Photo courtesy of Singita Grumeti
A World of Wine
The Singita company has been recognized as one of Africa's leading wine collectors, with over 20,000 bottles in their South African lodges alone, many limited-edition or rare finds. Guests of Grumeti can choose from extensive lists (or, if you are at Sasakwa, visit the temperature-controlled cellar), and set-up tastings or info sessions. If you spot something special, the Singita Premier Wine Direct service can pack it up for you or ship it home.
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Up in the Air
One of the best ways to get a feel for the scope of the Serengeti — and for the size of some of the roaming herds — is with a hot air balloon ride. The Singita Grumeti properties can organize an early-morning float over the plains, timed to sunrise, followed by a five-star breakfast in the middle of the bush.
Don't miss a visit to Singita's Environmental Education Centre, set up for the communities of the surrounding villages. At regular overnight camps for local teens, the Centre teaches the importance of conservation and low-impact tourism, and gives them eco-friendly skills they can implement when they return to their villages.
A highlight of a Grumeti stay is a visit to some of the area villages. In some of the ones closest to the reserve (which are where many of the staff live), you can meet with locals who participate in Singita's sustainability and agricultural programs, and check out private farms and the community farmer's market. Farther afield, guests can visit area elementary schools, or stop by a traditional village to meet with elders and learn about their way of life.
For the Mini-Adventurers
Though the age requirements vary between the Grumeti properties (Sasakwa and Faru Faru take all ages, for example, while some of the tented camp are ages 10-and-up), there is plenty at all the properties to entertain the younger set. Tailored activities include archery, arts and crafts, and star gazing sessions, and baking classes with the chef, while the Mini Rangers Course teaches skills like bush survival techniques, butterfly capture and release, identifying animal tracks, and more.