Among the many unique aspects of Singita Explore, a private-use tented camp on the plains of the Serengeti, is its flexibility. Specifically designed to take advantage of the changing landscape and wildlife activity, the tents are moved throughout the year to give guests the best possible experience of this epic piece of wilderness.
Singita Explore is particularly appealing to those in search of an opportunity to connect up-close with the earth and wildlife in a way they have never done before. A private guide, chef, camp host and staff make every wish a reality; activities can be arranged on a whim and game drives may be as long or as short as you choose.
With 350,000 acres of northern Tanzania to discover, Singita Explore is a return to the simplicity and authenticity of safari life but without forfeiting the creature comforts or attentive service one would come to expect from Singita. From October to February, the wet summer season, the plains are green and abundant with wildlife. Guests enjoy long, hot days with cooler mornings and evenings; the ideal combination for enjoying sunrise and sunset game drives and long, lazy afternoons with a good book.
As you will see in this lovely short film, early mornings are especially beautiful, as the dew glints in the grass and the fire is lit, making soothing pops and crackles. The vast and unspoilt Serengeti stretches out before you as the sun rises on another glorious day in this incredible part of the world:
Our Vimeo channel is a great way to get a glimpse inside our 12 lodges and camps, as well as catch up on wildlife news and sightings from recent game drives. You can also watch this video to see how the design and decor of Singita Explore was inspired by its location and the colours and materials that surround it.
Donna Patterson, Chef at Singita Serengeti House, reflects on the first days with guests at Singita’s newly opened homestead on the plains of Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania.
The recent opening of Singita Serengeti House was an exciting time for all involved. Carefully guided by Boyd Ferguson, master creator at Cecile & Boyd’s, who has thoughtfully directed design strategy for Singita for almost two decades, Singita’s latest project was no less a marvel.
As everything came together in the last few minutes before opening, in a bloom of dust the magic helpers disappeared and a vehicle full of delighted guests pulled up. We were open!
Serengeti House oozes the opulence of a locally-styled East African home. Guests walk in and immediately become part of the family. There is a wonderful feeling of ‘arriving at your own private homestead’, derived from the serenity and beauty of the location and the stature of the house on the plains of Grumeti Reserves.
Guests are treated to one of Serengeti House’s top attributes of it being entirely private and secluded from anyone or anything else on 350,000 acres of private reserve. The home hosts its own tennis court and pavilion, 25 metre infinity pool, four plush bedrooms and endless living areas for relaxation at any stage of the day. There is also a waterhole just in front of the house, which has become a favourite drinking spot for general game as well as a breeding herd of elephant.
The food at Serengeti House is personalised to guests’ requests and we tend not to use a menu. As the chef, I interact directly with the guests throughout their stay and discuss their meals with them. The food is locally sourced, healthy and styled around simple but robust recipes. All of the guests enjoy the ‘family-style’ dining which entails the kitchen team preparing platters of food and serving it in the centre of the table. Be it delicious cakes for afternoon tea, banana bread and coffee before the sun rises or a fresh lobster braai (BBQ) to end off the day, the food is designed and catered to whatever whim is the preference of the group. The kitchen is also part of the home and guests are more than welcome to pop in at any time and get their hands messy with the chefs.
I know that wonderful memories will be created here and return visits have already been mentioned among departing travellers.