Reviews of Oliver's Camp
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Relaxing after long journey at Oliver's Camp
Jackie and Justin and their staff made us very welcome. They were always around when needed and were keen to ensure that out visit ran smoothly. A wonderful location at the quiet end of Tarangire National Park, with lovely views from the viewing platform where, rain permitting, sundowners and breakfast were served. The food was excellent and the relaxed atmosphere enabled us to recover after a long and slightly difficult journey.
We were lucky enough to be given the furthest room from the dining and lounge tents, which meant that we saw wildlife right outside our room whilst we relaxed on the bed. We went in the 'short rain' season, so some of the park roads were closed due to flooding. The Tsetse flies within the park were rather troublesome, although they were mostly steering clear of the camp.
Wildlife viewing was reasonable, bearing in mind the season and we saw unusual things such as a crab and a terrapin.
AMAZING Camp, Staff and Safari
Little Oliver's Camp was an unforgettable experience!! Upon our arrival at the Kuro strip, we were met with our guide, Habibu and Larazo (our spotter), we went directly onto our very first game drive. They had a delicious packed lunch for us to enjoy at a picnic area as we stared out into Tarangire National park and viewed the peaceful animals.
Upon arrival at the camp, we were instantly greeted by Julie, the camp manager. Julie is amazing! She briefed us on the camp and gave us all the importantant information as this was our first time ever camping or on safari. Our tent was incredible! We had the "honeymoon" tent which was incredibly comfortable and safe. The outdoor shower was unreal. To be outside, taking a hot shower and watching elephants in the distance is just unbelievable, somebody pinch me! We enjoyed drinks by the campfire and a delicious dinner with the group on the deck. We LOVED sharing our experiences with everyone and kind of eating dinner as a "family".
The following day, we enjoyed a walking safari, day game drive and a night game drive. All of them were beyond our expectations. The night game drive was incredible, we saw so many new animals that you would never see during the day. We loved it! Upon our return from the drive, we were whisked away to a private candle-lit dinner on our tent deck. We couldn't believe it! Our friends had also arranged for us to have a nice bottle of bubbles to enjoy the dinner. It was the perfect ending to the perfect day. Julie and the staff did a fantastic job surprising us and arranging this beautiful, romantic evening for my husband and I. We never imagined something so special in the bush ;)
Our last day, we enjoyed another amazing breakfast on the deck and a game drive on our way to the Kuro strip. Our guide and spotter were so wonderful at their jobs. They were extremely intelligent about the park and animals and really offered a wealth of knowledge for us. They even packed the safari jeep with our favorite beer! It was a great experience and really set the bar high as our first safari ever.
We were sad to leave Little Oliver's Camp, it was such a beautiful place right in the national park.
Amazing Way to Start Our Safari!!
Oliver's Camp was the first stop on our safari circuit, and it did not disappoint. The location deep inside Tarangire was perfect, as it meant privacy and nobody else around.
The room was fabulous- the definition of safari chic. Olivers has gone to great lengths to give guests an authentic camp feel without sacrificing creature comforts- details like hidden outlets in the rooms, indoor and outdoor showers, bathrobes, really comfortable beds and pillows, etc. The room was amazing, but we didn't spend much time in it, since we were always out exploring.
We can't recommend highly enough the walking safari- Chris was our leader, and he's personable, witty, and he knows his stuff. Asilia would be wise to keep him around! Shout out to Victor as well, the ranger who kept us safe. Game drives here were fantastic, with great wildlife spotted on each drive. The night drive (also led by Chris) was fantastic, and we saw some great animals on that drive (hyena, cheetah, serval, genet, elephants, dik-dik) as well as wonderful star gazing. The walking safari and night drive aren't to be missed at Olivers.
Regarding the food, Oliver's did not disappoint. There was plenty of it, it was tasty, and nicely presented. We also enjoyed the evening cocktails and campfire. Every single person working at the camp was friendly, welcoming, and extremely helpful. All in all, we were very sad to leave here and hope to one day return.
