"Best of the Serengheti"
02/27/14 Jean R Wenham, Massachusetts
Having stayed at many safari lodges and camps, I can say with confidence that this property has the very best of accommodation and service that the area has to offer. The wildlife populations vary according to time of year, however, this is a private reserve and great care is taken to protect the wildlife here. The staff is excellent and friendly and the facilities are lovely. The view from the main lodge and cottages is breathtaking. There is a swimming pool, equestrian facility, gym, spa, daily game drives, walking safaris, etc. We arrived here hot and dusty following two weeks of game drives in the bush at various other tented and permanent camps. This place is an oasis in the park. Our laundry was done immediately. Should someone arrive lacking in safari gear, the on-site shop(s) can provide whatever one needs, from polar fleece for chilly mornings and evenings to jewelry and Masai footwear. The boutiques can also arrange for packing and shipping of artwork purchased here. There are articles from a variety of African nations sold here. I had a fabulous massage in the spa here as well. Every effort is made to ensure that guests are well taken care of and happy. Thank you to Tansy, Brad and our butler, Joseph! Well done! Also a thank you to our very sweet guide, James. Thanks for all of the elephant action! Thank you to the fabulous chef who fed us excellent food at every meal.
"Bucket List Worthy Views & Experience"
02/05/14 beastloose New York City, New York
For my complete review, including pictures visit my blog: http://theeyetravels.blogspot.com/2014/01/singita-sasakwa-lodge.html First stop, Sasakwa Lodge for two nights, I would say this is by far the most gentle safari experience of the three Singita lodges that we stayed at in the Grumeti. Perched on a hill, Sasakwa Lodge has a birds eye view of the grand Serengeti plains. The view is nothing less than stunning, it takes your breath away, and it.. is... memorizing. It's a vision that seduces the eye, leaving you no choice but to surrender to its magnificent glory. This dreamlike scene just yearns for your long gaze. It's easy to lose yourself, and hard to imagine that you could ever tire of that majestic vision of the vast plains and abundant nature. After the trip was complete I found that Sasakwa was truly the best first stop on our tour of the Grumeti, it's captivating to see the grandeur of the place that you're in, before you dig deep into its nooks and crannies. And it gives you great perspective on the adventure that you are about to embark upon. I will tell you that a picture will never do it justice, because you can't breath the air, hear the sounds of nature all around you, and feel the gentle pink warmth of the sun slowing creeping above the horizon. Sasakwa is definitely the most elegant and regal lodge, with its old-world charm and antiques. Let's just say it's not difficult to turn away from the view and gaze into the opulent manor house. In my case it was a constant back and forth, a true feast for the eyes. The lodge has a unmistakeable old wealth/British royalty vibe, and it would be impressive to see this manor house in any first world country, let alone in the middle of the Serengeti!! It boggled my mind to think of how they even built it...of course I asked, I had to. It took between 2,000-3,000 people, 12 months to build Sasakwa Lodge. I truly appreciate every detail that went into making Sasakwa what it is, a masterpiece. You can see that it's a labor of love, and a homage to the decadent and luxurious things in life. Yet I must say that with this type of luxury and opulence a certain kind of guest is attracted, luckily there's more than enough space to be secluded at most times. I felt so happy and blessed to be able to appreciate Singita through the eyes of a young woman born and raised in the inner city of Buffalo, NY, because Sasakwa deserves that kind of gratitude, which from the looks of it, may just be another day in the lives of some of the other guests. But then again, I'll be the first to say, never judge a book by its cover. The only problem with Sasakwa is trying to figure out where you should go after your trip. Where do you go from here? What could better or even equal? The lesson is don't peak too soon, because once you visit the Grumeti Reserve you'll never be the same. For more visit: theeyetravels.blogspot.com
"A Mild & Luxurious Safari Experience: The best I've had."
