Olakira Migration Camp unveils star-gazing tents

270-degree views of the African night sky


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As the great migration arrives in the northern Serengeti, so does Asilia Africa’s Olakira Migration Camp.

Olakira follows the flow of the migration, moving from north to south during the year, ensuring guests are always at the heart of the action. This year Asilia has re-imagined the camp and introduced a unique, under-the-stars sleeping experience. The traditional camp is not fenced so the wildebeest migration (and the predators that stalk the herds) often pass through the camp long after guests have gone to bed.

This year, for the adventurous, the new star gazing tents offer the opportunity to sleep under the African night sky. They have been designed so that a portion of the tent boasts a 270-degree view from beneath a meshed net, offering guests an outdoor experience whilst still remaining indoors. Guests will have the option to have their beds rolled from the main bedroom out to the custom-designed, mosquito net canopy at the front of their tent, allowing them to look up at the African night sky from the comfort of their bed. Look out for shooting stars, listen to the grunts of a million wildebeest, and maybe catch the low, reverberating roar of a lion. Guests can roll their beds back into the main bedroom of their tent at any time during the night.

Olakira’s nine guest tents sit in a secluded spot just 300m from the great Mara River where herds of wildebeest plunge into the water – to the waiting jaws of the resident Nile crocodile – on their great journey north to Kenya.

Days are spent on game drives with Asilia’s expert guides exploring the Serengeti and hopefully catching an epic wildebeest crossing. For a completely different perspective, take to the skies and see the Serengeti and wildebeest migration from the air on a dawn hot-air balloon safari.

Olakira’s interior style is classic and sophisticated; neutral colours, fine linens, and three-course dinners all make a stay here very comfortable. Traditional mobile camps were simple affairs; a standing-height tent with a bed and a bucket shower in the en-suite bathroom. Olakira now brings mobile camping to a whole new level of comfort with beautiful wooden floors, the new star gazing experience and fully plumbed bathrooms.

True to Asilia’s ethos of making a positive impact, the camp has the lightest footprint possible – Olakira has no permanent structures and is broken down and moved twice a year, leaving behind only a few footpaths to be reclaimed by the resilient African bush.

It runs entirely on solar power (any emissions from unavoidable fossil-fuel consumption are offset through a local community forestation program) and is committed to reducing single-use plastic (no straws, cotton buds or plastic water bottles in camp).

Olakira Migration Camp starts at US$ 758 per person per night based on two people sharing accommodation.\

For more information on the camp, click here.

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