Little Chem Chem

Ultimate & intimate safari-chic

Little Chem Chem

Not to be outdone by the original Chem Chem, Little Chem Chem is every bit as fabulously unique, chic and wonderfully stylish as its big sister. But what (perhaps) makes the delightfully intimate, five-bedroomed camp even more special is its location - an acacia-fringed oasis on the edge of Tarangire National Park in a 50,000 acre private concession where stately elephant march past the door and cheetah slink down to Lake Burunge right under your nose. And that view! We’re talking sweeping, mountainous backdrops and never-ending grassy plains dotted with absurdly enormous baobabs and spindly-fingered palm trees waving in the wind. It really doesn’t get more romantic than this.

At the lodge

The hotel

The main mess tent is welcoming, elegant and rather reminiscent of a wonderful era of bygone safari. But rough it you won’t – there are plenty of sumptuous armchairs, rich Italian throws and plump cushions to make you feel at home (and a very elegant one at that!). Meals can be served in the dining tent next door but dining a deux is welcome. We highly recommend breakfast at your private camp fire in the morning for the first glimpse of the spectacular sunrises.

The rooms

With only five tents, the camp may be small, but the rooms certainly aren’t. All are spacious and light and have a mini dressing room, vanity area and private veranda complete with rocking armchairs for view-gazing in style. Décor blends contemporary fittings and rich fabrics with exactly the right amount of vintage charm in the shape of retro writing desks and charming bucket showers. Three rooms have big king-size beds and two can be made into twins if required.

On safari


Activities focus on game drives in the concession and nearby Tarangire and Lake Manyara. A walk with Nicolas is also a must; watch in awe as he tracks leopard and spots baby elephant from kilometres away. As the camp is in a private concession, night drives are possible as are ‘sunrise safaris’, complete with tea and biscuits. But the real focus here is on enjoying the environment at your own pace, so if you don’t fancy the six am wake up call, stay behind and drink in the magic of your surroundings.

When to go

Lake Manyara by month


Season: Wet


Season: Wet


Season: Wet


Season: Wet


Season: Dry


Season: Dry


Season: Dry


Season: Dry


Season: Dry


Season: Dry


Season: Wet


Season: Wet


Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its flamingo-laden waters, where the pink glow of thousands of birds blankets the scene. But the lake also has an incredible diversity of other species, with vast herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest congregating in the area. The landscape ranges from ground-water forest, to grasslands, acacia woodlands and hot springs all converging on the lake itself. Stay in the park and explore further afield, encountering more than 400 different species of bird, and if you are persistent, a lion draped across the branches of an old mahogany tree.


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