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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 4x4 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).


  • 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
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • Helicopter flights
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Spa treatments
  • Sundowners
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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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.


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.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Library
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-fi available
  • Laundry service


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Special Offer

Honeymoon Offer


Save 50%

Save 50% on one partner’s accommodation when honeymooners stay at Chem Chem Lodge for 2+ nights.

All inclusions

For stays of 3+ nights, the couple also enjoys a daily massage and a romantic sundowner with 200 red roses, private butler and pink prosecco, followed by an intimate candlelight dinner in a secluded setting

Valid within 6 months of wedding; park and conservation fees, and transfer costs still apply.

Valid all year 2023 & 2024 at Chem Chem Lodge

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Dates Board Price
2023-06-01 — 2023-10-31 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,395
2023-11-01 — 2023-12-19 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,100
2023-12-20 — 2024-01-05 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,395
2024-01-06 — 2024-02-29 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,520
2024-03-01 — 2024-03-31 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,200
2024-05-15 — 2024-05-31 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,200
2024-06-01 — 2024-10-31 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,520
2024-11-01 — 2024-12-19 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,200
2024-12-20 — 2024-12-22 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,520
2024-12-23 — 2025-01-02 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,670
2025-01-03 — 2025-01-05 Game Package (Selected Meals, Select Transfers, Selected Activities) $1,520

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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