With such a vast array of wildlife riches on its 350,000 acres, the experience of staying at Singita Grumeti engraves itself on the soul of every visitor.
This exclusive area of the Serengeti is open only to guests of the Reserve’s lodges. Built in the style of a turn-of-the-century East African ranch house, the sumptuous main lodge of Sasakwa offers guests breathtaking views, delicious cuisine and memories that will last a lifetime.
Luxurious air-conditioned guest cottages amid landscaped gardens epitomize the ease and style of a bygone age. Sasakwa Lodge has 10 spacious cottages ranging in size from one to four bedrooms. Every cottage features a lounge and fireplace, veranda with Swarovski spotting scope, dressing area, en suite bathroom, heated infinity plunge pool overlooking the endless space and colors of the Serengeti, wireless Internet access and satellite TV. The entire lodge may be booked for groups or families. Children of all ages are welcome.
Sasakwa will quickly feel like home with its dining room, lounge and bar, garden room, TV and playroom, reading library, billiards room, wine cellar and the Singita Boutique & Gallery. Guests enjoy the fitness center, mountain biking, archery range and worldclass tennis and equestrian facilities. The spa features a steam room, relaxation area, hydrotherapy tub, gym, yoga room and therapy rooms for treatments. Many treatments can also be conducted in guest cottages. A heated infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi are located alongside the spa. WiFi is available.
The Serengeti is well known for the annual wildebeest migration when two million animals move around this 17,763-squarekilometer ecosystem in search of grazing and water. The predators follow the wildebeest and zebra closely and a Serengeti safari is an ideal opportunity to view lions and other big cats. Professionally guided activities include game drives in open vehicles and walks. No matter the time of year, guests can always enjoy the reserve’s teeming wildlife, including impalas, warthogs, topi, gazelles, hyenas, lions, leopards, cheetahs and caracals.
In keeping with the concept of a manor home experience, elegant dining takes place in the dining room, the verandas, the front lawn, the garden room, the library, the tennis pavilion and the equestrian center. Menu items are based on modern international cuisine, prepared with fresh, local ingredients, herbs and spices and presented with great creativity and flair. Fresh dishes feature succulent range-fed beef, lamb, chicken, pork and daily variations of vegetarian fare, and seafood is flown in from the Indian Ocean, as well as Lake Victoria daily. And in true manor house style, a wide selection of wines, champagnes and sparkling wines from the Old World and New World wine regions are available.
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 Sasakwa 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.