Olivers Camp, Tarangire
Discover Africa, just as it should be. Oliver’s Camp – in the remote southern reaches of Tarangire National Park – has just 10 beautifully appointed safari tents in a spectacular location close to the game-dense Silale Swamps and overlooking a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools.
Oliver’s was inspired by the trailblazing camps that pioneered the early days of safari. It gives you direct access to the dense concentration of wildlife you will find year-round in this remote region, as well as the chance to enjoy walking safaris and fly camping. Oliver’s is intimate and personal, staffed by a world-class team that has worked together for many years to perfect a safari experience that guests consistently rank among their best.
Snapshot of Oliver’s Camp
- Exclusive location in the remote southern part of Tarangire
- Walking safaris with knowledgeable & experienced guides
- Exciting year-round viewing of big cats & plains game
- Family Safari
- Romantic Safari
- Active Safari
Oliver’s Camp 2018 Rates
Accommodation & Amenities
Established by Paul Oliver in 1992, Oliver’s reflects the glory days of African safari. The camp has a low-key simplicity enhanced by discreet creature comforts and truly welcoming hosts. Expert guides give you access to the wilderness beyond.
‘This is a camp for those who want to feel the dust of Africa beneath their boots on a walking safari, drink in the cool moist air of a night drive and have the scent of the bush fill their nostrils’
In the main area, deep leather sofas invite you to relax and watch the restless wilderness beyond. Come nightfall, meals are taken communally in the dining room. Whiskies are poured around the campfire and safari tales told late into the night.
We specialise in delicious home-cooked meals served alfresco. Ingredients are sourced in Arusha, supporting local communities there, and a local women’s project will soon be supplying all our honey.
Start the day with a Continental breakfast, with bacon and eggs to order, served in camp. Lunches are light and fresh, and dinners are three-course sit-down meals, with a traditional barbecue served once a week. Picnic breakfasts and lunches are on offer if you prefer to eat while you are on a game drive.
Oliver’s Camp rests so lightly in the landscape that it is frequented by plenty of the animals that live in this region. Look out for:
- Spotted hyena
- African wild dog (rare)
The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.
05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or walk, or take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30 Arrive back in camp after game viewing, followed by breakfast (if you wish!)
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or walk with sundowners
18:30 Arrive back in camp
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars
FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed in Oliver’s Camp, which has a family tent that sleeps four. We do not, however, offer specific activities for children or personal guides. Note that children below 12 should always share a tent with an adult.
Oliver’s 10 en-suite safari tents epitomise bush elegance in a spectacular setting: blood-red leather armchairs match the ochre soils beyond the canvas walls, and headboards are hand-carved from African mahogany. All suites come complete with flushing toilets, spacious indoor and outdoor showers. Private verandas have magnificent views of the horizon punctuated by the silhouettes of the ever-present baobab trees. Accommodation includes one family tent (sleeps four) and a honeymoon suite.
Oliver’s Camp is situated in the remote southeastern reaches of Tarangire National Park, perfectly located to ensure an excellent year-round Tanzania experience as each passing season paints the park in vivid new colours.
‘With a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools directly in front of Oliver’s Camp, you may not even need to leave your room to witness the magic of the bush’
In April and May, when the annual rains come to an end, the lush grasslands and profusion of wildflowers provide the best opportunity for walking safaris, while the approaching dry season from August through to October brings vast herds of wildlife to the watery wetlands on the fringes of Oliver’s Camp. At this time of year, Tarangire boasts the highest concentration of mammals in any of Tanzania’s renowned national parks.
Tarangire boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, and a remarkable concentration of big cats. The hunting dog, kudu, oryx and gerenuk, rarely found in other parks in the Northern circuit, can also be found here, along with arguably the best bird diversity in Africa. More than 550 species are attracted to the vibrant swamps here.
The range of activities on offer from Oliver’s Camp is unique inside a Tanzanian national park. This unpretentious camp is for travellers who want to feel and hear Africa around them on a walking safari, drink in the cool moist air of a night drive and inhale the fragrant scent of the African bush.
With a reputation for fantastic guiding, Oliver’s game drives take you to the heart of the action every time. Drives are offered twice daily in the cooler mornings and evenings. Most of our game drives make use of an open game-viewing vehicle – this lets you sit at different levels and gives everyone a ‘window’ seat. Our open vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty. We do have a closed game-viewing vehicle fitted with a cooler box for chilled drinks that may be used if available. Private vehicles are available at an additional cost. (Note that families with children under 12 must book a private game-viewing vehicle.)
As darkness falls, Tanzania’s nightlife comes out to play. Discover the magic of the bush under the stars on an exhilarating night drive from Oliver’s Camp.
The speciality of Oliver’s, the privilege of walking in this spectacular area is exhilarating and memorable. One of our experienced and highly knowledgeable guides and an armed national park ranger allow you to discover the most remote parts of Tarangire.
For those seeking something a little more adventurous and even more private, a safari doesn’t get wilder than fly camping at Oliver’s small and intimate fly camp, set up exclusively for you in a spectacular bush location. You are accompanied by an armed guide and spend the afternoon walking to the fly camp, a comfortable yet solo set-up deep in the bush that offers an opportunity sleep under the stars and experience the wild side of Africa. (at an additional cost)
Hot-air balloon safaris
There is nothing quite like gliding serenely over the vast plains of the Tarangire as the wildlife teems below, on a romantic and evocative balloon safari. (at an additional cost)
Oliver’s Camp was the first African accommodation to be certified through Sustainable Travel International‘s Sustainable Travel Eco-certification Program (STEP), the globally recognised gold standard in eco-certification, for its ongoing sustainability initiatives. In camp we strive to be carbon neutral but any emissions from our fossil-fuel consumption are offset through a local community forestation programme. Oliver’s Camp and Little Oliver’s aspire to leave behind nothing but footprints. Our sustainable operations include recycling rainwater and all waste products.
Your visit contributes to the Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative, an important project that is forging new skills and understanding of land rights, land management and local governance in local communities. The economic and environmental resilience of the people and the landscape (over 3 million hectares of wildlife land) is thereby improved.
Oliver’s Camp is recognised by Responsible Tourism Tanzania for integrating its working culture and daily operations into a sustainable and responsible management approach. Systems are in place to monitor and direct operations. All employees understand the triple bottom line, which forms the core of the company culture. Oliver’s is also recognised by Fair Trade Tourism which benchmarks responsible tourism standards across the continent.
Our 2018 Rates
Oliver’s Camp Game Package rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), laundry service, scheduled open vehicle game drives, guided walking safaris, night game drives, transfers to/from Kuro airstrip.
Rates below exclude: Any applicable park/conservancy fees, any applicable camping/concession fees, and conservation charge, totalling approximately US$ 110 per person per night. Fly camping (US$ 205 per person – subject to change in government fees). Champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights & airport taxes, gratuities, items of personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) US$ 25pp.
1 July – 31 August: US$ 958 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 – 5 January; 1 September – 31 October and 20 – 31 December: US$ 888 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
6 January – 31 March; 1 – 30 June and 1 November – 19 December: US$ 688 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation