Olakira star gazing tent at night under the milky wayOlakira star gazing tent at night under the milky way

Olakira Migration Camp – Serengeti

From: $789.00

Olakira Migration Camp follows the massive herds of wildebeest in the north and south of the Serengeti National Park as well as the Ndutu region. Home from December to March is in the NCA (Ngorongoro Conservation Area) Game drives cover both the NCA itself and the southern Serengeti allowing for frequent sightings of big cats, elephant, buffalo and the more elusive African wild dog.

Description

Olakira Migration Camp is known for its superb locations during the Migration. The camp has an additional surprise in the new stargazing tents. Tents have been perfectly so that a portion boasts a 270-degree view from beneath a meshed net. This offers guests an outdoor experience whilst still remaining indoors. The stargazing tents allow the flexibility to roll your bed into the meshed area for a magical experience beneath the stars. With the galaxies glittering above it is an experience that you don’t want to miss out on.

Olakira is a semi-permanent tented camp that moves twice a year to match the densest part of the wildebeest migration. The camp is usually known as either Olakira Mara or Olakira Ndutu, depending on its location.

Between June and November, Olakira Camp is located on the Mara River in the far north of the Serengeti, near the makutano wildebeest crossing point (‘makutano’ means ‘crossing’ in Swahili), where the Bologanja stream enters the Mara. This is a great base to witness the migration from August to the end of October, but it’s also worth staying here either side of these months for the resident game in the area. Along with plenty of lions, relaxed leopards and regularly sighted cheetahs there is also a healthy population of plains grazers. Black rhino have also been seen in this area and hippos often graze around the tents.

From mid-December to the end of March Olakira relocates from the Mara River to the Ndutu area in the far south of the Serengeti. This is the best area for witnessing the migration when it is spread out across the southern plains.

Olakira itself is the sister camp of four others in the migration area which are Kimondo, Ubuntu, Dunia and Sayari. Its 9 safari tents are spacious, cool and practical.

Activities

Activities from Olakira are all vehicle-based 4×4 game drives. Guests can explore the Serengeti with their own guide and vehicles based at the camp. Typically you’ll make a plan with your guide the evening before, choosing either to head out for a full day with a packed lunch, or to do morning and afternoon game drives, returning to the camp during the heat of the day. Timings are very flexible.

There are opportunities to arrange bush breakfasts and sundowners in camp or the surrounding area. Perfect for honeymooners or anyone celebrating something special.

How to Get There

Fly In

Olakira is easily accessible from Arusha in Tanzania. Fly into Arusha with Ethiopian or Kenya Airways to Kilimanjaro International Airport. On arrival in Arusha you will be met and escorted onto a light aircraft for a flight to Kogatende.

At the airstrip you will be met by a guide who will transfer you to the camp.

For assistance with travel arrangements please contact us, we will ensure your transport is seamless.

Activities

The annual Great Migration is a drama in two acts: the arresting dash for freedom as the herds cross the Mara River in the north, followed by the remarkable months of calving in the lush grasslands of the south. And with Olakira itself migrating between the two locations, you will always have a front-row seat to the action.

Game drives

With the expertise of top guides, Olakira has year-round access to the finest areas in the Serengeti. Experience them for yourself with game drives twice a day from the camp.

Bush breakfasts, picnics & dinners

For a day of uninterrupted game viewing, take a packed breakfast or lunch with you on a game drive and enjoy it in the shade of the trees along the river. Dinner can be arranged out in the bush for an unforgettable dining experience under the African night sky.

Cultural & community visits

When it is in the north (June to November), Olakira is situated close to several villages and communities on the outskirts of the Serengeti. Spend a morning or afternoon visiting one of the schools or the marketplace and learn a little more about the culture of the local Kuria people.

Hot-air balloon safaris

There is nothing quite like gliding serenely over the vast plains of the Serengeti as the wildlife teems below, on a romantic and evocative balloon safari. (at an additional cost)

Rates By Season

LOW SEASON

1 – 30 June; 1 – 14 November, 1 – 19 December & 1 – 31 March 2020

Per person sharing $789-00

Single $986-00

HIGH SEASON

1 September – 31 October, 20 – 31 December & 1 – 31 January 2020

Per person sharing $971-00

Single $1 359-00

PEAK SEASON

1 July – 31 August & 1 – 28 February 2020

Per person sharing $1 070-00

Single $1 498-00

 

Includes / Excludes

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • House drinks
  • Twice daily game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Airstrip transfers
  • Laundry

Excluded:

  • Park fees
  • Concession fees
  • Transfers
  • Flying doctor / Medical Evacuation
  • Flights & Airport taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Additional lunch