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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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.

Chem Chem Lodge

Set on a private wildlife concession between Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, Chem Chem Lodge comprises eight exquisite tented suites.

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge

Kirurumu Manyara Lodge features 27 tented guest rooms that are simple yet comfortable, and breathtaking views of Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley floor.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

The only permanent luxury lodge in Lake Manyara National Park, Lake Manyara Tree Lodge is a collection of magnificent tree houses built on stilts nestled in ancient mahogany forest.



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Tanzania Overview

What is the best thing to do in Tanzania?
A wildlife safaris is an absolute must as Tanzania is one of Africa’s great wildlife destinations. Witnessing tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the Serengeti is an unquestionable highlight, whilst the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the natural wonders of the world. A trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – Mount Kilimanjaro – is a bucket-list experience for any adventure enthusiast.

What is the climate like in Tanzania?
Much of the Serengeti is over 5,000ft so temperatures vary between 22°- 29°C. It is generally sunny and windy, with rain falling between November and 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.

How do I get to Tanzania?
There are only two European airlines – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Turkish Airlines – that fly directly into the country. Otherwise, flying via the Kenyan capital of Nairobi (where far more major airlines fly to including British Airways and Air France) is another option. From here travellers can then fly to numerous airports in Tanzania.

For travellers coming from the United States at least one stop is required. The easiest airlines for connections are either with KLM or Qatar Airways via Doha. From Doha there are also direct flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

What can I combine Tanzania with?
Tanzania is often combined with other countries including neighbouring Kenya or either Uganda or Rwanda for a trek to see the gorillas. A few days on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar is a very popular way to end a Tanzanian safari.

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