02/02/14 AlonsoFB Mexico City, Mexico
Singita Sasakwa was the last stop of a 10 day Safari that took us through Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania and it was the place we enjoyed the most. Singita locations set the bar when it comes to high-quality, luxurious safari experiences and Sasakwa must be at the top of that list. The price is worth it, as you will truly be staying in one of the world's best lodges and receive personalized service. Also, the guest lodges are one of a kind and truly evoke a previous era of Eastern Africa. The common areas in the main lodge are impecable and it's worth spending a day inside the lodge. Meals where amongst the best we had on our trip. Sasakwa's location provides the best view of the reserve as it is situated on top of the most dominant hill in the area. Game viewing is a delight as you can freely move around the terrain at your liking (it's a private reserve) and plan your day's objectives with trackers that talk are always in contact with Singita Staff members and almost certainly will be able to spot what you're looking for. While most of the staff was amazing, our tracker had a bit of an attitude and wanted to do things his way during the game drives. However, after talking about it with him and briefly going over the plan for each game drive, we got our way. Lesson: be sure to communicate with the staff about how you want things, they'll most certainly accommodate you. We had a good time meeting a few of the other guests, while at the same time feeling total privacy. On our next visit to East Africa we'll close our safari with a 4 night stay in Sasakwa.
"AT HOME, IN AFRICA"
12/10/13 Eduardo B Los Angeles, California
Singita Sasakwa is, without question, the most sublime travel experience I have had. And, that is even before experiencing the majesty of the Serengeti and its wildlife. The joy of Sasakwa is experiencing luxury that is free of pretense, obsequiousness and over-statement. From the impeccably and authentically appointed lodges and rooms, to the genuine warmth of each host, to the exquisite food and wine, Sasakwa reminds us that there is no greater luxury than being at home. And, that is the experience and feeling that Sasakwa delivers in spades. High on a hill, you appreciate the vast expanse of the Serengeti in a way that, surprisingly, makes you feel more connected than removed. On the "floor" of the Serengeti, the expert guides deliver an intimacy with the animals that reminds you how much more we should connect with and respect nature. At home at the lodge, you can do nothing but connect with yourself and your travel companions. As one, the Sasakwa experience is about recalibrating our appreciation of our place in the world. My partner and I, after leaving Sasakwa, could only say of past and future travel experiences: "we've peaked!"
"Luxury on the Grumeti Reserve"
10/26/13 Toni W Jupiter, Florida, United States
Our time at Sasakwa was magical. This place felt like home with all the comforts you could ask for. We enjoyed everything from the game drives to the delicious food! I was able to get a horseback ride out on the plains and I wished I had done that more. This place is breathtaking! A must visit.
"The perfect place to end your safari"
10/19/13 leopardloverWales Wales
We have been to Singita lodges before so we knew that Sasakwa would be wonderful but nothing prepares you for the magnificence of this place. Situated above the Serengeti plain the view is amazing and being high up means you are not bothered by flies or mosquitos. The individual cottages are superb with their own infinity pool and fitted out with everything you could possible want. Nothing has been spared to make you welcome and comfortable from the smiling faces when you arrive, to the attentive but not intrusive staff to the wonderful guides. The food is delicious and so beautifully presented whether it is at the lodge or produced from the back of the land rover out on the plain. The monkeys obviously think the food is delicious as well as they were always hanging around at breakfast and lunch time before being chased away by the staff. The game drives are a joy as the vehicles do not have to stay on the road so you can get "up and personal" with the wild life. We followed two lioness and 8 cubs for quite a while and then waited to see if they would hunt. Unfortunately one the cubs must have got bored and decided to make his own run forward, I'm sure he was in real trouble with the lioness as the whole herd of wilderbeast ran off. It was far to soon time to leave but even on the way to the airstrip we were luck to see a male lion lying just off the road snoozing in the sun, our driver turned off the road and pulled up close to him. This is one place that should be top of your places to visit
"Singita never disappoints!"
10/07/13 Colleen A Orlando, Florida, United States
We have statyed at several Singita properties and I can honestly say that Sasakwa is our favorite. Situated in the Serengetti, the location is perfect and the quality of accommodation and service is second to none. Each lodge has its own infinity pool and the interiors are luxurious and comfortable. The quality of food is truly memorable and the staff are friendly and helpful. We highly recommend all of the Singita properties but there is something just a little "special' about Sasakwa!
