The Mara River flows from the Mau Forest in the Rift Valley, across 13,500 km2 through Kenya and into Tanzania, before draining into Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. The river is a vital source for grazing animals nearby and, as such, forms an important part of the annual migration route that cuts a swathe through the Serengeti.
On its banks stands Singita Mara River Tented Camp, a new generation eco-lodge that operates entirely off the grid and is built from mainly natural and recycled materials. The lodge consciously seeks to eliminate the unnecessary use of energy and non-biodegradable materials while helping guests to make an authentic and meaningful connection with nature that leaves behind a lighter footprint.
The concept and design of the camp encourages constant engagement with the wild, from the way that tents are positioned on the edge of ‘hovering’ decks, so that one is slightly elevated, to the fly sheets that allow guests to sleep with the main tent flaps open, while being protected from inquisitive insects. The decor is a celebration of contemporary African design that offers a sense of laid-back luxury; a pared-down approach to the quintessential Singita safari that doesn’t compromise on any creature comforts.
Situated in the Lamai triangle, the northernmost tip of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Singita’s 98,000 acre concession offers guests abundant year-round game viewing, with high concentrations of resident plains game, big cats and elephant in addition to the Mara River’s large populations of crocodile and hippo. Remote and unspoilt, Singita Mara River Tented Camp is the epitome of sustainable tourism and a shining example of Singita’s vision to preserve and protect Africa’s wilderness areas for the benefit of future generations.
Watch the camp come to life in this video snapshot that will take you flying high over the Serengeti and up close to this fine example of sustainable tourism:
Take a look at the design details of the lodge in this blog post or watch interior designer Boyd Ferguson of Cécile & Boyd explain the creative inspiration for this slice of “East African bohemian chic”.