Set on the banks of the Grumeti River, Singita Faru Faru Lodge offers guests the opportunity to experience an ever-changing show of congregating wildlife without leaving the lodge’s contemporary viewing decks.
Thousands of wildebeest and zebra pass through this part of the Serengeti during the migration season, drinking from the water holes in front of the lodge. Guests can also enjoy this quintessential walking safari destination on foot, trekking the dry sand river bed below canopies of tamarind, wild fig and acacia trees in search of exotic flora and fauna.
Nestled under a canopy of trees on a gently sloping hill, Faru Faru is reminiscent of a botanist’s camp of old, quietly blending into the undisturbed landscape. The lodge’s breathtaking surroundings inspire its contemporary, light-filled spaces, making for an informally elegant atmosphere. The eight suites and two-bedroom suite offer guests total relaxation and comfort with neutral tones, stone and canvas that bring the outdoors in. Huge picture windows and private decks with Swarovski spotting scopes allow for optimal viewing of the wildlife visiting the watering holes and rivers throughout the day and night. Children of all ages are welcome.
Guests of Singita Faru Faru Lodge can enjoy game drives, wildlife walks, archery and mountain biking. Or you may choose to be pampered in the elegant spa or relax in the heated infinity pool. The main lodge offers an airy dining room, lounge, bar, shaded rivers and beach, viewing decks and the Singita Boutique & Gallery. WiFi and direct US telephone connections are available to guests.
Guided open-air Land Rover wildlife safaris along the Grumeti River or out on the plains are an excellent way to experience the Serengeti. Guests are often surprised by the wonderful sounds that come to life in the bush — a raucous rush of baboons or the rare Colobus monkeys, an elephant ambling through a grove of trees or the windswept sigh of tall grass as a herd of zebra make their way across the plains. During June and July, guests can enjoy the annual wildebeest migration that passes right through Singita Grumeti.
Whether you dine indoors or under the majestic canopy of trees arching over the Grumeti River, you’ll enjoy gourmet offerings and fine wines from the Singita cellars in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. As with the rest of the lodge, Faru Faru’s steel cutlery, beautiful recycled glassware and textured linen tablecloths take their cues from the spectacular surroundings, perfectly blending natural and modern elements.
Singita Grumeti plays an active role in conserving the wildlife that make this part of the Serengeti home. Environmental education has been identified as a top priority in helping the country address the effects of climate change and the destruction of biodiversity. The Environmental Education Centre was opened on the reserve to educate young school children and to ensure that local communities experience the benefits of preserving the wildlife and natural environment of the reserves that they border, and are so encouraged to play a role in their preservation. They’ve also taken the lead in creating programs to support the local community, establishing a number of sustainable agricultural projects including vegetable gardens, bee keeping, fish farming, a piggery and a sunflower oil initiative. The Grumeti Fund Scholarship was established to provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged individuals in neighboring communities.
Singita Faru Faru is located in Singita Grumeti in the Serengeti, Tanzania. The best route from the US is to Nairobi via Europe, then to Kilimanjaro (KLM flies this route daily through Amsterdam). The closest airport to Singita Grumeti is Kilimanjaro International Airport, about 60 miles from Arusha, where most visitors overnight before continuing by scheduled plane to Singita Grumeti. From Kilimanjaro or Nairobi, local charter companies can also provide short flights to Singita Grumeti.