We stayed here for two nights as part of an eight night safari. All our camps were slightly different and Olduvai did not disappoint. Although the sunset walk is much talked about and is really fun, we preferred the morning walk which was absolutely fabulous. We arrived after a hard days game viewing and were met with a welcome drink and shown to our great tents. You do need to use the Doom spray to take care of the insects in the tent since there were no nets around the beds. Huge tip : the staff spray whilst you are at dinner and you should be OK when you return. If you spray while you are in the tent it can make you feel a little strange - powerful stuff - but spray the bathroom area and keep it sealed off until you want to use it. We escaped without bites. The location is superb with wonderful views and, although we were a little late for the main herds since there had been no rain for a month, I am sure there would normally be game around to see as well.
We decided to drive into the Serengeti ( at extra cost, but well worth it ) to see if we could catch up with the main migration. We managed to see thousands of animals (but not hundreds of thousands) but you can hardly expect them to wait for the tourists, can you.
The highlight of this part of our stay was the quantity and variety of the game in the Serengeti and also the magical 2 hour walk from Olduvai in the morning when we came across the most delightful group of giraffes (17 strong) on top of a ridge. The local Maasai guides are very friendly and the service in the camp is good. We were treated to a birthday celebration (Maasai style) one evening but I think this may have been a special occasion since the recipient was a guest of the owner. We saw the same kind of thing in the Maasai village the next day, which was probably the only thing on the whole trip which felt slightly "touristy". Nice place to stay. Showers and restaurant area have recently been upgraded and are really good. No facilities to recharge camera batteries in your tents - but you can do this in the bar area and the restaurant. Tip: we were a party of six, so we took our own four way adapter to plug in, in the restaurant. Theirs was quite temperamental.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Olduvai Camp has only 17 tents, built around a big kopje. His location in the heart of the NCA is ideal for treks, especially along the Olduvai gorges. Every tent has a good comfort: big beds (doubles or twins) with quality bedding, pillows, covers etc...Necessary furniture, terrace with safari chairs, bathroom inside the structure (WC, hot shower with running water, small sink). The camp is eco-friendly, using solar panels (for lights, water heating etc.), Recycling garbage, water saving etc. Olduvai Camp is a must not to be missed if you like to experience an unforgettable overnight in the bush, between the famous Ngorongoro crater and the endless plains of Serengeti. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Olduvai Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park