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.
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.
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.
Singita is a collection of nine luxury lodges and camps located in three different countries – South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe – all situated on the African continent.
Every Singita lodge and camp celebrates the awe-inspiring raw beauty of the African wilderness. Each lodge and camp is ensconced in the most profound settings and all nine have been constructed to coexist with, rather than overpower, their surroundings.
At Singita we pride ourselves on our ability to create exceptional and memorable experiences for our guests. Our focus on sustainable tourism ensures that the every Singita guest has the opportunity to return, year after year, to the breathtaking Africa they first fell in love with.
There is a significant amount of depth, soul and magic that combine to make Singita the ultimate luxury African safari experience. It’s impossible to sum this up in one blog post but, hopefully over the course of a few posts (or more), we’ll be able to impart a fraction of what makes Singita so remarkable.