Looks like the Serengeti just got a bit more swank: Singita Serengeti House, an exclusive-use retreat designed for families and friends, has opened in the 350,000-acre Grumeti Reserves in the heart of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Located on the slopes of Sasakwa Hill with top vistas of the endless plains of the Serengeti (which literally means "endless plains" in Swahili), we hear the lodge is Singita’s response to a growing demand from discerning travelers for privacy and flexibility.
Itineraries, activities and meals are tailor made and tweaked as guests dictate the day-to-day pace and rhythm of their vacation according to their interests and needs. Early morning and late-afternoon game drives may be interspersed with swimming or lazing around the pool with a good book, a game of tennis, a cooking lesson in the private kitchen from the resident chef, spa treatments or mountain biking. Making it up as one goes along is part of the magic of taking up residence at Singita Serengeti House. There is a waterhole right in front of the house, which is a favorite drinking spot for general plains game as well as a breeding herd of elephant.
The house accommodates eight people in two suites in the main house and two further guest suites on either side of the main house, connected by pathways from a central pool deck with an 82-foot rim-flow lap pool. There is also a private tennis court, mountain biking and archery. All the suites have spacious bathrooms designed as luxurious extensions to the bedroom and living areas, with outdoor showers and terraces. The private kitchen and resident chef caters exclusively to the needs of the party staying in the house, taking into consideration everything from individual food allergies to favorite cooking styles and flavors.
The house may only be booked on an exclusive-use basis and includes all staff, a private vehicle and a safari guide. Besides guided game drives in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, guests can also do guided walks and horseback safaris. At Singita Sasakwa Lodge, situated less than a mile away, there is also a fully equipped gym, yoga room, spa, and the Singita Boutique & Gallery.
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