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.
- 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