Oliver’s Camp is our favourite camp in the Tarangire National Park. It is a lovely, friendly, rustic camp in probably the best game viewing area in the park. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in a real, authentic safari experience. Providing that you go between July and November, this camp offers one of the best experiences on the northern circuit.
Oliver’s Camp Tarangire – The Facts
Oliver’s camp was first established by Paul Oliver, one of the anti-poaching pioneers of the Tarangire. It is now owned by Asilia who have managed to keep that adventurous spirit that Oliver originally created as well as maintain the high standards of hospitality and service that is to be expected of an Asilia property. It is, therefore, a great option for someone desperate to get into the Tanzanian safari spirit.
Oliver’s has the park’s best location by far. It is situated about 30 minutes away from Kuro Airstrip. The camp overlooks the flood plains, popular amongst the park’s huge number of elephant. It really is remote, making it a great base from which to explore the untouched southern section of the Tarangire.
The tents blend seamlessly into the surrounding vegetation, and are decorated with the elegant splendour that becomes a traditional Tarangire safari camp. The location gives a feeling of exclusivity that is not so common on the northern circuit.
The main area is full of interesting paper-backs on the surrounding region and its wildlife. A few well worn, deep, leather sofas provide a great place to sit down, have a gin and tonic and soak in your surroundings.
Two particular activities of note at Oliver’s are the walking safaris and the night drives. The guides are always very experienced and the night drives come equipped with a night vision scope that really makes for a mind blowing experience.
Tarangire is one of the least explored places in the North of Tanzania. Whilst the Ngorongoro Crater attracts huge crowds, Tarangire is off the beaten track and gives those who visit, an experience they won’t forget with intimate and often private sightings. Although it is famous for its elephant herds, lions, buffalo and other big game is frequently sighted here.
If you have the time, Tarangire is a must-visit destination. Its location means that you can either fly-in or drive-in, however we recommend at least two nights in the park. Due to the remoteness of the camps, the cost of getting to the park and the amount of activities on offer, to make it worthwhile, a minimum of two nights is needed.
Combining Tarangire with the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater is certainly a possibility and you cannot go wrong by sticking to Asilia’s properties. Their Highlands property by the Ngorongoro Crater offers a brilliant and unique base to explore the Crater’s wildlife and the surrounding Maasai villages. Two nights is more than enough by the Ngorongoro Crater. The activities here are relatively limited and the Crater itself is very small, so a one-day game drive is more than enough.
When choosing a camp in the Serengeti, Asilia’s migration camps like Ubuntu or Kimondo are some of the best in the National Park, and their permanent lodges Dunia and Namiri offer all-year fantastic game viewing experiences in the centre of the Serengeti. It really does depend on personal preference, but you can be certain that Asilia’s properties will provide you with an unforgettable holiday experience.
Price starts at $ 1105