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Chem Chem Lodge

Italian Vogue meets the African bush

Chem Chem Lodge

When Nicolas Negre and Fabia Bausch first dreamt of building a safari camp they wanted their guests to experience something of a ‘Slow Safari’ – a place to see, feel and smell Africa in all its glorious Technicolour. Fast forward to 2011, when Chem Chem first opened its doors, and that’s exactly what they’ve created. The sophisticated, eco-luxury camp sits in a 50,000 acre concession just outside Tarangire National Park meaning guests can do pretty much as they please. So if it’s long, ambling walks in the bush, massages at sunset and champagne with your (mind blowing) game viewing that you want, don’t miss Chem Chem off your bucket list.

At the lodge

The hotel

Straight off the pages of Italian Vogue, the stunning main area is safari chic down to the last perfectly placed vintage throw. We’re talking sumptuously squashy leather armchairs with jaw dropping views to the water-hole and escarpment, coffee-table tomes atop distressed wooden furniture and effortlessly fabulous artwork on the stone walls. Next door is the enormous dining table where Michelin-star (really!) meals are served with aplomb. At the swimming pool, a handful of sun loungers rest under billowing fabrics, just calling out for a G&T.

The rooms

Earthy, sophisticated and totally private, the eight canvas, wood and stone rooms are splendidly simple with brass fans, linen sheets and vintage writing desks adding the perfect finishing touches. Not just a bed in a tent, you also get a dressing room, reading corner and private patio with chaise long for the ultimate ‘Out of Africa’ moment. And the delights don’t stop when it comes to the bathrooms, with indoor and outdoor showers and egg-shaped baths to sink into at the end of the day.

On safari

Experiences

Activities at Chem Chem are, quite simply, unforgettable. How about exploring the private concession on foot, venturing into Tarangire or Lake Manyara in open 4 x 4s, walking with the Maasai or discovering the conservation work Nicolas & Fabia are actively involved in? Then, when you think it’s all over, how about a helicopter or balloon flight over the rolling savannah and a private champagne dinner for two… This is romance, adventure and a classic African safari all rolled into one wonderfully original ball.

When to go

Lake Manyara by month

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Wet

December

Season: Wet

Wildlife


Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its flamingo-laden waters, where the pink glow of thousands of birds blankets the scene. But the lake also has an incredible diversity of other species, with vast herds of buffalo, zebra and wildebeest congregating in the area. The landscape ranges from ground-water forest, to grasslands, acacia woodlands and hot springs all converging on the lake itself. Stay in the park and explore further afield, encountering more than 400 different species of bird, and if you are persistent, a lion draped across the branches of an old mahogany tree.

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