"The Perfect Vista"
09/27/13 GaryTaylor143 Johannesburg, South Africa
Probably the most breathtaking vista one could hope for. You could literally sit on the verandah for hours, and soak it in. The staff were outstanding, and the cottages wonderful. Only criticism was that the management could not secure a balloon ride for us despite being in the park for 10 nights. Superb chef, who puts in a lot of effort - really tasty, and something for all tastes. The horse riding was SO much better than regular places. Riders well matched to horses and a very personalized experience. Great saddles and an awesome ride past 10 species, including lion.
"Perhaps the best holiday - EVER"
09/23/13 PaulaandDavidEvans Colchester, United Kingdom
My husband and I have just returned from perhaps the best place on Earth. We had planned for a long time to go on a horse back safari and was recommended (by a friend) to try Sasakwa Lodge. We were not sure how good it was going to be until we actually got there. The level of service was way higher than anywhere else we have been, and we have been fortunate enough to travel frequently to to many excellent places and hotels around the world. We were surprised to find that the meal menu presented to us at each meal was designed around my husband's rather unusual 'vegetarian' diet (he eats chicken breast, mince and sausages and not too many vegetables). The Lodge is completely a part of the Reserve, not fenced in at all so the animals wander in and out at their leisure - therefore, at night there is a escort service to and from your sleeping accommodation to keep everyone safe from the 'visiting wildlife'. We stayed at the lodge for two splendid nights then moved on to the "Explore Tented Camps - Maji and Lion Rocks - both for two nights each. The camps are designed to use as a base for further safari exploration, either by vehicle or, as in our case, horseback. The campsite was far more luxurious than we had imagined - running cold water and solar powered electricity to each tent - there were a total of six tents at each site (very substantial tents with mosquito net "windows" and mosquito net around a very comfortable double bed with luxury sateen linen. The bathroom area has flushing toilet, running cold water to hand basin and a "bucket" shower for when you get back from your dusty safari. As with the Lodge, the tents are completely a part of the Reserve so there are escorts to see you to and from your accommodation tent after sunset, to keep everyone safe. The camp sites are for exclusive use of your group - you do not share the site with another group or groups - therefore, as it was only me and my husband on this trip, we had the site to ourselves, hosted and staffed by 18 of the nicest people you could meet. The food was superb, considering it was prepared in a camp kitchen and cooked either on the briar or the camp fire - including home made bread and puddings !!! The horse riding side of the holiday, again, surpassed our expectations. The horses were fit, strong and steady with endless stamina and courage. We were paired up with a suitable horse to meet our riding ability (a form had to be completed on booking our holiday setting our previous/current riding levels and experience). Depending on the amount of riding you wanted to do - either a morning and afternoon or just morning, our guides, Martin and Ali took us to places the usual Game Viewers could not reach and we were able to canter among the animals (wildebeest and zebra, etc) A totally thrilling experience that will stay with me forever. As were are slightly more advanced riders than some of the guests the guides had had previously we were able to cover vast areas of the Reserves and were able to be the first to venture into the Ikorongo Game Reserve which they had just been given temporary permission to enter, on horseback, as a trial period - this was extremely exciting and Martin and Ali had not ventured into that area either and it was one big adventure for everyone - there were huge herds of Zebra and Buffalo! Again, as the camp site was exclusive, so were the rides - just my husband and I, Martin and Ali as the guides and two grooms to act as another couple pairs of eyes to look out for any danger. Martin carried a rifle at all times (which he has never had to draw thankfully) just in case we found ourselves in a sticky situation. I really cannot say enough GOOD about this trip - we are already planning to return next year with two of our daughters !
"Fulfills its excellent reputation"
09/16/13 liseuc Connecticut
We are already planning our next Singita property trip. An experience here is exquisite from start to finish, with its beautiful surroundings, gorgeous spacious rooms, unsurpassed service, and well-presented food. Excellence.
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