Destinations Tatler’s Travel Editor Is Dreaming Of: Singita Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania
Beneath a wooden roof, a stage of day beds and a huge fire pit drops down to reveal the star turn – the view of the seemingly unending savannah, framed by an infinity pool that overlooks a nearby watering hole where zebras and elephants come to drink. Surrounded by 350,000 hectares of wild and open country, it never fails to spark so much joy, where you can just sit in silence and smile at the perfection of the natural world here. The serenity of the decor – blond woods and grey walls -is a blend of rustic charm and rarefied elegance at the four-suite Serengeti House. And with staff on hand, tennis courts and its own spa, not to mention access to one of Africa’s most extensive wine cellars, it’s no surprise that Singita attracts the world’s most powerful movers and shakers, including Oprah Winfrey and the Clooneys.
Serengeti House Spa
Here, the food is fabulous, as is Bernard, a guide who imparts incredible knowledge while tracking leopards or pouring sundowners surrounded by grazing zebras. There is also a helipad and an air strip nearby, in case you fancy flitting to the Mara River to watch the earth’s greatest natural spectacle of the wildebeest migration.
While over at the grand mansion on the hill, Singita’s other property on the reserve, Sasakwa gives off a romantic, old-world elegance, with its wicker armchairs, striking African art, mahogany four posters and warm ocher walls, which feels straight from the pages of a Karen Blixen book. But to really imbibe the sheer drama and joy of a safari, nothing beats spending the night under canvas. At Singita Explore, a collection of six sumptuous tents, it’s the distillation of the very best with gorgeous linen, divine bush suppers, steaming showers and hot-water bottles in your bed. But it’s never just about style and luxury with Singita (although they do it so damn well), ultimately they exist to preserve the environment and its most endangered creatures, funding the protection of 1 million acres of land across the continent with the groups’ 13 properties, where they actively encourage guests to spend time with the anti-poaching team or learn about deforestation and water conservation with local students. This is a place with true soul and purpose. singita.com