Chem Chem Safaris “Chem Chem is, in essence, a love story. It is one of open spaces, big skies and a shared dream. It began with a chance meeting between Swiss Fabia Bausch and French-born Nicolas Negre at a time when both were reviewing their lives. A mutual passion for freedom, privacy and the wild beauty of the African bush led them to northern Tanzania, a place Nicolas knew intimately. It was here he had lived for 15 years filling a hunger for adventure that had stirred in him as a child in Albi, France. Fluent in Swahili and a sought-after guide with his extensive knowledge of the African wilderness, his focus was now the plight of the African elephant, target of ruthless poachers. Fabia, after years in the corporate jungle, was seeking to create a more fulfilling life, one with more meaning and less frenzy.
Both of them envisioned a conservation haven where all – the wildlife, the people, the land – would be respected. That dream became a reality in the form of the Chem Chem – Burunge Wildlife Management Area (WMA), a place of boundless beauty between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. It is home to all that fuels Fabia and Nicolas’ passion. An ancient migratory route for animals to freely move. A luxurious safari sanctuary where visitors can slow down to age-old rhythms. A community to help conserve and protect all the wilderness, not least those most majestic yet most vulnerable of creatures, the African elephant. A place of meaning where education and opportunity can lift peoples’ lives.
Chem Chem is testimony to their shared vision and values. The merging of Fabia and Nicolas’ different paths has resulted in a place that is both beautiful and purposeful. Come share it with them…”
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Chem Chem Lodge “On the eastern edge of Lake Manyara lies a place of unending loveliness. Here is Chem Chem Lodge, ‘the sunset camp’, luxurious without being lavish. You arrive and immediately feel an affinity with the space, the silence, the serenity. You feel the echoes of a vintage safari lodge as urban stresses melt away. Nowhere does The Lodge impose, but rather blends in with the unfenced wilderness that stretches on all sides. This exclusive retreat rests on the far western border of a exclusive wildlife concession which forms part of the Burunge Wildlife Management Area that runs between Lake Manyara and wildlife-rich Tarangire National Park.”
Little Chem Chem “All your senses come alive and you know this is Big Game country. It’s the scent in the breeze, the roar in the night, the padded paw-print in the sand – the wildness is all around you. Little Chem Chem – also known as “sunrise camp” – offers the raw drama of the East African bush in a very private setting. This gem, on a 16 000ha exclusive concession, adjoins the Tarangire National Park, famous for its towering baobabs, and overlooks the serene Lake Burunge.”
Forest Chem Chem “Find a place where the rustling of the trees, the warmth of the fire and privacy of a camp all to yourselves set the scene for an unforgettable African experience. Immerse your senses in the wilderness all around and enjoy the freedom of a personal bush camp. ‘Kuungana’ means ‘to connect’ in Swahili and this is the essence of Forest Chem Chem. The camp has been designed to bring people together over the warmth of a crackling camp fire. It is a place for families and friends to connect with each other, with the bush, with Africa and with themselves.”