Best camp ever
This was an amazing experience. The camp managers, Justin and Jackie were extremely welcoming and helpful. The camp was wonderfully laid out and we had a tent (although it deserves a much better description than this!) with a fantastic view and a great outside shower.
We did the walking safari and slept out in a fly camp which was probably one of the best experiences of our holiday - our guide was Blessed and he was fantastic. Also a lovely surprise on our last night to come back to camp (after a great night drive with Good Luck) to find our own private honeymoon meal ready for us.
I would highly recommend this camp to everyone
Oliver's Camp review
We had a fantastic time at Oliver's Camp. The camp is superbly sited in Tarangire National Park and we had so many wildlife sightings whilst we were there, we were amazed at the number of elephants.
the camp is very well organized and efficiently run, staff are very friendly. The relief manager Michelle when we were there was excellent and ran a very tight operation. The food and facilities were equally good. The outside shower was fantastic, far better than the indoor one. We were in tent 7.
We went on a morning's walking safari when we were there and it proved most worthwhile and informative, Milton the walking guide was very knowledgeable.
Amongst the elephants at Oliver's Camp
This is a lovely camp in a remote area of Tarangire National Park, far enough away from the main entrance. We spent 4 very enjoyable days and nights at Oliver's.
Tent 2 had superb views over the river valley, and was excellent for sunset viewing. The camp managers, Justin and Jacky, are excellent, creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Enthusiastic about the wildlife, they had rigged up two motion-sensitive night cameras in the camp, and it was fun to watch at breakfast the parade of animals passing through the camp at night. Our guide Emanuel was enthusiastic and knowledgable. Whilst the camp itself was free of tsetse flies, the last couple of kilometres back to camp were heavily infested.
All meals taken in the camp were excellent. However, the breakfast and lunch boxes for meals taken on drives were not up to the same standard.
Oliver's Camp review
We had a very good experience that the Camp. Accommodations were simple but conformable.
The setting was high on a bluff over looking the valley below fulled by many elephants. We enjoyed the camp fire in the evening and the "family" style dinners. The hosts were personable and professional. The bush walk was quite good, one of our high lights.
Oliver's Camp review
Jackie and Justin were genuine, accommodating, instructive. Our guide Kevin was excellent and accommodated the biological background of two of three of us in attempting to show us everything possible. Marvelous experience. He sensed our sense of humor, which made our time together great. The one comment is a flat tire experience. In and of itself it was no problem. One of us is a very experienced field scientist so chipped in to help. It became evident that the rim of the tire would not fit the (new) hub of the wheel (by about 2mm). Kevin realized that the two front tires could be swapped out so all was well in the end with a two hour delay. This showed Kevin's keen ability to improvise but it also showed the need to check all equipment before departing.Read more about the whole safari
Excellent base for Tarangire
Well managed camp, as were all the Asilia camps we stayed in. Good location, with views of game from the rooms.Read more about the whole safari
Oliver's camp review
Oliver's was one of the best camps we have been in. The tents were easily the best designed we have ever stayed in and the situation was great. The communal areas and campfire were also great- even the local elephants thought so and joined us for lunch one day. The food was great and the staff friendly and efficient
Although the camp is Asilia owned and run we decided to use the camps own guides rather than the driver Harry that Asilia originally sent to take us around Manyara and Ngorongoro. The reasoning was that the camp's vehicles would be open and the guides would have up to date local knowledge of the area. The guide Oliver's provided was young but as good as our original driver had been. He wanted to extend his bird knowledge and so was an ideal guide for us- a hint- if you are interested in birdlife tell your camp and they will usually provide a guide with some interest in birds and who will drive a bit slower- you see just the same animals as everyone else but get to see the smaller animals such as mongooses etc that faster drivers miss- and moreover will try to keep you away from those other guests who tap their fingers irritably whilst you muse over little brown jobs.