Chem Chem Lodge

Set on a private wildlife concession between Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, Chem Chem Lodge comprises of an opulent main building designed to resemble a flamingo about to land and 8 exquisite tented suites carefully arranged to ensure maximum privacy.

Interiors are vintage in style, evoking the magic and romance of early explorer safaris. Expect large leather chairs, a well-stocked library and fireplaces in the restaurant and lounge areas. Amenities and services are purely 21st century however, with a sparkling outdoor pool nestled beneath shade trees and a sumptuous day spa which offers a range of massages and beauty treatments.

Chem Chem Lodge guests have a wide range of experiences to choose from during their stay, ranging from watching the iconic flamingos of Lake Manyara to looking for the renowned tree-climbing lions in the surrounding national park. Neighbouring Tarangire offers impressive scenery and wildlife with some of the largest baobab trees in East Africa as well as a huge elephant population. You can choose to view these parks from the ground in a 4WD or from the air in a hot air balloon or helicopter. There are also a range of authentic cultural interactions that can be had, from local school visits to walking or running with the Maasai.


How to get to Chem Chem Lodge

Guests are able to fly from Kilimanjaro, Arusha or Lake Manyara to the Kuro Airstrip. The 1.5 hour transfer from airstrip to lodge is essentially a game drive as it passes through some scenic wilderness areas.

Activities at Chem Chem Lodge

  • Game drives in Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks
  • Walking or running with the Maasai
  • Cultural village or school visits
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Helicopter scenic flights

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Chem Chem Lodge Highlights

  • An atmospheric vintage-style safari lodge in a remote private wildlife concession
  • Set between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks
  • Opportunities to see the Lake Manyara’s famous flamingos and tree-climbing lions
  • View Tarangire’s beautiful baobabs and huge elephant herds
  • Authentic cultural encounters with local tribes including the Maasai

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Lake Manyara Accommodation

Below are some of our preferred tented camps and safari lodges in the Lake Manyara region. Please contact us to tailor accommodation options to suit the style of your trip and your budget.

Featured Private Tanzania Sample Itineraries

The following tours are private, independent and can be easily customised to suit your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin designing your personalised Tanzania experience.

Tanzania Overview

Why Tanzania: Few places in the world can offer the immense diversity and quantity of game found in Tanzania, nor the ease of viewing it. Tanzania is also the arena for the great wildebeest and zebra migration and has some of Africa’s most stunning scenery.

Game Viewing: The best time to visit is November to May when the wildebeest herds amass on the Serengeti’s southern plains. Feb/Mar is when the herds are calving. The dry season (Jun to Sep) is the best time to visit Tarangire and the Selous.

Culture: With some 120 tribes, Tanzania is culturally very diverse, with peoples ranging from the Nilotic Maasai to Hadza bushmen, the Makonde (famous for their wood carvings) and Swahili-speaking coast-dwellers, some descended from Arabs.

Climate: Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000 ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between Nov – May as isolated showers. The low-lying Rift Valley is much hotter (30°-35°C), while the coast is hot and humid. The Ngorongoro Highlands can be cool to cold at night.

Combine With: Kenya. Most visitors arrive via Nairobi in Kenya so it is easy to combine parks in the two countries. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is an extension of the Serengeti and the wildebeest migration can be found here in September/October.

Getting There: You can fly via Johannesburg in South Africa then north to Nairobi in Kenya. Or fly via the Middle East to Nairobi. We can organise road transfers from there to Arusha, the “safari capital” of northern Tanzania; alternatively, you can fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

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