- Intimate camp with exclusive feel
- Walking safaris, night drives
- Balloon safaris
- Fly camping
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.
- Beautiful lakeside location
- Night-time game drives
- Walking safaris, Masaai village visits
- Spectacular birdlife
- Small, friendly camp
- Adjacent to Tarangire National Park
- Game drives, night walks
- Maasai Community visits
- Stunning tree-top accommodation
- Walking safaris, night drives
- Cultural visits
- Spectacular birdlife
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!
Woan 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
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019