- Stunning elevated location
- Private reserve
- Luxurious, extensive facilities
- Premium service
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is a deluxe property in a stunning hilltop location overlooking the vast, rolling plains of the Serengeti National Park, Northern Tanzania. Situated within the 350,000 acre privately owned Singita Grumeti Reserve, there’s a dense concentration of wildlife to see including vast herds of wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, cheetah and the famed ‘Big 5’.
From its elevated setting on Sasakwa Hill, the main house blends opulence and comfort in a traditional colonial style, with its spacious veranda boasting unrivalled views of the Serengeti plains below. Extensive communal areas include a large swimming pool, luxury spa, gym with superb views and tennis courts. There’s also a gift shop, library and television room, billiard room, lounge and bar. The cuisine at Sasakwa Lodge is excellent and fine wines are served from the property’s award-winning cellars (private tastings can be arranged).
Activities include daily game drives, guided safari walks, and the private nature of the reserve means that night drives are also possible. Note that the lodge operates communal rather than private safari activities, with guests sharing vehicles. However, private vehicles can be arranged, albeit at additional cost. Sasakwa’s equestrian centre offers horseback safari for experienced riders; archery and badminton are also available and cultural visits to local communities are encouraged.
The accommodation comprises nine private, luxuriously appointed cottages with one, two or three bedrooms, and one four bedroom villa. Every bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower. All cottages have their own veranda, private infinity pool and lounge area. Facilities are comprehensive and include air conditioning, fans, direct dial telephone, safe and CD player.
Children of all ages are welcome, with a children’s playroom and babysitting service available. For safety reasons, participation of children below 15 years of age in game activities is at the discretion of the guide. There is plenty to keep younger family members busy on site, including swimming, archery, tennis, baking with chefs, guided walks around camp, face painting, and arts and crafts. The Mini Rangers Course teaches children more about their surroundings, introducing them to butterfly identification, animal tracking, flower pressing, astronomy and bush survival techniques.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge’s spectacular setting, excellent facilities and premium service are reflected in its high end prices. However, for those looking for a sophisticated safari experience with luxury and comfort a priority, a stay at Singita Sasakwa Lodge is hard to surpass.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019