We actually stayed last year (July 2011) but reading some reviews lately I thought I'd add my tuppence worth. Oliver's is certainly one of the best camps in Tanzania, almost certainly the best in Tarangire and is quite a special place. The location is remote, which is a bonus, so you get virtually the whole of the south end of the park to share with just your fellow guests at Oliver's. It sits on a rise above a river so you get a view out over the valley below, how good depends on your particular lodge and how well the vegetation has been cut back.
Tarangire is Elephant country and Oliver's sits at the south end of a swamp area which attracts them in their hundreds, possibly thousands. So if you like elephants this is the place to be. It is also teaming with bird life, so again attracts a lot of twitchers. You will see just about everything else though as well, as we did. Only exception I think was rhino.
Staff are fantastic, Ken has things ticking over like clockwork, and you are made to feel like part of a big family.
Saving the best to last - do the walking safari. Don't think of excuses like can't afford or I might get attacked or some other limp get out. Do it and you will love it, it adds a completely different dimension to safari, you will see so much more and you will gain more on your subsequent travels through the parks. Simply a must.
Olivers, a great camp, well run, stunning and remote location and a must stay if going to this part of the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Africa, just as it should be. Oliver's Camp - in the remote southern reaches of Tarangire National Park - has just 10 beautifully appointed safari tents in a spectacular location close to the game-dense Silale Swamps and overlooking a flood plain of the Minyonyo Pools. Oliver's was inspired by the trailblazing camps that pioneered the early days of safari. It gives you direct access to the dense concentration of wildlife you will find year-round in this remote region, as well as the chance to enjoy walking safaris and fly camping. Oliver's is intimate and personal, staffed by a world-class team that has worked together for many years to perfect a safari experience that guests consistently rank among their best. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oliver`s Camp, Asilia Africa Hotel Tarangire National Park