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Vilima Vitatu Between Tarangire and Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park Tanzania
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#7 of 42 Speciality lodging in Tarangire National Park
Chem Chem is, in essence, a love story of open spaces, big skies and a shared dream. Enveloped within 20 000 hectares (55 000 acres) of raw, untainted African bush lies the Chem Chem - Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA), with secluded, elegant tent-style accommodation at three locations: Chem Chem Lodge, Little Chem Chem and Forest Chem Chem. Each is designed to evoke the spirit, luxury and intimacy of a vintage safari experience. Situated within a luscious palm-island on the western edge of the WMA is 5-star accommodation consisting of an opulent main house and eight secluded tent-style suites. Each suite, (100m2), has been created from a combination of canvas, lava-stones and wood, and are set a minimum of 80 metres apart to ensure complete privacy and feature indoor/outdoor showers, reading corners, dressing rooms, private patios and expansive views. The permanent structure of Chem Chem’s main 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, discover the gym or the pool hidden in the trees while the Chem Chem Spa offers a new meaning to utter relaxation.
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Shari P wrote a review Sep 2020
New York City, New York7 contributions4 helpful votes
We came for the animals and fell in love with the people - the staff at Chem Chem became like family - genuine love for animals & nature - exceptional hospitality, spectacular accommodations & delicious gourmet food!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from ChemChem Safari, General Manager at Chem Chem Lodge
Responded 24 Jan 2021
Dear Shari P Thank you for your review on your stay with us at Chem Chem Lodge. We are so glad to hear that you got to know our Lodge team and make memories with them! We hope to welcome you and your family back again. Warm Regards The Chem Chem Team
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Camper443350 wrote a review Jan 2020
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I want to say thank you very much to all staff at the chem chem lodge because they were superb wonderfull the food was best ever i have eaten in east Afrika the service outstanding chem chem must be really happy to have this kind of employees including a very attentive manager the sad part is that chem chem was our second lodge and the other 5 to come will have problems to get anyway near the bar which chem chem has put up so high ....... asante sana to all .....chem chem should be the last lodge on any safari .... we fell in love with it .....thank you
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from ChemChem S, Manager at Chem Chem Lodge
Responded 05 Feb 2020
Dear Camper443350, We are delighted to read about your stay with us and feel truly flattered. We are incredibly happy to share this with our team at Chem Chem and are thrilled to read about how immersive your experience was with us. We hope to welcome you back again, Warmest wishes from the entire Chem Chem team
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Joe M wrote a review Oct 2019
Westlake, Texas42 contributions5 helpful votes
Chem Chem was the highlight of our Safari. A beautiful property with 8 luxurious tents. The styling and interior decorating was fantastic. A lot of thought went into every detail. You have your own guide assigned to you. Our guide, Joseph was the best we had during our whole trip. He took us to a Maasai market and village. Chem Chem has their own private reserve which was wonderful. The camp makes you feel like you are their only guest. Our waiter took care of our our meals, some under the stars. We also enjoyed a proper sundowner, cocktails under the stars. It was a perfect way for us to finish our safari. Pampered in a five star manner, there was nothing not to love.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from ChemChem S, Manager at Chem Chem Lodge
Responded 06 Oct 2019
Dear I7234NDjoem, We are delighted to read about the details of your stay with us, we are flattered reading about all the things you loved about Chem Chem. We will share this with the team here, they will be thrilled to see your feedback which will bring them utmost joy and motivation. Your comments truly encompass our ethos and philosophy, we hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes from us all at Chem Chem
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nicolemfoos wrote a review Sep 2019
Los Angeles, California7 contributions
We had the most incredible experience at Chem Chem. The facilities and location are gorgeous, the accommodations fabulous, the food delicious and the staff beyond compare. Jared and Francis could not have been more lovely and accommodating and we did such fun things - breakfast in the bush with a Maasai warrior, visiting a Maasai village, a walk to Lake Manyara to see the sunset.....all fantastic. And the animals!!! Spectacular. We absolutely can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from ChemChem S, Manager at Chem Chem Lodge
Responded 06 Oct 2019
Dear Nicole, Thank you for writing about your experiences with us, we are delighted to read this and will be sure to share with the team here. We hope to welcome you back soon! Warm salaams from us all at Chem Chem
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slp1001 wrote a review Jun 2019
New York City, New York8 contributions2 helpful votes
We went to Chem Chem for the animals. We fell in love because of the people. Chem chem is a unique luxury safari experience. A spectacular lodge and private semi-Tented yet elegant accommodations set amidst a savannah of free roaming animals. We sat on our terrace while warthogs snorted by, watching wildebeasts, impalas, giraffes and zebras grazing in the field outside our room. The central lodge shares the view of animals while you dine in a stunning space of natural hues and elegant safari decor. What cannot be adequately described in travel guides is the exceptional hospitality you will find at Chem Chem. The managers Shannon, Jared, & Elizabeth were constantly checking in on us, clearly working behind the scenes to ensure that our experience was perfect and exceeded our expectations. Our main dining hosts, John & Francis, were one of the highlights of our time at Chem Chem. They made every effort to provide an outstanding dining experience, accommodated our dietary needs, and served the most spectacular meals we have experienced - both in Africa and the US! They taught us many sayings in Swahili, asante sana! We will always remember playing cards with John & Francis after dinner, while the fire pit glazed and lit up the Savannah, watching the impalas grazing in the distance. It was truly a memory our family will cherish forever. And finally, the highlight of our experience at Chem Chem was spending days and evenings with our guide superior, Mike, who is both knowledgeable and entertaining. We all loved his stories and his gentle manner. We also deeply appreciated our time with Soquenie, our Masai guide who joined us on adventures, introduced us to a Masai family, and provided a unique insight into life in the Savannah. Chem Chem is more than a venue, it is an experience that should be considered a must on a visit to Tanzania.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from ChemChem S, Manager at Chem Chem Lodge
Responded 19 Jul 2019
Dear slp1001, We took great pleasure in reading the beautiful tale of your stay with us at Chem Chem, thank you for taking your time to write about your special experiences with us and the people that made those moments memorable. We have shared this with the team here and we hope to welcome you back soon. Warmest salaams from us all at Chem Chem
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TanzaniaArusha RegionTarangire National Park
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chem Chem Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Chem Chem Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Chem Chem Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Chem Chem Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does Chem Chem Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Chem Chem Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Chem Chem Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.