Established in 1992 by pioneer Paul Oliver, this camp celebrates back to basics luxury. Ideal for safari enthusiasts and anyone wanting a real taste of the famed Big Five, Oliver’s Camp is known for its walking safari’s and offers a wilderness experience that’s not seen in other camps in the area. Situated in the south east section of Tarangire National Park, near the Silala and Lormakau marshes, this lovely tented campsite boasts unparalleled beauty in one of the quietest corners of East Africa. Open from June to the end of March, it’s best for game viewing in the dry season.
Oliver’s Camp is made up of ten well-appointed tented suites that are raised on wooden platforms and suspended under thatch. The interiors are rustic, but tasteful, with timber-hewn furniture, lampshades made from Masala beads and tree-trunk bedside tables. Each suite has a veranda with two sun loungers, where guests can lie back and relax, or perhaps keep an eye out for game. There are no power sockets but you can charge batteries in the main office.
The en-suite bathrooms each have flushing toilet and open-air rain shower, which is fully plumbed with plenty of hot water. The outside shower is discreetly enclosed by a wooden fence, allowing you to shower in privacy while taking in the breath taking African sunsets.
There is plenty for guests to do at Oliver’s Camp. Safari walks can be arranged, as well as fly-camping out on the plains or in the sand river. Experienced and passionate guides can take you out on early morning or late afternoon game drives searching for predators such as lion, leopard or cheetah as well as huge herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest. Night game drives are also possible, heading out around 6.30pm on the look out for nocturnal wildlife with the help of night vision goggles, which add to the excitement of the experience.
This camp is unpretentious and comfortable rather than luxe, but the personable guides, the excellent level of service and the natural beauty of the surrounds makes Oliver’s Camp a truly spectacular wildlife experience.