Ole Serai Luxury Camp | Turner Springs

Located in the heart of Serengeti National Park you find the stunning Ole Serai Turner Springs Luxury Camp, a top safari lodge in Tanzania that is well run and managed by the Wellworth Collection. Wellworth is a Tanzanian hospitality establishment that owns and operates top luxury lodges, resorts and camps in Tanzania. With its authentic décor, great location and elegantly furnished tents, Ole Serai Luxury Camp is the perfect luxurious camp making for a perfect base while in Tanzania on safari. The luxury camp is located just 17 km away from Seronera Airstrip making it easy for clients flying into Serengeti National Park to transfer to the camp. The Serengeti offers the ultimate African safari experience paired with a stay at Ole Serai Luxury Camp for premium luxury and comfort.

Serengeti National Park has been a protected area since the 1940s and is part of the East African Plateau lying between Lake Victoria to the west and the East African Rift Valley. The park is bordered to the North by the famous Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, Maswa Game Reserve to the south-west, north –west by the Ikorongo Game Reserve and to the east is the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Serengeti is a wildlife haven with great wilderness encounters in one of Africa’s greatest parks.

Accommodation at Ole Serai Luxury Camp – Turner Springs

The safari camp features 20 luxury guest tents with a beautiful touch of African inspired décor, stunning views across The Serengeti Plains and high quality room amenities. The luxurious tents are spacious with comfortable beds and have been designed to offer comfort while on safari, the tents are also spread out across the property amidst acacia trees hence offering guests much needed privacy while in their room.

Each luxury tent at the camp consists of;

A large comfortable wooden bed with clean linen bed sheets. The beds have an exquisite leather finishing.

Bedside table and lamp.

En-suite bathroom fully stocked with bath essentials, a shower, a flush toilet, clean towels, bowl sink, and mirrors.

Hot and cold running water throughout the day.

Two cozy leather arm chairs.

Tea and coffee making station.

A closet with hangers and a luggage rack.

Bath robes and bathroom slippers.

A reading desk and chair with an adjacent mirror.

A cooling fan.

A private front deck with spectacular views across the vast Serengeti Plains. The front deck has comfortable seats where you can sit and relax, on a lucky day you might spot some wildlife from here like buffaloes, hippo or giraffes.

Facilities and Services

Acacia Restaurant – The camp features a restaurant in the main area called the acacia restaurant with comfortable seating and warm lighting that makes for a perfect ambiance especially during dinner time. The expert chefs at Ole Serai camp make delicious food and are committed to offering their guests a fine dining experience with extra culinary delight. The staff set up nicely for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the camp also has a boma style outdoor area where meals can be served especially during night time – a great dining experience. The Kitchen caters to all dietary requirements you just have to let the staff know before hand and they will cater to your requirements. The restaurant overlooks the Serengeti Plains hence offering stunning views across the vast plains.


Serengeti Lounge and Bar – The lodge’s bar and lounge features comfortable seating and is adorned with African inspired pieces, wooden carved, wall decorations and exquisite brown leather sofas. The lounge is a perfect place to unwind especially after a long day as you sip on your favorite drink. The bar offers international and local beers, premium wines and cocktails.

Spa – The camp has a treatment spa on the property that offers holistic therapies and rejuvenating Africology treatments. The spa is small and intimate with great body treatments and skilled therapists. You can decide to either do a facial or a massage, a massage is especially great after a long day of activity in The Serengeti.

Other services at the camp include Wi-Fi, maximum security available 24 hours a day and ample car parking space.

Our Review

Ole Serai Luxury Camp – Turner Springs is what we consider an “intimate luxury experience” as it offers the perfect blend of luxury and an authentic African bush experience. The camp’s location is arguably the best feature about the camp as it is quite easy to connect to the park for activities because it is situated right in the heart of Serengeti National Park(here you find a large concentration of wildlife). The camp has exceptional staff that pay attention to detail, set up nicely for meals and ensure that each guest leaves the camp with amazing memories of The Serengeti. This makes it one of the top 10 camps that we recommend for anyone visiting or intending to visit Serengeti National Park.

