distinctive Camp | Tarangire Nat'l Park, Tanzania
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Oliver’s Camps invites you into a tranquil retreat in the heart of one of Tanzania’s least visited, but most rewarding national parks. Set in the beautiful Baobab-studded wilderness of Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park, the intimate Oliver’s Camp provides guests with easy access to some of East Africa’s most prolific and diverse wildlife viewing experiences, including abundant populations of big cats and large herds of elephants.
Our Expert Says
Oliver’s Camp is perfect if you want a tented camp in a remarkable, secluded location but also want to enjoy a little bit of luxury. Also, I love to walk and there opportunities for that here!
– Court Whelan
Location: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Number of Tents: 10
Located in a remote corner of southern Tarangire National Park, Oliver’s Camp exudes all the spirit and romance of a classic African safari camp. Guests at Oliver’s Camp are accommodated in just ten thatched roof chalets. Each unit is built on a wooden deck with canvas walls that can be rolled up to take advantage of cooling afternoon breezes. Simple yet elegant wooden furnishings and warm minimalist African decor imbue each suite with a distinctive, charming feel. The well-appointed en-suite bathrooms include private al-fresco showers. A thatched roof shades the central open-air lounge. Stone floors, an antique gramophone, romantic old-fashioned lanterns and African artifacts create an atmosphere that radiates a safari ambience of days-gone-by. Delicious home-cooked meals are served in the rustic tented dining area or in the open under the starry African skies. In the evening guests gather for a nightcap around a roaring campfire and reminisce about the day’s thrilling adventures.
Facilities & Amenities
- En suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor showers
- Shampoo, conditioner and soap
- 220v charging outlets in room
- In-room safe
- Laundry included
- Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
- Visa and MasterCard accepted
- No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, Internet or cellular coverage
Wildlife Viewing & Activities
Tarangire National Park, the “Baobab Capital of the World,” is often overlooked in favor of Tanzania’s more famous safari destinations to the north, the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. Boasting some of Tanzania’s greatest concentrations of wildlife, animal viewing in Tarangire is superb. Oliver’s Camp is perfectly situated to allow easy access to the yearly wildlife migrations as animals move through the park in search of water. Guests have an excellent chance of seeing lion, leopard and cheetah as well as herds of up to 300 elephants, buffalo, migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, eland and wild dogs that roam the red-dust plains. The park also offers some of East Africa’s best birding. Activities include twice daily nature drives, and both nature walks and night drives can be prearranged at extra cost as well - talk to your Safari Specialist. Guided walks provide the incomparable thrill of tracking elephant on foot and can be done by guests 16 and older.
Tarangire has varying concentrations of wildlife viewing depending on the season, and the below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced. Other typical sightings may include about 550 bird species and a number of other mammals and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on seasonality and wildlife movements.
Gemsbok / Oryx
|Tanzania||Tarangire Nat'l Park|
|Usually viewed||Frequently viewed||Occasionally viewed||Sporadically viewed||Rarely to never viewed|
|January||84° F||64° F||5.91 in|
|28° C||17° C||150 mm|
|February||81° F||64° F||4.02 in|
|27° C||17° C||102 mm|
|March||82° F||63° F||5.12 in|
|27° C||17° C||130 mm|
|April||82° F||63° F||6.6 in|
|27° C||17° C||168 mm|
|May||81° F||61° F||2.2 in|
|27° C||16° C||56 mm|
|June||82° F||55° F||0.2 in|
|27° C||12° C||5 mm|
|July||79° F||54° F||0.0 in|
|26° C||12° C||0 mm|
|August||81° F||55° F||0.0 in|
|27° C||12° C||0 mm|
|September||82° F||59° F||0.12 in|
|27° C||15° C||3 mm|
|October||86° F||63° F||0.2 in|
|30° C||17° C||5 mm|
|November||88° F||64° F||2.8 in|
|31° C||17° C||71 mm|
|December||86° F||64° F||4.5 in|
|30° C||17° C||114 mm|
Oliver’s Camp supports the Terat Village Initiative, which is working to halt unsustainable land use practices in the area. Terat Village is 24 miles from Tarangire National Park, in the middle of the Simanjiro Plains, where thousands of wildebeest come to give birth each rainy season. Immigrants and local Maasai people have begun farming in the area, imperiling this important and delicate eco-system. The initiative provides financial support to the Terat Village to fund the construction of schools. In exchange, the village has agreed not to farm on the plains. The initiative also supports a village anti-poaching team. The initiative employs four scouts and equips them with bicycles, binoculars, and telephones. They patrol the area each day and report any poaching incidents to the local authorities. In addition, Oliver's Camp is the first African accommodation to be certified through Sustainable Travel International‘s Sustainable Travel Eco-certification Program (STEP), the globally recognized gold standard in eco-certification, for its ongoing sustainability initiatives.