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Chem Chem Safari Lodge
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

A lot of very positive reviews have already been written about Chem Chem so the lodge’s excellent food, service, accommodations and wildlife are already well documented. We spent 2.5 weeks in the northeast section of Tanzania staying in many first rate places (we chose our lodges after much careful research) but Chem Chem was far and away the nicest place we stayed. Our first reaction after arriving was to say to ourselves, “Why don’t we just live here? Permanently.” Remembering that everything is absolutely excellent, I want to comment on less tangible things.

One of the distinguishing features of this lodge is that it remains owner occupied. That is absolutely key if you are looking for a place where no detail goes untended to, where everything is (really) perfect. The owners, Fabia and Nicolas, are personally, emotionally and financially invested in the success not just of Chem Chem but of the surrounding wildlife, its people and the landscape. They are “all in” as we say in the United States, one hundred percent committed to Tanzania and the area they have chosen to build. Their commitment shows in every aspect of the lodge and the experience you will have there, becoming apparent to us even before we’d arrived at the camp. We self drove through Tanzania and got a little (and sometimes a lot) lost trying to find our lodges. When we didn’t show up at the appointed time to Chem Chem we received a text message from Fabia who, after receiving acknowledgment from us that we were indeed lost, proceeded to guide us to the lodge with detailed navigational instructions. No other lodge even noticed when we showed up hours late. Upon arrival we were greeted by Fabia and Lizzie and others who seemed genuinely delighted to see us, followed by one of the most memorable (sophisticated food and service, spectacular setting) meals we had on our entire trip.

Next is the shear beauty of Chem Chem. After checking in, guests arrive at a spacious open hall framing a spectacular African landscape. At its center (and very close to the lodge) is a large watering hole that attracts an array of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, dik dik and large troops of baboons. The permanent tents (built on masonry foundations) are well spaced out and seem to disappear into the landscape. Once inside it is like stepping into a room at a fine hotel, only better. The tents (and you immediately forget you are in a tent once inside) are very large with lovely setting-appropriate (African-inspired) furniture, immaculate crisp clean high quality sheets (always a plus for me), an indoor and outdoor shower and two outdoor seating areas. The zebras were just feet from our screened in porches.

Something else that felt special to us about Chem Chem was the warmth and enthusiasm of the people that worked there. We found Tanzanians everywhere friendly and nice but at Chem Chem it felt like a family (albeit a well behaved one). We were traveling with our 15-year-old son who quickly made friends with many of the young men at the hotel. We were all made to feel welcome in a very personal and individual way.

If you can only stay in one first class lodge in Tanzania make it Chem Chem.

Room Tip: I believe all rooms at Chem Chem are equally wonderful.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

My teenage daughter and I just returned from our second African safari. To us this place was the best out of seven camps we have stayed at. The service, the food (easily the top), layout/design/decor, the personal attention were superior - and to me this can all be explained that the owners (Nicholas and Fabia) are there and they really take pride in what they have built and operate. They are also passionate about restoring the land and wildlife and improving the conditions of their surrounding community. The wildlife was excellent at the park and the dry lake at sundown is a photographer's dream. Check this place out - you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Nicolas and Fabia built this lodge two years ago with the idea of ​​preserving the surrounding nature, so every building - made of wood and stone - fits seamlessly into the surrounding environment. Just arrived in Africa we had lunch with a view of giraffes, warth hogs, monkeys and dik dik within walking distance from us. Quality of food and service are impeccable and reflects the attention to details of the owners, always very attentive to the needs of their guests, which feel more guests in the house of friends then customers of a resort. Also the local staff is very attentive and friendly, without ever being intrusive. The fixed tents are spacious, secluded and well furnished with the colors of Africa and with furniture of high quality which reveal the European taste of the owners. In the main building there are a restaurant, a lounge, a library and a bar, all in direct contact with nature and the animals that live in the vicinity of the field. Do not miss the cocktail at sunset, when Nicolas leads by jeep a few guests to get lost in anything until you find a few chairs arranged in front of the sunset over the hills of Lake Manyara. Have a drink by the fire, surrounded by nothing at 360 degrees is an unforgettable experience and one of the many surprises, such as dinner in the bush or a walk around the camp escorted by a couple of Masai and a local guide, that these wonderful hosts propose to their guests. We visited the best tented camps and resorts in Tanzania but we will remember the Chem Chem as the most hospitable, friendly and charming.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NiloCalvi
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Chem Chem is utterly incredible. Fabia and Nicolas (the owners) have thought of absolutely everything for a luxurious, yet authentic, safari lodge. Lizzie will greet you with a smile, and Ryan will teach you more about the region and its resident animals than you can imagine. They made us feel like we were their single most important guests, tending to our every need (as well as dreaming up special treatments we would have never dreamt of ourselves); to their credit, everyone else we talked to felt the same exact way. While the Chem Chem team gave us a perfect honeymoon, we would encourage guests in any situations to look no further.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mike C
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

