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“best bush experience I've ever had ...” 5 of 5 stars
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Oliver's Camp, Asilia Africa
3.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Tarangire National Park, Tanzania   |  
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Manhttan
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“best bush experience I've ever had ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

I live in NYC and have traveled to Africa many times, including multiple trips to the bush. Oliver's Camp rates as my top bush experience -- and this is going up against very high end lodges such as Londolozi in South Africa.

The camp is intimate, with "permanent" tents, which gives an open air experience with the comfort of luxury appointments. The food and service could not have been more terrific, and our guide was truly exceptional (which is the most critical part of any bush experience). Tarangire offers a truly dense population of many species, including a massive population of elephants. The hosts are laid back -- available but not intrusive. The only downside was the quality of wine. Bearable, but off the mark for the quality of everything else.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

We arrived at Oliver's Camp after a day of touring Tarangire National Park and spent 2 nights there. It was a wonderful experence-part of our group took a morning walking tour, which they loved, and the rest of us went on a game drive. Everything was frist class-the service, accommodations and food were great. Definitely a camp to be considered for your safari.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Oliver's Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write your review about our camp. We are very pleased to hear you have enjoyed your stay at Oliver's, our walking safaris and game drives. As we always strive for the best service levels and safari experience for our guests we take all feedback and share it with our team for further improvement. Thank you for your positive feedback and on behalf of camp managers - Ken & Michelle - and the Oliver's team we hope to welcome you back to Tarangire one day!

Kind regards,

Marleen Haverkamp
Asilia Africa | Marketing Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Spent two nights at the end of Aug. It was a drive to reach the camp but saw many animals along the way and were glad we went that far into Tarangire Park. Swamp was dry in places but lots of elephants. We were welcomed upon arrival with wetface cloths and a glass of juice. We stayed in tent #6, it even had a door. Shower is outstanding with hot water and toiletries. Everything about the camp is top shelf, food, service and lodgings. Heard the lions roar the first night. Take a walk if you can. Hosts Ken and Michelle convinced me it would be fun and they were right. Alex led us on an interesting walk, and we got a different perspective.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

No internet connection or sockets in the tent so you can really get away from it all and enjoy the scents, noises etc of the African bush at Oliver's. The food and service are both excellent and Ken, Michelle and their team do all they can to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. Couple all that with great wildlife viewing in Tarangire National Park and it's a great place to enjoy safari.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Oliver's Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write your review about our camp. We are very pleased to hear you have enjoyed your stay at Oliver's and enjoyed the remoteness of our camp. As we always strive for the best service levels and safari experience for our guests we take all feedback and share it with our team for further improvement. Thank you for your positive feedback and on behalf of camp managers Ken & Michelle and the Oliver's team we hope to welcome you back to Tarangire one day!

Kind regards,

Marleen Haverkamp
Asilia Africa | Marketing Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Tarangire National Park is a must see in Tanzania and I cannot imagine a better place to see it from than Oliver's Camp. Wonderful accommodations, welcoming hosts, very good food and elephants blocking your way to accommodations for a few minutes on each of our 2 nights. A nice afternoon walking safari (they also offer morning ones, but the light was so good for pictures in the morning that a game drive is recommended for morning) and our only night drive of a 2 week safari make it even more memorable.

I would recommend it for anyone going to Tanzania.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AsiliaAfrica, Manager at Oliver's Camp, Asilia Africa, responded to this review, September 7, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write your review about our camp. We are very pleased to hear you have enjoyed your stay at Oliver's and experienced a walking safari in Tarangire. As we always strive for the best service levels and safari experience for our guests we take all feedback and share it with our team for further improvement. Thank you for your positive feedback and on behalf of camp managers Ken & Michelle and the Oliver's team we hope to welcome you back to Tarangire one day!

Kind regards,

Marleen Haverkamp
Asilia Africa | Marketing Manager
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NYC
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We spent two nights at Oliver's during our recent safari, and have nothing but praise for the camp. In particular, the service here was top notch, with excellent managers and someone always ready to bring you a drink or get anything you need. We also stayed in its sister camp, Sayari, in the Serengeti. While we preferred Sayari a bit overall (it's just a beautiful camp), I would actually give Oliver's the nod on service. The staff were just a bit more attentive. We also took a walking safari while at Oliver's, and I would highly recommend the experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We had a wonderful time at Oliver's camp. We were on honeymoon and all the staff made us feel very welcome, including Ken and Michelle who were excellent hosts. The location was superb, with the outdoor shower enclosure overlooking the plains a particular highlight. The room was luxurious and had everything we could want, and it was fantastic to watch the sunrise and sunset in the bush and hear and be so close to all the animals. The food was excellent and we really enjoyed the communal dining and campfire drinks. We would definitely visit again and highly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Oliver's Camp, Asilia Africa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deep in the south of the spectacular Tarangire National Park, Oliver's Camp may well be the best-kept secret for travelers seeking a real bush experience, located close to the animal dense Silale Swamps. Environmentally friendly Oliver’s Camp is the place to enjoy personal and friendly atmosphere in a Bush camp that makes you feel at one with nature and offer exclusive activities such as walking and fly camping which give you a true bush experience. ... more   less 
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