Oliver's Camp, created by the pioneer Paul Oliver in 1992, is situated in the centre part of Tarangire National Park. The camp is ideally placed to access the yearly migrations of wildlife, and to view impressive concentrations at waterholes and in the spectacular Silale swamps. This area offers the best chance of seeing lion, leopard and cheetah and, especially during the dry season, the swamps are filled with elephant, buffalo and zebra.
The camp features 10 beautifully furnished guest tents. Solid wooden furniture, beautiful cloth and gorgeous warm showers that can be taken under the Tarangire sky. Every evening guests relax or read in the lounge and library tent, or drink sundowners at the fireplace.
Game drives from Oliver's Camp are usually carried out in open vehicles, giving a feeling of absolute freedom, and the depth of knowledge and experience of the camp naturalist guides makes the experience one to never forget. Being centrally located in the park, Oliver's Camp gives you the opportunity to easily go north or south for game viewing.
Walking safaris can take an hour or a whole morning or afternoon, but combined with fly camping, they can take several days, letting you discover the most remote parts of Tarangire. The light weight fly camp is an extension of the main Oliver's Camp. The fly camp is typically booked as part of a walking safari or simply as a completely private night away from the main camp. Tents are made of thick mosquito mesh, separating you from bugs, but allowing you to see skies filled with stars and passing animals at night.
Fly camping is about adventure, not luxury: beds are comfortable and the crew cooks amazing meals in the middle of the wilderness, but tents are simple, with outside shower and bathroom facilities. For those who appreciate the true luxury of absolute proximity to nature and the private, intense and overwhelming experience that fly camping is, this experience at Oliver's Camp is one that will stay with you for a lifetime.
All in all, Oliver's Camp is a highly recommended permanent bush camp.
Open: The camp is closed from the beginning of April till mid May due to the rains.
Location: Oliver's is roughly in the centre of Tarangire National Park, south of the Minyoyo Pools, and only about 30 mins drive from the Silale swamp. It is about 1 hour's drive from the closest airstrip at Kuro, or about 2½ hours from the main gate.
Rooms: There are 10 luxury tented rooms, including 1 family tent that can sleep up to 4, and a honeymoon tent. Beds can be configured either as twins or doubles. En-suite shower rooms have hot and cold running water and flush toilets.
Activities: Wildlife viewing game drives in Tarangire National Park. The camp is also permitted to offer night drives (one of only two camps). Walking safaris are also offered here, and at the time of writing this is the only camp to offer walking safaris within the national park. These can be from about 1 hour to a full day, or even over multiple days if combined with fly camping. Oliver's is the only camp in the park with the authority to offer fly camps (a lightweight mobile camp). Sleeping in a small tent, often just of mosquito netting so you can see the stars as you drift off to sleep, you get the real feeling of being out in the wild.
Facilities: There is a large open-sided, L-shape lounge-dining area incorporating a library, and a deck for al fresco breakfasts and dinners. The camp has a firepit for pre- and post-dinner drinks and chats.
Dining: Meals are eaten at a communal table unless otherwise requested. There is a dining area under the main thatched building, but there is also a lovely dining deck under a huge tree, and a romantic private dinner on the verandah of your own tent can also be arranged.
Children: Children are very welcome here from 6 years of age. Children from 16 years are allowed on walking safaris.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Wi-Fi internet access is available in a small tent near the main area. There is a mobile signal here but it is intermittent.
"Oliverâ€™s camp in Tarangire was new to me (the park I knew), and fairly obviously a significant step up in terms of luxury and facilities from Mdonya Old River and Lake Manze camps. This is a very special place and it is exceptionally well run â€“ no wonder it is popular with the wealthy American clientele for whom the African experience is something to dip into (and retreat from at the end of the day) rather than more full on as with the other two camps. "