Overview of Chem Chem Lodge

An elegant and intimate lodge located in a private concession between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, Chem Chem Lodge offers spectacular views over a waterhole and plains with Lake Manyara in the distance. Combining European style with African influences, this owner-run lodge brings together earthy yet modern elements.

Perfectly situated at the heart of the northern Tanzania safari experience, Chem Chem is a great choice for an itinerary that also takes in Tanzania’s flagship destinations: the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Take the time to relax here after all those early-morning starts on safari and enjoy a soothing massage or treatment at the spa. The pace at Chem Chem Lodge echoes the Swahili saying, ‘Pole, pole‘, which means ‘slowly, slowly’. There is no rush here.

But no rush does not mean there is nothing to do – there is also plenty on offer at Chem Chem: go on a ‘slow safari’ or a guided walking tour of the private concession, observe thousands of flamingos and other water birds on the lake in season, or take a private guided 4×4 safari to Lake Manyara National Park. For an entirely different perspective, take a hot-air balloon safari and float over the mesmerising landscape of the Great Rift Valley. Children will enjoy learning traditional Maasai spear-throwing techniques, decorating safari-themed biscuits and playing soccer at a local community school (do consider packing soccer balls and stationery for the pupils).

 

Make a Positive Impact Through Travel

The Chem Chem Association is a registered non-profit organisation located within the Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in northern Tanzania. Here, they are uniquely positioned to secure and protect the Kwakuchinja corridor — an important ancient migratory route connecting the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks.

Rates

Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
01/03/2024 - 31/03/2024 Game Package $1,200
15/05/2024 - 31/05/2024 Game Package $1,200
01/06/2024 - 31/10/2024 Game Package $1,520
01/11/2024 - 19/12/2024 Game Package $1,200
20/12/2024 - 22/12/2024 Game Package $1,520
23/12/2024 - 02/01/2025 Game Package $1,670
03/01/2025 - 05/01/2025 Game Package $1,520

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Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Private guides & vehicles ensure tailor-made, flexible experiences
  • Set in a private concession near Lake Manyara
  • Close Manyara National Park
  • Bush breakfasts and picnics
  • Luxurious tented accommodation and an unhurried pace
  • Owner-managed and -operated to ensure personal attention
  • Guided safari walks in a private concession
  • Visit Maasai manyattas and local schools
  • Walk with Maasai warriors
Bush dining

Bush dining

Cultural visits

Cultural visits

Day tours

Day tours

Game drives

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

Guided walking safaris

Helicopter flights

Helicopter flights

Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning

Local school visits

Local school visits

Spa treatments

Spa treatments

Sundowners

Sundowners

Rooms at Chem Chem Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
  • Roll-up canvas doors & windows allow the African sunlight to flood into your tented suite.

    Luxury Tented Suite

    Each of the eight enormous luxury tents is positioned so that its private verandah affords picturesque lake views. Wood, canvas and stone come together in a synthesis of modern and traditional moods that is entirely in tune with the gorgeous setting. Tasteful furnishings and décor touches add a stylish element without going over the top. An indoor and outdoor shower complements en suite facilities while signature toiletries add an elegant touch. A daybed is tucked away in the shade of the trees, making a perfect place to take in the scenery.

    Other room types

    Chem Chem also offers a family tent, comprising a luxury tent as above with a smaller tented suite connected via a wooden bridge. This tent sleeps up to four children or two adults.

    General Facilities

    Chem Chem is a beautifully designed and conceived hideaway. On arrival you are greeted by a spectacular African view framed by the gracious sweep of the main building, which appears to be a natural extension of your surroundings.

    Tastefully decorated with exquisite attention to detail, the bar, library and lounge area flow seamlessly into a lounge, the fireplace of which is perfect for snuggling up while sipping on your favourite cocktail. The opposite wing of the building houses the dining area and outside boma where clear evenings are spent next to a crackling fire and gazing at the dazzling array of stars.

    Indulge your senses with a treatment in the Amani Spa or laze by the secluded pool terrace – glass in hand – watching animals and birds at the waterhole.

    Bar

    Bar

    Laundry service

    Laundry service

    Library

    Library

    Restaurant

    Restaurant

    Spa

    Spa

    Swimming pool

    Swimming pool

    Wi-Fi available

    Wi-Fi available

    Dining

    With a full-service restaurant catering to your every desire and attentive staff always eager to please, the dining experience at Chem Chem is unparalleled. Trained by chefs from Europe, the kitchen staff produces mouthwatering and sumptuous cuisine: expect anything from deliciously decadent pastries at breakfast to magnificent multi-course dinners, accompanied of course by excellent wines.

    Picnic breakfasts and lunches taken while out on safari add an element of decadence to your surroundings. Enjoy carefully prepared delicacies served in the shade of an iconic baobab tree and with the landscape of the Great Rift Valley before you.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Lauren Johansson

    Lauren Johansson

    Africa Safari Expert

    Owner run this camp offers a 5 star experience in a gorgeous area. Everything about Chem Chem is inspired from the creative meals on offer to the welcoming decor. Nothing is too much trouble to your hosts at this camp. Rave reviews all round.

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