Little Oliver’s Camp

Set in the remote southern reaches of Tarangire National Park within easy reach of the Silale Swamps, Little Oliver’s Camp is an echo of the early days of East African safaris. With just five spacious tents, it offers an intimate safari, and is perfect for those searching for genuine experiences in this unique, baobab-filled landscape.

Operated by the team behind the larger Oliver’s Camp nearby, it offers a more intimate version with just five tents, in contrast to the ten tents offered at the main camp. Like Oliver’s, the feel of Little Oliver’s Camp strikes a balance between the luxury and the rustic. The main guest area at Little Oliver’s is set under thatch with open sides to optimise the stunning wilderness views. It houses a welcoming lounge area with comfortable furniture and tables scattered with books, and a communal dining room.

Each of the five luxury tents sits on a raised platform, with canvas sides and a thatch roof, and all have a wide deck to while away lazy afternoons overlooking the floodplain and an en suite bathroom with flushing toilet, basin with hot running water and both indoor and outdoor showers. Rooms have a strong local feel with handmade furniture crafted from timber up-cycled from old dhows and colourful beaded lampshades.

The dining at Little Oliver’s is often singled-out for particular praise. The cuisine is contemporary European with touches of African tradition, and can be adapted for special dietary requirements. Continental and cooked breakfasts begin your day, and there is a two-course buffet lunch and three-course dinner. The drinks list is extensive and the service is thoughtful and friendly with very knowledgeable local guides.

Little Oliver’s Camp and big brother Oliver’s Camp have a huge amount to offer the safari enthusiast, especially if you are looking for a more off the beaten track experience. As well as twice daily game drives, guests can also enjoy guided walking safaris that allow you to examine the small things — ants, termites, dung beetles — often overlooked on a drive, plus night game drives with powerful spotlights to make sure you don’t miss a thing. After you’ve watched nocturnal predators hunting, turn off the lights and admire the stars.