The bold yet softly elegant combination of Scandinavian simplicity expressed through traditional African craft underpins the striking update of Singita Faru Faru Lodge, which reopens in the Serengeti next week. Danish interior design was the starting point for the exquisite reimagining of the lodge which fuses clean, streamlined spaces with warm, tactile elements and honours its astounding wilderness setting.
While minimalism highlights the architecture of a space through industrialism and functionality, the Danish aesthetic brings ease and comfort to a similar sense of simplicity. This approach is less about the space itself and more about how one lives in it, using natural textures and materials to create rich, cosy layers throughout the lodge. The work of local artisans who have handcrafted furniture, fittings and objets in every room provides the perfect complement to this restrained design philosophy.
Shaped organically with its main focus on the waterhole below, the new architecture of the lodge makes a bold but enchanting statement, enhanced by the creative use of locally-sourced natural materials. Raw timber, natural clay and screeded floors will be subtly offset by chrome fittings and hints of black. The new-look lodge will boast a back-to-basics colour palette of bone, ivory, nude and clay, perfectly combining rustic and real bush appeal brushed over with a fresh and clean-lined modernity allowing animals and nature to take centre stage. Touches of the clean, crisp geometry of African tribal pattern add to the contemporary feel and nods towards the evolution of modern design on the continent.
Design inspiration (not actual interiors)
The main living and dining areas will be more expansive, with new enclosed dining and lounge areas creating calm places of retreat from the shimmering plains of the Serengeti. An interactive kitchen will add a new dynamic to the dining experience, while open seating areas will all be pulled forward for closer engagement with nature. New central areas, including a signature Singita ‘bar-deli’ will encourage guests to come together to drink, eat and enjoy the breathtaking views.
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is set in western Tanzania, where guests have exclusive access to 350,000 acres of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem; the renowned migratory route traversed by millions of wildebeest every year which is protected by the dedicated conservation team at the Grumeti Fund. The lodge is built on a gently sloping hill with spectacular views of this iconic landscape and diverse wildlife populations which thrive here all year round. The extraordinary change to Faru Faru’s architecture and design, and its incredible wilderness location, make the lodge an unmissable stop on any bucket-list Serengeti safari.
Singita Faru Faru Lodge reopens on 19 December 2018. Make a reservation now »