Chaka Camps—a collection of boutique tented lodges in Tanzania—has completed extensive renovations just in time for the 2019 Ndutu calving season.
All of Chaka's tents were redesigned and replaced as part of the renovation. The canvas of the total camp was altered from a green to a tan shade, brightening the interiors within the camp. The accommodations have undergone several changes:
- The tents include en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets, bucket showers and hot water on demand
- The bathroom area now has a separate dressing area and more privacy in the shower and toilet units
- Hardwood decking was installed in the bathrooms, and vanities were redesigned to allow for double-sink basins
- Newly designed wardrobes were added
- Furniture in the bedrooms was upgraded and replaced, including brand-new armchairs, bed end units and carpets
- The layout of the new tents allows for direct views onto the Serengeti plains from the bed and for entry to the dressing area from either side of the bed
Of course, more than just the bedroom space was renovated:
- Each tent's verandah was outfitted with a brand-new set of table and chairs, allowing guests to have a morning cup of coffee while spotting wildlife directly from the tent
- The mess tent area was redesigned and expanded, allowing for more space and greater air circulation in both the dining room and lounge; couches and individual seating areas were added to the expanded lounge, and coffee tables were redesigned and replaced
- All cushions and pillows were reupholstered or replaced as were the carpets; the campfire area was also upgraded with new chairs and a portable bar
The makeover of the property took effort from many different Arusha-based suppliers and designers over several months. The 11 new tents were sewn on site at the Chaka Camps office in Arusha and many furniture pieces were constructed at our office complex as well.
In other Tanzania news, Duma Explorer has launched a Tanzania Legends itinerary. The company is donating 5 percent of all bookings of the tour to help support the Mozambique cyclone relief efforts.