The trip itinerary summarised our Ngorongoro / Serengeti accommodation as 'tented camping', which in our experience could be twisted to mean absolutely anything! But to our surprise, Olduvai camp proved to be a quaint little arrangement of robust safari tents, each with its own thatched roof over the top. It's the kind of place that falls perfectly under the 'roughing it with style' category, giving a sense of adventure whilst providing a few luxuries that you need on a relaxing holiday.
The one feature of the camping that you'd expect only to see on an Abercrombie & Kent tour is the 'hot shower' option. Basically it consisted of a waterproof bag, filled and hung high, with a stop-tap and a sprinkler on the bottom of it. Pretty nifty! Complimenting the tented bedrooms are larger dining and lounge areas where guests are extremely well fed and watered (especially given the remote location).
Olduvai Tented Camp (try saying that after a few beers) is not as well known as its neighbour, Serengeti, but it has a lot to offer and was the perfect introduction to our Safari.
One of the highlights was spending time with the Maasai people in this very enterprising and modern accommodation venture. As you can see from the photos, one of the outings involves heading out on a 'sundowner' to gaze across the orange Serengeti plains at sunset. A great place and a must-visit for all Safari-ing in this area!
By Darrell Grundy - visited on 12 June 2004