Serengeti National Park, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania
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Ultimate fly-camping experience
Camp in luxury and comfort
Have the camp just for yourself, even if there are just two of you
Incredible private game viewing
Genuinely authentic safari
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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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Singita Explore is an exclusive mobile camp within private acres of Tanzania’s Serengeti, offering completely private use, with up to six en-suite canvas hideaways that restore luxurious yet uncomplicated adventure to days in the wilderness.
Situated in over 340,000 acres on the exclusive use Singita Grumeti concession in the Serengeti, Singita Explore is Africa's most exclusive mobile-tented safari experience. This mobile safari concept takes guests on a journey of exploration to some of the most remote locations in Singita Grumeti.
Singita Explore is a return to the very essence of safari. This exclusive mobile camp is designed for minimal environmental impact, treading lightly on the reserve, offering en-suite canvas hideaways that restore true adventure to days in the wilderness. Luxurious yet uncomplicated, a safari with Singita Explore is pure, distilled Africa.
Sold on an exclusive use basis only and available year round, this back-to-basics mobile camp only operates within Singita Grumeti. The camp can accommodate between 2 and 12 people. The camp is placed in remote parts of the reserve, guaranteeing closeness to wildlife and untouched landscapes, and is hosted by a private guide, camp host, chef and camp staff making it a truly unique and unforgettable experience.
Singita Explore offers a total of six tents and two mess areas. This means that two individual mobile camps may be run at the same time, so is ideal for private groups of between 2 and 12 people. All the en-suite tents are decorated in a contemporary style with a strong african influence.
Singita Explore offer up to 6 double tents in each mobile camp on an exclusive use basis. Each tent is en-suite and very private.
Children are welcome but there are no facilities, so we would not recommend Singita Explore for very young children. In the interest of safety, participation of children in any game activities (drives/walks/bike rides) is at the discretion of their guide.
Private game drives, archery, star-gazing safaris and horseback safaris.
Mountain biking is available at Sasakwa Lodge. There are tennis courts at Sabora Tented Camp and Sasakwa Lodge with a choice of surfaces. There are limited spa treatments available. Alternatively full spa & gym facilities are available at Sabora Tented Camp, Sasakwa Lodge and Faru Faru Lodge. There are also swimming pools and Singita shops at all the lodges.
Guests can partake on private game drives, archery and star-gazing safaris. Mountain biking is available at Sasakwa Lodge. There are tennis courts at Sabora Tented Camp and Sasakwa Lodge with a choice of surfaces. There are limited spa treatments available. Alternatively full spa & gym facilities are available at Sabora Tented Camp, Sasakwa Lodge and Faru Faru Lodge. There are also swimming pools and Singita shops at all the lodges.
In 2002, the American financier and philanthropist Paul Tudor Jones leased 350,000 acres of land adjoining the Serengeti to create a private game reserve. In June 2011, onto his three opulent safari camps ( Sasakwa, Sabora and Faru Faru) he added a less decadent and more private option: Singita Explore. The camp is theoretically mobile (although it takes two days to set up), so can be pitched in various spots at different times of year.
Tents are roomy khaki, chrome and leather constructions, whose elegant design was inspired by classic Land Rovers, with very comfortable proper beds, as well as bucket showers and flush WCs. A cool, Calvin Klein-style mess-tent offers respite from the heat, with fans, linen sofas, a mini-library and a glamorous cocktail bar twinkling with silver shakers and crystal decanters. Because Explore can only be booked by a single group, it's extremely private, with attentive service from the chef (who turns out exquisite dishes, from iced gazpacho to lemon pudding with crme anglais), camp staff (who deliver steaming espressos to hammocks with a smile) and a top-notch guide who will drive guests wherever they fancy, on-road or off-road, day or night. Downsides are the expense and lack of intimacy (the walls are canvas, and tents set close together). The main lodge, Sasakwa, has a spa, pool and tennis court for all Singita guests' use, as well as 18 well-schooled horses for those who fancy getting really up close and personal with the game.
