| When opened in 1992, the camp was located just outside the park border, but was moved
inside in 2001, into an area with a splendid wildlife during the dry season from June
Secluded safari atmosphere
Oliver's Camp has a secluded location, and is set in the middle of the bush. It's also
one of very few camps and lodges in Tanzania that are permitted to arrange bush walks
within the borders of a national park.
The camp also has a unique permit to do game
drives off-road in remote areas of Tarangire (off-road driving is prohibited
in most parks). This way, you may access areas where no other safari-goers come. The
drives are carried out in open vehicles.
The camp has eight tents for guests. The tents are large (11x3,7 m/36x12 ft) and have
a veranda, a sleeping part and a bathroom part. They are a mix of twins (they have two
single beds), triples (three single beds) and doubles (a double bed plus a single bed),
and are furnished in classic safari style.
Other facilities in the camp are the library, lounge and restaurant tents. The outdoor
fireplace facing the bush is the obvious place to meet in the evenings.
Oliver's Camp also has small mobile camps that can be pitched out in the bush, and its
own vehicles for game drives. Some are open vehicles, rarely used in Tanzania and Kenya,
but more common in southern Africa. You can also do guided bush walks, ranging from
an hour or two up to several days. The camp is known to have good and experienced guides.
Oliver's Camp is open during the dry season, from June to November, when wildlife
conditions in Tarangire are good. Large herds of wildbeest and zebras come to the park
during this season, usually arriving in July, and as the waterholes in the bush dry
out, more and more animals of many species congregate along the Tarangire River. The
elephant viewing in Tarangire can be spectacular during the end of the dry season in
September and October.
The animals disperse after the short rains in November, and some of them leave the park.
Oliver's Camp is a small camp, offering a comfortable and classy stay even though the
bush is just a few steps away. It has a true safari atmosphere, thanks to the secluded
location, the tents and furnishing, and the special activities in form of walks and
off-road game driving in open vehicles.
Overall, Tarangire has few visitors for its good size, and they are even fewer in the
areas around Oliver's Camp.