Singita Faru Faru Lodge
One 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, and 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.
By Susan Hack, AFAR Contributor
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Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Singita has perfected the exclusive safari experience. At Faru Faru Lodge, a member of the AFAR Collection, guests stay in one of eight suites or the two-bedroom villa, have a choice of two pools, and are treated to gourmet meals paired with wines from a cellar that rivals the best in Paris. The lodge is set along the wildebeest migratory route in the Serengeti’s private Grumeti Reserve. Thanks to an on-site equestrian center, June through October, guests can explore remote areas of the reserve on horseback. Once you’ve ridden side by side with a zebra, you’ll never go back to sitting in a 4x4.
By Jen Murphy, AFAR Contributor
An Immersive Safari Experience at Singita Faru Faru Lodge
Singita Faru Faru Lodge (a member of the AFAR Collection) is set in the privately owned Grumeti Reserves—about 525 miles northwest of Dar es Salaam—which allows its guides to lead safaris to view such nocturnal game as the bat-eared fox. The lodge doesn’t skimp on luxuries (there’s a spa and a well-stocked wine cellar), but it’s known for horseback trips. According to AFAR local expert Kerry John-Davis, "I’ll never forget what it felt like to ride alongside a herd of zebra."
Land of the Rhino
In an ideal world, you would wake up in your bed, in the Faru Faru Lodge, to a glorious Serengeti sunrise, and through barely open eyes watch the animals gather at the waterhole through the nearly 40-foot wall of glass that keeps the heat and tsetse flies out. It isn’t such an ideal world, so you instead wake up at dawn and rush out for a morning game drive to watch the rest of the world wake up and stretch in their ‘beds’. It is no surprise that the Singita Grumeti Reserves was recently rated as the World’s Best Hotel by T+L. The location, service, food and guiding are all exceptional. With the most stylish and thoughtful furnishings in all of Tanzania - made to look like a 1950s botanist camp with modern amenities. There even is a “knitting kit” in the room for people with restless fingers and minds. At night, just before I go to bed, I have a shower in the lovely outdoor bath, and hear the roar and grunts of a lion … from exceptionally close by, so I hurry up and get into bed.
Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania