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A ‘slow safari’ demands patience, tolerance and composure but the rewards can be infinite. It is a deceptively simple concept pioneered by Little Chem Chem in northern Tanzania: instead of setting out in a 4x4 to look for game to tick off a list, drive out, park, wait and let the animals come to you. This respect for the rhythms of nature has many benefits – it is less tiring, less dusty and can be the conduit to seeing more uninhibited and relaxed animal interaction.

Little Chem Chem is small but perfectly formed, with an emphasis on a visceral connection to the bush and a strong association with community development through the Lifewildlive partnership. Set in a 4 000ha protected area between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara in northern Tanzania, Little Chem Chem offers guests unique experiences, such as morning jogs with a Maasai guard to accompany you, a professional photographer to capture your vacation if you choose and sunset cocktails on the edge of untamed Lake Manyara with thousands of feasting flamingos and pelicans. They will also teach you how to track animals from spoor and droppings, and tasty ‘bush cooking’ experiences. Because it is owner-occupied, service is consistently outstanding.

Decked with antique brass telescopes and oversized leather wingbacks in the library, Little Chem Chem is tented-safari heaven for those seeking true solace in the African wilderness.


  • Hot-air balloon safaris and guided nature walks
  • Wi-Fi Internet access and swimming pool
  • Owner-occupied and -managed for personal attention
  • Butler service to ensure your safari day runs smoothly
  • Pioneers of ‘slow safaris’ - guided bush walks in the Little Chem Chem concession
  • Community development partnership and sensitive cultural interaction
  • Conservation safaris with the anti-poaching team


  • Game drives
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Bird watching
  • Picnics
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Bush dining
  • Full-day safaris
  • Helicopter flights
  • Local village visits
With only 5 tents sent on 16 000ha, and overseen by the owners, this camp offers guests an exclusive safari experience with a personal touch. An ideal base for exploring the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.
Maureen Stover

Maureen Stover

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Tented Room

Each of the five wood-and-canvas luxury tents is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the pink-streaked sunrise, with a private patio and fireplace for evening stargazing. Tastefully decorated in a monochrome scheme, the tents have touches that hark back to the golden age of classic safaris with modern treats like yoga mats and in-room massages available. The en suite bathrooms have flushing toilets, walk-in bucket showers and signature toiletries.


Inspired by the thousands of pastel-pink flamingoes that inhabit Lake Manyara, the central communal area of Little Chem Chem has two large ‘wings’, one comprising the dining area and outside fire pit and the other, the bar, lounge with fireplace and library. As much as possible is open to the elements to maintain the connection to nature. Tucked under a nearby grove of trees is a swimming pool – perfect for a refreshing plunge after your afternoon siesta. Guests also have access to interesting activities like tracking and ‘bush cooking’ lessons, guided walks and hot-air balloon safaris. In the evenings, chat – glass in hand – in the cozy fire pit while the billion-star Milky Way passes overhead.


Highlights at Little Chem Chem include bush breakfasts and picnics, and the show-stopping sunset cocktails at Lake Manyara, with tapas and an unforgettable view. Other meals are taken around a long table crafted from a polished tree trunk, and exceptional attention to detail is placed on multi-course dinners and paired wines. In the still of the hazy dawn light, be gently woken with an early morning coffee service in bed: aromatic hot coffee and tea, and freshly-baked biscuits will be delivered to your door in a charming wicker basket.

General facilities

  • Babysitting service available
  • Solar power
  • Wi-fi available
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Gym


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Dates Board Price
2020-06-01 — 2020-10-31 Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $1,200
2020-11-01 — 2020-12-19 Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $960
2020-12-20 — 2021-02-28 Game Package (Meals, Select Transfers/Activities) $1,200

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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