Category Archives: Singita Grumeti

Pulling Out All the Stops

October 31, 2011 - Cuisine,Experience,Singita Grumeti

At Singita Grumeti Reserves we delight in creating feasts and occasions that will live with our guests forever.  Nothing is more thrilling than a surprise venue and menu for dinner.  Imagine dining under a lamp-lit acacia or beneath the boughs of a large ‘Sausage’ tree (Kigelia africana) or around the campfire with star-lit skies.

Tonight at Singita Sasakwa Lodge, we’re pulling out all the stops.  Grilling lobster from Dar es Salaam, chilling champagne, and setting up a dance spectacle that is certain to enthrall – all as the sun sets.  It doesn’t get better than this – we’ll let the pictures tell the story.

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Stripes Galore

October 06, 2011 - Singita Grumeti,Wildlife

The dam on the plains in front of Singita Sasakwa Lodge was a hive of activity before the rains started in earnest.  Animals trek for miles to reach the waterhole, which is one of the few that offers a good field of view. In particular there have been huge herds of zebra coming in to drink, often wading deep into the water. From around 09h00 through to 17h00 it is always busy.  Sometimes there are smaller herds of impala joining the zebra and often the Butamtam lion pride is found positioned close to the waterhole in the hopes of making a kill.

This striking black and white photography was taken by Lee Bennett, Head Guide at Singita Grumeti Reserves.  To follow wildlife updates from Grumeti Reserves, refer to the monthly Guides’ Diaries posted on Singita’s website.

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A Modern Conservation Model

August 12, 2011 - Singita Grumeti,Sustainable Conservation,Wildlife

From the desk of Luke Bailes, Singita’s Owner and Chief Executive Officer, about Singita’s modern conservation model.

In 2002, the Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund (Grumeti Fund) was granted the right to manage and conserve 350,000 acres of land in the western Serengeti, Tanzania (as a comparison, the entire world famous Masai Mara National Game Reserve in Kenya comprises only 370,000 acres).  The area Grumeti Fund chose to conserve is among the most vital natural habitats left on the planet.  Chief among its wonders is the world renowned wildebeest migration and the multitudes of flora and fauna this strategic buffer zone supports.  By undertaking this project, Grumeti Fund and its supporters hope to conserve one of the world’s true remaining spectacles and thereby embrace former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere’s vision to have “a world in which people and wildlife live together sustainably forever”.


Singita’s involvement with the Grumeti Reserves commenced in 2006 and through the work of Singita’s truly talented management team, the property was transformed and upgraded and now includes 3 expanded lodges and the most exclusive mobile tented camp in the world.   All situated on 350,000 acres of privately managed land.  It is our sincere belief that the only way to protect vast pristine wildlife areas is to practice a model of modern conservation where low impact tourism generates income to assist in funding conservation and community outreach programmes to ensure the long-term sustainability of the reserves.

Without creating this type of virtuous partnership, wildlife will always lose out and the world’s natural wonders will slowly but surely disappear.  If we are successful however, there is no doubt pristine, well-protected wilderness areas like the Serengeti will become truly priceless.

Today, Singita Grumeti Reserves is an unqualified success story.  It has delivered on its most basic promises; to develop the most prolific wildlife populations in East Africa and become the best managed and protected reserve in the Serengeti.  In addition, Singita Grumeti Reserves has been a true leader in the areas of community development and scientific research.

Travel & Leisure, the world’s largest hospitality publication, recently announced the results of its “Top 100 Hotels poll” for 2011 and T+L readers selected Singita Grumeti Reserves as its No1 in the World.  This extraordinary achievement bears testimony to man’s desire to experience authenticity and realness, while we believe at the same time promoting sustainability and a true commitment to conservation.  These qualities together are what we believe makes Singita Grumeti Reserves and the entire Singita portfolio stand out (as an aside, I am also very pleased to let you know that Singita Sabi Sand took second place in this prestigious poll for 2011).

To read more about Singita and ten unique safari experiences in four regions in Africa, spend a few minutes on Singita’s website.

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Top Honours in T+L World’s Best 2011

July 08, 2011 - Awards,Events,Kruger National Park,Sabi Sand,Singita Grumeti

It is with pride and a great sense of achievement that we are announcing an extremely significant award just released this week.  The readers of America’s leading travel magazine “Travel + Leisure” have for the Travel + Leisure 2011 World’s Best Awards, declared Singita Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania, as no. 1 in their worldwide “Top 100 Hotels” poll.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce this news – and not only have we scooped up the 1st place but also Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa, has been ranked as No. 2 Hotel in the World overall.  But there’s more – we are also extremely proud that Singita Kruger National Park secured the winning slot for Best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East.

