Reviews

Our Stay At Chele Chele

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Richard
Feb 25 - Feb 29, 2016

Wow - amazing property with beautiful house and garden. Great views of Kili; perfect for families and a great place for a little R&R! Aziz made sure we had everything we needed and his staff were excellent. We stayed for the Kili marathon and are already planning to go back next year if not sooner.

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Karen
Dec 23 - Dec 30, 2015

My family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Chele Chele Villa. It is situated in a tranquil paradise, conveniently located for safari trips with all the amenities one could want. The staff including Richard, Lomitu, Mwanaidi and Hidaya treated us with kindness and immediate attention to every detail. If we needed anything, it was taken care of right away. The grounds are spectacular and the interiors are beautifully designed. Waking up in the main bedroom is unbelievable with the sounds of many birds, monkeys playing, and the view of Mt. Kilimajaro! The pool below that window is the perfect size and immaculately groomed for swimming all day. Everyone had a wonderful room and perfect baths with good water and pressure! Good internet service, plenty of space for everyone to spread out for privacy but also lots of meeting rooms for fun gatherings. The art on the walls made us feel like we were at home. When asked, we all replied we would want to stay longer and will definitely return to this this special place of beauty. Our host was attentive and helpful with all the arrangements. We even had a tree to decorate for the holidays! Thank you so much for a most memorable family time. The children loved the trampoline, pool and playing on the veranda with their entire family together.

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Rebecca
Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2015

Once again, we had a lovely stay in our favourite spot in Tanzania. Every time we stay at this beautiful house, we leave feeling relaxed and ready to face the heat of Dar again. We have brought many different friends and family members to stay at Chele Chele and it never disappoints. Mwanaidi, Lomitu and the rest of the team ensure that we do not want for anything and Richard is a very attentive manager, always on hand if needed (though he rarely is as everything runs like clockwork!) Looking forward to staying again. And again!

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Cyrille
Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2015

I stayed at this "amazing house" (nickname given among friends) for a second time, this time with my visiting family. The house and the garden are just amazing. Rooms, living room with fire place, terraces, every piece of equipment is high standard, comfortable, and arranged with taste. Staff is friendly and extremely helpful. You can stroll for hours through the immense garden just looking at the diversity of trees and wildlife. I watched birds, my parents monkeys. Beginning of October, jacarandas were blooming: an amazing (again) spectacle. A highly recommended place to relax on Mt Meru slopes.

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Alaina
Aug 28 - Aug 30, 2015

The house and gardens are beautiful, everything is as pictured, even better. The sound system is excellent; you can play music in the living room/outdoors and upstairs in the master bedroom. The staff were extremely helpful; I highly recommend requesting a cook as the meals were delicious! Aziz was a great host and responded to my queries quickly. He arranged for someone to direct us to the house from Usa River, which was very helpful. We would definitely stay here again!

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Stans
Jul 20 - Jul 29, 2015

We zijn door de manager Richard en zijn staf uitstekend ontvangen. De kok heeft ons iedere keer weer verrast met heerlijke maaltijden. Richard was ten alle tijden bereid ons te helpen. Met een bezoek aan de dokter, geweldige begeleiding bij een uitstapje en boodschappen halen. Dit is een prachtig vakantiehuis, op een mooie locatie en met uitstekende voorzieningen. Binnen is een mooie eetkamer en zitkamer met openhaard, mooie slaapkamers en voldoende badkamers. Buiten is een mooie veranda, prachtige tuin met trampoline en een groot zwembad. We waren met 11 personen, waar onder 5 kinderen. De kinderen konden in de tuin heerlijk spelen. Zwembad en trampoline werden veel gebruikt. Het is een prima huis om uit te rusten en uitstapjes te maken. Wij hebben een bezoek gebracht aan Arusha National park, een Maasai dorp en we hebben een geweldige fietstocht gemaakt langs kleine dorpjes. Een echte aanrader voor wie een huis in deze regio zoekt.

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Jennifer
Jul 17 - Jul 20, 2015

The staff at Chele Chele made us feel extremely welcome and worked hard to make us feel at home. We thoroughly enjoyed the lovely garden and surrounds and peaceful atmosphere. Would recommend the Villa to anybody as a first stop to visiting nearby and far off safari destinations in the Arusha region.

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Krista
Apr 8 - Apr 11, 2015

This house is absolutely heavenly. It is actually better than it looks in the pictures. A huge and beautifully maintained property with trees, birds and monkeys. A view of Kili from the veranda. Spacious rooms, elegantly decorated. Everything works and is well thought out. Great for kids - they can explore, swim, play all day while you relax. And the best part is the cook Mwanaidi and other caretakers who make you feel so at home. They were always there to help and make our stay comfortable, and yet they gave us our privacy as well. Wonderful people. Wonderful house. And Aziz was very helpful, giving us all the information we needed prior to arriving. We will be back!

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Steve
Feb 15 - Feb 20, 2015

This house is everything, and much more. The grounds are stunning, and the house is gorgeous. Usa River is a pleasant, attractive area, and the walk to the village and up the hill are about as good as it gets. In other words, you can book this place for a week, and not leave. Mwanaidi, the cook, was fabulous: she was funny, kind, creative and confident in her skills. (Her chapatis are brilliant.) There's a great sound system, a wonderful pool (although COLD!), and the place is very tastefully decorated with a Maasai theme. And when the clouds clear, you can have a stunning view of Mt. Kilimanjaro while you're enjoying your breakfast! Highly, highly recommended.

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Julie
Jan 3 - Jan 10, 2015

What a wonderful house and wonderful experience! I needed a large venue for a reunion of 10 Tanzanians and Australians. I wanted somewhere that was a bit special because people needed to travel long distances to join us. Chele Chele Villa was exactly what I needed. The photographs show the house just as it is. The grounds are beautiful; the house has clearly been been restored with love; it is filled with interesting artefacts from a life spent travelling in Africa; it has lots of space so people can be together or apart as they choose; we used the swimming pool every day. The staff are wonderful--welcoming and helpful. And although the owner is not on-site, he was extremely helpful via email. So, what are the down sides. There are few but they are real --The owner will warn you about the access road. Everything he says about the last 1 1/2 km is true. The trip in and out are not for the faint-hearted or for low slung cars. Ideally you will be driving an old LandRover and be used to driving on washed-out unsealed roads. We did not have our own vehicle , so we relied on transfers to and from the JRO airport and to and from Arusha. If you choose the house partly for the view of Kilimanjaro, you need to know that there is a lot of haze for most of most days, and there were several days when we couldn't see it at all. As compensation, you can usually get clear views of Mount Meru (also impressive). --We had fewer power black-outs and internet problems at Chele Chele in rural Tanzania than in Addis Ababa, but you should expect that they will happen. --In Africa, I regularly feel uncomfortable about living in comfort so close to people living without any comfort at all. So, this is an ideal place for a retreat, or to spend quiet time with friends and family, or to recover from privation. Unless you have an indestructible vehicle, it may not be the best base for daily commutes to Arusha/Moshi or into the 2 nearby National Parks. P.S., the directions to the house are accurate but several people in our group got lost. The locals are very helpful, but if you need help, ask them how to get to Aziz's house (not how to get to Chele Chele Villa, which is not a name many are familiar with) in order to get good directions. Would I come back? In a heartbeat.