Tanzania’s famous migration is a restless thing: shifting with the seasons as the great herds of wildebeest wander between Kenya and Tanzania. And moving with them are the Olakira camps... as the migration progresses, so the camp’s luxury tents pick up their feet and follow.

In the dry months of winter Olakira Mara River enjoys some of the best views of the herds migrating out of Kenya across the treacherous Mara River. By November, with the herds on the march, Olakira swiftly follows to witness the incredible calving in the great grassy plains of the southern Serengeti.

Touching the earth lightly this canvas camp all but disappears into the surrounding bush, and with just eight en-suite tents Olakira – meaning “shining star” in kiSwahili – ensures an intimate and authentic wilderness experience.

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Olakira in the North (June-November)

Olakira Mara River Camp

From June to November Olakira Mara River enjoys one of the most pristine corners of the northern Serengeti; pitched in the tranquil Bolongoja region to ensure an exclusive unspoilt taste of Tanzania. Surrounded by untouched wilderness, Olakira Mara River is located just 300-metres from one of the crossing points used by the herds to traverse the Mara River.

While daily game drives regularly stop at the Mara to observe the dramatic crossings across waters populated by hippo and crocodile, the area offers plenty of biodiversity. The wide-open plains of Lobo and Wogakuria are meeting points for the vast herds of migrating wildebeest; gathering on the plains to brave the treacherous waters of the Mara River and begin the march south. Once the wildebeest move on, topi, eland and smaller antelope return to the grasslands, quite once more.

Olakira in the South (December-March)

Olakira Ndutu Camp

As they’ve done for millennia, the herds will eventually answer the call of the Migration and head for the southern Serengeti’s endless grasslands; the perfect place to calve, graze and rest. They won’t be left alone here though: lion and cheetah will follow in their wake to claim their share of the spoils.

And so Olakira Ndutu will follow: in November the camp is closed to visitors as Olakira is dismantled and moved to the south.

From December until March, it is a small shady forest east of Ndutu that Olakira calls home; views of a seasonal stream framing the vistas of iconic grasslands.  Officially situated inside the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCCA), it allows Olakira’s highly trained guides to offer drives both within the NCCA and across the border in the southern Serengeti.

Accommodation + Facilities

Accommodation and Facilities

Olakira offers a modern take on the vintage charm of an East African safari under canvas, without abandoning too many creature comforts: the beds are king-size and bedecked with fine linen, a canvas chaise lounge graces your private veranda, while flickering Arabian lanterns offer a touch of nomadic romance in this timeless landscape.

With the Serengeti literally on your doorstep panoramic views, naturally, come standard.


  • Number of tents: 9 - includes 1 family tent
  • Children: above 5 years 
  • Triples: 2
  • Suitable for disabled guests: no
  • Distance between tents: 20-25 meters
  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Flush toilets
  • In-room lockable box
  • Laundry service
  • Power: solar & generator
  • Battery charging facilities



  • Game drives


  • Olakira Mara River: Kogatende airstrip
    June - Mid-Nov, 45 minutes
  • Olakira Ndutu: Ndutu airstrip
    Dec - Mar, 20 minutes

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Guest reviews
Traveller (South Africa)
February 2014
"This is one camp that you need to include in your itinerary for the Serengeti. The whole experience is just something that I will remember for a long time. From the moment you arrive you feel at home and the people really care about you. Everything were carefully explained, from the showers to the walkie talkie. Joseph that filled our buckets for the showers every night was a star. The tent is huge and the bathroom section has everything that you will find in a chalet. It was wonderful going to bed each night with the unspoilt view of thesurroundings."
"Ideally placed for game viewing in the Serengeti!"
Olakira Camp
Stayed in February, 2015
"You'll have everything you need and then some, and you will take home some fantastic memories!"
Olakira Camp
Stayed in January, 2014
"Outstanding service and great game drive viewing!"
Olakira Camp
Stayed in March, 2015
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