Where to begin, there are so many wonderful words that describe Chele Chele Villa – stunning, refreshing, elegantly comfortable, the perfect place for some R & R and as a base for exploring Tanzania. Whether you want to reflect on the adventures that you have had or contemplate the exciting experiences to come while on safari or just take in the beauty of one of the loveliest places in East Africa, your stay here will be a highlight of your travels.
Driving through the gates of the property is like entering a lush botanical garden with bougainvillea, orchids and an abundance of African flowers and plants. There is also a beautiful in-ground swimming pool. A check of the tree tops reveals many colorful birds as well as a variety of monkeys. There is a walking trail around the perimeter of the property that provides wonderful views of the slopes of Mount Meru and the surrounding countryside.
The villa itself as well as the three cottages on the property are tastefully decorated with an African flair by the owner. Each piece of artwork has been carefully chosen for its uniqueness and authenticity. Every piece of furniture has a fascinating story. You can lounge on the verandah with a steaming cup of coffee in the morning or a cool drink in the afternoon, in awe of the sight of majestic snow-covered Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. There is good WiFi and a substantial library with books of various subjects relating to wildlife, as well as the history and the culture of Tanzania and its people. As the night air cools down, you can curl up with a good book by the large open fireplace in the living room.
The staff at Chele Chele is so welcoming and friendly. They look after your every need and make sure that you are comfortable and feel at home. They keep everything immaculately clean. If you choose to have your meals provided, the food is amazing and so delicious – wonderful curries, soups, fresh fish, delicious baked items and so much more.
Chele Chele is the perfect place for individuals, for families with children and for groups of friends travelling together. It is conveniently close to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) and to Arusha National Park, a smaller, more intimate park and one of my favorite places for wildlife viewing. You are close enough to go Arusha for some shopping or dining, yet out of the noise and hustle and bustle of the city. If you want to go to some of the other national parks and reserves further afield, I highly recommend using the local company, Tandala Expeditions. I have had them book my travels throughout Tanzania for many years. They are EXCELLENT in every way!
You won’t regret choosing Chele Chele Villa for your holiday. I have been there numerous times and can’t wait to be back there in 2020!