Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
At a Glance
Beautiful and large tented rooms
Shower under the African night sky
Sit round the camp fire each evening chatting about the days game sightings
View the large herds of elephant that move into the Tarangire National Park during the dry season
Fly camping in a simple dome tent is an incredible experience
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
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Oliver's Camp and Little Oliver's found in a wild corner of Tarangire National Park and with ten and five tented rooms they offer a wonderful bush experience. The Tarangire has fantastic game viewing in particular chances to see herds of elephant.
Tucked away in the remote southern sector of the spectacular Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp may well be the best kept secret for travellers seeking a real, intense bush experience. Famous for large elephant herds and baobab trees, Tarangire offers these and much more: lion, cheetah and leopard compete for a wide range of mammals to be seen – all complimented by the most prolific birdlife.
Oliver’s Camp offers a variety of ways to venture into the wilderness: walking safaris and night game drives inside the park, plus fly camping. All of which are excellent ways to truly immerse oneself in Tarangire, a park rich in wildlife and light on human traffic.
Oliver’s Camp is found in what is no doubt the most spectacular location in the park close to the animal dense Silale Swamps. Overlooking a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools, part of the Tarangire River, the camp has a spectacular view and easy access to a dense concentration of wildlife. Consisting of only ten beautifully appointed, spacious tents, intimacy is ensured. A world-class team of staff completes an experience that guests consistently rank amongst their best, and most inspiring of all time.
Oliver's sister camp Little Oliver’s is about 1 km from the main camp - has five tents with its own lounge and dining area. A fabulous team of staff completes the experience.
Olivers Camp has ten large en-suite tented rooms. The spacious bathroom has a dressing area as well as a separate flush loo and a shower. Each tented room has a deck area where guests can relax with lovely views over the park. There are 2 triple tents, 1 honeymoon tent and 1 family tent.
Little Oliver’s has 5 tents very similar to those at Oliver's Camp, except the bathrooms have both an inside and outside shower. There is 1 triple tent and the camp can accommodate disabled guests.
Children welcome but no facilities, but Oliver's Camp is not suitable for very young children as it is unfenced. There is one tented room where they can add a couple of extra beds for children.
Battery charging facilities, laundry service, in-room lockable box
Oliver's Camp and Little Oliver's offers game drives, night drives, guided walks with an experienced guide and also fly camping. They do recommend that fly camping is booked in advance. There is also cultural visits and hot air balloon safaris at an additional charge.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
We had no idea what to expect from Olivers Camp as we bumped along Tarangires admittedly dreadful roads. Our journey made interesting by the sighting of over one hundred elephant, including a bull we nicknamed Roadblock, and the wonderful sighting of a young female leopard sitting contentedly under a bush by the side of the road, we had high hopes for the camp. We were not disappointed. A warm welcome from the hosts, Jackie and Justin, and we sat in the main area of the lodge, a library melding into a sitting area and then a large long table at the far end. Below us was a fire pit, and a little further down, a secret deck overlooking an almighty baobab, currently used for private dinners but with plans to be used for lunches in the not too distant future. We were shown to our rooms, down well swept paths through the bush and quite a distance from the main area; some of our party were relieved to see the presence of CB radios in case of an emergency. The rooms themselves are tented under thatch, with a deck in front and an open shower to the side with plenty of hot water, and open fronts with mosquito gauze certainly not for those guests of a nervous disposition! One tent is planned to be a family tent with two rooms interconnecting and sharing a bathroom. Guests are escorted to and from the rooms at night, and freshly brewed coffee is delivered in the morning to the tents themselves.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Oliver's Camp has long been on my list of places to visit in Africa and it did not disappoint. On our drive though the park we say about 20 large herds of elephant, with over 25 family members. i was assured that this was nothing...as the dry season continued the herds became even larger with many more elephant moving into the vast lush Silale and Larmakau swamp system.
I loved the incredibly comfortable tents at Oliver's Camp and the outdoor showers, as you really know you have arrived in Africa when you are showering under the Africa night sky listening to the frog chorus.
Game drive in the Serengeti
Explore the vast grasslands of the Serengeti with your safari guide on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is one of the most famous national parks in Africa, and it's easy to see why.
Hot Air Balloon over the Tarangire National Park
Take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the Tarangire National Park for a totally unique experience that will make your trip that bit more memorable as you look down on the bush from above whilst the sun rises.
Night Drives in the Tarangire
Night drives are an experience which is not permitted in many of the national parks of Tanzania. In the Tarangire, however, you can head out with your guide, searching the inky dark with a spotlight. This is when the drama ramps up in the African bush.
Search for the migration herds
One of Africa's most iconic moments - the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Wildlife in the Tarangire
Tarangire is second only to the Serengeti for the concentration of game. It's an area of big breeding herds of elephant and buffalo. Huge baobabs provide shade for sleeping lion and night drives give the opportunity to see elusive leopard on the prowl.
Location & directions
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Oliver's Camp is situated in the remote south-eastern part of Tarangire National Park, in the middle of Tarangire's unspoilt wilderness zone. Tarangire National Park is situated 120 km south west of Arusha.
How to get there
Fly to Arusha, via Nairobi. From Arusha's Kilimanjaro International airport, its a 45-minute flight to Kuro airstrip. Oliver's Camp is a 30-minute drive from Kuro airstrip.
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