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Oliver's Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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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    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

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    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
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    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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