The great migration is an ancient phenomenon and it lies at the very heart of the Serengeti ecosystem.
The Great Migrations (image courtesy of La Lince)
Each year (during the months of June, July and August) over two million animals – including over a million wildebeest, half a million zebra and other antelope – migrate north, passing right through Singita Grumeti Reserves from the southern Serengeti to the adjoining Masai Mara (in Kenya), in search of food and water.
They return to the south – to mate and calve – when the grazing in the north is finished and the short November rains (in the south) have begun.
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.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is built on a hilltop and is named after the village chief, Sasakwa, who used to call the hill home. The lodge overlooks the Serengeti plains and the expansive view is the focal point of the main lodge and all the private cottages.
As you pull up to the Singita Sasakwa Lodge entrance, the best view in Africa acts as a backdrop to the foyer. It really is the most unbelievable, awe-inspiring setting and Singita Sasakwa Lodge successfully manages this grandeur, without ever being ostentatious.
At Singita Sasakwa everything – from the individual artworks, exceptional lodge specific décor, the people, the cuisine and the remarkable setting – combines to create an experience that touches your soul.
When you visit Singita Sasakwa Lodge – and you see the Serengeti plains lying below you like a wilderness tapestry – something changes, something shifts.
Sasakwa has an uncanny ability to put everything in perspective. Stress evaporates, smiles flow freely and you once again feel alive. There is a magic present, magic that acts as a reinvigorating energy that flows through every aspect of the experience.
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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
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit Tanzania or, maybe like us, Geography wasn’t your strongest subject at school we’ve included a map of the area.
The Serengeti Conservation Area
Singita Grumeti Reserves is situated South-East of Lake Victoria in the northern part of Tanzania. We operate over an extensive area (about 1500 km’s2) and form a vital part of the greater Serengeti / Mara ecosystem.
Singita Grumeti Reserves is not only an important part of the ecosystem but also a vital buffer between the villagers, who reside around the Serengeti and, the Serengeti National Park.
To create, maintain and improve the nature of this buffer Singita Grumeti Reserves works tirelessly to improve the relationship between man and the Serengeti / Mara ecosystem. With the overall goal being the creation of a sustainable and conservation friendly relationship between the two.
We have decided to focus our May blog posts on Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania. The obvious reason for this is that the famous annual wildebeest and zebra migration passes through our 340,000 acre concession over the next few months.
This month we will be discussing so much more than just the migration, because visiting Singita Grumeti Reserves is such a rich experience that there is no shortage of amazing content. In fact, deciding what to include this month has been incredibly difficult!
We hope you enjoy our month of May blog posts. We’d love to hear your thoughts, either as comments on the actual blog post, comments on the Facebook notes or tweets.
Singita is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the African wilderness.
We believe that our untouched and expansive surrounding and the exceptional selection of wildlife – found in Singita Sabi Sand, Singita Kruger National Park, Singita Grumeti Reserves and the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve (home to Singita Pamushana Lodge) – are among our greatest assets.
We go to great lengths to ensure that the experiences we create, to showcase our beautiful reserves, are sustainable and don’t place undue pressure on the surroundings.
At Singita we live by our mantra and therefore we aim to only touch the earth lightly. This approach ensures that we don’t impose ourselves on nature, we don’t stand above it and we certainly don’t stand apart from it. Instead we immerse ourselves, and our guests, in the awe-inspiring environments surrounding the various Singita lodges and camps.