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Olduvai Camp
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“a great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

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.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Los Altos Hills, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

We stayed at Olduvai Camp for one night, breaking up the long drive from the Ngorongoro Crater and the Ndutu area. We're really glad we did this because the drive from the crater was on a terrible road and quite jarring, and the camp itself was lovely.

Both the tents and common areas were beautifully decorated. It's a permanent camp so there's hot running water and electricity at all times. The location was unique -- set against a kopje pretty much in the middle of nowhere. We didn't see many animals, but supposedly the migration was right outside just a couple of weeks earlier. That would've been awesome because the camp was located on a vast plain. The next day we took a long drive across the plains to Ndutu and didn't see another car the entire day. While we didn't see too many animals, it was one of my favorite days on this safari. Just the 3 of us with the vast, beautiful African landscape.

The sunset walk was nice, very short. Our young Maasai guide didn't speak much English but we managed to have an interesting conversation anyways. He lived across the next mountain 25 kms away, and it takes him 2 days to walk home. The view from the kopje of the sunset was lovely. It would've been nice to do a longer walk as well.

Food was good, and served at individual tables. Even though the camp was small, they didn't do much to promote interaction between the guests, so it was not quite as convivial an atmosphere as the other camps we stayed at in Ndutu and Serengeti. Probably didn't help that we were there with a very large Belgium group.

My only slight quibbles would be that the bathroom area is not fully enclosed, so we both got a number of bug bites. Just something to be aware of. Also, we were in a tent closest to the common area, and could hear the Belgians partying into the night.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

Loved the location and the views from the tent. Great food - how do they do that in such a remote environment. Like the local staff and they way they engaged with the guests.

Room Tip: Take the guided tour with a Masi - very engaging conversation
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2011

Olduvai was by far the most beautiful place that we stayed at during our 3-week Tanzanian vacation. The tented camps are spacious, luxurious and modern and our view from our tent and the surroundings were breathtaking. From Massai children hearding their goats to giraffes trotting along in the distance, Olduvai is truly a magical place in the middle of the southern Serengeti. The staff was very friendly and the food was also very good. The camp is run by Massai, many of which speak English, which gives you a great opportunity to chat with them and learn a little bit about their culture. Prior to arriving at this camp, we were lucky to have spent the day with a Massai guide (his name was Mateo - you may run into him at Olduvai) who guided us on a day-long hike up and down "Mount Makarot" - one of the highlights of our trip!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2011

We stayed at Olduvai camp for one night en route from Ngorongoro to the seronera. If you were to pick to the most unique settings world for somewhere to have a hotel/accomodation, this would surely be up there!

Nestled into the kopjes (granite rocky outcrop) were 17 (I think) large tents fully kitted out with furnishings. They have permanent wooden roofs over them and a full flush and hot water shower out the back of each tent. Our tent looked out across the plains and onto one of the highest peaks in the area - beautiful!

This camp is in the middle of maasi country and they duly accompanied us on our short walk from the camp the evening of our arrival to watch the sunset over the savannah. Sadly, cloud cover reduced the impact, but as we knew from our game drives, you can't control nature!

We were warned that because this camp was locally run to expect lesser service and quality of food. This was not the case. We enjoyed dinner and then breakfast in their communal dinning area. Food was very tasty, plentyful and the guys in the camp were spot on.

We did not check out olduvai museum made famous by the leaky family discoveries as our guide put it ' all meaningfull artifacts have gone elsewhere in the world', we pushed on to Naabi hill and the seronera for a bit of a game drive. Be aware that on this stretch of road you will be treated to the 'serengeti safari massage'! I.e its a bumpy gravel track with some vicous potholes!

The morning before we left we climbed up to the lookout platform they have in the middle of the outcrop, we had a clear day and the views were amazing - 360 degrees of the plain surrounding the camp and some giraffes on the horizon to boot!

Its a couple of hours from the crater one way then the seronera the other so you will probably only stay at this place when passing through but its well worth it. We would also recommend it if you feel you need a couple of days total chill out with no game drives.

Asante sana Olduvai camp!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Olduvai Camp

Property: Olduvai Camp
Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Nca), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 112 Speciality Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price range (per night): ₹ 23,157
Number of rooms: 17
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 
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Olduvai Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park

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