They call it slow safari and it is for sitting in a wonderfully appointed place and having all the animals come to visit you. No dust, no running around, just ley back and enjoy a great hospitality by a great Managment couple, having being around in Tanzania best safari camps this is one of the best, had a great family tent , 3 children next door to our lovely all details included tent.
The place is amazing and it makes this park stop worth a visit.
The sundown suprise was great, and you should include a day off to just stay and enjoy the camp
Rest from the dusty roads and crowded parks.

Room Tip: Family suite was great
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank IssyE
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Chem Chem is a stunning place, the tranquility, beauty combined with amazing hospitality from the heart. It was an unforgettable experience, not only cos of the proximity you are to the wildlife, but also the generosity of Nicolas and Fabia who go out of their way to ensure that you have a great time. They are amazing hosts and the resort itself is just stunning. The fixed tents are spacious, secluded and have an amazing view when you wake up in the morning! Food at the main lodge was delicious, even in the heart of Tanzania! This is the hidden jewel of Africa and a must "stop" on your way through the region.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank rusthk
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

After climbing Kilimanjaro, we wanted a place to unwind and Chem Chem was the perfect place for relaxing or viewing the wildlife in Africa. Each room at Chem Chem is an individual (huge) fixed tent with a spacious bathroom added on. All sides of the tent, look out in the plains of Africa. On top of the beautifully appointed room, the main lodge and food were outstanding. We had massages, ate, swam in the pool, ate, went on a sunset safari, ate, watched the wart hogs eating right outside the dining room, and ate some more. This hotel is definitely one of the jewels of Africa.

Room Tip: The rooms are really spread out so if you don't like to walk, you might ask for a room closer to...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank cathykatz3
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Address: Vilima Vitatu | between Tarangire and Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Tarangire National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Tarangire National Park
Price Range: $1,360 - $1,620 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Chem Chem Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chem Chem Safaris consists of two leading luxury eco-properties: Chem Chem Lodge and Little Chem Chem. 20,000Ha of private land within the Burunge Wildlife Management Area between the Tarangire National Park in the east and lake Manyara in the west. Privately owned and managed by Fabia Bausch & Nicholas Nerge who hosts thier guests personally. The Concept "Slow Safari" was born at Chem Chem Lodge. The ethos of a safari being a tabgible, sensual experience beyond the confines of a vehicle. The camps combine perfectly together creating an in-depth understanding of this diverse area, both with in their own reserve and the surrounding National Parks underpinned with genuine Maasai experiences. More on Chem Chem Lodge: Chem Chem Lodge is situated within a privileged Wildlife Management Area between Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara known as the Burunge Wildlife Management Area. The Lodge itself can be found nestled on the picturesque western side of the wildlife concession and consists of eight secluded tent-style suites with an opulent main lodge, all evoking the spirit of a vintage safari lodge. The permanent structure of the lodge reflects the form of a flamingo with its wings spread wide for landing. One wing holds the full service gourmet restaurant and an outside fire place, the other wing offers a bar, lounge, fire place and fully stocked library. The lodge also boasts a viewing deck with awe-inspiring views over Lake Manyara. Outside, a pool is hidden in the trees to cool off in and escape from the afternoon heat and the Chem Chem Amani Spa offers a new meaning to utter relaxation. Eight stylish, secluded tent-style suites have been exquisitely decorated to offer 5-star accommodation, each with spectacular, private lake views. Each suite (100m²) has been created from a combination of canvas, lava-stones and wood, and are set a minimum of 80 meters apart to ensure complete privacy. Every tent boasts a luxury bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a reading corner, dressing room, dressing gown and slippers, yoga mats and private patios complete with a luxurious day-bed. The family suite consists of a full suite connected to a vintage-style tented room (50m²) with two single beds, a rocking chair, small desk, with its own bathroom (indoor shower) and dressing room. The two rooms are built on the same platform and are connected via a small wooden bridge. It can sleep up to four children or two adults. ... more   less 

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