Attractions and Activities

Game drives in The Serengeti: Game drives are one of the top activities to do while on safari in Serengeti National Park. The park is best experienced while on full day game drives in the park that start in the morning and run throughout the day. Morning hours offers the best sightings mainly because the first hour of daylight provides opportunity to see the predators on the move so it’s best to have an early or packed breakfast from the lodge so that you start out your day much earlier (6am). Spend the day exploring the central circuit of The Serengeti which has a dense population of wildlife and other habitats in the park’s ecosystem that usually have herbivores and predators like lions present searching for the day’s hunt. The Serengeti is also known for its rocky hills known as kopjes where you can usually find wildlife like the klipspringers, hyraxes, and leopard as well as nesting raptors. The game drives also offer one spectacular views of the expansive grassland plains of The Serengeti, a true African spectacle.

Great Migration in Serengeti National Park: The Great Migration is the most popular attraction in The Serengeti and it happens each year. The Great Migration is a magical wildlife encounter that involves visitors watching thousands of zebras and wildebeest as they cross from the Serengeti to the Mara, this unique encounter involves seeing the struggle that animals go through as they traverse the waters filled with crocodiles ready to hunt them. The Great Migration happens between June and October and involves dense numbers of wildebeest, zebras, and antelopes travelling long distances from Northern Serengeti in Tanzania up to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The River crossings are not predictable as it is a natural wildlife encounter but it normally happens between the months of June – August. The Great Migration season is a magical wildlife spectacle and it is advisable to plan for the trip a year in advance as it tends to attract visitors from across the world to witness the migration.

Bird watching: Birding in The Serengeti is a worthwhile adventure especially for specialist birders as Serengeti national park is an Important Bird Area (IBA) making it possible to tick off endemic bird species. The site is also a hot spot for migratory birds especially during the months of November and April. Birding happens in different habitat areas in The Serengeti including open savanna plains, around perennial rivers like the Mara and Grumeti, in the evergreen woodland areas and around Lake Ndutu. The most sought after birds while on a birding safari in Serengeti include the Usambiro barbet, Fischer’s Love bird, Grey-breasted spurfowl and Grey-crested helmet-shrike.

Cultural Tours (Maasai Village Tour): The Maasai are a famous ethnic group of Tanzania and known for their fearsome warrior culture. A visit to a Maasai village brings you closer to the local people and also offers you a glimpse in to their culture and way of life. You will be taken through the history of how they used to live in The Serengeti before the conservation area was officially gazetted as a national park.The Maasai are also known for their colorful traditional wear that consists of colorful sheets and radiant beaded jewelry as well as their interesting traditional dance that involves jumping up high.

Sun downers and Bush Meals: Serengeti National Park is a perfect destination for bush meals amidst Tanzania’s largest and oldest national park. With its open savanna plains and scenic landscape,  the park offers perfect spots for bush breakfast, a private picnic or bush lunch all while enjoying expansive views of The Serengeti. The staff at the lodge are fantastic when it comes to setting up for bush meals.

Hot Air Balloon Safari: The hot air balloon safari in Serengeti offers stunning views of the national park and wildlife in The Serengeti. It is such a magical and fulfilling adventure that takes you around the park while experiencing it from a bird’s view.

Drive to Retina Hippo Pool: The Retina hippo pool is located in Central Serengeti and offers the best chances to watch hippos as they cool off and relax in the pool. The hippo pool also attracts other wildlife species that like to forage near the area hence offers great sightings and wonderful photo moments. The Retina hippo pool is situated where the Seronera and Orangi rivers interest and about 200 hippos can be seen meddling in the waters.

The above are the top activities to do while visiting Ole Serai Luxury Camp – Turner Springs however other activities you can do include star gazing at the camp, Traditional Maasai Fire lighting, walking safaris within the camp highlands and storytelling around the fire at night which is a great way to get a glimpse in to the history of the local people.

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