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
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.
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.
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.