A safari with a difference is to be found at Chem Chem Lodge overlooking Lake Manyara. The owner operators have pioneered the concept of the slow safari, which offers inspiring game viewing, walking safaris and cultural activities at a gentler pace, allowing time for authentic immersion in the African bush. The private wildlife concession stretches between Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara and is a migration corridor for plains game. Game drives into Tarangire discover its resident elephants and majestic baobab trees, or go running with a Maasai guide, relax with a holistic spa treatment, and enjoy sundowners on Lake Manyara for a personalised African experience.
The eight stylish suites are built from a combination of canvas, lava stone and wood to create a spacious and elegant haven, with views through trees to Lake Manyara from the day bed on the private verandah. Simple contemporary decor focuses on natural materials for understated chic and comfort, with a big bed, writing desk, comfortable chairs and woven rugs on the smooth floors. The ensuite bathroom has a huge tub set in the window, both indoor and outdoor showers and double vanities. Zebra, giraffe and warthog wander past on the wide plain beyond the sheltering trees.
Tall sweeping thatched ceilings over the main lodge embrace the view over the waterhole to the lake. An atmosphere of welcoming hospitality from the owners and staff pervades throughout, from comfortable sofas, leather chairs and contemporary rustic pieces to the peaceful swimming pool and cozy library, where wifi is available. Excellent food is served in a different scenic spot each evening.
Guests set their own pace, whether they want to walk through the bush with a guide, learn to track animals, go running through the savannah escorted by their Maasai guide, visit a local school, watch flamingos on Lake Manyara as the sun sets, enjoy a bush breakfast or set off on a full day safari through the Tarangire National Park. Interesting and knowledgeable guides and the personal input from the owners make Chem Chem a memorable experience, ideal for discerning safari travellers who want a personalised approach and a deeper insight into the real Africa.
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