Looking for a different safari experience? If the idea of cantering across the plains of the Serengeti alongside herds of game, appeals to you then a Singita Grumeti Reserves riding safari is definitely just right for you. Enjoy the thrill and adventure of a three day riding safari, led by experienced guides, operating between the grand Singita Sasakwa Lodge and breathtaking Singita Faru Faru Lodge.
Choose from an exceptional herd of 18 well-schooled horses – consisting of South African Boerperds, Thoroughbreds and a variety of cross- breeds – ranging from 15hh to 17hh.
Tack made from top quality leather is included and English, Western or South African trail saddles are available. Riding equipment including breeches, Jodhpur boots, gloves, full and half-length chaps, riding hats and back supports are available for use.
The Singita Equestrian Centre offers a bush adventure with a difference and we’ve even designed this experience to ensure that non-riding partners can join in the adventure. Your partner may not ride but they can still experience the magic of the Serengeti through game drives and exceptional lodge facilities while you’re out on horseback.
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.
For more information please visit our website.
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.
The impala and baboons enjoy an interesting symbiotic relationship. When you visit Singita Grumeti Reserves you’ll seldom find one without the other.
Image courtesy of zrim (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3104/2761905984_fa0e144804.jpg)
The baboons are, by their very nature hyper vigilant and therefore if they think anything is amiss they alert the impala. The impala are not as vigilant but while they graze they stir up all the insects and bugs. This makes it significantly easier for the baboons to catch their meals.
The impala are responsible for catering while the baboons handle the security detail.
A ‘friend’ in Kiswahili is a: rafiki
Keeping past students inspired, and therefore actively involved in improving their surroundings, has been key to the success of the Singita Grumeti Fund Environmental Centre and the course it offers.
Students who attend the course already belong to an ecology club in each school that participates in the course.
The best ecology clubs – in terms of projects, involvement etc – are rewarded and the best individuals, within these clubs, are rewarded further. This creates healthy competition both between the different clubs and within the clubs where the ultimate benefactor is the environment.
So far, a total of 132 students and 22 teachers have taken part in the course. The Singita Grumeti Fund Environmental Centre is still in contact with each and every one of these students and teachers. In fact, the 22 teachers recently took it upon themselves to organise a meeting where they discussed: who was doing what, what was working and why it was working.
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.
Five critically endangered eastern black rhino, from South Africa, arrived in the Serengeti yesterday as part of the ‘most ambitious wildlife relocation in East Africa over the past 50 years’.
This project – spearheaded by the Singita Grumeti Fund in collaboration with the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and the Frankfurt Zoological Society – aims to relocate a total of 32 eastern black rhino over a two year period.
To ensure the rhinos’ protection during the relocation process, and the project’s long-term sustainability, an elite Serengeti Rhino Protection Unit has been established. This unit is comprised of 23 carefully selected and trained rangers.
For more information and images please visit http://rhinos.singita.com.
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!