Oliver’s Camp is situated in the remote and little-visited southeast region of the beautiful Tarangire National Park, offering an authentic African safari experience with the advantage of superior service and top-quality guiding. The tented camp sits on a low, sandy ridge beside the Silale and Lormakau marshes. The camp is open from June to the end of March, and is particularly good for game viewing in the height of the dry season, when the marshes attract huge herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. The camp originally started as a temporary camp and was made permanent in 2008.
Oliver’s Camp was established for safari enthusiasts in 1992 by Paul Oliver. Tarangire presents a true wilderness experience for its visitors. Within the reserve guests can enjoy wilderness fly camping, off-road adventures, walking safaris and night drives.
Tarangire National Park is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania, covering 2 850 km2 in the Manyara region, a little to the southeast of Lake Manyara. The park is named after the perennial Tarangire River which dominates its northern part, crossing the park and flowing through increasingly incised ravines until it leaves the north-western corner of the park to flow into Lake Burungi.
During the dry season from June to September, Tarangire has a density of wildlife second only to the Serengeti National Park, and has reportedly the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. Dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also around but are more difficult to spot than in the Serengeti. With more than 450 bird species, some say that Tarangire is the best bird-watching destination in Tanzania.
Located alongside a permanent wetland with magnificent views, the 10 luxuriously spacious tents allow for utmost privacy and exclusivity. Each thatched covered tent features solid wooden furniture and en-suite bathroom facilities that are half inside and outside the tent, creating a unique experience.
Each tent has a pair of sun-loungers and a radio to contact the office if need be. The main mess tent is furnished with comfortable leather armchairs, reclaimed dhow-wood tables and campaign furniture.
Children over the age of 6 are welcome.
The food at Oliver’s Camp is an array of excellently-prepared homemade food with a casual buffet-style breakfast and lunch served in the communal dining area which allows guests to converse with fellow travellers, sharing stories of animal sightings and getting to know the local hosts. Guests congregate around the campfire for a drink before dinner, where the waiter will announce the menu for the evening.
Games drives within the Tarangire National Park are offered twice daily. The resident guides, who are both knowledgeable and engaging, will take guests in 4x4 safari vehicles to witness the amazing wildlife. 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.
The dry season from June to September brings vast herds of wildlife to the watery wetlands on the fringes of Oliver’s Camp. At this time, Tarangire boasts the second highest concentration of mammals in any of Tanzania’s renowned national parks, yet as the November rains return the herds depart and the return of migratory birds provides ample entertainment for twitchers.
After the excitement of the day, guests can relax at Oliver’s in leather armchairs in the main lounge or settle down in the library tent with a good book and a refreshing drink.