Olduvai Camp

  • Located In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Run in partnership with the local Maasai
  • 17 tents with thatch roofs
  • Good value rustic camp
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Olduvai Tented Camp is at its best from January to March, when the Great Migration passes through but can also be used as a base to explore some of Tanzania's culture.

This is a very, outdoorsy camp which is perfect for anyone looking to experience some of the Maasai culture and explore by foot. It can be used as just a stop off when travelling between the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti or as a base for anyone looking to experience a different side to Northern Tanzania.

Olduvai Tented Camp sits just south of the Serengeti border in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is the only camp in Olduvai Gorge and is just a 40 minute drive from the Ngorongoro Crater. The game is particularly good here from January to March, when the Great Migration passes through.

The camp is built around a large kopje (rocky outcrop). Like its sister lodge, Mawe Ninga, it is run in partnership with the local Maasai . The seventeen tents encircle the kopje , and have decks overlooking the surrounding plains. They are made of canvas with thatch roofs, concrete floors and bathrooms with flush toilets, a basin and shower. Two thatched rondevaals are home to the lounge and restaurant and there is a large open fire pit outside where guests can gather to talk to each other and learn about the local culture from the Maasai guides.

Activities include walking safaris across the plains of the southern Serengeti, game drives and a trip to Olduvai museum.

"I've always struggled with this camp due to its odd location and the mainstream companies that use it. The fact the Maasai run the property, however, is a nice touch."

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