Chem Chem Lodge

Family friendly tented suite safari

Lake Manyara, Mdori, Tanzania, Africa


Located on the classical Northern Tanzania circuit, and set on its own vast private nature reserve between Tarangire and Lake Manyara, Chem Chem Lodge is a stand out option for those looking for a luxury tented safari twinned with home comforts. Two thirds of the properties’ territory is made up of the lake itself, and its famous tree-climbing lions have become legendary. Here one can experience a slow safari, exploring by foot, on horses or in a safari vehicle - observing the lives of the African wildlife or visiting small villages to discover the rich culture and typical lifestyle of a local community.

Rooms: 8

Opening year: 2011

Last renovation: 2022


  • Re-established the ancient Kwakuchinja migration corridor which resulted in the invaluable return of the African elephant after an absence of nearly 40 years.
  • Providing financial support to the anti-poaching patrol team of 38 rangers. Through the SMART data collection system, patrol team records accurate and reliable data of all movements and incidents to crack down on illegal activities in the Kwakuchinja corridor. The SMART data collection system helps in analyzing both data and maps, and simplifies the process of monitoring the joint patrol team.

Community interactions:

  • Across Chem Chem's properties, more than 140 team members from the surrounding communities have been given opportunities and training benefiting their families and extended community for over 1400 people
  • Currently supporting six VICOBA (Village Community Banks) groups with a total of 180 members, the majority of whom are women. With access to financial services a crucial component in empowering rural households and reducing poverty in the region, we assist village saving groups with seed capital as well as initial training on how to run their businesses and trainee training (TOT)
  • Within the Burunge Wildlife Management Area supporting the infrastructure of local public schools by renovating and improving classrooms, teachers’ houses and school toilets. Also supporting the provision of educational materials, and offer scholarship programmes for high-performing students. The CCA has donated a school bus to shorten the eight-kilometer commute to school and, in collaboration with Tanzanian conservation authorities, have supported the delivery of environmental education in 10 villages

Certifications: USAID, WIldPhilantropy

Management: international owner, local management