The awards are featured now on TravelandLeisure.com/worldsbest and will appear in the August issue of the American Travel + Leisure magazine (due for release on 22 July).  The survey results are based on readers’ ratings.  Properties were rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent, according to selected characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, and value.  Hotel spas are rated on the basis of their ambience, treatments, service and value.

Singita Game Reserves featuring in the coveted Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards follows on from Singita Pamushana winning the 2011 Tourism for Tomorrow Conservation Award last month demonstrating that our tourism development and operations have made a tangible contribution to the conservation of nature.

To read more about the Singita model of modern conservation and our recent recognition in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 please refer to our media release.

Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania

Singita Ebony Lodge, Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

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Singita Faru Faru Lodge, Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania

Singita Lebombo Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa

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When the Sun Sets at Singita Explore

June 01, 2011 - Accommodation,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Safari,Singita Grumeti

The last of the entries in the ‘Safari Brothers at Explore’ series.  Now James and Marlon are back at their postings at Singita’s private concession within South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park.


Ending the day under the stars at Singita Explore and tucking up under canvas was memorable in so many respects.  Written by James Suter.

Each evening at around 07h30 pm Ed, our guide, started heading back to the Explore camp.  As we drew closer we could see tiny lights in the middle of the endless darkness.  We were welcomed with a refreshing towel and cocktail and headed toward the campfire to share all the stories of the day.  The warmth and attention of the staff each night made us feel as if we were amongst friends sharing adventures and laughing at some of the days’ events.

Watching the moon rise in the vast expanse of sky above us was a sight to behold.  Nights out on the Serengeti plains in Tanzania were alive with fascinating sounds and the smell of the camp barbeque tempted our appetites.

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The Wild Side of Singita Explore

May 25, 2011 - Safari,Singita Grumeti,Wildlife

Singita Explore (mobile tented camp set up on the plains of the Singita Grumeti Reserves), through the eyes of James Suter and Marlon du Toit (Safari Brothers), professional guides at Singita Kruger National Park.  A life-changing adventure!

(Photography by James and Marlon)

Game drives in the Grumeti concession differ from those in South Africa, and Marlon and I took some time before we realised this. Every time we head out onto the plains and our guide stops, we immediately grab our binoculars and start scanning the landscape. As we start spotting animals, which one always does every time one looks around, we start calling out the names of the different species.

This is really exciting as not only are a lot of these species new to us but the abundance of life is astounding. We managed to tick off many new species of birds, Aardwolf, and saw lions climbing trees, which we are told is a very common habit of the Butamtam pride.

Once again the wealth of game including massive herds of eland, topi, zebra, giraffe and elephants blew us away. One of the most enjoyable moments for me was getting out of the vehicle and watching the sun set over the Serengeti amongst hundreds of animals.

Keep up with stunning photography on the Singita Facebook page…more to come.

To book Singita Explore, please take a look at our introductory offer available through 15 December 2011.

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Mornings at Singita Explore

May 24, 2011 - Accommodation,Africa,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Singita Grumeti

Safari Brothers experiencing the adventure of Singita Explore….James Suter shares his morning moments, waking up to the smell of fireside-brewed coffee and glorious sunrises…

We awake in the morning at our Singita Explore tented camp filled with excitement, listening to both sounds of the Serengeti plains as well as the early morning sounds of the Swahili staff preparing coffee on the fire. Typical mornings include a 06h00 wake up call, hot shower and then as we step outside the tent we are greeted by the most magnificent Tanzanian sunrises.

Quite remarkable and eco-friendly, each sleeper tent is equipped with a 20 litre bucket that is used for the shower, and this provides 10 luxurious minutes of shower time – or more if needed.  Hot water is made via a volcano pressure boiler, and is fuelled by recycled “green” energy.

After thrilling morning game drives, heading back to camp to enjoy a sumptuous cooked breakfast is all that is on our minds.  A table is set up for us out in the open in front of the camp, with shade provided by a large acacia.  Right by our table, staff prepare generous portions of eggs and meats to satisfy our ravenous appetites.  We could stay here forever!

