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.
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.
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.
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.