On the superficial observation, Singita Grumeti Faru Faru would simply appear as a beautiful lodge in a remote African location. Yet to us its greatest appeal lies in little discoveries, in the gradual revealing of the design contrasts and its quirks — and in wonderful wildlife encounters.
How many luxury camps and hotels would have welcomed their guests by the spectacle of a huge herd of elephants coming right up to the lodge? This is what we pondered as we stood with a drink by the Singita Faru Faru’s infinity pool, having just been shown around the main lounge area. We gazed down at the savanna in front of the lodge, where dozens of elephants crowded a watering hole. “Many different animals come here all the time, but this herd is still a nice surprise”, our hosts said, clearly as delighted at this sight as were we.
These first minutes here certainly left us with a strong impression of a place where we could always “expect the unexpected”.
Faru Faru is one of the very few exclusive lodges and camps in the private Grumeti Reserve, managed by Singita. Just before coming here, we spent a few days at the nearby Singita Sabora, a tented camp pitched straight on the classic savanna grassland. But while Sabora has a strong vintage vibe, the Singita Grumeti Faru Faru wows with a style that’s decisively of 21st Century.
The design of this lodge draws from several sources. Firstly, there is the Swahili sand beach vibe from Zanzibar. Then, the Serengeti bush chic, in which earthy tones and the dirt walkways play as the backdrops to organic African artefacts. Finally, all this is spiced up with designer furniture, stylish lamps, warm cushions, and fun ideas inspired by the quirky practicality of a “botanist camp”.
Faru Faru has the latest home decor trends in its DNA. This is especially evident in the guest suites. Walking into ours, we were struck by its airy feel. Obviously, a bright palette and open-plan helped to make the room feel spacious, but the light coming from outside is almost a feature of its own. One side of the suite, all-glass, is looking to the river. A portion of the window can be slid away at the touch of the button.
This design mix is unusual, but it feels right at home in the peaceful woodlands of the Grumeti river. The lodge’s relaxed atmosphere invited us to lounge by the pool and lazily watch the watering hole, or listen to the different bird species chattering away… while we tucked into a delicious lunch.
Service at the Faru Faru is as attentive and personalized as we learned to expect at the Sabora camp. Special dietary needs? No problem — the staff will make sure to prepare a special menu. Don’t feel like waking up early? No worries — you can do the safari drive later.
Which brings us back to one of the main selling points of Singita and the Grumeti Reserve.
Situated in the western migratory corridor of the Serengeti, and spanning an area almost the size of Kenya’s Masai Mara, Singita Grumeti enables a safari adventure as it should be. The exclusive-use concession enables some of Africa’s most enchanting experiences. Across the 350,000 acres of wilderness, only a few accommodation options are available. Given the limited number of guests and the abundance of animals, the wildlife encounters are intimate and special.
In our time at the Singita Grumeti Faru Faru Lodge, we discovered that true wilderness can be experienced without compromising comfort and luxury. In many ways, Singita Grumeti Faru Faru defines what a high-end safari should look and feel like in the 21st-century.
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Number of rooms & suites: 9
Rate per night: From €1,003
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