Permanent tented camp
At Oliver’s Camp you experience the African bush in style, but not in a stuffy way. The camp is known for offering walking safaris and night game drives as well as game drives, but the staggering night sky is also a compelling reason to come, as are the fantastic guiding, brilliant elephant sightings, elegant décor and great food.
And if you want exclusive use of a five-tent camp with the same amazing qualities, Little Oliver’s is just a kilometre downstream!
Oliver’s Camp is perfect for the enthusiast who’s looking for the atmosphere of those early pioneering African safari camps – but with a significantly higher level of comfort. It has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, underpinned by great service and hugely knowledgeable naturalist guides who will take you to the heart of the wildlife action. Unusually for a camp in the national park, Oliver’s can offer walking safaris and night game drives as well as day drives.
The camp is set in a glorious location close to the game-rich Silale Swamps and overlooks a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools. Animals come to this area throughout the year, and in huge numbers during the dry season. If you’re a big cat fan you’ll be thrilled with sightings of lion, leopard and cheetah, and if you’re an elephant fan you’ll be in ‘ele’ heaven! You don’t even need to leave the camp to get some fantastic sightings – for example, large herds of elephants often saunter by the camp, feeding as they go.
If you’re travelling in a small group and want exclusive use of a camp with all that Oliver’s has to offer, its little brother – aptly named Little Oliver’s – is just a kilometre downstream, and is available on an exclusive-use only basis.
Times to Go
Peak activity is during the dry season (July to October), when an enormous number and diversity of animals converge here for the permanent water, especially increasing the already substantial elephant population. April and May are the rainy months, but you still get good numbers of game, and have the advantage of seeing the wild flowers that emerge at this time of year.
Oliver’s Camp highlights
- Deluxe, large en-suite tents
- Night drives and walking safaris in the national park
- Superb guiding
- Fantastic for elephants and birdlife
- Little Oliver’s – exclusive use camp
Oliver’s Camp location
- 10 en-suite tents (Oliver’s Camp)
- 5 en-suite tents (Little Oliver’s)
- Open all year round
- Children aged 5+ are welcome
(5-11 year olds can only take game drives if you book a private vehicle)
- Laundry service
- Wifi (Oliver’s Camp)
- Day and night game
drives in Tarangire
- Night game drives
- Walking safaris (aged 16+)
- Guided bird walks
- Private sundowners
- Hot air balloon safaris (optional)
- Fly camping (optional)
- Private game vehicles and guides (optional)
Oliver’s Camp rooms
The 15 tents (10 in Oliver’s, 5 in Little Oliver’s) are tastefully decorated with furniture made from reclaimed dhow wood. Each is subtly dressed, with blood-red leather armchairs and a king-size bed with hand-carved mahogany headboard (beds can also be configured as twins).
The sizeable en-suite bathrooms have flushing loos, large walk-in wooden shower cubicles with running water, as well as sizeable outdoor showers which offer you the opportunity to shower under the stars.
There is also a small shaded area to the front of the tent, overlooking the bush, in which to sit and relax.
Twiga the giraffe likes this because…
“Oliver’s Camp was the first African accommodation to be certified through Sustainable Travel International‘s Sustainable Travel Eco-certification Program (STEP) for its sustainability initiatives. They strive to be carbon neutral and offset any fossil-fuel emissions through a local community forestation programme. The camps contribute to the Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative, a project that is forging new skills and understanding of land rights, land management and local governance in local communities.”
And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.
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