Singita Sasakwa Lodge is one of 13 properties comprising Singita’s highly impressive portfolio. The company prides itself on providing high-quality accommodation in pristine areas while conserving and preserving these wild surrounds. The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, expertly guided game drives and safari walks, road transfers between the lodge and the Sasakwa airstrip, telephone calls, a valet service, and a laundry service. The lodge is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge is accessed via 10 minutes’ road transfer from Sasakwa airstrip. The flight from Kilimanjaro takes 1 hour 15 minutes, while travellers flying in from Arusha have a 1 hour journey. Sasakwa Lodge is situated in the wildlife-rich Grumeti Game Reserve, on top of an escarpment. The views are absolutely stunning – you can see for miles over the Serengeti’s famous Western Corridor, a key part of the route taken by thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles during the Great Migration!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT SINGITA SASAKWA LODGE:
Guest accommodation consists of ten cottages, and the new one-bedroom Hillside Suite, which becomes available from 1st June 2019. Of the cottages, six have one bedroom, two have two bedrooms, one has three bedrooms, and the remaining one has four. All cottages are English colonial in style, and spaced well apart to ensure ample privacy. The front door opens into a spacious lounge area featuring plush sofas and leather armchairs around a coffee table. There’s a cosy fireplace too, as well as an antique writing desk, television, mini-bar, tea-and-coffee station, telephone, and access to Wi-Fi. Each master bedroom is similarly decorated, with highlights including a four-poster double bed, comfy armchair adjacent to another fireplace, and further writing desk, all under a twinkling chandelier! Any additional bedrooms are slightly smaller but equally well appointed. Every cottage also has a dressing room, complete with a safe and lots of storage space. The washroom has flush toilet, twin washbasins, walk-in shower, and freestanding claw-footed bathtub with shower attachment. The shower and bathtub are positioned to provide amazing views of Grumeti! Returning to the lounge, you’ll find French windows, which lead out onto a private veranda. This is set with lounge and dining furniture, and it’s the location for your fabulous plunge pool!
The new one-bedroom Hillside Suite also has a private plunge pool. Having opened in early June 2019, this option is positioned a short distance from the lodge and has its own access road. Its classic contemporary interiors include an en-suite bedroom for two, complete with African artwork, frameless floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and wide windows. Outside, you’ll find two extended wooden decks and a signature Singita bar-deli, as well as the pool. Guests will be able to dine privately, and they’ll enjoy the services of a private butler. The open-plan feel of the interiors/exteriors will be perfect for yoga, spa treatments, and couples’ massages. And safaris will be conducted in a private game vehicle, with allocated field guide. Something of a romantic retreat, Hillside Suite looks ideally suited to honeymooners or couples on a very special holiday!
In common with the guest cottages, the communal building at Sasakwa is English colonial in style. It’s a single-storey structure with stone columns and slate roofs, approached through a cobbled square with fountain, no less! Inside, you’ll find the drawing room, containing both a lounge and a bar, and featuring very comfortable seating, antique chests as coffee tables, a grand piano, and gorgeous chandeliers. Next door is the billiards room, with a marble fireplace and a bridge table! Delicious meals are enjoyed in Sasakwa’s dining room, which also has a marble fireplace. Typically of a Singita property, the food and drink here is very special indeed. Breakfasts comprise big buffets encompassing an extensive range of hot and cold options, while lunches involve three or even four courses from an à la carte menu. Afternoon tea is served on the lodge’s wide veranda, and you can tuck in to quiches, sandwiches, and tarts as well as traditional beverages. Dinner is a highly lavish affair, and always accompanied by well-chosen wine. Fortunately a well-equipped gym is available for any guest needing to work off a few calories! Sasakwa has a spa too, plus an elegant boutique and gallery where you can browse a lovely selection of arts and jewellery. Children can enjoy the playroom, with its own satellite television and DVD player. And there’s a sparkling swimming pool, fabulous for relaxing in between activities here.
ACTIVITIES AT SINGITA SASAKWA LODGE:
The lodge offers an exhilarating mix of activities! Here’s a summary:
‘Armchair safari’- You can indulge in this pastime on site, simply by taking a comfortable seat and marvelling at views across the plains.
Tennis- Saskwa has its own court, so why not play a few matches in between your safari times?
Archery- Rather unusually, this is another on-site activity, usually enjoyed with one of the expert guides.
Expertly guided game drives- Drives head out every morning and afternoon, and provide opportunities to see a real wealth of wildlife! The Grumeti Game Reserve is home to all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. There are numerous smaller mammal species in residence too. If you visit while the Great Migration is on its way through the region, you can expect thrilling sights of thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles! The best months for this are May and June. However, the reserve provides reliable wildlife viewing throughout the year, and birding is consistently brilliant.
Safari walks- Also accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, safari walks are fantastic for birdwatching and generally for taking a close look at Grumeti’s plant life and insect life. Singita recommends a minimum age of 15 years for this activity, but younger safarists might be permitted to join in too.
Community visits- Excursions to the local community are also available. There are 21 villages in the local area, and a trip to any of these provides some fascinating insights.
Anti-posting observation post visits- Guests can take a trip to anti-poaching observation post OP7, to meet the game scouts and find out about their work. This post offers a beautiful view too!
Children's activities- Lots of things to do for kids are offered, through the Singita Mini Rangers’ Course. These include animal tracking, bush survival techniques, frogging, and more!
Stargazing- At the end of every fun-filled day, everyone can enjoy a little stargazing before heading off to a super-sumptuous bed.
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.