Little Oliver's is a new sister camp to the popular Oliver's Camp in Tarangire.
Little Oliver's Camp: Our full report
Opened June 2013, Little Oliver’s Camp is Tarangire’s newest addition, located at the southern end of the national park. We first visited just two weeks after it opened and found it to be a high quality and very well run camp which has made a very promising start.
Little Oliver's is a smaller sister camp to the popular Oliver’s Camp, located just around the corner from Little Oliver’s and built in an almost identical style, but on a slightly larger scale.
Little Oliver's consists of just five luxury tents which are almost exact replicas of the tents at Oliver’s Camp, except that here they have both an indoor and outdoor shower. They are well spaced to allow for privacy, and one is further away than the rest, which is used for honeymooners. The rooms are raised up on wooden platforms, which extend at the front to form a deck with two sunloungers looking out into the surrounds. The camp is elevated on a small hill so there are good views here, and game can be spotted without even leaving camp.
The rooms are simple but high quality and practically designed, furnished with chunky wooden beds made from the timber of former dhows, Maasai bead lampshades, leather-bound books, and tree-trunk bedside tables. Each tent also has mosquito spray, a radio to contact the office, a torch and a digital safe, and there are sockets in the cupboard for charging batteries.
Separating the bedroom from the bathroom is a canvas wardrobe, which doesn’t completely cross the room. While it shields the view of the bathroom, it is not completely private, so friends travelling together might wish for something more substantial. The bathroom consists of a sink, toilet and indoor shower, while through a door is a plumbed outdoor shower surrounded by a wooden fence for privacy.
As the camp is still very new, the furniture and tents are all still looking very shiny and polished, and so need a bit of time to soften and settle into their surroundings.
The main area at Little Oliver's is an open sided space, shaded by thatch and furnished with plenty of comfortable leather armchairs and chunky wooden coffee tables covered with books. The look is stylish and welcoming, and an inviting place to relax with a cup of tea or a G&T. The adjoining dining area has a communal table, adding to the sociable and friendly atmosphere.
Little Oliver’s would work well for large groups of friends and families who are looking for a small camp to rent out exclusively, or those who want the quality and location of the main Oliver's Camp, but with a slightly smaller set-up.
Activities at Little Oliver’s include walking and fly-camping, usually on the plains or in the sand river. Resident guides can take you for game drives, including night drives (which are an extra cost of US$50 per person in 2013).
Our viewLittle Oliver's is a great new addition to Tarangire - like Oliver's main camp, it is very well run, with high quality guiding, food and service, but with a little more peace and privacy.
Directions: Little Oliver's Camp is a short drive from Kuro airstrip or about three hour's drive from Arusha.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: On our visit to Little Oliver’s in July 2013, we did not get a chance to sample the food. However we were told that the menu is the same as at Oliver’s Camp. In this case guests should expect good quality and varied food along the following lines:
Breakfast is a buffet of cereals, fruit and yoghurts, followed by a hot breakfast, including eggs cooked to order.
Lunch is two courses – a buffet of salads and cooked meats, followed by a fruit based dessert.
Dinner is a three-course meal served at a communal table. On our last stay at Oliver’s Camp we enjoyed bean bruschetta to start, followed by pork stuffed with blue cheese and nuts with mashed potato, herby carrots and buttered broccoli, and rounded off with an indulgent amarula chocolate mousse. This was the same menu as served at Little Olivers so we are confident that it was equally tasty!
Dining style: Group Meals
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: Most drinks are included. Fine wines, champagne and imported spirits will cost extra.
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Oliver's Camp will happily accept children from the age of 6.
Property’s age restrictions: Children under 16 are not permitted to walk in Tarangire National Park.
Special activities & services: None
Equipment: Even though the tents are quite far apart, children’s tents can be connected to their parents’ tent by radio.
Generally recommended for children: This camp is best suited for older children aged 12 and above.
Notes: Oliver's Camp is a small friendly camp that is welcoming to older children, though parents should be aware that this is a bushcamp and that it is not fenced. Parents should keep a close eye on their children, who are their responsibility at all times.
Power supply: Solar Power
Communications: Little Oliver's Camp has internet for office use only. There is usually cellphone reception in the camp, though Oliver's requests that guests do not use their phones in the communal areas.
TV & radio: There is no TV or radio in camp.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: The managers and guides at Little Oliver's Camp are all first aid trained, and the camp has links to the flying doctor service.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: Askaris (guards) escort you around at night, as animals do wander through the camp.
Fire safety: There is a firebreak around the camp and all tents have fire extinguishers.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Laundry at Oliver's Camp is included – but it is hand washed so no underwear is accepted. Soap is provided in the bathrooms for this.
Money: There are safes in all the tents for storing valuables.
Accepted payment on location: Little Oliver's Camp will accept payments in cash, as well as Visa and MasterCard, although there is a 6% charge for these cards. They cannot accept Amex or travellers' cheques.