Little Olivers Camp Safaris
In the heart of Tarangire National Park, one of the most magnificent places in Africa for game viewing, Little Oliver’s is perfectly situated to make the most of the spectacular wildlife and landscapes this strikingly unspoilt wilderness area has to offer.
Small and very exclusive, Little Oliver’s is just a kilometre downstream from bigger brother, Oliver’s Camp, overlooking a flood plain of the Minyoyo Pools. With just five en-suite tents, the camp is intimate and personal – ideal for small groups or families looking for a totally private safari. Small enough to call your own, and with the Oliver’s highly personal service and experienced guides, Little Oliver’s is simply unbeatable.
Snapshot of Little Oliver’s
- Exclusive use, small and intimate five-room camp
- Unrivalled range of activities including walking safaris, night drives and fly camping
- Year-round big cats, fantastic year-round viewing of big cats and plains game
- Active Safari
- Family Safari
- Romantic Safari
Little Oliver’s Camp Rates
Accommodation & Amenities
With just five en-suite safari tents in a magnificent location deep in Tarangire National Park – one of the most magnificent places in Africa for game viewing – Little Oliver’s is intimate, personal and small enough to call your own.
Delicious meals and drinks are served under canvas in the spacious dining area at the heart of the camp. While away the afternoon in the separate mess tent – a wonderful spot to sit back, relax and watch the never-ending ebb and flow of wildlife on your doorstep.
Our home-made gourmet-style food is quite delicious. Because of the early start for morning game drives, breakfast is a satisfying spread. The menu includes cereals, muesli, fruit, yoghurt, French toast, eggs, bacon, sausage and occasionally a cheese board. The buffet lunch is accompanied by a variety of salads followed by dessert. Dinners are a delectable three-course affair. If you’d like to eat in the bush, you can request a packed breakfast or lunch to take with you in the morning, or choose a bush breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements – our camp chefs will be happy to cater for your needs.
Tucked discreetly into the landscape, Little Oliver’s is visited by much of the wildlife that lives in this region. Look out for:
- Spotted hyena
- African wild dog (rare)
The very best time for rewarding game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons, when the animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later, but the general pace of life in camp is focused on giving you the very best possible game-viewing experience. If you have booked a private game-viewing vehicle do discuss personal schedule preferences with your guide.
05:30–06:00 Wake-up call with hot tea & coffee
06:30–07:00 Following breakfast, depart for a morning game drive or walk, or take a picnic breakfast with you and leave slightly earlier
09:30–11:30 Arrive back in camp after game viewing, followed by breakfast (if you wish!)
13:30–16:00 Siesta time: read a book or just relax
16:00 Afternoon tea
16:30 Depart for afternoon/evening game drive or walk with sundowners
18:30 Arrive back in camp
19:30 Drinks at the bar followed by dinner under the stars
FAMILY SUITABILITY LEVEL
Families with children aged five and older are warmly welcomed in Little Oliver’s, however we do not offer special family tents, specific activities for children or personal guides. Children are accommodated in a separate tent or by adding a third bed to a tent. Note that children below 12 should always share a tent with an adult.
Little Oliver’s five well-appointed tents are beautifully furnished with handmade pieces crafted from the timber of old trading dhows that plied the East African coast in earlier times. Each tent has full en-suite facilities with both indoor and outdoor showers as well as a large, private deck that overlooks the sweeping floodplain beyond.
Only a kilometre downstream from Oliver’s Camp, in the remote south-astern reaches of Tarangire National Park, Little Oliver’s has much to offer the real safari enthusiast looking to explore a more remote and less-populated area of East Africa.
In April and May, when the annual rains end, the lush grasslands and profusion of wildflowers provide excellent conditions for walking safaris. As the dry season approaches from August through to October, vast herds of wildlife congregate on the floodplains in front of Little Oliver’s. During this time, Tarangire contains the highest concentration of mammals in any of Tanzania’s renowned national parks. Then, as the November rains return, the herds depart and are replaced by masses of migratory birds, providing fascinating displays for birdwatchers.
Tarangire is not only home to large herds of elephant and buffalo but also to a substantial concentration of big cats. Look further, and the rugged and uncompromising landscape offers a surreal backdrop that evolves from gentle grasslands to forests of ancient baobabs.
Just like the main Oliver’s Camp, Little Oliver’s offers a breadth of activities almost unheard of in a Tanzanian national park. It is the perfect base for a unique and exhilarating safari experience.
Game drives are offered twice daily from Little Oliver’s in open-sided game-viewing vehicles. Our highly skilled guides will share their detailed understanding of this wilderness and all its creatures, both great and small. All vehicles have power points where you can recharge your devices, and are fitted with fridges to keep your drinks deliciously frosty.
When darkness falls, enjoy a night game drive and look for the nocturnal animals of Tarangire with a powerful spotlight, or simply turn off the engine and enjoy the stillness of the dark African night.
The privilege of walking in a national park is an opportunity that cannot be missed. Join a walking safari from Little Oliver’s and learn about wildlife tracks, spoor and the flora and fauna of the area in an unforgettable journey on foot.
For a full wilderness adventure, try sleeping out in a lightweight fly camp with nothing more than a tent, a guide and a small team of staff. Here, you really are at one with the bush. (at an additional cost)
Hot-air balloon safaris
There is nothing quite like gliding serenely over the vast plains of the Tarangire as the wildlife teems below, on a romantic and evocative balloon safari. (at an additional cost)
Oliver’s Camp was the first African accommodation to be certified through Sustainable Travel International‘s Sustainable Travel Eco-certification Program (STEP), the globally recognised gold standard in eco-certification, for its ongoing sustainability initiatives. In camp we strive to be carbon neutral but any emissions from our fossil-fuel consumption are offset through a local community forestation programme. Oliver’s Camp and Little Oliver’s aspire to leave behind nothing but footprints. Our sustainable operations include recycling rainwater and all waste products.
Your visit contributes to the Northern Tanzania Rangelands Initiative, an important project that is forging new skills and understanding of land rights, land management and local governance in local communities. The economic and environmental resilience of the people and the landscape (over 3 million hectares of wildlife land) is thereby improved.
Little Oliver’s is recognised by Responsible Tourism Tanzania for integrating its working culture and daily operations into a sustainable and responsible management approach. Systems are in place to monitor and direct operations. All employees understand the triple bottom line, which forms the core of the company culture. Little Oliver’s is also recognised by Fair Trade Tourism which benchmarks responsible tourism standards across the continent.
Our 2018 Rates
Little Oliver’s Camp rates include: Full board accommodation, all drinks (except champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits), laundry service, scheduled open vehicle game drives, guided walking safaris, night game drives, transfers to/from Kuro airstrip.
Rates below exclude: Any applicable park/conservancy fees, any applicable camping/concession fees, and conservation charge, totalling approximately US$ 110 per person per night. Fly camping (US$ 205 per person – subject to change in government fees). Champagne, cellar wines, premium brand spirits, transfers other than to/from nearest airstrip, flying doctors/medical evacuation insurance, flights & airport taxes, gratuities, items of personal nature, additional lunch (picnic or in house) US$ 25pp.
1 April – 31 May: US$ 408 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 July – 31 August: US$ 958 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
1 – 5 January; 1 September – 31 October and 20 – 31 December: US$ 888 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation
6 January – 31 March; 1 – 30 June and 1 November – 19 December: US$ 698 per person per night based on 2 people sharing accommodation