Known as the ‘sunrise camp’, Little Chem Chem is situated in a private concession of 20,000 hectares that are shared only with Chem Chem Lodge. Flanked by the Babati mountain range to the South West and the distant hills of Tarangire to the North East, the camp overlooks the freshwater lake, Lake Burunge which attracts all manner of wildlife and birdlife.
What makes Little Chem Chem so special is the fact that in securing this land for their private concession, owners Fabia and Nicolas Bausch have re-opened an old elephant corridor, which resident elephants had previously stopped using, and which subsequently led to their being much more vulnerable to being hunted. The threat of hunting had forced the animals to alter their patterns of movement – to the detriment of their own herds as well as human settlements and other wildlife. Thanks to the likes of Fabia and Nicolas, these patterns are beginning to be re-established. The elephants are able to make use of traditional routes, and local communities are secure in the knowledge that both they and their livelihoods are safe.
Staying at Little Chem Chem is certainly harmonious. As well as the sound principles and the philosophical stance governing their project, Fabia and Nicolas do an excellent job of balancing ecological concerns with a sense of real style. There are five tents, decorated in Out of Africa vintage style. Showers and flushing toilets are en suite and each tent has a private fire pit for end-of-day relaxation – with just the sounds of the bush for company. Private dining is easily arranged.
Activities can include day and night game drives in the Tarangire National Park or Little Chem Chem’s own concession, as well as balloon trips and photographic safaris.
Please note that your trip has direct benefits for the area, the people and its wildlife.