Singita Explore might be the most relaxed of the fantabulous Singita Grumetis Tanzanian properties, but basic it is not. A cool Calvin Klein of a camp, it was inspired by old-style safari Land Rovers, hence the rugged mix of khaki shades and shiny-hard accessories (storm lamps, tin mugs, chrome everywhere). Its real upper cut, though, is that it can be packed and moved. So, you want to see the migration? Theyll stick the tents up right in the middle of a dust cloud of mooing, snorting creatures. Fancy spending a couple of days chilling by a river? Theres a sandy spot already marked out. You have the whole rig to yourself, with a chef, guide and staff to deliver ice-cold G&Ts as you revel in the Milky Way or hand you steaming mugs of tea while you watch lions scoff a hunt. There are 340,000 acres of private wildlife reserve here, with only 80 guests allowed, so the sense of space is incredible. So too amazingly, given its in the middle of nowhere is the food: knockout cold gazpacho served in long-stemmed glasses, exotic salads, even steamed lemon pudding with crme anglais. Camping so delicious that even hardcore urbanites might consider it.
Best for ambience & design - With a choice of four places to stay, Singita Grumeti Reserves is on a 340,000 acre private concession created by US billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II on the edge of the Serengeti National Park. The nine-cottage Sasakwa Lodge provides the most luxurious accommodation, with beautiful, colonial-style decor, private infinity pools, four-poster beds and claw-footed bathtubs. Sabora Tented Camp comprises nine sumptuous Bedouin-style tents on an open plain; the more cutting-edge Faru Faru Lodge has nine stone, canvas and thatched suites in shady woodland on the Grumeti River. An exclusive new mobile camp, Singita Explore, was launched in June 2011.
X-factor 'The South African design group Cecile & Boyd's has created four wonderfully evocative worlds at Singita Grumeti,' says Gold List contributor Peter Browne. 'Each is distinctive, multi-layered and lavishly attended to. The detailing is just sensational.'
Camilla Whitworth (Staff)
Singita Explore was a truly incredible experience and one which I would highly recommend to anyone who is seeking a real bush experience.
The camp, although mobile really does everything that you could need from proper beds with duvets and blankets, hot water showers, flushing toilets and an outdoor "stretcher" which could be seen as the African camping version of a day-bed! The communal areas are equally as well thought out including a bar complete with bar stools, a comfy chill-out area with books and board-games, and depending on your group size a separate dining tent.
The food was incredible. I was amazed that the chef could produce such meals in her simple solar powered "chefs tent." One evening we had slow cooked pork stew and the second evening we had fillet steak which was utterly delicious. Breakfasts were an al fresco event with so much choice it was hard to make a decision on what to have! My favorite moment was baking bread over the camp-fire in time to accompany our starter of hot home-made soup. Something that I am sure I will not get to do very often!
Both falling asleep to the sounds of the bush (including the sounds of lion!) and waking up to the sun-rising outside my tent definitely sealed my love for this type of safari. The combination of excitement and anticipation when trying to identify the sounds of the animals in the darkness - with the help of our guide, and the utter peacefulness of the mornings was really very special.
Game drive in the Serengeti
Explore the vast grasslands of the Serengeti with your safari guide on game drives in the early morning and late afternoon. This is one of the most famous national parks in Africa, and it's easy to see why.
Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti
Soar over the Serengeti's savannah plains in a hot air balloon at dawn, watching wildlife beneath you & finishing with a champagne bush breakfast.
Search for the migration herds
One of Africa's most iconic moments - the migration of two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles around the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystem.
Location & directions
Serengeti National Park, Serengeti and northern Tanzania, Tanzania
Singita Explore Camp is a mobile camp located in the private Singita Grumeti in Tanzania, with an unfenced border along the northern boundary of the world-famous Serengeti National Park. The tents are pitched in remote areas of the Singita Grumeti. There are numerous designated sites which have all undergone an Environmental Impact Assessment. Explore moves between the sites based on game viewing for the time of year as well as the client’s safari interests.
How to get there
Sasakwa Airstrip is the gateway to Singita Explore and is located on Singita Grumeti. Guests can fly to Sasakwa Airstrip with the Tanganyika Flying Company from any of the following airports: Nairobi Wilson (Kenya), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Arusha (Tanzania). Private charters can also be arranged on request from all these airports.