Serengeti House. Singita Grumeti. Tanzania
Why we love it
Serengeti House is a relaxed and unpretentious home on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill in the expansive 140 000 hectare Grumeti Reserve. This remote and remarkable reserve forms part of the Greater Serengeti. The Serengeti has 25 species of carnivores, 40 herbivore species, 600 bird species as well as a a wide range of primates and prolific plant life. There is an abundance of wildlife throughout the year, but during June and August it peaks when a million plus wildebeest and zebra migrate through the reserve. This is the Great Migration and has given The Serengeti its status as a World Heritage Site.
What to expect
Unpretentious, serene and inviting with quality fittings, the 4 en suite bedrooms accomodate 8 guests. Each of the rooms has indoor and outdoor showers as well as private viewing decks. There is a large dining area and indoor and outdoor lounge areas as well as a 25m infinity pool and tennis court. Serengeti House overlooks a waterhole.
What to do
The main activity is to go on game drives with the experienced guides and find cheetah, buffalo, black rhino, leopard, elephants, hippo and an abundance of general game. You can also join a balloon safari across the plains of the Serengeti. At nearby Sasakwa Lodge there is an Equestrian Centre with eighteen schooled horses for outrides as well as archery, lawn croquet, mountain biking and tennis. The Singita boutique & gallery stocks a range of African artifacts and curios. The House also has access to fully equipped gyms.
Kids The lodge staff are available to help with babysitting, provide suitable meals and also to entertain children of all ages. The exciting Mini Rangers' Course opens up a whole new world to young explorers.
The good news
The Grumeti Trust was started in 2002 and employs nearly 650 people to run the lodges, estate activities and outreach programs. It has been instrumental in developing small scale businesses and farms in the region which now provide the lodges with vegetables, beef and pork. The Trust also offers 65 bursaries each year to students from the local community and specifically for the children of staff. It runs in house training and also supports an exceptional conservation team under Brian Harris which runs anti-poaching and a rhino relocation intiative.
When to go
The area can be visited throughout the year. The Peak game viewing is from June to September when the plains provide grazing to the vast herds of wildebeest and zebra of the Great Migration. From March to May the plains experience dramatic African thunderstorms. Being close to the equator, and at a high elevation of approximately 1 400 metres, the temperature at Singita Grumeti Reserves are relatively consistent with usually mild temperatures.
How to get there
The lodge is reached by charter aircraft from Arusha or Dar es Salam.