We had the good fortune to spend 3 days at Chem Chem
in June. The Lodge was built with all the love and attention
to detail that Fabia and Nicolas could muster and it certainly
shows. The location is ideal and the facilities perfect. Every-
thing blends just right so the Lodge doesn't overwhelm the site.
Our room was spacious and private and contained everything
we could want. We had to remember that we were in a "tent."
The food was really great and was served by Jacob, a delightful
young man who worked hard to teach my wife a few words in
Swahili. Chantelle and Steve, part of the management team,
ensured we had a marvelous sundowner experience and were
well versed on the history of the Chem Chem and the surrounding
area....thank you both. Jimmy, our Tandala guide, showed us the
animals in the surrounding parks and we have many wonderful
memories of these sightings. Oh, did I mention the entire place
was spotless? Again, we needed to remember where we were
as every surface was dust free. The staff is amazing. They are
efficient, personable and talented. And, oh yes, can't forget having
diner down the path in a private setting and lunch and a drink in the
"tower" while watching the animals below. Just about perfect except
the days flew by too quickly. Certainly hope to return one day.
- 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