Little Oliver's Camp

Little Oliver's Camp: Our full report

Rooms
5 luxury tents, including one honeymoon tent
Traveller's rating
Excellent (97%) From 14 reviews
Open
June to March

Since opening in 2013, we have visited Little Oliver’s Camp multiple times and have always found it to be a high quality and very well run camp in the southern end of the national park.

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.

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. Fly-camping must be pre-booked. Resident guides can take you for game drives, including night drives (which are an extra cost of US$105 per person in 2017). At the time of writing, walking safaris were priced at $70 per person.

Our view

Little Oliver's is an excellent small tented camp in 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.

Geographics

Location: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Ideal length of stay: 2 nights

Directions: Little Oliver's Camp is a 45 minutes’ drive from Kuro airstrip or about three hour's drive from Arusha.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Asilia Africa

Staff: 19, including management

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: On our last visit to Little Oliver’s in June 2017, we found the food to be of a very high standard. Breakfast is served with both hot and cold options with a buffet of cereals, fruit, and yoghurts on offer as well as cooked eggs, bacon, sausage and vegetables, which can be ordered at your table.

Most of the time, guests – including us – take a box lunch on a full day game drive, lunch at camp is served in two courses as a buffet of salad and cooked meats followed by a fruit-based dessert. The camp can also arrange for bush lunches on request.

Dinner is served as a three-course meal at a communal table, which is set outside under the stars most of the time. On our last visit, we enjoyed a butternut squash soup as a starter, followed by a peppercorn-encrusted beef fillet for a main course, and a rich chocolate mousse for dessert.

It is worth to mention that the menu at Little Oliver’s Camp is identical to Oliver’s Camp.

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

Children

Attitude towards children: Oliver's Camp will happily accept children from the age of 6.

Property’s age restrictions: Children under 12 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.

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.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Solar Power

Power supply notes: There is a back up generator if needed.

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.

Water supply: Borehole

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.

Extras

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. They cannot accept Amex or travellers' cheques.

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