Little Chem Chem

Tarangire National Park, Northern Tanzania

At a Glance

  • Spectacular birdlife and great walking safaris with extremely knowledgeable guides

  • Unforgettable sunrises over the Tarangire National Park

  • Situated within 16,000 hectares of private wilderness

  • From the comfort of your own tent, watch as the elephants come to the banks of Lake Burunge to drink

  • With only five tented rooms, Little Chem Chem is perfect for a more exclusive safari experience

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Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.

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Insider's View

Head out early one morning and watch the sunrise over the Tarangire Park as the plains come alive with game

The birdlife here is truly spectacular and the guides are all extremely knowledgeable to all the different species

Breakfast delivered to you in bed each morning is a real luxury

Combine a stay between Little Chem Chem facing east towards Tarangire National Park for spectacular sunrises and Chem Chem Lodge, facing west towards Lake Manyara for unforgettable sunsets

For a glimpse into local life, request to visit the local school that the lodge supports.

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Known as 'The Sunrise Camp', Little Chem Chem is a vintage style, luxury camp situated in a private concession next to Tarangire surrounded by impressive baobab trees. With six spacious tented rooms, it is perfect for an authentic safari experience.

Little Chem Chem overlooks Lake Burunge and the Babati Mountain Range provides a spectacular backdrop to the South-West. The vintage style tents are spacious and comfortable with a separate vanity area and dressing room and an en suite bathroom. There is also a family tent with two ensuite bedrooms.

The décor is authentic and elegant, epitomising a traditional safari camp with all the modern luxuries to make for a comfortable relaxing experience. From the comfort of your own tent, you can sit and watch the world go by as the elephants, cheetah and other wildlife come to the lake to drink and at night, you can hear the lions roaring to one another. Little Chem Chem has a host of safari based activities and is in the ideal setting for fantastic walking safaris. There are day and night game drives and private picnics in the bush and hot air balloon safaris can be organised at an additional cost.

Little Chem Chem is equally as charming in both the dry and the wet season. The dry season takes place between June and October and it is the perfect time to watch the animals gather at the watering holes and the lake. The wet season takes place between December and March and it is a perfect time to see the wildebeest and zebras calving, with this comes the big cats as well. It is also the ideal season for any bird watching fanatics as the millions of flamingo migrate to Lake Manyara.

Sharing 16,000 hectares with a maximum of only ten other guests really does make Little Chem Chem a unique safari experience where one can slow down and unwind at their own pace.

Little Chem Chem also combines really well with it's sister camp, Chem Chem, where you can enjoy amazing views over Lake Manyara and really relax in style.

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There are six tents at Little Chem Chem, three of the tents have king size beds, two with two twin beds and one family tent. There is also a camp bed available which can be put into any of the rooms as an extra bed for a child aged 10 years or over. There is an en-suite bathroom with traditional bucket showers with hot water. Each tent has their own outdoor fireplace for the cooler evenings. The family tent comprises two ensuite bedrooms and a lovely shared lounge area. Children over the age of 8 years are welcome in the family tent.


Children aged 10 years and over welcome at Little Chem Chem and children under 12 are required to share a room with an adult. If staying in the family tent, children aged 8 years and over are welcome.


The main mess tent at Little Chem Chem is where most of the meals are served although guests can opt to dine privately outside around a campfire. Every morning, breakfast is delivered to your tent and this can be taken in the tent or outside by the fire. The main mess tent is very comfortable and perfect for spending the afternoon relaxing with a book and watching the world go by.


Game drives are of course the main activity that take place at Little Chem Chem and guests can also enjoy a sunrise safari, stopping for tea and biscuits as the sun rises over the Tarangire National Park. As the campsite is in a private reserve, you can go on day and night game drives in the open 4x4 vehicles. Little Chem Chem is also ideal for walking safaris and has fantastic bird watching, the expert guides at Little Chem Chem are more than happy to share their knowledge and experiences with guests. Hot Air Balloon safaris and private picnic lunches can also be organised at an additional cost.


  • Flamingo Watching on Lake Manyara

    Harder to predict than the Great Migration, the Flamingo migration is equally incredible to witness as they descend on Lake Manyara in their thousands. An amazing photo opportunity or simply the chance to witness these spectacular birds in their element.

  • Game drive in Lake Manyara

    Lake Manyara is a tiny gem of a national park in Northern Tanzania, famed in particular for its flamingos. Go on game drives here in search of tree-climbing lions, elephants, waterbuck and hippos.

  • Hot Air Balloon over the Tarangire National Park

    Take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the Tarangire National Park for a totally unique experience that will make your trip that bit more memorable as you look down on the bush from above whilst the sun rises.

  • Hot Air Ballooning Over Lake Manyara

    For an entirely unique view of the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park, get up before the day is quite born and hop aboard a hot air balloon to rise up with the sun and soar over the wakening bush.

  • Walking safari from Lamai

    Lamai is one of very few camps in the Serengeti which is permitted to offer walking safaris. This is a superb way to explore this rugged area, setting off on foot from the camp in the morning light.

  • Wildlife in the Tarangire

    Tarangire is second only to the Serengeti for the concentration of game. It's an area of big breeding herds of elephant and buffalo. Huge baobabs provide shade for sleeping lion and night drives give the opportunity to see elusive leopard on the prowl.

Location & directions

Tarangire National Park, Northern Tanzania

Located between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park, Little Chem Chem is easily accessed by road from Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara and the Crater.

How to get there

8-hour 40-minute international flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. From Nairobi it's then a 1-hour international flight to Kilimanjaro Airport followed by either a short flight to Lake Manyara airstrip and a 1-hour road transfer or alternatively, a 2-hour 30-minute road transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport.

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