Singita Mara River Tented Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
At a Glance
Be wowed by the spectacular wildebeest migration
Enjoy a private dinner in a special location by the Mara River
Wait, sundowner in hand, for the stars to put on a show from the bar tent
Relax in the bath with a view of the hippos and crocodiles in the Mara River below
Enjoy the space of 40,000 private hectares of true wilderness
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your vacation to Singita Mara River Tented Camp
Situated in the northern most tip of the Serengeti National Park, Singita Mara River Tented Camp offers guests the chance to spend time in this stunning yet remote area, with one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in the Serengeti National Park.
Set in the Lamai triangle at the northern tip of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, Singita Mara River Tented Camp is set in an iconic location with the Mara River and Serengeti to the south and Kenya's Maasai Mara to the north.
Mara River Camp matches the Singita ambition to preserve iconic locations by offering 'fewer beds in larger areas', in this case 16 beds in an area of 40,000 hectares of protected wilderness.
Mara River Camp is located in the only year-round game rich area of the Serengeti. Resident plains game, big cats, buffalo and elephants are regular sightings in the rocky kopjes and riverine forest, and the Mara River holds a large population of crocodile and hippo. The camp’s location provides excellent opportunities to view the river crossings of the annual wildebeest migration, best between July and November.
Mara River Camp was conceptualised and designed by award winning South African Interior Designer Cécile & Boyd’s. Singita believe the luxurious attention to detail, combined with an atmosphere that enables Guests to make an authentic and meaningful connection with nature, has produced arguably the most beautiful interiors across the Singita portfolio.
Mara River Camp is a 100% 'off the grid' Camp, meaning it relies exclusively on a custom-designed solar power system of the latest technology. The Camp itself is designed to utilize breezes to cool both the communal areas and the tents, and is built from natural and recycled materials including wood, stone, canvas and raw leather, continuing the theme of sustainable living.
With Mara River Camp, Singita have celebrated the best of contemporary African design through a conscious focus on sourcing original work from talented young designers and craftspeople, hoping to inspire Guests to see local creativity in a fresh, new way. Campaign-style retro travel chests made from pale wood; wooden turned lights fashioned from sustainable Jacaranda wood; decorative wire baskets the exact shape and design of traditional grain-sorting baskets; and splashes of primary red and blue with black in Masaai-inspired patterns.
The Camp is fun and functional with a cool and relaxed atmosphere. The Singita style is evident in the trademark combination of elegance with laid back, relaxed style.
The accommodation at Mara River Camp consists of six luxury white canvas tents. Four of these tents sleep two guests with the remaining two set up as luxury double tents. The double tents sleep up to four people in two tents joined by a short walkway and a shared terrace. These double tents are suitable for both two couples traveling together, or for a family with children (over 12 years old).
Tent five has been thoughtfully adapted to provide ease of access to elderly or disable Guests.
The interiors of the tent maintain the feel of funky functionality that Guests are first introduced to in the communal areas. Again the primary colors, symbolic of the Masai, red, black and blue are evident, and are used in combination with contemporary African crafts from young African designers.
Views from the tents can be enjoyed from the covered slip chairs on each private and spacious deck. Sections have also been cut into the screen wall of the outdoor Guest bathrooms to allow for views from the bathtub!
Children over the ages of 10 years old are welcome to come and stay at Singita Mara River Tented Camp. All normal safari activities can be tailored to suit families. There are baby-sitting services available and customized activities to suite each family such as baking with the chefs, board games, star gazing, butterfly capture, identification and release, face painting and a mini rangers' course.
Plunge pool in the main camp, complimentary WiFi, plug points and hair dryers in each room.
During your stay at the camp you can partake in daily game drives with professional guides and trackers to help you get up close to Africa's incredible animals. You can also go on night time game drives to spot the nocturnal animals. If you're feeling adventurous, you can embark on a walking safari which is an incredible experience.
There is a plunge pool at the camp offering the perfect way to refresh yourself between safaris.
In the past, going to see gazillions of gnus crossing the Mara River was all very well if you were an adventurer, a bug-lover, an eschewer of such daily pleasures as massages, cocktails and baths. But for those of us partial to our creature comforts, it was a no-go. Then along came Wall Street trader Paul Tudor Jones, who realised that more of us would go gnuing if only we had what we really wanted: insect-free tents, poolside loungers for midday bush-naps, wi-fi that allowed us to Instagram our lion sightings and cool white interiors that didn't feel quite so, well, safari-like. Erected in an untouristy sector of the Lamai Triangle, this is Africa-lite, a Conran version of a camp: pale, bright, almost Scandinavian in style. You can watch wildlife from a starlit bath, lunch on herby salads and scoff scones for tea, and listen to lions roar during a mani-pedi. Safaris have never been so darned comfy.
Rose Gemmell (Staff)
Singita Mara River Camp is ideally situated on the banks of the mighty Mara River on one of the famous wildebeest crossings which, if your lucky you may be able to see straight form the veranda.
The lodge was designed by Cecil and Boyd and is completely unique in its style which is a flawless blend of contemporary East African design with a bohemian twist and is unlike any other lodge in the Serengeti. The luxurious tented rooms have everything you could possibly want or need, from a gym bag complete with yoga mat to watercolors and a sketchpad should the views inspire your creative side.
I passed on the afternoon game drive in favour of a swim followed by a bath in the outdoor bathtub in my room when, a herd of thirty elephants passed right by my room on the opposite side of the river bank.
The service at Singita is flawless and your gin and tonic will be constantly refilled without you even noticing (which can be dangerous!). I treated myself to an early morning massage on my private deck and would recommend that anyone visiting Singita Mara River Camp do the same.
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, Tanzania
Set on the northern bank of the Mara River within the 40,000 hectare Lamai triangle in the most Northerly section of Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. To the north is Kenya's Masai Mara, to the south the Mara River and the vast Serengeti.
How to get there
Fly by scheduled flight or private transfer in a light aircraft to Kogatende Airstrip, it is then a 1-hour 30-minute game drive to the camp.