Singita Faru Faru | Serengeti Camps & Lodges
Singita Faru Faru is one of our very favourite lodges. Run by Singita, the lodge is the lovechild of Paul Tudor Jones (a billionaire who runs them as his playthings!) and Faru Faru can be counted as probably the best safari lodge in Tanzania. One of three of their supreme properties (Sasakwa and Sabora being the others) it forms part of the private Grumeti Reserves, situated in the west of the Serengeti.
Singita Faru Faru Camp – The Facts
Faru Faru is located in the private Grumeti Reserve in the western Serengeti and is home to Sasakwa and Sabora Tented Camp also owned by Singita. This area of the Serengeti is accessible on schedule flights from Arusha and other areas in Tanzania. The reserve is private, meaning the only vehicles you will see on your Tanzania safari are from one of the 3 Singita properties and is thus a wonderful lodge from which to take a Serengeti Safari.
Because it’s a private park you can night drive, horse-ride and walk. A modern interpretation of a classic safari lodge, it has intimacy, luxury and excellent guiding in spades. Awesome in the migration season, but the resident game here is so strong that it makes for a great place to visit all year around. All three properties in Grumeti Reserves are faultless, but Faru Faru is probably our favourite due to its intimacy. .
The main area of the lodge is set in the open, with views down onto an open grass land area with a watering hole, which often attracts herd of elephants in the dry season. There are different lounge areas, steeped in wooden decking, dropping onto a beautiful plunge pool, there are also many intimate areas where private dining can be set up.
Singita Faru Faru has 9 modern and incredibly spacious suites with views onto the river bed. The front of the rooms are completely made of glass and it’s possible, at a touch of a button, to slide these windows open. There is an indoor and outdoor shower and the rooms are fully air conditioned. There is a 2 bed villas as well as a family villa.
The main activity here is game driving in open sided land rovers; however, in the private reserve there is one of the best horse riding safari operations in Tanzania, best suited to intermediate to experienced riders and a fantastic way of seeing the Serengeti.
A typical Northern Tanzania itinerary would see you head to the Ngorogoro Crater before flying into the Serengeti. Whilst the Crater is extremely famous, it can become very busy and the crowds do become tiresome. If you have the choice between more nights in the Serengeti or the Crater, choose the Serengeti! Due to Singita’s private concession, it is perfect to combine with another camp in the National Park itself.
With the migration moving throughout the year – from November to March it is located on the Ndutu Plains in the South of the park before moving North and West from March through to June. July sees the herds arrive in the Kogatende region and where you will see some of the epic river crossings that have been documented so well. So if you are planning on travelling during a time when the herds don’t enter the Singita concession, combining Singita Explorer with a migration camp (Singita Mara maybe?) that is located where the migration is, can make for the perfect blend.
After an exciting safari at Singita, there are some great options for beach retreats only a couple of hours away. From the island of Mnemba to the high-class hotels of Zanizbar, nothing quite compares to sipping a cool drink on the beach to relax after your safari.
The island of Zanzibar is full of hotels, however you need to be careful when choosing where to stay. Much of the island is tidal so the beaches are sometimes not what one would expect. The hotels Xanadu and White Sands offer some beautiful villas for honeymoons and larger villas for families where every amentiy one could wish for is provided. Zuri is however the hotel with the best beach. It is a non-tidal part of the coast meaning you can spend all day laying on the glistening white sand or splashing in the ocean. The numerous swimming pools and bars also make for great entertainment throughout the day.