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Singita Sasakwa Lodge in Tanzania’s Serengeti


Stay in Tanzania’s Singita Sasakwa Lodge in the Grumeti reserves for the exquisite luxury of this Edwardian manor house coupled with the unrivalled wildlife experience of the Serengeti which includes private viewing of the Great Migration.

Singita Sasakwa is a turn-of-the-century manor house with endless views of the Serengeti plains from the veranda which treats guests to old-world splendour with all the amenities and luxuries that one comes to expect from a luxury safari in Tanzania. For a fully exclusive experience for two, there is also the option of taking the romantic Hillside Suite which offers astounding views of the plains from the deck as well as a private pool, dedicated game drive vehicle, personal Butler and Guide and the option to dine privately in your suite.

However the real attraction here is the fantastic wildlife experience! Sasakwa Lodge is located on the private Grumeti concession which joins the Serengeti National Park and is part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Apart from the finest Big-5 wildlife viewing, this is also the stage of the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world, the Great Migration, where annually more than 2 million wildebeest and 500,000 zebra migrate in a never-ending cycle in search of good grazing and calving grounds.

Families at Sasakwa Lodge

Sasakwa Lodge welcomes families and there are plenty of things to keep the children and teenagers entertained here! Introduce them to the joys of the Serengeti and see their eyes light up with wonder. The guides are fantastic with children and will take them on bush walks around the camp to learn all about the insects and plants they see.

There is also Mini Ranger’s Course which is a wonderful way to engage them and children of all ages enjoy learning things such as tracking skills and bush survival, frogging, butterfly capture (and release), bird and tree spotting and astronomy. At the lodge they can try their hand at baking with the chefs, take a dip in the pool or play tennis, snooker or board games. If the adults would like a private dinner or game drive, a babysitting service can also be arranged.

What experiences are on offer at Singita Sasakwa Lodge?

  • Viewing the Great Migration as they pass through the Grumeti region on their annual cycle to search for good breeding and grazing grounds.
  • Seeing the legendary Serengeti wildlife on game drives, either during the daytime to see species such as cheetah, bearded wildebeest, bat eared fox, Maasai giraffe, lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard, or after dark to see the fascinating nocturnal wildlife.
  • Taking safari walks with Sasakwa’s expert guides and trackers. Tracking animals on foot, learning about their spoor and droppings, noticing the minute details that you may not see from a game drive vehicle such as the insects and plants of the Serengeti, equally as vital to the ecosystem as the ‘Big 5’ and other well-known species.
  • Visiting the local communities with the Grumeti Fund to see how they are improving lives of 21 villages bordering the Grumeti region. They are partnering with the communities to help them meet their own goals of education for their children, water management and personal enterprise developments.
  • Relaxing and unwinding after a busy day in the Sasakwa Lodge Spa. Choose from a variety of treatments designed to restore your body and mind, either in the tranquil Spa which overlooks the Serengeti Plains, or in your own room.
  • Visiting the anti-poaching team at one of their lookout posts across the concession and learn about what it takes to protect a ‘big game’ concession in modern times.
  • Engaging in a range of activities at the lodge such as swimming, tennis, snooker, a personalised wine tasting in the extensive and impressive wine cellar, or stargazing where there is no light pollution and the skies are magnificent.

Conservation at Sasakwa Lodge

The Grumeti Fund has 120 dedicated anti-poaching scouts who patrol the 350,000 acre private concession to protect the wildlife of the Grumeti. They watch the reserve to ensure there are no unwelcome incursions and if something unusual is spotted, this is responded to rapidly by the anti-poaching team who take the necessary steps to protect the Concession and its wildlife.

Community and Environmental Responsibility

The lodge engages and assists the local communities in a variety of ways. One novel idea is a community upliftment programme which provides expert training for enthusiastic young local people to become wine sommeliers. They are also assisting the local villages to provide education, water and natural resource management, and business enterprise development programmes.

Sustainability is an essential part of Singita’s conservation goals and they take their responsibilities very seriously. They have signed up to the ‘One Planet Living’ guidelines since 2016. This comprises seven principles to reduce negative impact and improve their positive impacts in the areas they operate, as well as three principles that ensure that their staff are treated well and that they improve the lives of local communities.

 

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