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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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 495 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • 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.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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