Singita Sasakwa Lodge rambles along a rocky promontory perched above the rolling plains. It is among the most deluxe accommodations ever built in East Africa - and one of the most expensive.
The entrancing view from on high is an ever-changing tapestry of grasslands, clouds and wildlife as they move across the landscape. The view within of long elegant hallways and inviting sitting rooms is faithful to the architecture and furnishings of the most splendid colonial era homes. Were Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa, to arrive at Sasakwa today, she would recognise a spot imbued with the same aesthetic that she lavished on her beloved home in the Ngong hills outside Nairobi.
The Grumeti Reserve is 1500 square kilometres in extent, privately owned and run as a non-profit - so the money generated here goes back into local community initiatives, anti-poaching and conservation. Both Sabora Tented Camp and Faru Faru are found within the Grumeti and both are luxurious but neither as opulent as Sasakwa.
Built in the style of an English manor house, Sasakwa resembles a classic East African house of the colonial era. The main single storey building is vast – with wide sweeping verandas, stone columns and slate roofs. The main building has a wide shady veranda, furnished with wicker furniture and comfortable chairs. On a good day you can see vast distances across the Sabora plains and during the migration season it can be a feast for the eyes and ears.
Sasakwa has an impressive lounge and bar called the 'drawing room' where high ceilings, chandeliers, and antique furniture blend with leather to create a grand, old-world feeling. Singita is renowned amongst the well-heeled so if you ever get there, don't be surprised to find yourself rubbing shoulders with famous personalities who expect nothing but the best - and this is where you will find it!
Next door is the billiard room with wood-panelled walls, a marble fireplace and a couple of bridge tables and chairs if you are looking to pass some time in a relaxing manor - while enjoying 19th-century landscape paintings.
The dining room at Sasakwa Lodge is a spacious room with high ceilings, dark wooden floors dotted with Persian rugs and gold Victorian wallpaper - and the food is of the same standard as the rest of the lodge - some of the finest in the world. A stunning painting of a hippo hangs above the marble fireplace, just like you would find in an English manor house.
There is also a children's playroom with a DVD player and satellite TV, and a shop where you can find pieces of art, handmade glass and beautiful jewellery.
The bedrooms at Sasakwa consist of seven large individual suites, varying in size from a one-bedroom suite up to five-bedroom suite where families have maximum privacy. Each has their own private plunge pool, a veranda, a lounge area.
The activities at Sasakwa Lodge consist of 4x4 game drives, safari walks and night drives. All of these are with the lodge's guides, who are well-trained, some of the best in Tanzania. There are also lodge-based activities such as tennis (there are two courts here), billiards, badminton and archery. A well-equipped gym has running machines, bikes, weights and gym balls, and a separate yoga room. There's also a spa where you can enjoy massages and a variety of beauty treatments.
Rates are fully inclusive - per person sharing per night
From $2 625.00 low season - to $3 625.00 high season plus park, conservation fees
Incl all activities, beverages, meals, laundry & airstrip transfers