The Great Migration, which makes its way through the Singita Grumeti Reserves, has to be one of the top 10 awe-inspiring natural phenomenons. The fact that two million wildebeest and zebra make this same journey on an annual basis is mind-blowing. It is definitely something that should be experienced at least once in a person’s lifetime.
This year from the 1st of September until the 30th of November, guests at Singita will be able to fly into the northern Serengeti, where the migration is at its densest during these months, and be guaranteed exceptional viewings. Accompanied by one of our knowledgeable Singita Grumeti Reserve Guides and a delectable Singita lunch, the day-excursion is conducted in true Singita style.
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Nothing can beat sunset in the bush surrounded by the sounds at dusk on high volume.
Something that we often do to surprise our guests at Singita is to whisk them away to a heart-stopping location, pull out all the stops and present a bush dinner under the stars. Our most recent affair boasted a spectacular location on a mountain top with arguably the best Serengeti view in Tanzania. Transporting everything from the food and the equipment is all part of the occasion and even the smallest detail is considered and planned.
We love the “wow” moments that guests experience in this kind of setting….perched above a vista of the Serengeti, sipping on aperitifs while the sun dips down behind the horizon.
At Singita Grumeti Reserves the Grumeti Fund has established an Environmental Centre. This centre runs an ecology course for the top six grade 11 geography and science students at a given school from the surrounding communities. The course runs for one week and two courses are offered a month, one for boys and one for girls. Each course caters for 12 students and two teachers.
During this week the students focus on the Serengeti ecosystem, the sustainable use of natural resources and other relevant environmental topics that are built into the Tanzania school syllabus.
Some of the topics covered during the course are revision of work already done while other topics are new. All the topics are combined and taught in a way that provides students with a big picture view of the Serengeti ecosystem.
Upon completion of the course all students, most of whom are already active members of their school’s ecology clubs, are assigned projects and the results of these projects are carefully monitored. The best projects and students are then rewarded with scholarships to study further.
Successful projects initiated by the Environmental Centre – but spearheaded by past pupils – include the planting of indigenous trees, the discovery of new water sources and the development of alternative energy sources.
Singita Grumeti Reserves offer guests a series of unique African safari experiences. Singita Sasakwa Lodge overlooks the expansive Serengeti and provides guests with an intoxicating view of the plains. While Singita Faru Faru Lodge sits low on the Grumeti River immersing guests in the surrounding wildlife; and Singita Sabora Tented Camp gives guests the opportunity to experience the romance-infused Africa of a bygone era.
Guests can now enjoy these three very different lodges in five easy steps:
- Fly directly into Kilimanjaro (daily KLM flights)
- Transfer to Arusha and overnight at Legendary Coffee Lodge
- Fly to Sasakwa Airstrip
- Spend three nights at Singita Sabora Tented Camp or Singita Faru Faru Lodge
- Fly to Kilimanjaro for direct flight out.
Experiencing Singita Grumeti Reserves has never been simpler!
Singita Grumeti Reserves boasts an exceptional selection of bird life. There are enough eagles, vultures and other large birds to keep the novice birders interested and an excellent array of smaller birds for the expert birders.
One of the striking eagles guests will likely come across in the Serengeti is the Bateleur eagle (terathopius ecaudatus).
Bateleur is French and it means tightrope walker.
Image courtesy of cyrusbulsara.
If you’ve seen a Bateleur eagle fly you’ll know that this name perfectly suits its unsteady flying style. The eagles always manage to look slightly unbalanced, just like a tightrope walker.
Wildebeest can smell rain over 50km’s away.
All three Singita Grumeti Reserves lodges come complete with their own gyms. This allows guests to ensure that their fitness regime continues in the Serengeti.
The question we get asked most frequently, about trips to the Singita Grumeti Reserves, is:
How do we get there?
The perception that it’s difficult to reach to Singita Grumeti Reserves isn’t true at all. While major international airlines don’t fly directly into Sasakwa airstrip, Singita Grumeti Reserves can still be reached fairly easily.
If you’re an overseas guest, visiting Singita Grumeti Reserves, KLM operates daily flights into Kilimanjaro International Airport.
From here you can:
- Charter a private plane that will take you directly to Sasakwa airstrip.
- Or you can overnight in Arusha and opt for a scheduled flight the following morning
If you opt for the scheduled flight you could be collected at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred, by road, to Arusha where you can overnight at the Legendary Coffee Lodge. The following morning you will fly from Arusha to the Sasakwa airstrip.
Those that like new and authentically African experiences will no doubt enjoy Arusha airport, it really is one of the more delightful local airports. Apart from being charming it is also home to one of the best cups of coffee in Tanzania. If you have time you really have to have a coffee but make sure to limit your intake as there is no lavatory on the small plane from Arusha airport to Sasakwa airstrip.
Just under 10 years ago Singita Grumeti Reserves was a gorgeous landscape but it was completely devoid of game. Illegal poaching and uncontrolled legal hunting had resulted in the collapse of the wildlife population.
The goal with establishing the Singita Grumeti Fund was to generate profit for use in two areas: wildlife conservation and community development.
From the onset of this initiative everyone involved understood that any wildlife conversation efforts would not succeed without the support of the surrounding communities. To be in a position to be able to provide this support the community required education and development; in other words Singita Grumeti Reserves needed to give the community an understanding of conservation and help the community to create a sustainable alternative to the hunting/poaching of game.
From the day the Singita Grumeti Fund was established and into the foreseeable future all profits, including profit generated through tourism, have been and will be used solely to support the Fund. This means that every guest who stays at Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Singita Faru Faru Lodge or Singita Sabora Tented Camp supports the Fund initiatives.
In just under a decade the Fund team, Singita Grumeti Reserve guests and others have – through their hard work, dedication and donations – helped restore the vast majority of Singita Grumeti Reserves resident wildlife population. Through additional and extensive education efforts and the creation of alternative employment opportunities – for those residing around the Serengeti ecosystem – the groundwork for sustainable conservation, in Singita Grumeti Reserves (and beyond), has been laid.
If you’ve stayed as a guest at Singita Grumeti Reserves, you can be proud of what your stay has helped us achieve.
For more information about the various Singita Grumeti Fund initiatives please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Singita Grumeti Reserves consists of two exceptional lodges and one unforgettable camp all situated on a 350 000 acre concession. The area covered by Singita Grumeti Reserves is as large as the Masai Mara but, even so, the number of beds has been limited to 76.
The focus here, as with all Singita properties, is to create the best private bush experience for guests. One way that this is achieved is through the coupling of low-density tourism with high-density game.
The two Grumeti Reserves Singita lodges and Singita camp are located along the famous Serengeti and Masai Mara annual migratory passage. To ensure a unique experience each lodge and camp has been thoughtfully positioned in completely different (and therefore unique) terrain.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is elevated above the plains, Singita Sabora Tented Camp is located on the plains – in the heart of the Singita Grumeti Reserves – and Singita Faru Faru Lodge snakes unobtrusively along the Grumeti River.