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“Comfortable camp in the middle of Maasai country”
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Olduvai Camp
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

We stayed two nights at Olduvai Gorge on our 8 day safari. In retrospect, we could have stayed one night here and a second in the Central Serengeti before heading to the Mara River area. There weren't many animals but it's an interesting break from riding around on washboard roads looking for game. Tents at the camp are basic and functional. The food was pretty good and about par with other Tanzanian tent camps we visited. We enjoyed the sunset walk to a neighboring outcroping. Local tribesmen offered beer and wine for sale as we sat and took pictures. We also took a morning walk with a Maasai elder and got very close to some giraffes and learned about Masaii culture and traditions. We then visited their village (although they were clearly set up for the tourist trade, it's a real village made up of related family's homes.) The Maasai walk EVERYWHERE....to get their water and firewood, to graze their animals....it's a hard, hard life. We also visited the Olduvai Gorge Museum which has recently been expanded and updated. In addition to good information about the Leaky's work and the ongoing excavations, there are now exhibits showing how their findings fit into our understanding of human evolution. The oldest humanoid remains on record have been found here (not Lucy, as another visitor posted), as well as three further iterations of human-like remains), all preserved as in Pompeii due to volcanic eruptions. The whole area is dry, dusty and barren but it's interesting.

Room Tip: We were close to the main service areas which was convenient.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

My mother and I stayed just one night in August, arriving just before sunset and leaving before sunrise the next morning. We simply tried to fit too much into our itinerary, and we felt it here. Definitely plan to arrive early in the day or to stay over 2 nights as there is a lot to do in the area.

We arrived at Olduvai Camp just in time to hoof it up the hill to catch the sunrise. We had stunning views and we loved the private escort by one of the Maasai guides who shared stories of working for the Leakey family! It was all a bit rushed but worth the time stress and exertion (for my 77-year-old mother)!

After the short hike, we returned to camp for a hot shower and a communal dinner with other guests in the open air dining room. The camp is nestled atop a kopjie with priceless views of the surrounding plains and mountain range. The tents themselves are pretty spartan, but the beds are quite comfortable, and the bathroom had everything we needed. The electricity/lighting in the tent flickered a lot, but we supplemented with a portable dome light (I recommend taking one - it's pocket-size and we used it several times on our trip). Wifi was available but very weak.

We had opted for a tent close to the communal areas to reduce walking for my mother. The path was steep and we didn't have a view from our tent, but we were there so briefly it didn't matter. There are several tents that open out to the surrounding view if you have time to enjoy it.

At dinner, other guests told us how much they'd enjoyed visiting neighboring Maasai compounds, and we were also intrigued by the opportunities to visit the shifting sands or Olduvai Gorge itself. I think this was my only regret of our 3-week trip, that we hadn't budgeted enough time to enjoy this area before rushing up to the Crater.

Dinner was pretty good, but I was most impressed by the spread from which you could pack a lunch for the road. The coffee was weak.. a true rarity in Tanzania! The highlight of the dining experience for us was the resident genet that hangs out near the dining room.

As mentioned, we left before dawn but the upside was the treat of taking in the vast, star-filled sky. Incredibly special, esp. for a city girl like myself.

All-in-all, I recommend Olduvai Camp as a special and unique experience.

Room Tip: Tent #17 is close to the common areas. No view directly from tent but quiet.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Olduvai Camp is a beautiful tented camp surrounding a rock formation on the plains just before entering the Serengeti National Park. Short drive from Ngorongoro Crater. Solar powered, so dim lights in the tents and charging stations at the main lodge building. It was just a sleepover stop for us, but we enjoyed a sunset walk with a Masai warrior.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

We stayed there for one night, but we should have planned at least two!
The location is really amazing: located in the middle of nowhere :)
You have a great view from the top of the hills.
The dinner and breakfast are good, but nothing really special.
The Massaï team running the place do a great job and are quite friendly.
We took a small walk with the Massaïs for the sunset: in my opinion not worth it.

Room Tip: Try to get a tent not too far from the bar/restaurant
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Our agency, Africa Travel Resources booked this camp for us because we were on our way from Serengeti to the Ngorogoro crater. The camp is actually a big rock in the middle of a beautiful valley so the whole scene is quite spectacular. We went on a sunset walk with a Masaai guide which they organized for us and we really enjoyed it. The camp has a nice lookout/terrace on top which offers an amazing view on the surrounding valley. The tents are very nice, spacious and comfortable, quite separated from each other which gives you a lot of privacy.
The service is ok, but the staff were a bit unreliable. We had a very warm welcome from the staff when we arrived, but afterwards the service was quite slow. They weren't easy to find in the camp so on a few occasions we had to look around for them and wait long to get served.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

We spent 2 nights here on our safari in Tanzania. It was a welcome place after a long day in the Ngorongoro crater. The camp looked amazing as we drove in as it was built around a rock outcropping called a kopje. We had tent #10 which was not close to the main area.

The tent was comfortable & had low lighting. It had a basic bathroom area with just soap & body gel provided. I did notice some umbrellas by our closet but we didn't need them. It was June & we had no rain. However, it did get quite windy our 2nd day. Also cooled off at night.

Our first night we took the walk to another set of rocks to watch the sunset ( getting there took about 15 min). We were in small group & accompanied by the Maasai. Early morning coffee at sunrise is offered on the kopje at the camp. My husband & I took advantage of that too. That was really enjoyable but happened to be cold & windy that morning. Breakfast is served later in the dining tent. If you're looking for some souvenirs made by the Maasai, they have a nice selection of beaded items for sale.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

We stayed in Olduvai Camp for one night while traveling from Serengeti to Ngorongoro and it was a great decision. The camp is located not too far from the Olduvai archeological site and museum and it was a welcoming place after a long journey. The rooms are comfortable and the attached bathroom pretty basic but adequate with running hot and cold water.
The camp is run by the Maasai people and they all very friendly. The location on top of the camp offers wonderful views of the surrounding area and the sunset walk with the Maasai guide was very enjoyable and well worth it for the stunning views.
The camp is nowhere as luxurious as some of the other places we stayed and the service similarly nothing exceptional. The food is simple but tasty and breakfast the next was quite good. They do charge for drinks and we were a little surprised that it includes water as well.
Overall it was a good experience for an overnight stay and a good value for money. Thanks to our travel agent Africa Travel Resource for suggesting this place.

Room Tip: It's a fair bit of walk if your tent is farther away from the dining area
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Olduvai Camp

Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Serengeti National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 127 Speciality Lodging in Serengeti National Park
Price Range: C$452 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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