crater it a must. Olakira combines beautifully with Asilia's Highlands
. The unique bubble-like rooms nestled on the side of the Olmoti Volcano give beautiful views and the perfect base to explore the Crater, go hiking in the surrounding forests and visit local Maasai villages.
If you are visiting Olakira during the July-October, then heading towards the centre of the Serengeti is also a great addition to your trip. Asilia's Namiri Plains
makes for the perfect second safari stop. With some of the best predator sightings in Africa all year round, mixing Olakira and Namiri would certainly give you an unforgettable safari experience.
One of the biggest choices to make when heading on safari in the Serengeti is choosing what type of camp would suit you best. There are some big differences between permanent lodges comapred to your mobile camps. The permanent lodges don't move throughout the year and have more facilities such as swimming/plunge pools. This makes them perfect for families with children who enjoy spending the middle of the day splashing around in the cool water, yet they do come at a much higher price.
On the other hand, mobile camps are what encapsulates the Serengeti. Permanent lodges can be found all over Africa, but a camp that moves with the Wildebeest migration is only found in Tanzania, and we love them! Apart from being great value for money, their movements ensure you are in the best possible position to view the migration throughout the year. Olakira is ideally situated within view of the Mara River from July - October, something that would not be possible if it was a permanent camp. Mobile camps allow you to really immerse yourself in nature and give you that authentic 'Out of Africa' feel which is what draws so many visitors to East Africa.