Singita Sasakwa Lodge is one of 12 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:
Guest accommodation consists of nine cottages and a four-bedroom villa. Of the cottages, six have one bedroom, two have two bedrooms, and the remaining one has three. All buildings 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 heated infinity pool!
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, perfect for relaxing in between activities here.
The lodge offers an exhilarating mix of activities! On site, you can indulge in a little ‘armchair safari’ – that is, taking a seat and marvelling at views across the plains. You can play tennis too, as Sasakwa has its own court, and try a little archery with one of the expert guides. Game 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 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. Visits to the local community are also available, and you can take a trip to an anti-poaching observation post to meet the game scouts and find out about their work. Lots of children’s activities are offered too, through the Singita Mini Rangers’ Course – these include animal tracking, bush survival techniques, frogging, and more! And at the end of every day, everyone can enjoy a little stargazing before heading off to a super-sumptuous bed.