Nothing like the smell of filtered coffee brewed over the coals and a crisp morning chill in the air – James Suter.

Take a look at more amazing sights that we are capturing on camera….follow the account on Singita’s Facebook page all week.

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Safari Brothers Explore the Unexplored

May 23, 2011 - Accommodation,Experience,Safari,Singita Grumeti,Wildlife

Tanzania is one incredible place! The vast spaces and dramatic settings absolutely blew our minds.  The excitement levels grew as we flew over the Serengeti; we looked out of the small aeroplane and we could see the herds starting to make their way slowly NW towards the Singita Grumeti concession.

Our Singita Explore tented camp was set up in one of the more remote parts of the concession, giving one a feeling of freedom and genesis. On our arrival we were greeted by the notoriously friendly Swahili staff and greeting “Jambo!”. We tried to get our heads around the fact that we were in the middle of the Serengeti, with endless grasslands dotted with the familiar acacia species. Not only were we in this surreal place but also our accommodation was a tent fit for a king.

Although back-to-basics and in true camping-style, the tents are equipped with anything and everything one’s heart could desire; luxurious camp cots, hot showers and comfortable lounging wear and furniture. All is prepared within seconds upon request. The experience is hard to put into words; embraced by absolute luxury, yet at the same time feeling what it might have felt like to be the first people to set foot in Africa – exploring the unexplored.

I will never forget this experience – to feel so close to nature amongst herds of zebra, impala and giraffe; going to sleep with them and waking up with them.  This is an experience that is truly life-changing – not just an opportunity to explore this amazing part of Africa but an opportunity to explore one’s self.

Written by James Suter, Guide from Singita Kruger National Park

James Suter and Marlon du Toit (AKA the Safari Brothers) are both professional guides and work in the heart of the Kruger National Park at Singita’s Lebombo and Sweni Lodges.   This week they went up to experience Singita Explore in Tanzania and are now documenting the adventure through their eyes; the eyes of the Safari Brothers.  Follow the entire adventure on Singita’s Facebook page.

You’ll be in awe of their astounding photography.


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A True Safari – Singita Launches Singita Explore

May 04, 2011 - Events,Experience,Lodges and Camps,Promotion,Safari,Singita Grumeti

For the past years Singita has been observing how travellers have evolved.  We are recognizing the ever-increasing demand from discerning travellers for private travel, the utmost exclusivity of a destination, and the ability to access nature in a close and meaningful manner.

With this in mind, Singita is launching a transformational new travel concept – Singita Explore, a return to the very essence of safari.  This exclusive mobile camp is designed for minimal environmental impact,  treading lightly on 340,000 acres of private reserve, offering en-suite canvas hideaways that restore true adventure to days in the wilderness.

The camp will be sold on an exclusive use basis only, available year round, and this back-to-basics mobile camp only operates within Singita Grumeti Reserves.  Comprising 6 tents and 2 mess tents the camp will be placed in remote parts of the reserve, guaranteeing closeness to wildlife and untouched landscapes, and is hosted by a private guide, camp host, chef and camp staff.

Singita launches Singita Explore 1 June 2011.  For information about the introductory promotional offer, contact our Reservations department at enquiries@singita.com.

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Quintessentially Caesar

April 15, 2011 - Cuisine,Singita Grumeti

Something easy and special from the Singita Grumeti Kitchen.

Roast Chicken Caesar Salad

Serves 4

Everyone’s favourite classic Caesar with delicious roast chicken turns it into the perfect main course.

1 Lemon and herb roast chicken

4 boiled eggs (8 minutes), peeled and cut into quarters

3 slices white bread, crusts cut off and cubed

Fresh Parmesan

Lettuce greens (classic uses Cos lettuce but mix it up according to preference)

Caesar dressing

Olive oil

Seasoning

Drizzle bread with olive oil and bake in a moderate oven until golden. Cool and then put into a mixing bowl with chicken, lettuce,  tablespoon finely grated parmesan, a  little dressing and drizzle of olive oil; lightly toss. Place on a platter or in individual bowls followed by the boiled egg with extra dollops of dressing.  Using a peeler make Parmesan shavings and place on top. Serve.

Caesar dressing

½ cup Homemade mayonnaise

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon Capers, chopped fine

40 ml Parmesan, finely grated

Juice of one lemon

3 Anchovy fillets

Combine all ingredients – for smoother consistency, blend.  Refrigerate until needed.  Should last up to a week.

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