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SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Olakira Camp is a classic, mobile safari camp that moves between the southern and central Serengeti, attempting to stay close to the Migration from December to June, through pre-planned moves (the northern Serengeti, where the Migration typically wanders around from mid July to November, is covered by its sister camp Sayari Camp). 'Olakira' means 'star' in the Maasai language.
Typically, the camp will be in the Ndutu area from mid-December to March in order to witness the magical calving season of the wildebeest in the southern Serengeti. From June onward, the camp moves north to follow the Migration, staying in the central Serengeti for the rest of the season. These move patterns are subject to change, as the philosophy behind the camp is to be as close to the action as possible.
A stay in Olakira Camp is not about 5 star luxury though; it's about something more than that. Being in the middle of this wonderful spectacle, with wild animals roaming around camp at night, is a dream come true to even the most experienced of travelers.
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Olakira Camp is an intimate mobile tented camp of 6 guest tents and 2 common area tents. The camp itself is a wonderful mobile camp with fully furnished tents with en-suite bathroom facilities. The camp has the feeling of an exclusive and intimate safari camp under canvas. The beautifully designed lounge and dinner tents, the campfire and the sounds of wildlife make the Olakira safari experience unforgettable.
While the mobile nature of Olakira Camp allows it to move to the densest concentrations of wildlife, it manages to surprise with its spaciousness and comfort. The guest tents are spacious and comfortable with large king-size or twin beds and convenient bathrooms. Each tent has its own private verandah with an amazing view overlooking the Serengeti. Bathrooms are extremely comfortable for a mobile camp, with shower, wash basin and an environmentally friendly toilet.
Central to the camp are two common tents that are open to the surrounding nature. When the camp is occupied by multiple small groups, one tent will serve as a dining tent and the other one as a lounge, where drinks are served and safari stories are shared. When a larger group (e.g., 8 people) visits the camp, one of the common tents can be made the exclusive lounging/dining tent for that group. The other tent will then be set up as a lounging/dining tent for the other guests. Fantastic meals are served in the dining tent or in a private location: your own veranda or under the Serengeti stars.
Food and service at Olakira Camp are of the highest standard.
Game drives in the prime Serengeti areas offer one of the best opportunities on the African continents to see animals like lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, giraffe and many others. Lucky guests even get to see rhino, to complete the search for the ‘Big Five’.
The southern and central Serengeti areas are renowned for fabulous wildlife viewing. Drives in these areas, short trips or full-day explorations give you close encounters with astonishing numbers of animals. Lunch in the bush while enjoying an amazing view and delicious food and wine, is a welcome interruption to otherwise action packed days.
Olakira Camp operates from June to December in the central Serengeti. Here, balloon safaris give you the unique experience of observing the animals, and the Serengeti landscapes from above.
Back in camp, story telling, playing chess, star gazing or simply listening to the great sounds of the bush are some of the activities you can enjoy back in the comfort of the intimate Olakira Camp.
Olakira Camp was opened in 2005 in the very middle of the land that offers probably the best wildlife spectacle on the planet: the Serengeti National Park. The mobile Olakira Camp moves in the southern and central Serengeti areas, following animal movement patterns.
The Serengeti hosts the largest concentration of wildlife in the world, and is home to one of the great wonders of the natural world, the Great Migration. Over a million wildebeest and some 600,000 zebra move through the eco-system, with lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wild dog and crocodiles making sure only the strongest survive. The sheer volume of numbers combined with the daily dramas of life and death make this an unforgettable experience.
Far away from the beaten tourist track, the Northern Serengeti offers the unique opportunity to explore the fantastic Serengeti National Park undisturbed. Off-road driving is still allowed in the some parts of the northern Serengeti – unlike in the rest of the park. Endless rolling plains and riverine woodlands are home to lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, and large herds of antelopes amongst many, many others. The stunning Mara River filled with hippos and crocodiles, cuts through this land and hosts one of the greatest spectacles of nature: the dramatic wildebeest migration. Between mid July and November, the Great Migration typically visits the area and crosses the Mara River back and forth in search of green grass.
From June to November,the greatest concentration of animals can be found in the Central Serengeti. This valley offers varied landscapes as well as a high density of game year round. Here you can enjoy a magnificent balloon safari.
From December until the end of March, the migration is in the Southern Serengeti and Ndutu area. This is the area of endless grasslands where lion and cheetah find perfect hunting grounds. This is a magical time, during which the Great Migration takes over the Ndutu plains. It is on these plains, during these months, that the wildebeest give birth to the next generation.
Loliondo Game Controlled Area
The Serengeti eco-system is much larger than the Serengeti National Park itself, as it includes the game controlled areas bordering the National Park. Bordering the Serengeti to the east is the large Loliondo Game Controlled Area. This area is known for its Maasai culture, its spectacular natural beauty and for its variety of animals. Suyan Camp operates in Loliondo through partnership agreements with the Maasai villages. The Loliondo land offers unique freedom of movement to undertake adventurous activities such as night drives and walking safaris.
The large, private concession areas, which are shared with small settlements of the nomadic Maasai tribe, offer breathtaking landscapes. The towering Gol Mountains, the deep Sanjan and Olkarien Gorges and the active Ol Donyno Lengai volcano are some of the geological wonders. Ancient rock paintings can be found, showing that there was life before the arrival of the first Maasai warriors. Adventurous walking safaris, fly camping, day and night drives, and visits to small Maasai settlements without meeting other tourists – these are what makes a visit to Loliondo a true and intense experience.
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