The most contemporary of the five lodging options within the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti game concession, Faru Faru Lodge sits amid dense woodland on the bank of the Grumeti River. Originally inspired by a mid-20th-century botanist’s camp, each wood-and-glass–enclosed suite comes with a private outdoor shower, comfy stuffed sofas, and an artist’s desk equipped with watercolors and colored pencils. General game viewing is excellent year-round; from June to early November, experienced riders can book eight-day mobile horseback safaris on the plains. Guests who want to be close to nature but prefer the security of solid walls between them and wild animals—including lions, elephants, and hippos—will prefer Faru Faru over its colonial-themed and more formal sister, Singita Sabora Tented Camp, where African buffalo might brush the canvas at night. During migration season, the wooded location of Faru Faru is also far more peaceful, being removed (though still within driving distance) from the vast herds of noisy, grunting wildebeest.
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Singita Grumeti’s 350,000 acres, leased under private concession to American hedge fund mogul Paul Tudor Jones, hosts a maximum of just 106 guests distributed among five luxury safari camps and lodges. Off-road driving privileges enable vehicles to follow hunting lions, and guests to take photographs just steps from wild game. Reserve rules prohibit more than three vehicles on a prime sighting such as a leopard kill, but the concession is so vast, and human density so low, that guests will feel they have the wilderness to themselves.
Need to Know
Rooms: Nine suites; from $1,150 per person, including meals and game drives. Check-in: 1 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Swahili-inspired cuisine emphasizes fresh fruit and spices from Zanzibar. A communal lunch is usually served family style on a deck overlooking the river, although private en suite dining is possible. It’s worth requesting a picnic lunch to extend game viewing. Spa and gym: There is no gym or separate spa, but massages are available and there is a shared swimming pool.
Who’s it for: Many guests come to avoid safari crowds in the central Serengeti National Park and to see vast herds of wildebeest migrating though the reserve from June through August. Our favorite rooms: Best for families, room 9 is a two-bedroom villa with a private pool overlooking the Grumeti River. Plan ahead: Tsetse flies in the forest around the camp can be annoying, so bring insect repellent, antihistamines, and tea tree lotion to relieve itching, and, if you are particularly sensitive to bites, garden gloves, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts and a double layer of socks.
Rates include all meals and all drinks, excluding connoisseur wines and French champagne
Land Rover safaris accompanied by experienced guides are included
WiFi and Telephone
Complimentary WiFi access and 220V electricity is available at all the Singita Grumeti lodging options except the Explore Tented Camp. Due to Grumeti's remote location, however, it can be slow and intermittent. At the Explore Camp there is 240 VAC in the main tent only (suitable for recharging electronic devices) and there may be mobile phone signals. Telephone calls are included in rates.
Swimming Pool and Gym
All accommodations except the Explore Mobile Tented camp have swimming pools. The Sasakwa Lodge, Faru Faru Lodge, and Sabora Tented Camp have gym facilities.
Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp, and Faru Faru Lodge have spa facilities. At Serengeti House, in-room spa treatments are available or guests can go to the nearby Sasakwa Lodge. Spa treatments can be pre-arranged at the Explore Tented Camp.
Transfers and Laundry/Valet Services
Rates include transfers to and from the Singita airstrip as well as laundry and valet services
Six 1-bedroom cottages, two 2-bedroom cottages, one 3-bedroom cottage, and one 4-bedroom villa. All have private infinity pools.
Sabora Tented Camp
Nine 1-bedroom en-suite tents
Faru Faru Lodge
Seven 1-bedroom suites, one family suite (accommodating two adults and two children), and one 2-bedroom villa suite (for four adults) with a private infinity pool.
Two suites located in the main house and two suites located on either side of the main house.
Explore Mobile Tented Camp
Six 1-bedroom tents configured to suit each individual group of travelers.