Lake Manyara and Tarangire

Little Chem Chem


Classic safari in a vast wilderness

Little Chem Chem is a vintage safari camp looking out over the vast wild horizons of Lake Burunge, the Babati mountain range and Tarangire’s acacia forests.

There are six classic canvas tents with a pleasing lack of excess and luxurious necessities. One of the tents has a second bedroom, ideal for families. A lounge and dining tent make up the rest of the camp, although dining out in the wilderness is encouraged.

With 16,000 hectares to share with the other guests, this is a wild place full of fascinating animals where elephants amble through camp en route to the lake for a drink, cheetahs roam the plains and lions call at night.


At a glance

  • Six tents including family tent

  • Dining and lounge areas

  • 16,000 hectare exclusive conservancy

  • Can be booked privately

Little Chem Chem aerial view


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    Game drives

    Climb onto a 4x4 Land Rover and let your expert field guide introduce you to the breath-taking Burunge Wildlife Management Area. With 16,000 hectares and only ten guests, you’re guaranteed no crowds. Look out for elephants, leopards, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and a wide range of other animals.

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    Walk or run with the Maasai

    The best way to experience the wilderness is through the eyes of those who have lived there for centuries. Talk a walk with a Maasai warrior and field guide as you enjoy a rare opportunity to learn about how the Maasai people live in harmony with nature. If you’re after an unforgettable fitness experience, join a warrior for an exhilarating run across the plains.

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    Family safari

    Children from the age of eight will create lasting memories as they learn Maasai warrior bush skills like making fire, using a bow and arrow and throwing a spear. Your family can also visit local schools and villages. Children can make a recyclable soccer ball, learn how to follow animal tracks and decorate their own tasty safari-themed cupcakes.

Community & Culture

The Chem Chem Association aims to make a difference by engaging with the culturally rich yet under-resourced villages in the Tarangire Ecosystem. This extends to supporting schools in some of the villages, as well as offering English courses for young people and women. A Marketplace Literacy course which teaches the fundamentals of business and how to start an entrepreneurial enterprise has proved very popular.

The goal is to expand their reach to include ten villages, encouraging more people to be involved in ensuring the long-term well-being of the wildlife and habitats around them.


The Chem Chem-Burunge Wildlife Management area includes an important wildlife corridor which is a haven for a variety of animals. Here you’ll find not only the largest concentration of elephants in Tanzania, but also the highest number of big tuskers. This is thanks to the anti-poaching initiatives Chem Chem runs together with government agencies.

Subsistence farmers often struggle to protect their livestock from predators, and their crops from raiding elephants. Chem Chem supplies predator-proof bomas for livestock, monitors lions, persuades elephants to return to reserve areas and runs educational programmes, all of which help to avoid conflict between humans and animals.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

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    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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