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Oliver's Camp

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8/10

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Highlights

- Intimate camp with exclusive feel
- Walking safaris, night drives
- Balloon safaris
- Fly camping

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Overview

Oliver’s Camp is a small, intimate camp set on a low, sandy ridge in the heart of the Tarangire National Park, Northern Tanzania, open from May to March each year. This remote and well-established camp is superbly located directly in front of the Minyonyo Pools flood plain, providing excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. The camp holds a prime location in the reserve, accessible by road or plane, with the nearest airstrip, Kuro, a 60-minute drive away.

The modest but elegant main area houses a comfortable lounge with deep leather sofas, a library, and a long, communal dining table. There is also a small deck for private dinners and an evening camp fire with views across the marshland. The camp is eco-friendly and serves really good locally-sourced food with continental style breakfasts, light lunches and three course dinners. The camp’s staff have worked together for many years and provide great service to guests.

Activities are naturally focused on the wildlife in the reserve, with particularly good game-viewing in the height of the dry season when the marshes attract huge herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. The Tarangire National Park is also home to lion, serval and the elusive leopard and cheetah. Note that tstse flies can be a menace at certain times of year but it’s always possible to close vehicle windows during game-viewing to minimise irritation. Oliver’s Camp is known for the high quality of its guides and early morning and evening game drives are available, along with walking safaris. Fly camping is a particular feature of this camp, affording guests the opportunity to get even closer to nature. There are over 500 species of birds to be seen in Tarangire National Park, making it a real treat for ornithologists; balloon safaris can also be arranged. Note that children under the age of 16 are not permitted on walking safaris in the park.

The accommodation comprises 10 beautifully-furnished tents, including one four-sleeper family tent and a honeymoon suite. Each room has a king-sized bed (twin formation also available), a private veranda and an en-suite bathroom with hot running water, indoor and outdoor showers and flushing toilets. There is a complimentary laundry service. Electricity is solar-powered with a back-up generator. All rooms have a lockable safe and battery-charging facilities.

Children from the age of 6 are welcome, with children under the age of 12 always sharing a tent with an adult. Note that this is an unfenced bush camp and whilst animals tend to stay away from humans and camps, parents are advised to keep a close eye on their children at all times.

Oliver’s Camp is an intimate, well-appointed camp offering understated elegance and genuine comfort in the wild. Arguably in one of the best locations in Tarangire National Park , the camp does come with a fairly high price tag, but the perfect balance of rustic charm with excellent food, service, and guiding makes for an unforgettable stay.

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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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