Singita Sasakwa Lodge is one of three Singita lodges in this enormous private concession (340 000 acres), which means that you will have this wild stretch of Africa all to yourself. Sasakwa Lodge is built in the style of an Edwardian manor house. Stone walls, deep verandas, high ceilings, stately furniture, silverware and ornamental pieces complete the picture. Each cottage has a private infinity-edge pool overlooking ‘where the land stretches to forever’. The bedrooms with inviting four-posters are beautifully appointed, displaying typical African influences with touches of wood, leather and glass, alongside crisp linens, imported chandeliers and hand-crafted furniture.
It is part of the greater Serengeti ecosystem and sits in the path of the great wildebeest migration, providing excellent game viewing.
Sitting atop a hill with awe-inspiring views of the plain below, Sasakwa Hill Lodge is the pinnacle of safari luxury in the style of an English manor house. Managed by Singita, the service and attention to detail here are impeccable. No expense has been spared in furnishing the seven individual cottages, which sit along the ridge of the hill and offer panoramic views for miles around. Each cottage is set in its own secluded garden, the perfect place for guests to relax and forget the world. Choose between your heated infinity edged plunge pool, one of your terraces (equipped with Swarovski telescope), or the opulent drawing room. Each cottage has between one and four bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom (with large shower and roll top bath) attached to each.
When you are feeling refreshed, there is an array of activities to choose from, as well as excellent day and night game drives. A stable of 16 beautiful horses is available for experienced riders, with all riding clothes provided. Guests can also try their hand at archery, have a relaxing massage in the spa, or set up a tennis tournament on the two outdoor courts. The lodge is ideal for couples and families, with just nine safari vehicles (for three camps) covering an area almost the size of the Maasai Mara.
There are a total of 10 luxurious cottages; six one-bedroom, two two-bedroom, one three-bedroom and one four-bedroom (private retreat). Each air-conditioned cottage features a bedroom, en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, lounge with fireplace, dressing area, a guest toilet, veranda with a Swarovski spotting scope and a heated infinity plunge pool.
There are 6 cottages with one double, en-suite bedroom. All the cottages are air-conditioned with a lounge with fire place and wireless internet.
There are 2 cottages with two double bedrooms each of these cottages has air-conditioning, a lounge area with fireplace and wireless internet. The bedrooms are all en-suite with a bath and shower.
There is one cottage that has 3 double bedrooms all the bedrooms are en-suite with a bath and shower. The cottage has air-conditioning, wireless internet as well as a lounge area with fireplace.
The luxurious private retreat has 4 en-suite bedrooms and a nanny flat in the basement. All the bedrooms are en-suite, air-conditioned and have wireless internet.
Children of all ages are welcome at Sasakwa Hill Lodge although there are no specific childcare facilities. It should also be noted that in the interest of safety, participation of children in any game activities (drives/walks/bike rides) is at the discretion of their guide. Babysitting can be arranged for those that require it.
Each cottage has its own plunge pool, there is an equestrian centre right next door offering riding safaris for experienced riders. Sasakwa also has a fantastic spa offering relaxing massage and other treatments as well as an archery pavilion, two tennis courts, gym, a library and games room.
There are many activities to keep everyone entertained from daily game drives and walks with professional guides to activities such as archery, lawn croquet, badminton, star-gazing safaris and mountain biking. The lodge has two tennis courts, a spa and yoga and gym facilities are also available at Sasakwa Lodge. Hot air balloon trips can be arranged prior to arrival for an additional cost.
When to travel
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
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Location and directions
Grumeti Reserves, Greater Serengeti, Tanzania
The Sasakwa Lodge is located in northern Tanzania and forms part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, bordering on the Serengeti National Park. The Singita Grumeti Reserves concession spans a vast 350,000 acres (140,000 hectares) of relatively untouched wilderness.
How to get there
The Sasakwa Lodge is near the Sasakwa airstrip, where scheduled flights arrive regularly from major airports via the Tanzanian city of Arusha. For guests who prefer to drive, Arusha is your recommended start location at approximately an 8-hour drive away.