Reviews of Oliver's Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
47 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Oliver's Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Oliver's Camp review"
The camp manager Levi was a very hospitable host. The food was remarkably delicious (I asked for a few recipes)." See all these reviews: 12n in Tanzania; 4n in Zanzibar
"Remote and Rustic charm of Oliver's Camp"
Views from the breakfast/sundown deck were incredible and totally recommend an afternoon bush walk where we saw herds of elephants coming down to the river to drink.
We were lucky to have a wonderful guide who was genuinely passionate about wildlife and worked hard to ensure that we saw the best the area had to offer." See all these reviews: 7n in Tanzania
"Oliver's Camp review"
The situation of this camp is fantastic. Decking for sundowners was lovely and the way the staff greet you and then involve you is lovely. The tents are really comfy and the beds great. Someone should find out where they source the mattresses. Our sleep was accompanied by a mother elephant and her minute baby munching an acacia tree about ten feet from our tent. Wish we could have stayed another night. A recurrent theme of our trip would be the outstanding quality of the Asilia staff in all the camps we stayed at.
We drove in from Arusha through the reserve and left through the reserve on our way North to the crater, stopping in at Manyara lake. Birds enough for any birder and a Leopard sighting (Lying on a branch alseep 10 feet from the roof) to boot. So glad we added this leg to our trip" See all these reviews: 11n in Tanzania
"Oliver's Camp review"
The only negative was the over-abundance of tseste flies. At certain times of the day they were unbearable. Both afternoons that we were there we stayed in our tent the entire time to avoid these flies. We had done our best to avoid the colours that the flies are attracted to, and used bug spray, but none of this seemed to have any impact on the flies at all." See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania; 4n in Rwanda
"Oliver's Camp review"
The beauty of the Tarangire surrounds you and I absolutely loved the outdoor shower; letting nature give me a super-surround. The meals were well prepared with quite a variety of choices. John Mndolwa from Asilia was our guide and driver for the rest of our trip. He knew the nooks and crannies of Tarangire and we were able to experience woodlands, swamp and open plains while enjoying the richness of the wildlife. John kept us on our toes looking for animals as we tried to out-spot him; which we never did. The man can see a lion laying in the bush from two miles away!
This camp is well worth a visit." See all these reviews: 9n in Tanzania
"Great Start to Safari"
We were met at Kuro airstrip by our camp guide Mustafa in an open sided Toyota Land Cruiser. On the extended drive from the airstrip to the camp we saw plenty of game including a leopard in a tree with its kill (impala?) and three young lions, again with a kill. We also had lunch ourselves!
On arrival at the camp we were warmly welcomed by Jacky, the manager, and her assistant Dickson. Throughout our stay the service from Jacky and her staff was excellent.
Our tent was comfortable with a large bed and had great views over the park. There was a flush toilet and both an indoor and an outdoor shower.
Dinner was communal and was preceded by drinks and chat around the camp fire. The food was good and plentiful although there was no choice.
We had a very interesting walking safari during which we were accompanied by an armed guide and an armed ranger.
We also did games drives and a night drive with our guide Mustafa who was excellent. We saw plenty of game, including monkey, mongoose, many lion, leopard, lots of elephant, large herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo, giraffe, kudu, water buck, reedbuck, dik dik (on the veranda of our tent), warthog, hyaena, jackal, ostrich, hippo and many beautiful birds. On the night drive we saw lots of nocturnal animals including honey badger, genet cat, owls, spring hare and white tailed mongoose.
Overall, a great camp set in a great National Park." See all these reviews: 13n in Tanzania
"Fantastic start to our Tanzanian safari!"
Our hostess Jacky was incredible. Our bonfire pre-dinner social hour was a great way to unwind and share stories. Everything was lovely - an oasis in the middle of the park. We would absolutely recommend this camp to everyone.
And the park.....honestly dont have the words to describe the beauty of this park. You MUST visit this park. Being surrounded by herds of elephants a couple of different times is something we will never forget." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
"Great Start to our Trip at Oliver's Camp"
Our tent was great and the outside showers are a lovely touch. The decking area for pre-dinner drinks and the camp fire area are both fantastic and the food here was excellent.
If I was being really picky I'd say that the lunch boxes could be a little more imaginative, but overall definitely no complaints." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania
"Relaxing after long journey at Oliver's Camp"
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." See all these reviews: 10n in Tanzania; 3n in Zanzibar
"AMAZING Camp, Staff and Safari"
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." See all these reviews: 8n in Tanzania; 6n in Seychelles; 2n in Kenya
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